Can you Recommend a Treadmill?

My wife and I walk on a treadmill at least three times each week. She never exceeds 3.5 mph. I will run occasionally but never above 6.5 mph. The maximum incline is 10 degrees. The only thing we do not like is that there are only five walking and five running programs. I would buy a new treadmill if there were a model that had a variable program setting. Do you know of one?

Answer:

Yes, there are treadmills with “manual” programs available on the market. You should keep a few points in mind, however: If either of you weigh between 200 and 275 pounds, a 2-horsepower motor is best.

If you weigh less than 200 pounds, choose a 1.5-horsepower motor. If you weigh more than 275 pounds, you will need a 2.5-horsepower motor or better. These are not “peak” ratings; they are the actual size of the motor.

Here are a couple of quality brands to consider: Pacemaster, manufactured by Aerobics in Little Falls, N.J.; Life Fitness, manufactured in Chicago, Ill.; and Quinton, manufactured in Seattle, Wash.