8 factors to consider while purchasing a treadmills

by Bunty Goswami

Whether you are an athlete, a fitness freak or a casual exerciser — treadmills are a sensible investment and your best companion in your fitness journey.

Reebok has constantly innovated and catered to the fitness needs of health-conscious people. The name Reebok takes after the African gazelle, equating the brand with the agility and grace of this beautiful creature. 

Since taking the US market by storm in the early 80s, Reebok has developed a diversified product catalogue that goes beyond shoes and sneakers. The best Reebok treadmills come with some of the most innovative features and designs to serve a wide array of fitness needs.

8 factors to consider before buying a treadmill

  • Brand and Price 

A known brand represents quality, service and satisfaction, and Reebok treadmills have long catered to dedicated health investors, their requirements and comfort. Top brands will also address post-purchase concerns of delivery, installation costs and warranty. 

A hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily assure quality. Many brands, makes, and models provide a gamut of options for every pocket size. Reebok treadmills are comparable in price to any top-end model yet offer the best bang for the buck.

  • Electronic or Manual 

A manual treadmill has lesser upkeep and makes better sense for home users. An electronic treadmill has built-in motors and consumes power. Thus it is ideal for a gym set-up. If you are going for an electronic treadmill, you should pay attention to the CHP rating (continuous horsepower). A treadmill rated between 2.5 to 3 CHP is considered ideal. Reebok ZR8 treadmill is one of the top-rated in this segment.

  • Power consumption

 A treadmill shouldn’t cost you more than the weight you are losing and the health you are building. Reebok treadmill A2.0, for example, is affordable and comes with a 1.5 HP motor offering two levels of manual incline. This is an ideal balance of power and economy for the general consumer.

  • Auto incline or Manual incline

A higher incline means more intense running. As you maximize your strength, remember that auto incline allows for adjustment at the push of a button, while manual means physically adjusting the angle by moving the treadmill. The auto inclination is undoubtedly more convenient than manual inclination, but ultimately the choice of a treadmill depends on other requirements.

  • Running area

Pick a model that works with the space you intend to use it in. Working out on treadmills in cramped spaces may not be desirable in the long run. Also, ensure that the running surface/mat is wide enough for you to run comfortably without changing your natural stride or style.

  • Pre-set programs and Smart functions

Phones, refrigerators and TVs have all become ‘Smart’. Treadmills are no exception, with every manufacturer adding loads of features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, activity apps, touchscreens, speakers, LED displays and many more functions to their devices. 

Reebok treadmills offer you pre-set running targets, as well as user-defined programs for activity and calorie consumption. Ideally, you should make a list of the basic features most important to you and prioritise models specific to your goals. For example, a weight loss goal will be better served if your treadmill has heart rate and fitness tracking features, while music or touch screen can be secondary.

  • Stability, Safety and Sound 

Look for features like auto shut off or emergency shut off and test for sturdiness while running, so there is minimal to no bounce. You should also ascertain how quiet the machine is in a sound sensitive environment for a home treadmill. 

If you are injury-prone or have health concerns, then pick something from the Reebok ZR treadmill series, which features ZigTech multi-point cushioning for increased comfort and reduced injury risk.

  • Weight limits 

Most treadmills are designed for a specific weight. The sturdiness and durability of a treadmill depend on the supported weight categorisation. Look for a treadmill that supports a weight of up to 120 kg. 

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