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Quite possibly the best thing I've done for myself.
on 11 June 2014
I scoured the reviews to find "people like me" and how they got on with this treadmill. I was a bit worried about the negative reviews, but I threw caution to the wind - I'm glad I did.
When I say "people like me", I mean early 30s, mum, office job, student, avid gamer, likes to drink too much wine/beer/cider... I'm sure you know where this is going.... I sat on my backside for far too long and now my waistline is paying for it. I decided it's now the time to get fit and needed something that was going to start me off easy and eventually be able keep up with the pace.
I wanted a treadmill because I'm not comfortable enough to run outside yet. I have tried, but because I wasn't sure of my limits I didn't want to walk/jog/run then end up miles from home and no puff left in me. Similarly, being outside and making my way home to find I've still got some steam left in me when I reach my front door. I want to be able to stop when I'm ready to stop.
I am following the c25k plan, then planning to go on to 10k, so on and so forth.
When it was delivered, it took about 20/30 minutes to put up. Very straight forward. No complaints.
It's worth noting that if you've got a carpeted floor, it's wise to buy Anti-Fatigue Floor Tiles. Like those interlocking tiles they have on the floor at the gym? Yeah, you'll need those for a firm surface.
The machine is surprisingly quiet (combined with the floor tiles which I later realised are good shock absorbers!). I keep the machine in the hall and I'm quite confident that I'll be able to use it when my son is sleeping upstairs. I store it upright, so when I'm finished I just need to unscrew the bed, lift it up and secure it in place with the pokey bit (clip but not quite a clip?). This means I can wheel our bikes back in to place (I leave the tiles down which means my cream carpet stays clean, hurrah!).
I was worried that the machine would be flimsy, and that the bed would buckle under my pounding away on it... I'm not massive, at least I don't think so. I'm 5'7'' and fairly heavy anyway without the extra pounds. It's also worth noting that I'm quite heavy footed. This machine takes it, and takes it well! The bed is strong and the surface appears to be very durable. I have no doubt in my mind that I'll have this machine for a long time.
I haven't used it set at a gradient yet, but I have familiarised myself with how to do it, and it's a piece of cake. If you're setting it up, you just lift the back of the bed up and and select one of the three settings, then pin the legs into place. Inclines are 3.5% and 7%.
There are pulse sensors on each of the handles. I don't know how accurate they are, but they at least give a good idea of where in the zone you are if you're into tracking it.
On the left handle there are start and stop buttons. On the right handle there's speed +/- buttons.
The panel/display itself is very user friendly.
Start and stop button. Once you press start it gives you a 3 second count down and starts you under 1 km/h.
Speed up and speed down.
The display shows how fast you are going, how long you've been going for, and how far you've gone. You can alternate one of the wee displays between calories burned and pulse.
There are three pre-set speed buttons at 3km/h, 5km/h and 7 km/h to save you faffing about with the speed +/- buttons.
And the programmes. There's 12 pre-set each at 30 minutes long, they each vary speed at intervals of 1.5 minutes, however this can be changed and increased so your maximum work-out is 60 minutes. So for example, you'll start at 3km/h for 1.5 mins, then it'll move you up to 4 km/h for 2x1.5 mins, then shift you up to 5 km/h for 1.5 mins, then down to 4 km/h for 2x1.5 mins. I just pulled this off the top of my head to give you the jist of it. There is a slower option if you're just starting out. You can adjust the speed at any time during a programme if you feel you're struggling. The programmes are listed in a handy table in the instruction manual which show the speed you'll be going at at which interval.
To be honest, I haven't made much use of the programmes yet. I just get on it and run and increase/decrease speed as I want.
Also a wee safety wire which is attached to the control panel by a magnet - you clip it to your t-shirt, if you come off the machine, magnet comes off, machine stops.
So like I mentioned before, I'm starting out on my journey and so far I am over the moon with this treadmill. If you're worried that this treadmill is cheap and can't do the same job as a £500+ effort, don't be. It certainly exceeded my expectations. Delighted with this purchase. 10/10. Would take home to my mum.