Out with the old, in with the (hopefully new) treadmill!
June 12, 2011 12:31 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a low-maintenance treadmill I won't break within a few years that I can run, jog, and walk on at home at varying inclinations and speeds. Difficultyfilter: Must offer in-home delivery and professional assembly and be able to hold hardcover books up to ~800 pages in thickness, if such a thing exists.
posted by Unicorn on the cob to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background: I currently have a treadmill in my den and the belt has gone out. It's 10 years old, so I'd like to buy something I can reliably use for another ~6-10 years or so rather than trying to repair it.
I typically alternate intervals of running, jogging, walking, and using different incline settings every few minutes for up to 90 minutes at a time. My experience with the ProForm 545s I own has been OK, but I'm prioritizing stable running surface over anything else on its replacement. (Both myself and my spouse will be using it. I'm 5 foot 1 and 123 pounds; husband is about 150 pounds, if that matters.) Some days I prefer walk on the treadmill and read for as long as I can, hence the need for a sturdy book ledge/holder that could hold, say, the Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1.
I've had some bad luck with NordicTrack in the past (they are owned by Icon Fitness and have terrible repair/warranty/customer service issues), so that brand's off the table.
We'd prefer not to transport it ourselves as we have very compact vehicles. My husband and I put together our elliptical after having it shipped to us in the box brand new, and it was difficult but doable. I fear a treadmill might be more than we can handle.
Reading the suggestions in the Runner's World forums is confusing, though I've gathered that a refurbished Precor 9.23 or LifeSpan TR3000i might do the trick. We live in the Dallas area, if that helps. Thoughts? Suggestions? Experiences? Thanks so much!