Treadmill Basics

Types of Treadmills

The most common form of exercising that you can do today without any problems is  running and  walking. These two forms of exercise can be performed very easily on a treadmill.

 Doctors, health associations and the medical community lay stress on exercise as a means to keep you fit and healthy. Exercise helps to improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, reduce weight and promote overall health and fitness.

Americans have become conscious of health and are increasingly turning to exercise as a way to promote fitness levels. In order to fit exercise routines into busy lifestyles, they are using treadmills to exercise in the convenience and privacy of their own homes.

There are generally speaking two types of treadmills. These two types are home treadmills and commercial treadmills. Home treadmills are meant for workouts of moderate to moderately strenuous intensity, whereas commercial treadmills are designed to take any type of punishment with intensive round the clock usage. 

There is a further classification of home treadmills. Home treadmills can be made of components that are commercial grade and components that are non-commercial grade. This basically means that home treadmills with commercial grade components can withstand heavy-duty workouts, but they are not as solidly built or designed as commercial treadmills.

Home treadmills will at the most be used for three to four hours in a day. Commercial grade treadmills are used almost around the cock at fitness clubs and gymnasiums. These treadmills have 5 chp motors, whereas a commercial grade home treadmill will have at the most a 3 hp motor. The tread belts of commercial treadmills (as opposed to commercial grade home treadmills) are very wide and these treadmills have a number of other features that home based treadmills do not have.