Suggest a Treadmill for Home

Hi,

I am looking to buy a quality treadmill for home use. I m not a runner by any means but have done some workouts in the gym. I aim to loose some extra weight and maintain general fitness.

I read on internet that cheap treadmill will give knee pains and more of a maintenance hell. I am looking something with v less maintenance.

Please suggest based on your experience and place to buy in Melbourne.

I am looking to spend $3-4k. I have space to keep so folding or compact size is not a big deal.

Thanks for your time.

Cheers

Comments

  • +4 votes

    Plenty of barely used quality treadmills on Gumtree / marketplace for around $1k.

    It seems criminal to spend that on new equipment. Just make sure it was from private use and not ex-gym equipment.

    • +1 vote

      Ex-gym machines aren't always bad, they're better quality than home models and are often replaced as part of a schedule.

  • +2 votes

    Buy the one that you think will appeal the most on Gumtree in a few months time so you get a quick sale.

    Alternatively buy a rower instead. Takes up the same space when in use and less if you have one that can be stood up when not being used. Gives you a much more complete workout compared to a treadmill. Odds are you'll still stop using it in a few months but on the off chance you stay with it, you'll get more ongoing benefit from the rower. You can also get a commercial grade rower like Concept2 for $1600 and keep your other $1400+ or buy one used and save even more.

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      Where can you get a good price for concept2

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        Prices for new were all very similar when I bought mine a few years ago so you probably won't find much variation. You might find differences in delivery fees etc.

  • +4 votes

    Outside is a free treadmill.

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      But it's scary outside.

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        And cold.
        And wet.
        And a toilet/shower aren't always less than 20 metres away.

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    The saying " You Get What You Pay For" was phrased for Treadmill purchases and has been used loosely ever since.

  • +1 vote

    I bought one of these…it is really good quality
    https://www.gymandfitness.com.au/products/lifespan-apex-trea...

    there is a video about it here:
    https://www.harveynorman.com.au/lifespan-fitness-apex-treadm...

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      Which one did you buy? (second link is now dead)

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        this one…https://www.lifespanfitness.com.au/products/apex-treadmill

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    A crosstrainer is easier on the knees.

    Secondhand gives you the best value.

  • +1 vote

    A treadmill won't give you knee pain, bad style will.
    They all require ongoing maintenance and have a limited lifespan, that's why a gym is usually the better option (higher quality machines/no maintenance responsibilities) but otherwise don't spend over $500 or you're wasting money.

  • +1 vote

    PS: a couple of days late. GRAYS Online had a SNAP fitness GYM sale. The treadmills would have been hardly used. They were $500 with an hour to go. These were 10k+ new deals.

    I'd wait and get a GYM quality treddy secondhand. Either Life Fitness, Precor etc. Otherwise i think you would be wasting $4k on a new semi commercial version.