The Treadmill Sensei has returned from his absence! I apologize for the lack of review yesterday, but we here at the DOJO are getting ready for a Health & Fitness tradeshow out in Colorado this week. We’re making our way out to the mile high city this evening for 2 days of fitness fun. I’ll be posting pictures and information from the show this weekend for those of you who are interested.
In an effort to review all of the top rated Horizon Fitness treadmills, this week I want to talk about the Horizon T61 Treadmill. This bad boy is one of the great units available for under $700.
Let me talk a bit about what to expect from a treadmill in the “under $700” category. The units in this price range are going to be best for walking everyday or doing light jogging. They should still hold up to full running, but if you’re doing marathon training you’ll want to look for something with a larger running area.
Horizon has done a great job with the T61 treadmill. The deck is a little shorter than its larger brothers, coming in at about 50×18 and with a 1.75 horsepower motor. Even tho the motor is only rated by Horizon at 1.75 HP, it’s going to be larger, stronger and longer lasting than a lot of bigger motors from other manufacturers. It’ll run better than any of the Icon Fitness (Proform, Weslo, Image, etc.) treadmill motors as large as 2.5HP. The Horizon T61 motors are made by Johnson Tech (the makers of Matrix and more), and they put out a lot of power and consistency.
The machine also comes with Horizon’s patented GellCell shock absorption, which really makes a difference on the impact you feel on your ankles and knees during a run or walk. The Horizon T61 treadmill also comes with 4 programs, heart rate monitoring via pulse grip sensors, has a top speed of 10 miles per hour, the incline goes up to 10%, and you’ve got the great performing Horizon standard hydraulic assist on folding.
These machines are perfect for smaller people, or women who want to do daily light workouts. If you just want to get your quick workouts every day without the hassle some of the larger machines then the Horizon T61 treadmill is perfect for your needs.
For being a great little machine, especially for the ladies or smaller users, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Horizon T61 treadmill 4 gold buddahs out of 5.
Once again, Horizon comes through with the T61 Treadmill.
Horizon Fitness T61 Treadmill Specifications
Transport Wheels: Yes
Horsepower: 1.75 HP
Max Weight Capacity: 275 lbs.
Max Speed: 10 MPH
Max Incline: 10%
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes, pulse grip
Heart Rate Control: No
Programs: 4: manual, intervals, golf course, and weight loss programs
Display Type: Blue backlit LCD display
Display Readouts: RPM, watts, time, calories, heart rate, distance, and resistance level
Special Features: Built in personal fan
Product Weight: 195 lbs.
Flywheel Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Roller Size: 1.8″
Running Area: 50″ x 18″