I've owned an earlier model from Gold's gym and was always very pleased with it - gave it away when I switched to biking for a while, but when it came time to buy another treadmill I went straight to a Gold's Gym brand again, the previous one having been absolutely worry-free. I had looked hard at the 410 but then realized it was being phased out in favor of the updated 420, so I snagged one of the first my local WM got in stock. I use the treadmill at least 4 times a week for a walk/run workout. ASSEMBLY: I have assembled a LOT of equipment, including a lot of exercise equipment, and hands down this was the easiest assembly ever. It did take some time - I was working alone and it took a bit over an hour - but the actual "assembly" part was really straightforward - attach the long uprights, attach the crossbar the panel rests on, attach the panel. A few other minor details but that's pretty much it. Super simple. Very clear instructions, I never found myself puzzling over them for even a moment, which is saying something. PRODUCT: Right off the bat I noticed this is much more compact/well planned out than my older Gold's Gym. Not small by any measure - it still takes up about the same footprint of my older one, but leaner and cleaner design. I'm not a tiny person, but this still gives me more than enough room to walk or run with ease, with no concern about side to side or front to back room at all. The controls are also very straightforward. I haven't noticed any dragging, any hesitation when changing speeds. I haven't yet explored any of the pre-programmed workouts, I tend to design my own, but I will play with them at some point. This is a foldup model with wheels if you need to move it, which is great for me because I'm in the middle of a reno project and it will have to be moved around several times. One nice touch, it has two different places that could hold a book - the very obvious open rack area above the main panel and a less noticeable groove/inset just above the speed controls. It's too narrow to hold an iPad in that groove but would hold some books or magazines. Only real advantage is it would bring the reading material down a bit, closer to the person on the treadmill. Overall, very pleased with this purchase. For the money, it's the best deal out there in my opinion. Granted, I've only been using it a few weeks, but if my previous experience with Gold's is an indicator of how this one will go, I won't have any complaints. BTW I gave this an "average" on durability just because I'm not sure you can judge durability on something after 2 weeks! That's a long term rating category, to me at least, though again my previous experience with Gold's leads me to believe long term durability will be fine.
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