Great Equipment For Your Home Gym When Space Is Limited

Whether you have an odd-shaped space for a home gym or you only have a small corner of your house you can take over for a gym, you need to choose your workout equipment carefully.

Choose A Powerful Folding Treadmill For Tight Quarters

Buying a small, cheap treadmill may seem like it makes sense if you have limited space to set up a home gym. In reality, a cheap treadmill is very limiting. These treadmills generally have few features, next to no incline range, and have a depressing tendency to break down within 6 months to a year of regular use.

Choosing a powerful treadmill like the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 makes more sense if you want greater utility from your treadmill. This treadmill has an incline range of -3% decline up to 15% incline, allowing you to challenge yourself and burn calories faster. There are also 38 exercise programs, iFit Coach access, and much more. Also, this powerful treadmill can fold up, helping you to save on space when it is not in use.

Consider Hybrid Equipment For A Small Home Gym

If you only have space for one or two pieces of workout equipment, you may want to consider hybrid equipment. These pieces of gym equipment can give you two different types of workout and will allow you to make the most out of your space.

ProForm Hybrid Trainers – There are three ProForm Hybrid Trainers (Hybrid Trainer, Hybrid Trainer XT, Hybrid Trainer Pro). These pieces of hybrid equipment allow you to engage in a stationary bike workout or an elliptical workout, all depending on your preference. Be sure to use our ProForm coupon if you are interested in these pieces.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers – With the three NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers (FS5i, FS7i, FS9i) you can engage in an elliptical workout, stepper training, or treadmill workout. All you have to do is change your stride. Our NordicTrack coupons also will work on these pieces of hybrid equipment.

Add Adjustable Dumbbells To Your Workout Space

A full weight rack can take up a large amount of space and even a few sets of dumbbells can clutter up a tight home gym. Instead of going either of those routes, choose to add adjustable dumbbells to your workout space.

There are many manufacturers of adjustable dumbbells, one of which is NordicTrack. They have two different adjustable dumbbells:

  • NordicTrack SpeedWeight Adjustable Dumbbells – These dumbbells range in weight from 2.5 lbs to 12.5 lbs, with convenient racks you can tuck on either side of a treadmill so you can quickly access them during a treadmill workout.
  • NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells – For more concentrated strength workouts, the Select-A-Weight dumbbells range in weight from 10 lbs to 55 lbs. They also come with small racks to hold the dumbbells when they are not being used.

So, as you plan out your limited space home gym, consider these Treadmill Reviews-recommended pieces of equipment as you decide what to stock in your gym.

Aiming For Weight Loss? Don’t Forget These Key Components

Losing weight doesn’t require highly restrictive diets or expensive meal plans. In fact, the more complicated your weight loss plan, the harder it will be to stick to it.

Instead of making things difficult for yourself, just remember these key components as you work toward losing weight.

Exercise Speeds Up Weight Loss And Tones

Exercise complements the weight loss process. When you exercise regularly, you can tone up your body, which is especially helpful to combat any loose skin which may come as a result of losing weight.

Along with the toning effect of exercise, you can also speed up your weight loss as you exercise. There are 3,500 calories in a pound and you will need to burn that amount of calories to lose one pound. As aerobic exercises, such as running on a good treadmill, can net you anywhere from 200-700+ calories in one workout, you can see how exercise can help you reach your weight loss goal faster.

Calories In, Calories Out

While exercise is an important supplement to your overall weight loss goal, it cannot be your main approach to weight loss. The food you consume is vital to reaching your weight loss goal. Some people may label foods as “good” or “bad” as they create different diets, the most important part of weight loss is to simply understand the concept of calories in, calories out.

Since calories are fuel for our daily lives, we use a certain amount of energy (calories) every day to function properly. However, the calories needed by a construction worker is very different than the amount needed by an office worker who is the same age, weight, and height as the construction worker. If you are consuming more calories (more energy) than you need to use, then you will gain weight.

To create a baseline of your calorie intake needs, use a calorie calculator. The calculator will show you several metrics to help you toward your goal.

