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Why are Treadmills Kings of the Gym?

AProform Power 995i Runnerre you undecided about what to buy?  $1000 burning a hole in your pocket and you just cannot choose between that smooth riding elliptical or a treadmill…

In this article I’m going to show you just why treadmills are such a great choice, delivering better results, faster.

Treadmills, as we recognise them, have been around since the 1960’s, so they were not about in the Titanic’s day!  Modern treadmills host a huge number of features to get the most out of your workout, but essentially its a motor turning a track, that keeps up with your running speed.  All the other features are keeping you comfortable, motivated, and monitoring your progress.

There have always been rowing machines, and exercise bikes, however the new kid on the block in the elliptical trainer.  The key advantage of ellipticals is their smooth fluid movement.  They can certainly be more comfortable to use, particularly if you have not exercised for some time.

Scientific Proof of the Benefits of Treadmills:

However studies have proved that the most effective machine is the Treadmill.  Treadmills constantly outperform nearly all other exercise machines for long term fitness and weight loss.  You can see this yourself, next time you go to the gym, look how hard the runners are working vs their peers on the elliptical trainers or stair climbers.

In fact a leading scientific journal decided to put this to the test.  The conclusion was that “Under the conditions of the study, the treadmill is the optimal indoor exercise machine for enhancing energy expenditure when perceived exertion is used to establish exercise intensity”

This puts the treadmill ahead of Cross Country Ski Trainers, Exercise Bikes, Airdyne Bikes, Step trainers and Ellipticals.

If you are looking to maximise your return on Money, Time and Effort then your best choice is a good quality treadmill.

What Treadmill Should You Choose?

We have reviewed some of the best on the market.  We would recommend spending about $1000 to ensure that the machine is solid enough to last, and powerful enough to scale with your speed and strength improvements.  At this price we would look at the Lifespan TR1200i Treadmill.  This is one of the best on the market, comes with a great warranty and is powerful enough for most users.