I purchased this machine yesterday after reading many reviews. I wanted something inexpensive since I haven't worked out in a while..I figured this would be good enough to get me going. I plan on working my way to running a few miles but doubt I'll ever be a marathon runner and need anything more than this!
My husband and I were able to drag this upstairs in our home. We're both fairly small and it's pretty heavy so you probably need 2 people- unless your extremely strong! Some reviews say it will fit in a standard trunk, but I didn't see it fitting in my large Camry, so we needed a truck.
I was a little worried about parts not being in the box as some reviews have said. The first thing I looked for was that they were all there before I went through the trouble of putting it together. Luckily, they were all there! The hardware was in a separate package and labeled with the dimensions of each screw, name of each hex wrench, and even what step of the instructions it was associated with! It took my husband and I about 40 minutes to put together. I think it could be done by one person if you had to. I was really just reading the instructions to him, but helped on maybe 2 parts (hold one piece while he screwed something in).
I believe this is worth the price. Some reviews said it's wobbly or shakes. I walked/jogged on it this morning and it doesn't move! I'm pretty sure it's because my husband tightened the screws VERY well. If you're having this problem, trying tightening everything. The base is pretty narrow, but not an issue. You're walking/running in a straight line so I don't see a need for anything wider. It's also not TOO long. I'm 5'4" and my husband is 5'10", so it's perfect for us. If you're tall with long legs, it may be too small of a base for you to stretch out, but I'm not sure!
Because the base is fairly small, if you're running it can be fairly loud on impact. When my husband was jogging, I could see the board bouncing down on each step and making a "thud" noise. This shouldn't matter unless you're trying to be quiet for others in the home. We tested the noise level with the gym door closed, him in our bedroom with that door closed and he said he could barely hear it. We will probably be able to hear stomping when one is running upstairs and we're downstairs.
It does keep track of calories, distance, and time elapse. It also has a spot to put your thumb and it shows heart rate. I did that twice and the first time it said 124 which I thought was accurate. The second was 51 which I don't think was accurate, but that doesn't surprise me!
The distance calculator is shown in numbers, but it also shows a little track. I'm not fond of the track because it shows 1/4 miles. So it will circle around 4 times in 1 mile. Basically if you look down at it, you don't know where you are in your mile unless you look at the distance in numbers. Again, this is not a big deal. I'm just glad it tells you how far you've gone! The picture of a mile shouldn't matter. Calories counted seemed accurate and of course the time elapse was.
I think it's great for a beginner and at the price that it is. I was definitely doing cardio as if it was any other treadmill. It could be considered small and loud on impact, but if you put it in a secluded part of the house or if you're alone it won't bother anyone. Folds up well and doesn't take up a lot of space! I would recommend it!
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