Track Your Weight Loss Progress

Tracking your weight loss progress is a key component to achieving your weight loss goals. Some things you should be tracking are:

  • Track your food and exercise – To have an accurate picture of your weight loss efforts, you should track your food intake and your workouts. That way, if you stall in your progress, you can look at your tracker and see where the issue may be. Apps such as MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and others can help you track both food and exercise.
  • Take regular measurements – At times, you may not see obvious scale progress toward your weight loss goal. So, it is important to take your measurements, such as your waist, hips, thigh, biceps, and other measurements you may be interested in. While you may not lose weight for a few weeks, your measurements can still show you that still losing.
  • Weigh in regularly – Seeing the number on the scale can be discouraging for some people, but it is important to have regular weigh-ins. It will allow you to track your direct progress and see how you are progressing. Whether you want to do it once a week or once a month, just make sure you weigh in regularly.

If you notice you are not progressing, you may need to step up your workout intensity. While you may not have more time to dedicate to working out or the ability to cut back on your calorie intake, using a NordicTrack Incline Trainer treadmill can help you burn calories five times faster than a regular treadmill workout! That way you can give your weight loss a serious boost and reach your goal.

Treadmills With The Largest Display Screens

One of the restrictions you have when looking at even the best treadmills under $1,000 and other budget treadmills are their display screens. But if you are interested in purchasing a treadmill with a large display screen, we have some options for you.

Matrix Treadmill Screen Size Can Be Chosen

All four of the Matrix treadmills come with the option of choosing your treadmill display screen, with the largest option being the 16” touchscreen XIR Ultimate. Along with the large display console, some other things to consider when it comes to Matrix treadmills are:

  • For a Matrix treadmill to come with the XIR Ultimate console, it can cost you anywhere from $3,499 on the TF30 treadmill to $5,199 on the most expensive Matrix treadmill, the T75.
  • The entertainment options are potentially endless, as the XIR Ultimate console can connect to your wifi and allow you to use the web browser, Hulu Plus, Facebook, Twitter, MyFitnessPal, YouTube, and Netflix all from your treadmill screen.
  • These are highly durable, health-club quality treadmills and only two out of the four can fold up.

Life Fitness Platinum Club Can Come With Large Console Screen

On the Life Fitness Platinum Club treadmill, you can find an even bigger console screen than the Matrix treadmill XIR Ultimate. There are three console options for the Platinum Club and the largest is the Discover SE3 HD console, which is a 19” high-definition touchscreen console. Other attributes of this treadmill are:

  • Depending on the color you want your Discover SE3 HD console, you can affect the overall price of the Platinum Club treadmill. They range in price from $8,999 (Arctic Silver) to $9,199 (Titanium Storm).
  • This treadmill is more often bought as a light residential treadmill, designed to withstand fairly heavy usage, making it both durable and bulky. It does not fold.
  • The Discover SE3 HD console can connect to the internet, allowing you to use entertainment apps and browse online. This connection also allows you to access interactive workouts and you can also set up unlimited user profiles.

NordicTrack Has The 2 Largest Treadmill Display Screens

Cornering the market on the largest treadmill display screens, NordicTrack has two treadmills with gigantic 22” interactive coaching touchscreens. These treadmills are the Commercial 2950 and the X22i Incline Trainer. While there are differences between these two treadmills, when it comes to their large display screens, they are fairly similar.

  • With the largest display screens, you would think these treadmills would also be the most expensive. Yet, both the Commercial 2950 ($2,799) and the X22i ($2,925) are usually priced under $3,000.
  • The purchase of one of these treadmills now comes with one free year of iFit Coach. This allows you access interactive virtual workouts with personal trainers, a library of workouts, the iFit community, and more.
  • Both of these NordicTrack treadmills are web-enabled so you can browse online and use online entertainment such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

As you consider which of these treadmills with their large displays is the right one for you, be sure to read our in-depth reviews on them before you buy.

Least Complicated Home Treadmills

As we review treadmills, one of the things we commonly look at is how user-friendly a treadmill is for your average user. After reviewing hundreds of treadmills, we have found the least complicated home treadmills for users who want to be able to just jump on and workout, no user manual required.

