Running is one of the best ways to improve your cardio, burn calories and strengthen your muscles. However, between poor weather, heavy workloads and crowded streets, there are many potential barriers to going outside for a run. That’s where having a treadmill at home comes in handy.
- What is a treadmill?
- The Different Types Of Treadmills
- The Best Treadmills in Canada in 2021
- How To Choose The Best Treadmill
- How do treadmills work?
- The Benefits of Using a Treadmill
They’re convenient, reliable and packed with built-in tworkout programs to keep you engaged and motivated. Nowadays, you can even integrate some treadmills with your favorite fitness apps.
Although running indoors doesn’t provide the same thrill as running outside, the convenience and comfort of hopping on a piece of sturdy equipment in your own home can’t be beaten. This is especially true during quarantine.
What is a treadmill?
A treadmill is the most popular indoor cardiovascular workout equipment. It’s a powerful machine that essentially simulates the experience of walking or running. The main difference is that the belt is moving forward instead of your body.
Treadmills were invented even before the invention of electronic equipment to harness the power of animals or people to complete tasks. Treadmills were used as a sort of mill that grinds grains when a person or animal walks the treads of the treadwheel. Treadmills have obviously come a long way since then! The first training treadmill was created to detect cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Nowadays, treadmills are used in gyms, medical and biomechanical institutions, shoe stores and even in homes.
The Different Types Of Treadmills
Manual treadmills that are not powered by electricity and only work when you start running on their roller-based treading belts. The main advantages of manual treadmills are their smaller size, portability and lower risk of injury. Since the belt does not move automatically as it does with an electronic treadmill, there is much less risk of falling off the machine.
The main disadvantages of manual treadmills are that they tend to have limited functionality, smaller belts, and are generally less durable than other types of treadmills.
Electronic treadmills are the most common type of treadmill. Compared to manual treadmills, motorized treadmills are typically larger and more durable. Since they’re bulkier than manual treadmills, they’re often more difficult to transport. For that reason, electric treadmills require a permanent position in your home.
When using your treadmill at home or at the gym, electronic treadmills are designed to offer you the highest quality workout possible. Almost all electric treadmills have customizable settings that allow you to create a workout at the perfect difficulty-level.
Hybrid treadmills incorporate the features of a regular treadmill with those of an alternative cardio machine. The most common hybrid treadmill will combine a standard treadmill with an elliptical machine or a stepper. The benefit of hybrid treadmills is that you can easily switch between two forms of cardio without switching machines. You can also save space in your home and money by owning only one cardio machine.
The Best Treadmills in Canada in 2021
Below are our reviews of the 5 best home treadmills that are available in Canada.
Norditrack’s T Series treadmill is feature-rich, affordable and compact. It has a maximum speed of 16 kph and a weight capacity of 300 lbs. With a horsepower of 3, the T Series is powerful enough to incline upwards or downwards by 10% at any time with the press of a button. It has a built-in 5-inch backlit display that lets you monitor your workout progress over time. It also lets you easily choose from 20 different workout apps that were designed by personal trainers.
Another perk of the T Series is that it comes with a 1-month subscription for iFit which gives you access to 16,000 classes and workouts. It will even suggest personalized workouts based on your tracked information.
Another detail we love about the T Series is its comfortably padded belt. The belt is designed to replicate a real-life running experience while reducing joint impact.
- Comes with 20 pre-set workout programs + 1 month iFit subscription
- User-friendly “OneTouch” settings
- Can be folded when not in use
- iFit requires subscription after 1 month
- No built-in fans
- Maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose treadmill, the GYMAX’s 2-in-1 treadmill is a great option! As a 2-in-1 treadmill, it can be used as a standard treadmill or as an under-desk walking treadmill. While it’s basic in terms of features, it’s effective, minimal, and can even be folded when not in use.
While there aren’t any pre-set workout programs, your workout stats are tracked in real-time using a touchscreen interface and a 2-inch LED display. Its 5-layer non-slip belt cushions your feet and absorbs any shocks to your joints. Thanks to its powerful and ultra-silent engine, your workouts will be silent and comfortable.
Since it’s quiet, foldable and can be used under a desk, the GYMAX is the perfect treadmill for the office. Transport rollers make it easier than most to transport.
- Basic yet highly effective
- Easy to store and transport
- Perfect for the office or small spaces
- Low maximum capacity of 265 lbs
- Might be too small for running
- Cannot adjust incline level
- No pre-set programs
ASUNA is an excellent manual treadmill if you’re looking for an intense non-electric workout machine. With 8 resistance levels and 4 incline levels to choose from, this treadmill is great for improving both your cardio and strength over time.
As a manual treadmill with no need for electricity, the ASUNA can be set up in your backyard, on your balcony, or literally anywhere in your home. Its built-in transport wheels will help you move it around. It can also be folded and put away when not in use.
