Bought this treadmill to make a "walking workstation" with a tall desk (****, now discontinued). It stood too high to fit under the desk. So we cut the stanchions (upright bars) down a few inches, re-drilled the mounting holes, kept the computer/dashboard off the horizontal bar, and slid it under the desk. Works great. Having controls at the end of the handlebars works beautifully.
Very bad joints, wanted a treadmill for so long as walking is about the only exercise I can handle right now, I also plan to use this post op for rehab (hip replacement). So it was with some trepidation that I jumped to purchase this sight unseen, but Overstock hasn't failed me yet. I didnt need bells and whistlesI also had some credits available so it shaved a bit more off the price which was about $200 less than anywhere else. I can't say enough good things, first its easy for one person, with patience and care, to assemble. Not due to difficulty, but weight and moving around the machine. All you need do is attach the bottom legs-the screws line up you cant go wrong, position the dashboard and screw its bolts in place. Plug it in, stand on it, press start and if you would like to go for a stroll, or even a brisk walk, this is your machine. I was so excited to try I didnt have shoes on, but I dont suggest that. Because I dont want to find any excuse NOT to use this at least once a day, I've put it in one corner so its ready to go every morning, but you can close it and probably fit it under a higher platform bed or futon. To say it has no bells and whistles doesnt mean its worth less than the expensive brand treadmills, there's a market out there for older or disabled folks who really do want these types of options and so Thank You Overstock so much for this opportunity.
Ive only had this machine for a couple weeks and so far I love it! The box arrived in tip top shape! (No damage what so ever), it was pretty heavy about 50-60 lbs. All parts where included, I know some people have complained about missing parts, but I didnt have any problem with that. Set up went without a hitch! You will need two people to assemble this machine, because holding the base and setting up the bars will get heavy. Instructions where easy to follow, all I had to do was assemble the base to the side bars and then to the handle bars. Now that its set up, I can tell you that it really has a different feel than an electric treadmill. I still havent gotten used to it, but it has become easier each time. Im sure I will get the hang of it in no time! Walking on it: easy to use, the faster you walk the faster the belt moves. Running on it: Its still pretty awkward for me; I cant seem to keep a steady pace without the belt stopping, not sure if its me or the machine. Although, it works great if you hold onto the bars and run, but I think that defeats the purpose of your workout. I am okay with this because I am only power walking on it for now. All in all, I would totally recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cheap machine on a low budget. This machine works out for me because I intend to use it as a power walking machine. So if youre looking to run or sprint maybe you should consider an electric treadmill.
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