“ Foldable Treadmill. Speed range 1-12kph, 3 position manual incline adjustment. 3 Pre-set Programs - Easy Walk, Weight Loss, Strength Training. „
I have always been keen on keeping fit, for my lifestyle as well as my job. But during busy periods i need to do my training from home. So i asked around and was recommended by my friend the York Pacer 3501. I wanted to test it beforehand, so i had a quick preview and test on his. Instantly i was interested.
Most running machines have a hard surface, this one has less impact on the legs, making running more comfortable, safe and giving less impact on joints. The running vinyl is also gripped, making slipping an allmost impossibility. What i usually find very annoying is the noise machines make when running on them, this was incredibly quiet surprisingly and extremely balanced, making your training alot more enjoyable.
The machine has various speed levels, so you can vary your training as well as the machine being suitable for any different fitness level. For those looking for uphill running, it has a great incline effect which operates very smoothly and has no impact on your running pace.
When not in use, this machine can be folded away for starage fairly easily, whether up against a wall, in the garage or anywhere else. Its also very easy to dismantle etc.
I would definately recommend this to anyone wishing to keep fit as it comes with a great price and provides all your training needs.
Ever since the birth of my youngest daughter almost three years ago I seem to have been fighting a battle to lose weight - at times I seem to be winning and at others it's more like I'm losing, but one of the things that definitely seems to have helped was buying my York Pacer foldable treadmill.
I used to be a bit of a gym addict, but with two young children I have neither the time nor the energy to spend evenings at the gym any more! In a moment of desperation, I said to my husband a couple of years ago 'If I can't go to the gym - why not bring the gym to me!' Well it seemed a good idea but of course wasn't practical in terms of space but we did work out that we probably had room for a tredmill!
I did a bit or research and discovered that the York Pacer ws available at a cost of £300! This might seem quite expensive, but when I thought about it , I had been paying over £400 per year for my gym membership and at times I was hardly using it! This would be a one off payment, and hopefully in only one year we would recoup the money through not paying the gym fees. Also, it would mean that if I had a spare half hour I could go for a run rather than having to plan it weeks in advance. And of course there's the added advantage of not actually having to go our in the cold or the dark!
The other thing that attracted me to this treadmill is the fact that it is foldable. this means that when you are not using it, you can fold the running base up and therefore it does not take up as musc space as you would expect.
It is incredibly heavy though as we realised once it had been delivered. We had originally intended to have it in our bedroom but there was no way my husband and I were going to be able to lug it up the stairs, so now after a bit of a rethink it is housed in our conservatory. (This, I have to say, is not great in the summer, as it gets very hot, and I have to cool the room down before I can run!)
This treadmill has got a number of very useful features although it by no means as 'all singing and dancing' as the ones you get at the gym! You can either run on the flat or an incline but, as you have to do this manually, you have to decide what you want before you start - which is a bit of a pain. And of course, you can't vary the gradient. It has variable speeds which you can set ranging from 1 to 12 km per hour. These you can change as you go along which I always like to do. Therefore you can either set the speed tht you want to run at, or you can choose one of three preset programmes. These are easy walk, weight loss or strength training. I have to say that the easy walk is a bit too easy and is more like a stroll in the park. I always like to break a bit of sweat, but I guess that for someone recouperating from an operation this would be ideal. I have used the weight loss programme and this is quite challenging but moves up in stages. It starts for a few minutes at an easy 4 km per hour but soon moves up to quite a hefty speed which you need to maintain before gradually slowing down. The final one - strength training - I have to admit is totally beyond my state of fitness at the moment but you never know - there may well come a day...
I prefer to always set my own speed and change it as I am going along. There is a display which tells you how long you have been running, the distance you have covered and the speed you are running. You can also see how many calories you have burnt off but I suspect this is not entirely accurate particularly as there is no facility to programme in your weight. In fact I can run at exactly the same speeds and distances twice and be told a different number of calories have been burnt which does not seem quite right!
The treadmill is run on electricity with a motor which also has a cooling fan so it should not over heat. I'm not sure what the running costs are but in the two years we have had it I have not noticed a drastic increase in our electricity bill.
One other thing to mention is that it has a safety key. You are advised to remove this when not using the treadmill, but by removing it when you are running you will instntly stop the treadmill if you need to. I always remove this when I am not using it mainly to ensure that my two daughters don't decide to suddenly go for a run.
I have to say tht having this treadmill at home has been an enormous boost to me and I feel lucky that we were able to find one that did not take up much space and suited all my needs. All in all this was a very good buy and we have definitely got our money's worth.
I'm not sure if Argos are still selling it but I did find it on another website http://hireatreadmill.co.uk/treadmills which hires out treadmills and they are hiring this one for £13.99 a week. They will also sell it for £589 but I'm sure it could be found for a lot less!