Budget Treadmills Are Often Easier To Use

An easy rule of thumb is that the more affordable the treadmill, the simpler that treadmill will be to operate. This is often because budget treadmills often don’t receive the best technology. However, buying a cheap treadmill just because it’s uncomplicated may not be the best strategy.

A good compromise between affordable treadmills and the least complicated treadmills are the best treadmills under $1,000. These treadmills balance cost with excellent fitness technology and are easy for novice treadmill users to utilize.

NordicTrack Touchscreen Treadmills User-Friendly

Some of the best-selling home treadmills are NordicTrack treadmills. This is in part because they are so easy for homeowners to use. As most of NordicTrack’s treadmills come with touchscreens, it is easy for users to navigate through the programs and settings. Other easy use features characteristic of NordicTrack treadmills are:

  • Straightforward exercise program layout so you can navigate by workout type then fitness level.
  • Responsive touchscreen and quick set buttons listing all inclines and speeds available.
  • Multiple fan speeds available to keep you cool during a workout.
  • Many NordicTrack treadmills are wi-fi capable so you can browse online or stream your favorite shows on your NordicTrack touchscreen.

Many SOLE Treadmills Have Simple Consoles

SOLE treadmills come with bright, basic consoles which are simple for novice treadmill users to access. The 10 workout programs a SOLE treadmill comes with are laid out on the console, with a separate button for each available program. This makes workout program access incredibly easy.

The quick set speed and incline buttons on SOLE treadmills do not include all the available speeds and inclines but there are responsive adjustment buttons on the console. Also, on the treadmill arms, there are up and down arrow buttons so you can quickly change speeds and inclines. SOLE treadmills are particularly good for heavier users looking for the least complicated home treadmills as SOLE treadmills are often rated for users weight 350 and up.

Complicated treadmills tend to sit in a corner and collect dust. So, do yourself a favor and check out some of the least complicated home treadmills and see if one of them is the right treadmill for you.

10 Stretches For Your Post-Run Cool Down

Whether you are running outside or inside on a great treadmill, stretching after your run is a key way to prevent running-related injuries. When it comes to your cool down stretches, a variety of static stretches can help keep your muscles limber and your body flexible.

Here at Treadmill Reviews, we have put together 10 excellent post-run stretches for you to do. Each stretch is best held for at least 60 seconds, though you should feel free to repeat the stretch if you feel you need it.

Hip Raise

With knees bent, feet placed hip-width apart, and your hands by your sides, raise up your hips. This stretch is an excellent way to stretch your hips flexors, which can become tight after a run if not addressed. Make sure your weight is resting on your shoulders and not your neck, so you do not injure your neck.

Hurdler Stretch

Place your left leg stretched out in front of you and the flat of your right foot tucked into the inner thigh of your left leg. With both hands, reach for your outstretched left foot. Alternate to your right leg after you have completed the left leg stretch.

Not everyone can reach their foot as this move requires a certain amount of flexibility. Reach as far as possible but do not strain yourself. This stretching position helps stretch calves, hamstrings, and glutes.

Sit And Reach

rom a seated position, place both legs in front of you and reach for your heels. As with the hurdler stretch, it takes time for some to reach their heels, so be persistent but do not strain yourself. The glutes, calves, hamstrings, and hip flexors are stretched by this position.

Pigeon Pose

s you bend one leg in front (resting on one side) with the opposite leg extended behind, reach up and back with both arms. Be sure to alternate to the other side. You will be able to stretch your core, hip flexors, quadriceps, and shoulders.

Side Lunges

lace your right leg into a 90-degree angle and your left leg extended to your side. You can keep your hands clasped in front of you or extended above your head. Alternate sides to complete the stretch. This will open your hips more, stretch your inner thigh muscles, and calves.

Front Lunges

ith your right leg in front at a 90-degree angle and left extended behind you, keep your extended leg as straight as possible. Change sides to perform the whole stretch properly. Along with stretching your hip flexors, this stretch will help glutes, hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps.

Side Stretch

rom a wide stance, stretch to your left side with left arm lightly on your calf and your right extended above you. Take even and deep breaths as you hold this stance. Alternate to the right side to complete the side stretch as you stretch your calves, obliques, and hip flexors.

