Buyer’s Guide

Having trouble choosing a treadmill or elliptical? Treadmill Sensei is here to help! Come to my dojo and learn what to look for in a treadmill or elliptical. Decide what features you want and then find a machine to match. Use this guide to help you decide which features you want so you can make the most informed decision possible on your next treadmill or elliptical.

Choosing a treadmill online

When you compare treadmills, you will find that every model has unique features. The standard things to look at are the weight capacity, motor and treadbelt. Make sure the machine can support your weight. If you are a runner, look for at least 3 HP from your motor. If you are taller than six feet, make sure your treadbelt is 60″ long instead of 55″ like most treadmills seem to be.

There are plenty of nice extras on top of these standard features. Some treadmills come with a TV, some now even have a web browser. Each machine has its own bells and whistles like motion sensors, iFit live and other goodies. Simply look at their merits and decide if it is something you would enjoy. But again, the important things to consider are the weight capacity, motor and treadbelt. After that, just decide which features you want and go for it.

Choosing an elliptical online

Ellipticals, like treadmills, come with pretty standard features and some extras as well. The first thing you need to decide is if you want a front or rear drive elliptical. Rear drive has less moving parts and is usually quieter, so you have a more comfortable workout and less repair work. However, a front drive takes up a lot less space. It’s up to you which works for your home. Stride length is also important. If you are taller than six feet, you need at least a 21″ stride elliptical. If you share it, consider an adjustable stride machine. Weight capacity also comes into play with an elliptical. Make sure it can support you.

There are some extras here as well, the most common of which is adjustable motion. Most elliptical trainers move in one elliptical motion. Adjustable motion machines can change from an elliptical motion to more of a stair stepper motion. This helps workout other muscles and gives you a better workout. Other features would be ergonomic foot pedals, hand grip sensors, iFit live and more. Again, decide what looks good to you and just go for it.

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About Treadmill Sensei

Treadmill SenseiThe Treadmill Sensei has been in the fitness industry for several years. He is familiar with several brands of fitness equipment and has written several reviews of many different treadmills and elliptical machines. You can see what he thinks are the best treadmills or you can get help choosing a treadmill.

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About My Treadmill Reviews

TreadmillMy treadmill reviews are both subjective and objective. They are objective in the sense that I will provide you with information about each machine, such as motor, weight capacity and other features. But they are subjective in the sense that I am really giving my opinion of each treadmill. You may agree or disagree with my opinion, but my hope is that my elliptical and treadmill reviews can be helpful to you in making a decision on what to buy. Remember that each review is just what I think. You can always check out Treadmill Doctor, Treadmill Review Guru or these other treadmill reviews if you want another opinion.