There are all different types of treadmills on the market that will accommodate various users. Some users need to buy a treadmill that will accommodate their height, while other users will need a treadmill that will incline to 40 percent. Well, there are some people that will actually train for marathons on their treadmill and this means they need a sturdy treadmill that can take heavy impact levels.
The best way to distinguish between a weak and a sturdy treadmill is by looking at the motor horsepower, and the user weight capacity. If a treadmill has below a 2.5 HP motor and less than a 300 lb user weight capacity, I would question the sturdiness. Treadmills begin to be sturdy when the horsepower is over 3.0 HP and the user weight is over 300 lbs. Also, make sure the treadmill has a decent warranty policy just in case the sturdiness of the machine does not work out.
Take the ProForm Power 1080 for example, this treadmill is set at a decent price, yet it has a 3.25 HP motor, and a user weight capacity of 350 lbs. Not only does it have the sturdiness an athlete would need, but it has a great warranty to back it up. ProForm guarantees this machine a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, 5 years for parts, and 2 years for in-home labor. That is a great warranty, and the user would never have to worry about the sturdiness of their treadmill.
Any ways, I sort of strayed off topic just a bit. I wanted to explain that athletes need a different type of treadmill than just any average user. And this video below shows how athletes can train on a treadmill. The treadmill in the video is different than any treadmill you can purchase on the market, but I felt like this video was interesting to see how athletes can train effectively on a treadmill, and if you had a treadmill sturdy enough, you could train the same way as in the video. Even if you’re not an athlete, you could incorporate this video’s workout into some of your treadmill workouts.