Child’s Pose

hile kneeling, behind on your heels, place yourself face-down with arms outstretched. Keep your arms loose and keep from tensing up. This will help stretch your quadriceps, upper back, and arms.

Reclined Spinal Twist

o perform this stretch, lay down flat with your arms extended from your sides and your left leg crossed over your right. Be sure to keep your shoulders flat on the floor to make the stretch effective, then alternate sides. This will stretch out your lower back, hips, and glutes.

Butterfly Stretch

From a seat position, bring the bottoms of your feet together. Push your knees down to the floor as much as possible without straining. Your hip flexors, quadriceps, and calves can be stretched this way.

You can do one or two cycles of all these stretches to protect your body from strain and so you can keep running effectively.

Crafting Treadmill Workouts For Results

As someone who regularly uses treadmills, both at work and at home, I feel that I have plenty of ideas to share when it comes to treadmill workouts. So, I was happy that NordicTrack reached out to me with their latest treadmill-focused project.

They wanted to bring together some expert voices on crafting treadmill workouts for more effective results and I was excited to share what I have learned. Check out the article below:

Here at NordicTrack, we are constantly looking for new ways to help people reach their fitness goals on their treadmills. To do this, we reached out to Lauren Abbott from Treadmill Reviews. When asked about her successful treadmill workouts, she said, “I hate to say this, but squashing boredom is a huge step in keeping up a successful treadmill workout.” To keep you from hopping off the treadmill in sheer boredom, Lauren recommended facing the treadmill at a window, using iFit programs, audiobooks, and music.

Once you have your treadmill entertainment figured out, you can try out Lauren’s secret treadmill workout routine. She told us how she finished every one of her treadmill runs with a sprint routine and even claimed, “My routine can burn up to 400 extra calories in just a few minutes, depending on your heart rate.” If that’s something that sounds good to you, check out her routine in the graphic below.

If you want more advice on crafting engaging treadmill workouts that help you progress in your fitness journey, then you will want to see what our other running experts had to say in their interviews. Their advice can be tailored to anyone’s needs.  

  • Stephanie Miller and Fit Found Me – “I’d rather run on a cushioned treadmill to support my knees, monitor speed, time and distance compared to running outside on pavement or even the bare ground.” Stephanie’s interview
  • Ryan Hill and Hill Runner – “This will seem easy at first but, by the end of the run, you’ll be glad you didn’t change your pace.” Ryan’s interview
  • Sarah Canney and Run Far Girl – “[Treadmill hill climbs] elevates your heart rate and also acts as a strength workout.” Sarah’s interview

Learning how to craft treadmill workouts for your personal fitness needs can make all the difference in your fitness journey. So, as you incorporate the right running advice to suit you, be sure your treadmill matches your needs.

Build Elevation Cardio Stamina On A Home Treadmill

It is fully possible to build up your elevation cardio stamina on a good quality treadmill. The ability to do this on a treadmill can be especially helpful for those who don’t live in hilly areas.

To successfully increase your elevation stamina, there are a few things you need to do.

Make Sure Your Treadmill Has An Incline Range

There are plenty of cheap treadmills which don’t have an incline range or if one is available, it is very restrictive. A treadmill with an incline range of -3% to 15% is good for those who want to build up their elevation stamina. The most limited incline range we could recommend for incline training is 0% to 10%. However, you should be aware that with such a limited range, you may outperform the available range.

Start Slow Then Build Up Speed

There are two meanings behind our advice to start slow then build up speed. First, we do mean it literally. Most people cannot go the same speed while going up an incline as they can when running on a flat or declined surface. Pacing becomes even more difficult as the incline increases.

If you are used to pacing at 6 MPH but want to try an 8% incline, we would recommend you slow down so you don’t burn out or injure yourself.

The second meaning behind our start slow advice applies to the available incline levels. If you are trying to build up elevation stamina, you do not need to crank the incline level up to the max. That would be like constantly sprinting and hoping it made you a better long-distance runner. Instead, become comfortable with the lower incline levels and build up to the more challenging higher incline levels.

