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  1. LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill

    LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill

      Featured Product - generous running belt size 20 inches by 56 inches in a compact folding design.

      Free Delivery & Finance Available

      Probably the best build quality treadmills available in the UK at this price range. The clever design virtually reduces all console-shake that you experience when running on other treadmills. Overall running area is generous at 20 inches by 56 inches (50.8cm x 142cm) and yet the overall dimensions of the treadmill are quite a bit less than other models, making the TR1200i a good choice where space is at a premium.

      When you buy a LifeSpan treadmill you receive a Free one year membership to the LifeSpan Fitness Club, an online personal trainer to help guide and support you with your fitness objectives, not just treadmill workouts!

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    Regular Price: £1,099.99

    Special Price: £999.99

  2. LifeSpan TR7000i Commercial Treadmill

    LifeSpan TR7000i Commercial Treadmill

      THIS MODEL HAS BEEN ON SHORT TERM LOAN WITH THE X-FACTOR FOR USE IN THE HOUSE GYM BY THE CONTESTANTS.

      Featured Product - Commercial Gym Running Machine

      The LifeSpan Pro Series TR7000i is built to last.

      Backed with our commercial-grade warranty, the TR7000i has durable steel side rails and a powerful 3.5 HP AC motor accommodating users up to 400 pounds.

      The Bluetooth-enabled TR7000i completely integrates with your iPad through our Treadmill Plus app, allowing you to operate your treadmill and view more detailed and graphically enhanced readouts of your workout.

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    Regular Price: £3,750.00

    Special Price: £2,750.00

  3. LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill

    LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill

      Free Delivery and Interest Free Finance Available!

      Winner of the Reader’s Choice from About.com, the LifeSpan TR3000i folding treadmill makes a great choice for runners and fitness enthusiasts alike.

      Similar to the TR1200i in size, the TR3000i carries a more powerful motor and thicker deck, providing a higher top end speed of 12mph and a heavier maximum user weight of 25 stones (158.7kg). It also features a more detailed console screen.

      As with all LifeSpan models, you also receive one year Free membership to the LifeSpan Fitness Club.

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    £1,499.99
  4. LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill

    LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill

      Featured Product - 60" running belt yet compact design.

      Light Commercial Warranty and Free Delivery & Installation!

      The award winning TR4000i (rated the No 1 treadmill by Health Magazine ) is a solid durable treadmill ideal for runners at home or for use in light commercial environments such as schools, fitness studios and workplace gyms.

      When you purchase a TR4000i you also receive one Free membership of the online LifeSpan Fitness Club, giving you one year`s support and guidance for your fitness regime, not just your treadmill training..

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    £1,699.99
  5. LifeSpan TR7000i Commercial Treadmill

    LifeSpan TR7000i Commercial Treadmill

      Featured Product - Commercial Gym Running Machine

      Free Delivery & Installation This Month!

      The LifeSpan Pro Series TR7000i is built to last.

      Backed with our commercial-grade warranty, the TR7000i has durable steel side rails and a powerful 3.5 HP AC motor accommodating users up to 400 pounds.

      The Bluetooth-enabled TR7000i completely integrates with your iPad through our Treadmill Plus app, allowing you to operate your treadmill and view more detailed and graphically enhanced readouts of your workout.

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    £3,750.00
  6. BH Magna Pro Treadmill

    BH Magna Pro Treadmill

      Featured Product - New Professional Running Machine from BH Fitness

      Specifically designed for very intensive use for more than 20 hours per week.  It has an extra wide frame. It is  a non folding machine and has an AC motor of 3.5 CV with variable-frequency drive it provides a powerful speed of between 0.8-20 km/h - 0.5-12.4mph.

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    £2,599.00
  7. Life Fitness T3 Running Machine with Go Console

    Life Fitness T3 Running Machine with Go Console

      Featured Product

      Life Fitness T3 Running Machine with Go Console - Same deck and motor as the Life Fitness T3 with Track console version, so if you are self motivated and do not need the extra programmes this version will save you some money.

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    £2,295.00
  8. Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill with Track+ Console

    Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill with Track+ Console

      Featured Product

      Free Delivery & Interest Free Finance Available!

      Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill with Track+Console - With this name and at this price no wonder the Life Fitness F3 has been so successful.

      We know from experience that you might be scratching your head about which Life Fitness treadmill will best serve your needs, so if this is the case just get on the phone and have a chat with us.

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    £2,595.00
  9. Life fitness T5 Treadmill with Track+ Console

    Life fitness T5 Treadmill with Track+ Console

      Featured Product - Superb Non Folding Running Machine from Life Fitness

      Free Delivery & Interest Free Finance Available!