With a maximum weight capacity of 440 lbs, this treadmill is suitable for a wide range of people. Overall, we recommend the ASUNA if you’re looking for a gimmick-free treadmill that can provide you with consistently intense workouts.
- Does not require any electricity to operate
- High weight capacity of 440 lbs
- 8 resistance levels + 4 incline levels to choose from
- Lacks the tracking features & pre-set programs of electric treadmills
- Heavier than most electric treadmills
- Not as easy to run on as an electric treadmills
With its Award-winning minimal design, the WalkingPad A1 is a sleek treadmill that’s perfect for low-intensity jogging and walking. Since it doesn’t have handrails like most treadmills, the A1 can easily be placed under a desk without having to remove any parts. When not in use, the A1 can be folded to a much smaller size than most foldable treadmills.
Its LED display is placed at the front of the machine and conveniently tracks your speed, distance and workout time. For additional workout features, the A1 integrates with a fitness app. Since the LED display is not in arm’s reach, workout settings are adjusted using a remote control instead.
Overall, the A1 Pro treadmill is perfect if you’re looking for a compact treadmill for low-intensity workouts. It’s especially great for the office as it’s quiet and can be placed under your desk.
- Can be folded to a very small size
- User-friendly remote control
- Integrates with an app for workout programs
- Quiet, low horsepower motor
- Small deck is less ideal for running
- Cannot adjust incline
- Very low maximum weight of 230 lbs
The Goplus is another excellent folding treadmill. Similar to the GYMAX above, the Goplus can easily be folded and tucked away when not in use. With its small deck size, the Goplus is perfect for apartments or small spaces. However, if you’re on the bigger side, it’s less ideal.
With its built-in Bluetooth speaker, you also can listen to music while working out. Additionally, there is a phone holder on the screen where you can place your device and enjoy your preferred TV show or film.
What we love about the Goplus is its minimal design and extra large LED display. You can track your pace, workout time, steps, distances, and calories burned in real-time. The downside is that there are no preset workouts and you cannot adjust the incline.
- Very compact and portable with wheels
- Very compact and portable with wheels
- No assembly required
- Narrow running belt, not ideal for bigger people
- Low maximum speed (12.8 km/h)
- No pre-set workout programs
- Cannot adjust incline
How To Choose The Best Treadmill
Belt Width & Weight Capacity
Select a treadmill size that is suitable for your workout style and allocated workout space. If you plan on using your treadmill for running, ensure that the belt is wide enough to do so safely. If you weigh over 250 lbs, make sure that the treadmill is suitable for your weight. Most non-commercial treadmills will have a weight capacity of around 250-300 lbs.
A treadmill’s minimum and maximum speed will largely depend on the horsepower of the treadmill. Most treadmills will have a maximum speed of around 15-19 kp/h.
Features & Pre-sets
Can the treadmill incline upwards and downwards? Does the treadmill come with pre-set training programs? Does it integrate with your favorite training app? Does it have a heart rate monitor? Does it track your workout progress over time? These are all features that are potentially worth looking into.
Treadmills can cost anywhere from $250 for a manual treadmill to well over $1000 for a feature-rich motorized treadmill. When it comes to the latter, price is a pretty good indicator of quality. In general, treadmills that cost less than $1000 are less likely to survive more than a few seasons due to the engine and belt’s lack of durability. However, many treadmills that start at around $1500 can provide the same level of durability and functionality as the commercial treadmills found in gyms.
How do treadmills work?
An electric motor operates a treadmill by spinning its belt. The treadmill’s engine is frequently referred to as its “heart.” The machine is essentially useless without it. As opposed to its engine, the treadmill’s efficiency is heavily affected by the characteristics of the belt, rollers and deck.
The treadmill’s deck is essential not just in terms of appearance but also in terms of functionality. The foundation is the first thing you should check on to ensure that the treadmill is sturdy enough to support your weight. In terms of frames, steel is the ideal material.
The equipment features a moving platform with a large conveyor belt operated by an electric motor or a generator. When the belt rotates to the back, the user must run or walk at the same pace as the belt. The pace at which the belt goes corresponds to the pace at which you walk or run. The user’s speed can therefore be calculated and tracked.
The Benefits of Using a Treadmill
There’s no denying that jogging and walking are excellent cardiovascular activities for burning fat and calories. In fact, running on a treadmill burns more calories per minute than any other forms of cardio1.
The thighs, glutes, and calves are the core of walking or jogging. Therefore, what is the best workout for toning them up while simultaneously combating retention issues? Lower the treadmill velocity and raise the treadmill incline to improve the amount of time spent on the belt and, as a result, muscular tension and blood circulation.
Cardio workouts on a treadmill increase blood flow and enhance heart function, resulting in increased stamina and reduced fatigue throughout the day. They also help keep your joints active and flexible.
Another benefit of treadmills is their flexibility. Most treadmills will let you control the resistance level and/or incline level of the treadmill, allowing you to create more specific workout intensities. Many treadmills nowadays will also be designed for under-desk placement, making them an efficient means of exercising while working.