Use Weights To Increase Treadmill Incline Difficulty

If you have mastered the incline levels available on your treadmill, you can use weights to increase the difficulty. This also has the added effect of simulating the very real drag runners feel when running at higher elevations. Some ways to add weights while working out on your treadmill are:

  • Handheld dumbbells
  • Weight vest
  • Ankle weights

Treadmills Best For Elevation Stamina Training

The best treadmills for incline training are the NordicTrack Incline Trainer treadmills. These treadmills all have an incline range of -6% decline and reach an incredible 40% incline! With this kind of incline range, you can keep challenging yourself and steadily build up your elevation stamina.

No matter what treadmill you end up using, if you follow our advice, you will be able to see increases in your elevation stamina.

Based On The Reviews, How Do I Choose The Treadmill For Me

Once you’ve found a great treadmill review website like Treadmill Reviews, it can still be a little challenging to choose a treadmill. When you don’t understand how treadmills are reviewed, how the treadmills are judged can seem arbitrary and make it impossible for you to use the review to determine if the treadmill is the right one for you.

To help you use our reviews to choose a treadmill, we have created a short guide for you to use as you read through our reviews.   

Look At Treadmill Review Criteria

We have developed an in-depth guide regarding the best treadmills of 2018. Reading through it can give you an idea of what kind of features are on the best treadmills in a certain price range or category, such as the best treadmills for runners.

Below the categorical information, we also developed a more general guide on the kind of features buyers should look for when purchasing a new treadmill. By reading through this section of our treadmill review criteria, you can see if our emphasized values match up with your treadmill needs.  

Check Treadmill Rating To Avoid Wasting Time

Once you start to read our reviews, you should immediately check our overall rating of the treadmill in question. We rate the treadmill’s features, tech specs, and build quality for an overall 1-5 star rating.

Until you read a few of our reviews, the three category ratings may not make much sense to you. However, the rating you can immediately rely on is the 1-5 star rating. Depending on the stars we rate it, you can immediately know if you should even bother with the treadmill review, let alone the real deal.

  • 1-star range – We do not try to be overly harsh on any treadmill, so if one has achieved a rating in this range, then the treadmill likely is overpriced and under-delivers.
  • 2-star range – Many budget treadmills tend to end up in this price range as they lack durability and features. We do not tend to recommend treadmills which achieve ratings in this range.
  • 3-star range – A treadmill in the 3-star range represents the average residential treadmill, with a decent amount of features, specs, and build quality. However, these treadmills tend to have flaws which are not in other treadmills in its price range, causing it to lose points with us.
  • 4-star range – If you see a treadmill has scored in the 4-star range with Treadmill Reviews, then you know we think very highly of the treadmill. Treadmills in this star range are of high quality and likely on our best treadmills list.
  • 5-star range – Very few treadmills achieve this rating from Treadmill Reviews. It does not mean the treadmill is flawless but it does indicate that the treadmill in question is the best among treadmills in its price range.

Choose Which Treadmill Features Are Most Important

After you have a feel for how our treadmill reviews work and what kinds of ratings you are looking for, then determine at least 3 treadmill features are of most importance to you. Some examples of this are:

  • Budget treadmill with high weight capacity and folding deck – If these are your three most important features, then you should look at SOLE treadmills like the F63. It is an affordable treadmill with a weight capacity of 325 lbs as well as a hydraulic system to assist with folding and lowering the treadmill deck.
  • Affordable treadmill that is family-friendly with entertainment features – The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 fits these requirements. To double-check these requirements, read through our commentary on the price, functionality, and features on the Commercial 1750.

These are just two of the many treadmill reviews we have on treadmill reviews. You can read reviews on treadmills by brand if you have a particular brand you prefer or simply sort by our best treadmills now that you know how to use our treadmills reviews to choose a treadmill.

Correcting Oversupination When Using A Treadmill

Oversupination is a term to describe the motion of a person’s foot striking the ground and rolling outward as the person continues to move. While it affects fewer people than overpronation, it can be just as damaging, though many people live with their oversupination without too much trouble. However, if those who oversupinate pursue a regular running routine, these people are courting injury.