      Reiterating our comments on the T5 Go version, the treadmill itself is one our favourites and will serve you well if you are looking for a top end non-folding running machine for the home. The Track+ console is a state of the art package and it`s features are too numerous to mention in detail in such a short summary but the full details are available lower down on the product page. Naturally we`d be delighted to hear from you should you have any questions.

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    £3,395.00
  10. Landice L7 CLUB Pro Trainer Commercial Running Machine

    Landice L7 CLUB Pro Trainer Commercial Running Machine

      Landice - when only the best will do!

      Voted the World`s Best Treadmills by several of the industry`s review, Landice have been manufacturing treadmills since 1967. Each machine is hand built in the USA to Landice`s exacting standards resulting in some of the most reliable treadmills on the market today.

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    £4,299.00
  11. Landice L7 CLUB Pro Trainer Sports Commercial Running Machine

    Landice L7 CLUB Pro Trainer Sports Commercial Running Machine

      Landice - when only the best will do!

      With superior build quality and components, Landice are widely regarded as the World`s Best treadmills and voted Best Buy for 6 years consecutively by the Treadmill Doctor, the most trusted name in treadmill reviews.

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    £4,799.00
  12. Landice L7 CLUB Cardio Trainer Commercial Running Machine

    Landice L7 CLUB Cardio Trainer Commercial Running Machine

      Landice - when only the best will do!

      With build quality not matched by other manufactures of treadmills, Landice are widely regarded as the World`s Best treadmills and voted Best Buy for 6 years consecutively by the Treadmill Doctor, the most trusted name in treadmill reviews.

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    £5,399.00
  13. Landice L7 CLUB Executive Trainer Commercial Running Machine

    Landice L7 CLUB Executive Trainer Commercial Running Machine

      Landice - when only the best will do!

      Unrivaled build quality and attention to detail, Landice are widely regarded as the World`s Best treadmills and voted Best Buy for 6 years consecutively by the Treadmill Doctor, the most trusted name in treadmill reviews.

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    £5,999.00
  14. Sole F63 Folding Treadmill (2014 Model)

    Sole F63 Folding Treadmill (2014 Model)

      Featured Product - Great price for a very good best selling treadmill

      Hugely popular model since it`s inception in the UK two years ago. The Sole F63 ticks a lot of boxes for so many and yet is priced very attractively. The strong, 3.0 Continuous Duty CHP motor delivers challenging speeds up to 12 mph and inclines up to 15%. And when not in use, the treadmill deck safely locks into place, 100% secured. Very good value.

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    £999.99

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  15. Sole F80 Treadmill (2014 Model)

    Sole F80 Treadmill (2014 Model)

      Featured Product - Great specifications, with 22 inch wide running belt

      Sole Fitness treadmills are hugely popular in the USA, selected by Hilton Hotels for their "dependable bulletproof design and clean sleek looks". The F80 has been one of the best sellers for over 5 years. It packs a lot of value and specification. Now with a 22" x 60" running area.

      Differences between the 2012 model and the 2013 model is the 2013 model has a 22" Wide Running area, a New Design Console and it has a 3.5 HP Motor.

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    Regular Price: £1,499.00

    Special Price: £1,299.00

  16. Sole F85 Treadmill (2014 Model)

    Sole F85 Treadmill (2014 Model)

      Featured Product - Sole`s flagship folding treadmill.

      The Sole Fitness F85 is reviewed by the Treadmill Doctor. as "The Best Folding Treadmill". It`s the top model in the folding series and Sole`s number one seller. The F85 treadmill incorporates all the specs of the F80 and F83 plus features the highest horse power motor that Sole offers. A truly impressive 4.0 CHP Continuous Duty CHP motor with output and performance second to none.

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    Regular Price: £1,899.00

    Special Price: £1,499.00

  17. Impulse RT700 Treadmill

    Impulse RT700 Treadmill

      Featured Product - Looking for a heavy duty, gym standard Treadmill? The Impulse RT700 could be the model for you.

      This treadmill boasts a rust-resistant undercoat and a reversible deck allowing for a greater life span of the components. The maximum user weight this machine can take is 200kg and it is capable of an incline up to 15 degrees. The wide running surface of 22, and the quiet operation, gives the user confidence in the machine, and the low profile (step height of only 8.5) makes it accessible to a more extensive demographic. This model also offers a 5 degree inward tilted design to offer a more comfortable position when users step on. A PVC anti-slip side stripe also provides further safety and security.

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    £4,999.00
  18. BH F9 Treadmill

    BH F9 Treadmill

      New Treadmill from BH Fitness - Features large running area, 155cm by 55cm.

      Safe and comfortable Run with confidence knowing that you are on one of the widest and longest deck/frame combinations in the industry. Dual Kit Included for use with iConcept fitness training apps.

