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By Nadine Halili | Photo by Gina Lin/Unsplash

When it comes to gym equipment, you can find strange-looking contraptions that target different body parts. But one popular equipment trusted by fitness enthusiasts and athletes is the treadmill

Running on a treadmill helps you focus on your form and fitness since you don’t have to worry about the path you’ll be running on or the weather outside. You also get to adjust the speed, tempo and the inclination of your path depending on the specific functionalities of the treadmill. Some have more advanced features than others, but overall they’re easy to use since you simply run on the belt based on the speed and functions you select. Despite their simplicity, there are specific features and types of treadmills that can cater to whatever needs and restrictions of your body. 

A treadmill can incline the running belt to simulate an uphill path, thus helping burn calories and increase stamina due to increased stress on the body. Aside from giving you an extra challenge, treadmills can also have a cushioned running belt that can lessen the impact on your knees, ankles and hip joints. Some even have adjustable cushioning and orthopedic belts that change the softness and firmness of the running deck and provide a better grip for running shoes while helping absorb impact. If you are looking for a treadmill with specific features in mind, we’ve listed down the general types of treadmills available in the market. You can also check out our guide on choosing a treadmill and online stores that currently deliver in Metro Manila. 


Manual treadmills

A manual treadmill uses the runner’s steps for the belts and rollers to move. You’ll be manually setting your own tempo so this may not be the best option for beginners. Plenty of manual treadmills also have an incline feature if you want to train for uphill running or walking, but you’ll need to set it up at the beginning of your run if you don’t want to interrupt your exercise. One example is the Lifegear Magnetic Treadmill (40160) available at JB Sports, which uses magnetic force to create resistance. 


Powered or motorized treadmills

Similar to a manual treadmill, powered or motorized treadmills use belts and rollers but run on electricity. You can also automatically have a treadmill incline at a push of a button without interrupting your workout. When a runner falls or stops abruptly on a powered or motorized treadmill, it will still keep running unless there’s a safety pin so you should take extra care not to injure yourself. Due to its features, it may be a challenge to find a high quality powered or motorized treadmill below ₱50,000 ($1,000) We like the Sole F80 2016 treadmill as it fulfills the functions of a motorized treadmill with a maximum speed of 18 kilometers per hour and 15 sets of incline. The F80 treadmill is recommended for techie athletes out there due to its Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and compatibility with the Sole Fitness App so you can share your progress with others. You can get it at Toby’s Sports.


Folding treadmills

Folding treadmills have foldable running belts, which make for more convenient storage. These treadmills are also portable that make them great for those who wouldn’t want to miss a cardio workout even while traveling. This is more advisable to have at home where you may need more space for other things. Looking for one? Consider the Trax Jogger 2.0 treadmill available at Chris Sports. This treadmill fulfills all the functions of a good quality motorized treadmill including an electronic incline, MP3 player connection, and a cushioned running deck.


Commercial treadmills

Commercial treadmills are built to withstand long and frequent use. You can usually find these models in gyms. These also generally consist of a solid but cushioned running area, high powered motors, motorized incline and an interactive computer, often with a heart rate training feature. This may be overkill for a home gym, but if you have the space and the budget there shouldn’t be a problem with owning one especially if it can benefit you in the long run. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill available at Chris Sports is an investment worth checking out. The 1750 treadmill is built to withstand long workouts with multiple features including interactive digital workout sessions with trainers that can control your speed and incline to match theirs.

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