Though the out-of-pocket expenses on a Costco Treadmill might scare you, investing in one is something that will be of major benefit for many years to come.
Think about how much having a treadmill in your home would help you to hit those workouts you otherwise would have bailed out on simply out of inconvenience.
That’s the best part! Treadmills are more convenient than going on an outdoor run, as you can do it from your home for as long as you want, at any time of the day, and during any type of weather. You can also adjust incline to make your workout a little harder.
Unless you’re an Earth bender, we’d say this is pretty much exclusive to a good treadmill. Lastly, you can adjust speeds and keep track of your running goals much more thoroughly. Pump up that speed and you’ll be forced to keep up, pushing you to get your best workout possible.
This is why we have compiled a list of our favorite treadmills on the market today so you can get off that couch and start burning calories!
Our Top 5 Favorites
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill
Even though this treadmill is much cheaper than you would expect, it still has the high-end durable feel that you would want for your running experience. To start, the shock absorption on the NordicTrack is excellent to make sure that you’re run feels a bit more linear and comfortable.
You can also easily adjust the incline from 0-12% at the simple touch of a button on the colorful 7-inch touchscreen. Equipped with iFit, you also have a library of infinite training options that can be paired with Google Maps if you’re the adventurous type.
Did we also mention that the touchscreen is web enabled? If you’re someone who can’t stand the thought of running out of pure boredom, this is an excellent way to run and multitask! Bundle in HD training videos, the ability to compete with friends, and statistics charts, this thing will get you in shape in no time!
Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill
In all its simple glory, the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill is a great training unit with 6 personal training workouts for all types of people. Use these training workouts to stop making assumptions on your workout and let the treadmill adjust for you!
If you want to know where you’re at in your workout in terms of calories burned or distance run, you can check all the results on the blue-tinted LCD display. The machine can also continuously check your pulse rate when you place your thumb on the Easy Pulse sensor.
With a mere two-position incline and not a whole lot of crazy features, this treadmill is for the person who just wants a good workout without the frills!
NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill
Now back to the treadmills with the frills! One of the things we love about this treadmill is the ability to connect your music device to the integrated sound system (aka dual 2-inch speakers) so that you can play all your favorite tunes while you sweat. Just like the C990 treadmill, you have the awesome i Fit programs built in, though the screen is a little bit smaller at 5 inches.
The incline is also slightly smaller at 0-10%, though can be easily adjusted at the press of a button. Equipped with the FlexSelect cushion deck and a firm deck, you can also adjust it with a small knob if you are a runner worried about your knees.
Packed with the cardio grip heart rate sensors, this thing has got just about everything you need to have a solid, yet comfortable workout.
Nautilus T614 Treadmill
Even though the design of this thing looks like someone transformed a spaceship into a treadmill, it’s actually a fairly simple unit. It comes with 22 different workout programs that are really easy to just press and go. We like that. Some higher-end treadmills can be way to overwhelming to get a simple workout on. That being said, the console is sleek and looks great! The 3”x5” high-resolution blue backlit LCD monitor comes packed with a USB charging port, data exchange features to the My Fitness Pal website, goal tracking, and user-friendly speed and incline buttons. You’ll also love the 3-speed fan that will keep you nice and cool while running and the chambered speakers that put out great sound quality for something that isn’t music-based. If you’re looking for a comfortable run with a strong motor and a solid amount of features, this is a great all-around treadmill.
Merax Easy Assembly Folding Electric Treadmill
This one goes out to the budget runners! The treadmill is simple, stylish, and easy enough to hop on and go so you can stay in shape all year round. No you don’t get any of the phone or crazy 3D LCD map training features, but you will have access to 3 well-rounded pre-set training programs, a multi-function display to track distance, speed, heart rate, etc., and just about the simplest folding design so that you can easily pack this baby up and store it in the closet without fuss. Unfortunately there is no push button for the incline, though if you really want to beef up that workout, you can manually adjust it. Lastly, it is a surprisingly sturdy treadmill for the price. You won’t notice tons of shaking like with some lower-end treadmills when you get up to higher speeds, and the noise isn’t insane either. Many users have said they watch TV at a comfortable volume while running!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible for a treadmill to give you accurate “calories burned” readings?
They definitely estimate those readings based on general equations that can be used for the average person. To get a more accurate reading, it is necessary to put in your body weight so they can use the average calories burned per mile to gauge it.
How is treadmill running compared to traditional outdoor running?
Costco Treadmill running is actually a lot better for you when compared to outdoor running for many reasons. First of all, you don’t have to deal with any elemental negatives like cold, rain, wind, humidity, etc. This can make a treadmill workout seem a bit easier to begin. Secondly, since treadmills, especially higher-end models, tend to be cushioned really well, it’s much easier on your knees than running on concrete. There is a downside to this however. If your leg muscles aren’t used to absorbing the shock of hard concrete or road, they might not be prepared when you do decide to hit the streets, and might result in easier injury.
How important is incline to my workout?
Adding incline to your running workout is beneficial and actually changes up the focus of the workout a lot. If you add incline, you’re also helping to build more strength. Think of it like constantly doing squats or climbing stairs. Keeping your treadmill flat adds more of a focus on stamina. Moving back and forth between both of these will give you a nice well-rounded workout.
Why might I opt for a more expensive treadmill if it has similar basic features?
The more expensive you go on a treadmill, the more durable it will be. This is great if you are heavy or want to do more powerful workout on them that would, make a cheap treadmill wobble. Treadmills that are more expensive also typically last longer and are built for prolonged use over the years because of their higher quality motors, belts, and materials. Other than that, it is mostly bells, whistles, and convenience. You can get everything you need out of a cheaper treadmill.