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What is a treadmill?

A treadmill is an exercise machine for running or walking while staying in one place. The word treadmill traditionally refers to a type of mill which was operated by a person or animal treading steps of a wheel to grind grain (see treadwheel.)

The machine provides a moving platform with a wide conveyor belt and an electric motor or a flywheel. The belt moves to the rear allowing a person to walk or run an equal, and necessarily opposite, velocity. The rate at which the belt moves is the rate of walking or running. Thus, the speed of running may be controlled and measured. The more expensive, heavy-duty versions are motor-driven. The simpler, lighter, and less expensive versions passively resist the motion, moving only when the walker pushes the belt with their feet.

Ya ya ya!  Great but with the hundreds of treadmills out there, which manufacture and model is right for you?  This is the 1 million dollar question.  Here at we are here to help answer these questions.  We will provide the pictures and the specifications for almost all the treadmills out there.  You can look at commercial, health club or gym grade treadmills, home treadmills, and of course used treadmills. 

There are three keys to buying a treadmill, the first is the look. Do you like the way it looks? Second, do the specifications meet your needs?  For example, are you concerned about the warranty, does it go fast enough, what is the weight capacity?  And finally, GET ON IT.  Anyone who buys a treadmill without trying the unit is setting themselves up for an expensive coat hanger.  At, we provide the locations where you can get the specific unit you are looking for, so please go try it out!