As a runner for most of my life, I have a love-hate relationship with treadmills. You get your runs in, but they’re not the same as running outside. Sprinting is awkward with automated training programs or being forced to repeatedly punch the speed button down between sets. Enter the manual treadmill.
I was recently turned on to the manual treadmill, and I never realized what a difference they can make (I’ve included a mugshot from my recent workout at the office gym as proof). Newer models are curved at the back and front to simulate uphill running, and you can adjust the resistance to make your run as natural as possible on a belt. Here are some more benefits, courtesy of LIVESTRONG:
- They’re much cheaper than motorized models. Basic models can be had for a fraction of the price.
- Put it anywhere in your house. There isn’t a plug, so you’re free to put the machine in that corner of your basement far from the nearest outlet.
- Less maintenance. Motorized models require regular upkeep that is far more than you’ll ever need to worry about with a manual model.
It might not make you love treadmills, but it will give you a better workout!
– Dan Mulcahey