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    £1,199.00

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Gymworld Buying Guide to Treadmills

 

Choosing the Store to Buy a Treadmill or Running Machine

 

We are a long established fitness retail company specialising in the better known brands of exercise and gym equipment, for both home and commercial customers. These days, apart from independent specialists like ourselves, there are numerous other places to buy a treadmill, such as department stores, sports chain stores, mail order catalogue companies and online-only stores who do not have a bricks and mortar presence. When dealing with this type of company you may be speaking to someone who is a general employee and who does not have specific knowledge of the exercise machines they are selling. We suggest that you purchase from a specialist fitness store where the staff will be fully trained and have the knowledge of gym equipment, plus the inclination and time to give relevant information and offer advice relating to the customer`s individual fitness needs. Some fitness stores are more knowledgeable than others, so making a quick call and asking a few questions usually helps you find the more experienced and professional stores, and this should give you the confidence that you are dealing with a company you would be happy to buy your treadmill from.

 

Delivery and Installation

 

Once you have chosen the treadmill you want, the next most important thing is the delivery. Treadmills are usually large and heavy items, so please ensure that you use a fitness company that can provide the delivery service you need. Standard delivery usually entails a 1 man kerbside delivery, you are then responsible for getting the treadmill into the house; a 2 man delivery means that they will carry the machine in to the house (ground floor only) but they do not build it for you. A few companies can offer an installation service.

 

At Gymworld we offer our own installation service on most of our treadmills. We will deliver yours to the room of your choice (safety permitting) and fully install, plus remove any unwanted packaging for safe disposal, saving you a trip to the tip. Being in charge of our installation teams means we can be more flexible on delivery dates and times, able to offer installation from as early as 5am on weekdays, to help fit in with your busy lifestyle.

 

Treadmill Motors

 

This is sometimes a confusing area for many buyers because power output may be quoted differently. Currently the most commonly quoted ratings by producers of treadmills are peak horsepower and continuous duty, so we will just cover these in this instance.

 

Peak Horsepower - this is the maximum output of the motor; however, using a treadmill at peak output for long periods will burn out the motor fairly quickly, shortening the machine`s life considerably.

 

Continuous Duty - this is the steady output from the motor when in continuous use for a 24 hour period. When a motor is capable of this performance the treadmill itself can be used for an extended period without overheating the motor.

 

Decent quality treadmills should have at least 1.75hp continuous duty motors. For regular use or several users we would suggest that you use a motor with a minimum of 2.5hp continuous duty output.

 

Also bear in mind that the make of the motor itself is an important factor. Treadmills are no different to other products – manufacturers will select cheaper components in order to achieve certain price points. Its a fact of life. Some motors will be better than others even though they claim to have the same or even higher rating.

 

This video illustrates what a top end manufacturer looks for in motor performance and construction.

 

 

 

Incline Motors

 

The majority of manufacturers use a worm screw to incline the running deck of the treadmill, and a separate incline motor is used for this function. An incline mechanism should not wobble when in use. As a test of the motors capability it should not struggle to incline when 2 adults stand on the machine. Most standard treadmills use a 750lb thrust motor, but expect to see top quality models using a 1000lb thrust motors for the incline.

 

Speed

 

Most treadmills have a top speed of 10mph/16kph, this more than adequate for the majority of runners, average jogging speeds are around 5mph-6.5mph, average running speeds are around 6mph – 8.5mph.

 

Please note that when running on a treadmill you will not run as fast as you do on a static surface, as some energy is lost due to the belt moving beneath you.

 

Running Belts

 

It is rare for a running belt to wear out within the first few years of use in a home environment. You should not have problems with a running belt if it is looked after correctly.

 

The size of the running belt is important. Ideally the average size running area should be at least 18" x 52" but a taller user may need a belt size of 20" x 55". These areas will give enough room to ensure that the user is comfortable when using the running machine.

 

The Deck

 

This is the board underneath the belt. The deck can be made from different materials depending on the quality of the machine.

 

Entry level machines - tend to have Chip/Fibre board decks

 

Mid range models - MDF boards are the average standard, and usually have a smooth coating applied to the surface to assist with easy gliding of the belt.

 

Top end treadmills - a high quality engineered board is used with several layers of a speciality material (fenolic coating), and the deck thickness is increased from 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch thickness.

 

Lubricating Your Treadmill Running Belt

 

For most standard treadmills a silicone lubricant is used, this can be purchased from the manufacturer or a silicone lubricant can usually be obtained from a high street car parts stores. The top range running machines use a wax lubricant, which is in most cases is impregnated into the deck it self and is released as the deck temperature increases. This lubricant is usually obtained from the manufacturer.

 

Always follow the manufacturers instructions when lubricating the running belt and follow their guide lines to the frequency of lubrication.

