Our physical fitness store locations have state of the art showrooms where customers can see firsthand our large selection of gym equipment and fitness accessories. Customers in Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, London and Barrie, Ontario, can come visit us directly. Not only are many of the products on display, but customers are also encouraged to try our exercise equipment to get a feel of the product and choose the item best suited for them. In the west coast we also have a store in Calgary, Alberta to cater to even more of our Canadian clients.
The moving footpads have an “Orthopedic Soft Step Cushioned Anti-Fatigue Material”. It’s very soft; I love the comfort it offers. It also has a stationary side step (one on each side), in case you want to rest in the standing position. I personally think this is an unneccessary feature as you can stand still on the moving footpads. The only thing is, if you stand still on the moving footpads, you run the risk of falling if you’re disoriented and can’t maintain a stationary position. I don’t have this problem so it’s not an issue for me.
For athletes, larger and more stable treadmills are necessary. Sprinters reach with some weight relief temporarily speeds of up to 45 km/h must therefore run on a large deck of up to 300 cm in length and have up to 100 cm width. At high physical exertion and increased risk of falling a fall stop unit is required to prevent a fall of the subjects or patients. This fall stop device is usually implemented by a safety arch on which a rope is attached to an electrical switch. A harness bears the subject preventing from falling and shuts down the running belt.
The Treadmill Factory has helped millions of Canadians achieve their health and fitness goals for over 25 years. Originally starting off as a small business with one fitness store, we have grown into an industry leading company in the field of fitness with 5 physical store locations as well as an online store which allows us to serve customers all across Canada. From day one we have offered our customers only the best when it comes to exercise, gym and fitness equipment.
Maintenance: To move smoothly, cheap treadmill belts require occasional lubricating or waxing. This is a do-it-yourself task for the owner. (You don't need a service call.) The high-end treadmill belts are very low maintenance. If you choose a residential treadmill with a thick belt as explained above, the need for maintenance will probably be minimal; occasional dusting could be all that's required. Choosing a light commercial or full commercial treadmill, you can expect that the belt will be maintenance-free for many thousands of miles.
More recently, treadmills are not used to harness power, but as exercise machines for running or walking in one place. Rather than the user powering the mill, the machine provides a moving platform with a wide conveyor belt driven by an electric motor or a flywheel. The belt moves to the rear, requiring the user to walk or run at a speed matching that of the belt. The rate at which the belt moves is the rate of walking or running. Thus, the speed of running may be controlled and measured. The more expensive, heavy-duty versions are motor-driven (usually by an electric motor). The simpler, lighter, and less expensive versions passively resist the motion, moving only when walkers push the belt with their feet. The latter are known as manual treadmills.
Common maximum treadmill incline settings are 10, 15 and 20 percent. Generally, only the cheapest treadmills have 10% max setting. Most people are satisfied with a 15% limit. A subset of treadmills called incline trainers have steeper max slopes. Incline Trainers can tilt to 40%, for example. These allow very rapid calorie burn, even at slow paces.
Some manufacturers produce durable commercial models made to withstand frequent use in a fitness club environment, at prices that can be in excess of $4,000. Inexpensive models are available for home use at prices starting around $200. More expensive elliptical trainers – especially commercial machines – are more likely to offer more features such as extensive programs and better adjustment options.
It’s a fact; runners need top shock absorption to protect the joints from the harsh impact of running. Each brand has their own shock absorption technology and features to help add to the comfort of the running deck, but of course some are better than others. The best treadmills we have chosen in this category are built for both comfort and performance, featuring advanced shock absorption technology and impressive speed and incline controls to simulate varying terrain, ideal for runners who are also training for a race or marathon. Read More…