Recently, I joined a gym and I seem to be in there quite a lot. I use a lot of different machines for cardio and muscle workouts whilst I am there, and the one machine I use every time I visit the gym is the Treadmill.
The treadmills that are installed in the gym is the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill, and is a large treadmill, coloured silver and black. It has a conveyer style belt in the middle and it has a console at the top middle part to enable you to pick out and track your workout. There is also 2 thick strips at the side of the belt, which you can stand on to take a break from the treadmill or to stand on whilst waiting for the treadmill to get to your chosen speed.
The console on the centre of the treadmill has a rectangular screen at the top, which is not very tall but is very long and is spreads all the way across the console. This screen shows you how many calories you have burnt, how long you have been on the treadmill, how much distance you have convered, your heart rate, what speed you are going and what incline you are walking up. This screen will also scroll random bits of information it feels like telling you from time to time, if needed.
To start the treadmill, the easiest way to start is to press the quick start button. This will start you off with a speed of 2.4 Kilometres per hour, and no incline. To add to the speed and incline, you just have to press the up arrow situated on the console which are labelled accordingly. In order to know how many calories you have burnt, you need to tell the treadmill how much you weigh in kilograms. In order to do this, just press the enter weight button, and then use the numbered buttons to enter how much you weigh, and then press enter.
There is a fair few preset options on the treadmill too, which include cardio, hill plus, speed interval and personal trainer. Cardio asks you to set a target heart rate, which the treadmill then keeps you at by changing the speed and interval accordingly for you. The Hill plus will change the hill steepness periodacilly, so you get different levels of a workout during the time you spend on the treadmill. Speed Interval allows you to set a jog speed, and a run speed, so that you can easily alternate between the speeds by just pressing the button. I have not used any of the other settings on the treadmill so I can not comment on these.
The buttons on the treadmill are very responsive and only need a light touch to make them do their needed job. The belt is very smooth, so whether I am walking, running or jogging, I find it easy enough to do so. There is no bumping, or roughness and I think this is very important. There is an emergency stop button on the console, which you can press when you need to make the treadmill stop very quickly. There is also an emergency pull strap, which is attached to another emergency stopper. You clip on end to your clothing and if you should fall over or fall off the treadmill, this will pull off the console and cause the treadmill to stop.
There is two drinks holders on this treadmill too, which have plenty of space to even put in a 2 litre water bottle. These are very handy, so you can make sure that you are hydrated during your workout. There is also a small hole which I find is the perfect size for holding my my iPhone during my workout and still gives me plenty of room to hear my music through my headphones.
If you do not have a heart rate monitor, you can still find out what your heart rate is by placing your hands on the sensor pads on the treadmill, which are positioned just in front of you. It is not recommended to hold onto these whilst actually running though, so best to use them when walking. The incline is changeable in .5 measurements, and the speed is changeable in increasements of 0.1 kmh, all the way up to 20kmh. I usually find it is a good workout walking up an incline of 10.0 with a speed of 5kmh.
The base of these treadmills is very sturdy and thick, and is about a half a foot off the floor with all the supports underneath it. I have seen some very heavy people running on these treadmills and they seem find with supporting the force, as they are well built for this purpose.
Personally, I find these to be great treadmills and they seem to be very upmarket and sophisticated compared to many other treadmills I have used during the years. If you want one of these for your own to have at home (should you have a good bit of space) they can be bought for personal use, but they are not cheap. The cheapest I have found online is from Fitness Megastore and will cost you £8,000 for the basic model. It may not be cheap to own either, as these do have to be plugged into the mains to work, and they are pretty juicy when it comes to taking in the power. The Fitness Megastore will deliver this to your home, and I believe they will help you to set it all up too, so should you buy one, there is no worries.
All in All, these are brilliant treadmills, and if I have the money and the room, I would have one of these in my home. Luckily I get to use these treadmills every day thanks to my gym, and as strange as it may sound, I like to do a long workout every day on one of these. It has every thing you could need in a treadmill, and then some. If you have the money to be able to buy one of these, I really do recommend it to everyone as I do not think you can get a much better treadmill, but sadly they are very expensive.
I give this treadmill from Life Fitness a 5 out of 5 stars, as even with the hefty price tag, it is a perfect treadmill. Recommended.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*