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Kristen - Guru Team

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  1. The best option for you depends on your budget, space availability, and desired workouts. You can find a cheap treadmill under $1000, but it may not provide all the functionality you're looking for. What kind of training do you plan to do? Do you have space limitations (small room, shared space, need a folding treadmill, etc.)? What is your general budget? (<$1000, $1000-$1500, >$1500?) Let us know and we can list some suggestions! 🙂

  2. The Horizon T202 may be a good option. It is a budget treadmill, priced under $1000, but still features a 60" long deck. This is about the longest you'll find on most affordable treadmills. Incline trainers and other high-end treadmills will get up to 65" long, but this is unusual for a budget, folding treadmill. The T202 is good for walking and inclines to 12%. 

  3. One of our favorite treadmills for cushioning is the Nordictrack 1750. It is a great all-around treadmill that offers cushioning, iFit content, and folds up. Nordictrack currently has it marked down for a Cyber Monday sale, but it's usually pretty reasonably priced. Another option would be the Horizon T101. It is typically priced under $1000 and features cushioning as well. It doesn't have the same functionality in the touchscreen, but it's a good budget option. 

  4. The Peloton Tread is quieter than other treadmills in this price range. However, any treadmill creates a bit of foot noise. If you place your treadmill on carpet or a rubber mat it can help reduce the overall noise output. But treadmills tend to generate more noise than comparable equipment such as bikes, rowers, and ellipticals. 

  5. Typically users burn more calories on a treadmill than an elliptical simply because you can run faster, harder, and longer on a treadmill. However, ellipticals engage more upper body muscles, they are low impact, and they tend to be quieter than treadmills, which may be a great option if you are a new mom. Either one will burn calories and contribute to weight loss - it all comes down to the nature of your workouts. I recommend utilizing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for maximum burn in a short period of time. You can incorporate this method on either a treadmill or elliptical. Good luck! 

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  6. a. A water rower feels more like you are rowing outdoors on the water. The soothing “swoosh” sound of the water as it moves through the tank reminds many rowing enthusiasts of the sound of the water while rowing outdoors on a lake or river. Water also generates a fluid, natural feel, and comfortable resistance. 

    b. Air rowers are noticeably noisier with significantly more resistance during the drive with slightly less on the recovery. However, air rowers can generate unlimited resistance and are preferred by those who want maximum resistance while rowing. 

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  7. a. Magnetic resistance uses magnets that oppose the polarity in the flywheel. As the flywheel spins, the magnets create “drag” without any friction. As the magnets move closer to the flywheel, more resistance is created. 

    b. Friction resistance is created by an adjustable lever and felt pad that presses against the flywheel to produce “drag.”  As you increase resistance, the pad presses down harder against the flywheel. A few caveats with friction resistance include the fact that it can be noisy, isn’t precisely measurable - therefore you lack digital resistance levels, and the pad can wear out over time. It is typically less expensive however. 

  8. a. Good question. The x32i and x22i offer more features than a standard treadmill. Both incline to 40%, decline to -6%, and have sled push handles and a 12mph max speed. This way you can kick your heart rate up for a challenging calorie burn without having to run faster (or at all). 

    b. Incline also engages more posterior muscles, so you activate your glutes, hamstrings, and gastrocnemius more than when walking on a flat road or lower incline. Incline training allows you to target more muscle groups.

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  9. No, the Tread will not fold. It has a slightly smaller belt that is 20” wide and 59” long. The total footprint is 68” L x 33” W x 62” H which is still good sized. But you can’t lift and fold the deck when you’re finished using it. Tread owners should make sure they have adequate space before investing in this treadmill.

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