At Treadmill Reviews, we are often asked if treadmills can help protect against oversupination and the answer is – maybe. If you use your treadmill correctly, you can correct your oversupination but it has to be a concentrated effort.

Treadmills Are Ideal For Correcting Oversupination

What makes a treadmill ideal for correcting oversupination covers several factors. Some of these factors are:

  • Shock-absorbing deckQuality treadmills can have up to 30% better shock absorption than you can receive from running on any other surfaces. This can take some of the strain off of your legs as you work on your oversupination.  
  • Greater control – While you can plan out your running route, you can’t control all factors outdoors. With a treadmill, you can alter pace, incline, tempo, and more very easily in ways that are not achievable outdoors.
  • Able to focus – Choosing to use a treadmill rather than run outside will allow you to focus on your gait. A large part of correcting oversupination is the individual’s focus on their foot placement. With a treadmill, you do not need to watch for danger as you would need to outside and instead focus the majority of your attention on how you are placing your feet.   

Techniques To Correct Oversupination On A Treadmill

As it is clear that using a treadmill is one of the best ways to correct your oversupination, there are some techniques you will need to implement to benefit from your treadmill.

  • Shorten your stride – A shorter cadence will allow you to make quicker and lighter adjustments to your stride as you run. You can set your treadmill to short intervals to help you work on changing your stride.
  • Utilize incline range – Both incline and decline can alter our normal running gait, so you will want to utilize both if they are available on your treadmill. Short striding incline steps are an ideal way to retrain your body.
  • Wear the right shoes – Your treadmill should be paired with the right running shoes to help you overcome your oversupination. The shoes will support your higher arches and cradle your foot as it tries to roll outward. Its cushioning combined with the treadmill will help de-stress your leg muscles and joints.

Oversupination can be hard on all of your lower body, but by using a treadmill, you can train yourself out of your natural gait pattern and strengthen your body.

How To Correct Overpronation With Treadmill Training

Pronation is a normal and natural movement in the ankle as people take steps. As someone pushes off with their foot, pronation rolls the foot slightly inward. However, overpronation can cause the inward roll to become more severe, straining the muscles and tendons which connect the foot to the rest of the leg.

Overpronation is common in runners and takes a lot of training to correct the issues. If overpronation is something you struggle with, training on the right treadmill can be an ideal way to overcome this problem.

Why Use A Treadmill To Correct Overpronation?

A treadmill is an ideal way to deal with overpronation namely as it offers a more cushioned surface than either cement, asphalt, or other outdoor surfaces. The deck of most treadmills offers greater flexibility than the outside ground would, which will allow over-strained feet the ability to recover as you correct the overpronation.

Also, many of the tips we recommend to help someone correct their overpronation are easier to accomplish on a treadmill than through any other running surface.

Ways To Correct Overpronation On Your Treadmill

There are specific things you can do during your treadmill training which will help you to correct your overpronation. The most important of these things are:

  • Adjust treadmill incline often – When running or walking on an incline, overpronation is often eliminated, as primarily the balls of the feet are the only part of the foot which strikes the deck. So, as you correct your overpronation, where you strike can also be altered so you are less likely to overpronate. While not everyone can find enough incline outdoors, a treadmill can always provide a convenient incline.
  • Keep your pace steady – It is natural to alter your pace during a run. However, this can contribute to sloppier foot placement and overpronation. By setting your treadmill to a steady pace, you can be sure that you will not allow your pace to affect your foot placement.  
  • Focus on your gait – Your own focus is one of the most important parts of correcting overpronation. It can be dangerous to be overly-focused on your gait and foot movement when working out outdoors but on a treadmill, you can relax some of your situational awareness. Instead, set the treadmill at a pace you can stick to easily then hone in on how your feet and ankles are moving.

Choose The Right Treadmill For Your Needs

Not all treadmill can equally help you with your goal of correcting overpronation. Ideally, many of the features for this can be found on one of the best treadmills under $1,500. These treadmills have well-cushioned decks, good incline ranges, and other top-notch features. So, if you are looking for the right treadmill to help you train away your overpronation, be sure to read our treadmill reviews carefully.