That’s a question I get asked a lot especially this time of year. I’ve talked a lot about treadmill tolerance so when Michelle, NYCRunningMama asked if I would share my experience in purchasing and living with my treadmill, I felt like it would be useful.
What kind of treadmill do you have?
So let’s start with the basics. I have a Lifespan 4000i.
- Year purchased: 2013
- Cost: $1,100ish
- Dimensions: 20 x 60 running surface. Full Dimensions: 74.25″ L x 33″ W x 55″ H (185.63cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H) Full
42″ L x 33″ W x 66″ H (105cm L x 82.5 W x 165cm H) Folded
- Max Pace/Max (Minimum) Incline: It has 15 incline modes
- Features: Folds up, Cup holders, speakers that you can plug your iphone into to listen to your music right there. Heartrate monitor, which I’ve never gotten to work.
- Quick start buttons to get you quickly to 3.0 – 6.0.
- It’s sturdy. You don’t feel like the deck is bouncing around.
- Emergency shutoff which is a MUST with two young kids running around.
- No ability keypad which means you have to push the incremental speed up button (past the quickstart buttons);
- No pace indicator, just treadmill speed so you have guess the pace.
It took me a long time to decide to buy a treadmill. I just couldn’t justify it when I had a gym membership with perfectly good treadmills. It wasn’t till MiniE came around and I realized I was going to be home more often that I decided to take the plunge. I stalked Craig’s List for months but nothing ever came up that I felt was worth risking a used treadmill. We started looking at new ones. We looked at Sears, Sports Authority, Nordic Trac, Woodway and others.
Factors to consider
- Deck Size: Deck is the area you run on and we wanted something that would be long enough to provide my husband with a solid surface because his gate is a little longer than mine.
- Features: At the time, I really liked the ability to customize workouts ahead of time but now I realize I’m better off just manually creating the workout as a I go.
- Cost: It wasn’t the low-end and it wasn’t the high-end. Sure, I would’ve loved to get one with a flat panel monitor that you could watch as you ran but the fact of the matter is I knew I would be watching TV most of the time and when I wasn’t I was more than likely going to need to keep an eye on little kids running around.
Would I pick the same one if I had to do it all over again?
- Probably but I would upgrade to whatever version has the pace. That REALLY bothers me. LifeSpan is a great product and more than likely has a product for you.
What kind of treadmill should I buy (you)?
That’s hard to say. It really depends on the factors that are most important to you. They are all different so do your research. You can also watch your local Craig’s List for gym closings. You can sometimes pick up a commercial grade treadmill at a good price but be careful. Buying a used treadmill can be like buying a used car (which I have done a lot), you never quite know what you’re getting.
I’m extremely happy to have a treadmill. Best purchase, I have absolutely no buyers remorse. You have probably seen it on Instagram. It seems to grace many of my pictures lately.
So let’s talk. Do you have a treadmill? Do you want one?
I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my ow.