If you are thinking about buying a treadmill, its a great ode and wonderful investment in your health!
One of the many great things about having a treadmill at home is that you can work out on it whenever you want, and in the comfort of your own home, without having others use it like in a public gym.
Treadmills have been around for many years, i believe they were first produced or the first version of them around the early 1800s.
I believe there is a misconception about how heavy treadmills really are and sure back in the early days before modern production, they were extremely heavy but now fast forward into today’s world, they are much lighter than prior.
These days, we have access to extremely lightweight and collapsible and indeed foldable treadmills that are easily managed and can store away nicely inside your home gym room or apartment and event under your bed!can easily manage and transport in the house.
WHAT MAKES A TREADMILL HEAVY?
With so many options available of treadmills from the variety of brands out there, treadmills have now been manufactured for a wide range of purposes.
Some people like to workout using sprints or HIIT workouts or simply straight-up fast walking for cardio etc. With this in mind the treadmill needs to be built fit and proper to withstand the type of use and therefore requires different parts and features.
As you now know there are a variety of treadmills available on the market and all for different training purposes, let’s take a look at some of the parts inside a treadmill that may make it heavy.
We can generalize by saying a vast amount of a treadmills weight will come from the mainframe of the treadmill. I think it goes without saying, a solid frame on a treadmill is one of the fundamental parts and components.
Just like a human, if we have a weak frame or core, our bodies will not withstand any type of pressure, the same goes for a treadmill.
A light workout after work at home on a treadmill would not require you to buy a very heavy duty one as you see in the public gyms. These are built to be heavy-duty for the purpose they will be having a lot of usage from members coming to the gym 24/7.
You would be able to opt for a more lightweight yet sturdy treadmill that has enough features such as incline and speed settings and one that tracks your km’s covered and calories burnt etc.
Another one of the important features that differentiate treadmills from each other is the motor. The motor is probably one of the heavier parts inside the treadmill.
The more speed settings required and functions required of the motor, generally the heavier it will be. This adds to the overall weight feel of the treadmill.
If we assume good quality materials used in the build of the motor then as mentioned it will definitely add to the weight and feel of any treadmill.
A vital and important part of treadmills that also tend to add a lot of weight is the treadmill belt.
Modern treadmills with advanced features like incline will tend to weigh more than those without this feature.
The incline feature will allow its users to change moderate and change the angle of the running platform which then ultimately leads to a greater and intense workout.
Not everyone wants to have incline, some older people that may not have the luxury in life still to be able to run at high speeds or someone recovering from an injury, may only require a treadmill with a one or speed setting motor and hence this will greatly reduce the need for incline and weight will be reduced from the treadmill.
The incline feature tends to increase the weight of the treadmill due to the fact that extra parts are required in the build-out and it’s been stated that by having these extra parts it can add on approximately 18-20 kilograms of weight to the treadmill.
Most of the modern treadmills now have extra features such as touchscreens. The touchscreens in a way are a mini television.
These touchscreens have inside then a screen plus components that allow for an internet browser to be used on the screen, volume buttons, mobile phone charging capabilities, and connection to your favorite music or tv channels whilst working out.
The touchscreen in itself can add a further 10-12 kilograms of weight to the overall weight of the treadmill and thus make the treadmill much heavier.
Some fitness enthusiasts instead opt to have a tablet installed which will give the entertainment feature you may need vs having a large oversized touchscreen.
I hope you now understand what parts make up a treadmill and can now see why treadmills are so heavy.
Having a heavy treadmill doesn’t necessarily mean it is of higher quality, it is purely and simply down to the parts fitted and the weight of these.