 

Short informative video courtesy of LifeSpan Fitness: HOW TO LUBRICATE YOUR TREADMILL BELT

 

 

 

Impact Absorption

 

A treadmill should have some sort of device or mechanism that reduces the impact of the foot hitting the deck when walking and running. The best absorption systems disperse the energy of the foot impacting the deck but also provide a firm surface to push off from. A deck that is too soft will drain your energy very quickly and you will not enjoy the run because you find it too hard (a bit like running on soft sand).

 

Rollers

 

The diameter of the rollers on treadmills can vary from as little as 1" to as large as 3". The larger the roller the greater the area that running belt is in contact with it, which reduces the stress and tension on the running belt itself as well as the drive belt, thus giving the treadmill greater longevity. We suggest that you look at models with at least 2" rollers.

 

So, roller size plays an important contribution in a running machine`s performance and longevity, but so does construction quality and bearings as employed by the manufacturers of top quality treadmills as demonstrated in this clip .

 

Frames

 

Another important component of is the frame, which gives the machine its stability. Generally, a heavier frame translates to a more solid running machine.

 

The stability of a treadmill helps to provide a pleasant running experience. If your treadmill does not feel stable when running, you are less likely to use it. Also a important feature to remember is the type of material used to make the frame. Most manufacturers use either steel or aluminium on their treadmills. Aluminium frames are particularly recommended for machines which may be located in an or near high moisture areas such as pool rooms; even if you sweat a lot whilst running, a machine with an aluminium frame may be better as it will not rust.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Before starting a fitness programme we recommend that you consult your GP or medical adviser

 

The History of the Treadmill

 

The first record of man using a treadmill is thought to date back over 4000 years; it was a very basic design to lift buckets of water from a well. As engineering skills advanced over the years, so did the use of treadmills. In ancient Romans times a primitive crane was powered by a treadmill, it looked like a very large Hamster wheel with a long arm protruding from the top, except rather than Hamsters powering the wheel, human slaves were used.

 

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries farmers decided that they needed a more reliable and consistent means of powering their equipment, rather than the traditional wind and water powered machine they currently used. This meant returning to treadmills as a power source, only this time instead of relying on Human to power the treadmills; the farmers used livestock, and horses. In fact the term brake horse power used in measuring the power output of a motor originated from using horses to power treadmills. Other farm yard livestock were also used, one way farm animals were used was to power a small device to churn butter, this was normally done by dogs, sheep or goats, or the farmer’s kids if no animal were available.

 

The Treadmill as a Form of Punishment

 

During the early 19th century most prisons were no more than large cages, and prisoners were normally put in jail and left to rot. There were no work programs or education facilities that you find in modern prisons, and in 1818 English engineer Sir William Cubitt was visiting Bury St. Edmonds Goal, and noticed how lazy and idle the inmates were and he decided that the inmates should be put to work, so he invented the prison treadmill. This was a long cylindrical device with large slats to step on, (like the paddle on a steam ship) . The The prisoners were put to work for between 4 & 8 hours a day, and some inmate would reach an imaginary height of 7200ft climbed per day. A bit like working out on a Stairmaster, these treadmills were mainly used to power huge mill stones for grinding corn in to flour. Treadmills were also used as a form of punishment, and if you misbehaved you could find yourself “set to the wheel”. In 1824 New York prison guard James Hardie credited the prison treadmill with almost irradiating bad behaviour; even the most unruly prisoners towed the line under the risk of being “set to the wheel”, not because of the severity of the punishment but because of the monotony of the exercise.

 

Treadmills First Used as Exercise Machines

 

Although many a slave or prisoner may have gained some fitness benefit from using a treadmill (forced or not). The first real application of a treadmill for fitness was not for Humans but for Horses. Horse trainers discovered the benefits of using a treadmill to improve the fitness of the race horses, without the risk of training in all weathers. This lead to oversize treadmills that horses could train on.

 

The First Modern Use of a Treadmill

 

In 1952 Dr Robert Bruce along with college Wayne Quinton used a motorised treadmill to monitor and diagnose heart conditions, and from his findings Dr Bruce developed the Bruce protocol, a procedure that is still widely used today in evaluating cardiac function.

 

The First Home Treadmill

 

The home treadmill as we have come to know it today, was designed and built by Dr Kenneth Cooper and William Staub of Aerobics Inc. Dr Cooper was formerly a US Air Force Colonel, he wrote a book on Aerobic training in 1968, and joined forces with Bill Staub to build the first affordable home treadmill. Dr Cooper went on to develop the “Cooper Test” a 12minuet test to evaluate the fitness level of an individual, the “Cooper test” is still widely used today to evaluate a person’s fitness level