How to Pick the Right Treadmill for Your Home Gym
Having a home gym comes with all sorts of benefits that will help you get fit and healthy.
One of the many benefits of having a home gym is that you can train at your leisure, work out in inclement weather conditions, work out in peace and solitude, avoid contracting harmful germs and pathogens from sharing gym equipment and a whole host of other great benefits.
Today, most home gyms will require cardio equipment, and one of the most common cardio equipment that is out on the market is the humble treadmill.
By selecting the right treadmill in your home gym, you can experience the wonderment of exercising in the comfort of your own home while simultaneously elevating your fitness levels to greater heights.
If you are interested in incorporating a treadmill into your home gym, then be sure to read on to find out more.
1. Choose the appropriate size and space
Before delving headfirst into your local gym equipment store, be sure to take all measurements that pertain to the size of your workout area. You will need to measure the floor space so that it will fit you and the treadmill.
You might even want to consider leaving a fair bit of extra space here and there in case you want to add more gym equipment in the future or to allow for more freedom of movement in your workout routine.
If the size is a limited commodity in your living space, then you might want to opt for a folding treadmill instead. There are various makes and models of folding treadmills available on the market for you to choose from at your leisure.
2. Envisioning your workout routine
Before making your purchase, you might want to imagine how you would perform your exercise routine. For example, if you are mostly using your treadmill to perform a light exercise like brisk walking, then a smaller treadmill with a shorter track size may be ideal for you.
Likewise, if your workout regimen requires you to sprint frequently, then you may want to opt for a larger treadmill with an extended track size to accommodate those high-powered movements.
A good rule of thumb would be the more strenuous the exercise, the longer the track size you will need. So it is important to keep in mind the types of exercise you will be using your treadmill for.
3. Setting your budget
Having a realistic budget will help you to determine which treadmill would be ideal for your fitness regime. A good ballpark figure to start with is to set up a baseline of how much you would ideally want to spend on.
After figuring that out, you may want to allow for additional space in your budget to allow room for any other miscellaneous spending.
In general, the higher priced treadmills will afford you a few luxuries that may enhance the overall home gym experience by providing you with quieter noise operation, superb noise and shock absorption, longer warranty, integrated television, better build quality, a much stable surface, and a whole lot more.
4. Determine what features you would use
A key component in ascertaining whether the treadmill you are looking for is right for you is determining what features you would envision yourself using the most.
While not all features may be necessary for cardio training, it is good to know other features that may benefit you in your workouts.
With that in mind, some of the more practical features you will want to keep an eye out for when buying a treadmill include the automated incline setting, in-built workout programs, treadmill accessories, health app integration, and auto-stop capability, and so on.
Whether you are a fitness guru or a novice fitness enthusiast, we hope this guide will point you in the right direction to make the right decision in purchasing your very own treadmill. Just be sure to do all your homework beforehand and weigh all the considerations carefully before making your purchase on your next shopping journey.
Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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