Treadmill Basics

About Manual treadmills

Treadmills are exercise equipments that have been very successful all over the world as a means of exercising indoors. They are a boon for people with a busy and hectic schedule who cannot pack in a visit to the gym or take a walk in the park.

In a normal treadmill, a user runs or walks on a belt that is moving with the help of a motor. On the other hand, a manual treadmill does not have a motor. The tread belt is powered by the action of the user walking or running on it.

It is a common perception that a manual treadmill provides the user with a workout more intense than that of a motorized treadmill. The perception is not necessarily true as a motorized treadmill can be operated at a speed of up to 12 mps. That is a speed that will provide a very intense workout. On the other hand, a manual treadmill may tire out a user in a short period of time and is more stressful for the feet.

A manual treadmill is a very basic treadmill without the frills or the gizmos that are available in a motorized one. Since it does not have a motor, it is considerably cheaper than a motorized version and is available for as little as 100 to 200 dollars. These treadmills are also smaller and can be conveniently stored away after use.

On the other hand, a manual treadmill will lack the advanced features that are usually available in motorized versions. Features such as built in workout programs, iFit compatibility, variation in speed and inclines and other features that make a motorized treadmill less monotonous.

A manual treadmill is a good option in case you are constrained by your budget. At a maximum of $200 it can be a good make shift arrangement until you buy a fully loaded motorized version.