Answers To Common Questions About Treadmills


There are many different types of treadmills on the market today. Which should you buy? Why should you buy one? In this post, we will be answering the most common questions about treadmills so you can be sure you make the best purchase for your fitness goals.

What factors go into the pricing of treadmills?

There is a wide range of prices when it comes to treadmills. Some are as low as $599, while others can be up to $5000. So what is the difference? In short, everything! From the motor sizes to the features included, many things vary on treadmills.

Cheaper treadmills will likely be more compact, weigh less, have smaller motor sizes, and provide less cushioning and quality than higher-priced machines. Higher priced treadmills have more power, longer durability, higher build quality, and higher-tech features such as large touch screens and built-in subscription services allowing you to workout with fitness professionals in a class setting.

The machine’s price will be a critical indicating factor of how powerful it is and its features.

What does CHP mean?

Whether you are looking for a foldable, compact treadmill or a larger commercial treadmill, the CHP is something to consider. CHP stands for “Continuous Horse Power” and essentially means the amount of power your treadmill is equipped with. The CHP will determine how powerful your motor is, what type of users should use it, and how long it will last.

At Treadmill Reviews, we suggest that walkers use at least a 2.5 CHP, joggers use a 3.0, and runners use a 3.5. Any of these CHP’s would be great for home treadmills. The larger the CHP, the longer your treadmill will be able to withstand continuous usage.

Is running on a treadmill easier than running outside?

In short, our answer is yes. Most treadmills are equipped with added cushioning, making it easier on the joints and more comfortable to run on that outside on the pavement. Plus, because of the even running surface, safety handles, and emergency stop options that most treadmills offer, you will be at less risk of injury running on a treadmill than you would be running outside on the uneven ground. If you are training for a race on a treadmill, you will increase cardiovascular endurance while reducing the risk of injury.

What is the average running surface of a treadmill?

On average, we see treadmill running areas of about 20-22” wide and 50-55” in length. The wider the running surface, the more comfortable it will be for larger runners or walkers. The longer the running surface, the safer it will feel for long strides. Our favorite treadmills typically have a 22″ wide and 60″ long running/walking surface.

How do I stay motivated while running on a treadmill?

It may seem boring to run in place, but many treadmills offer different ways to stay motivated. Some will provide built-in workouts such as interval training workouts, while others are equipped with subscription services that allow you to follow instructor-led classes or scenic routes throughout the world.
Other treadmills offer a Bluetooth connection to listen to your own music or the ability to connect to 3rd party apps such as Netflix to watch your favorite shows. Others offer desktop attachments, allowing you to walk as you work.

We hope these answers to common questions have helped you in determining the best treadmill for you. If you have more questions, let us know!

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