Is a Treadmill the Right Purchase For You?!

We offer an array of quality ProForm exercise equipment here at that we know it can’t be easy to decide on which one to go with. As we know many of you come to us looking for great deals on your ProForm exercise equipment to fit your cardio needs, yet which exercise equipment is going to be the best match for you is the difficult part.

While elliptical trainers, treadmills and exercise bikes alike are all going to supply you with a great cardio workout, they are all different pieces of equipment and are going to give you different workouts. The tricky part now is deciding which cardio burn you are looking for.

Well don’t begin pulling your hair out just yet as this is where we come into help. We not only want you to save money on your ProForm exercise equipment, but to be confident in your ProForm exercise decision and walk away knowing you are getting the perfect equipment to fit both your needs and your pocket book.

Since this is a big decision and a lot of information needs to be explained to ensure you are as educated as possible, we are going to split this up into a 3 part series giving each piece of equipment their own day. We’ll start off with the most popular choice among most, the treadmill:


While treadmills are the number one seller among home exercise equipment, they are certainly not for everyone. Many feel the treadmill can be boring while also not giving them as great of an overall body workout; while others love the versatile workout treadmills can give you with the changing speeds and incline/decline features. Here are a few of the pros and cons of the treadmill.

I Love TreadmillsPros:

  • Many love the familiarity of treadmills as they mimic exercises we are most comfortable with, walking and running. For this reason treadmills are great for any fitness level, especially beginners who are just dabbing their feet into the fitness world; treadmills allow them to do so with comfort and ease.
  • According to Treadmills: 13 Advantages and Disadvantages treadmills are at an advantage because “you can add incline into your treadmill workouts to give you a higher calorie burn while incorporating and sculpting more muscles.”
  • Treadmills allow you to go at one specific pace at one specific incline that you set. Elliptical trainers and exercise bikes go off how hard you are pushing, striding or pedaling. If you are not very good at motivating yourself to go faster without the help of moving treadbelt beneath you, a treadmill may be a good choice for you!
  • The ever more popular High Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT, workouts are all the rage as of now proving to burn more fat and calories in a shorter amount of time. HIIT workouts are easier when performing them on the treadmill as you are able to quickly and precisely control your pace with the push of a button. In fact, many treadmills, such as the ProForm Power 995, come equipped with built-in workouts including the HIIT so all you have to do is push the specific HIIT workout and go, can’t get much easier than that!
  • While elliptical trainers and exercise bikes do offer lower-impact workouts seeing as your feet never leave the pedals, this may actually not be best for everyone. According to this article from “the Mayo Clinic warns that impact-producing exercise such as walking, jogging and running are more helpful that low-impact exercise for improving bone health. So if you are looking for a weight-bearing exercise to combat osteoporosis, a treadmill is more effective than a bike or elliptical trainer.”

Don't Like the TreadmillCons:

  • Treadmills do not offer as much of an upper body workout as an elliptical trainer may be able to supply you.
  • As we mentioned earlier, treadmills do supply a higher-impact workout as your feet pound against the treadbelt, which could be bad for those with injury-prone knees and ankles. In fact according to Differences Between Bikes vs. Treadmills vs. Elliptical Machines “running on a treadmill creates more stress on your knees, hips and back than using an elliptical.”
  • Often time treadmills can be more expensive than exercise bikes and some elliptical trainers depending on the features you are looking to get with your exercise machine.
  • If you are training for a specific race, such as a marathon, and are getting a treadmill in hopes of training than you might want to reconsider. While treadmills are great options for rainy days allowing you the ability to still get your run in, they do not offer the same challenge as running outdoors can.


Take these pros and cons into consideration if a treadmill is what you have in mind for your cardio exercise equipment purchase. Treadmills can offer excellent workouts, yet are not for everyone. If you do decide a treadmill is for you check out these Treadmill Buying Tips – Know Before You Buy to help you with your treadmill purchase. If you are still unsure, come back next time for the pros and cons on the elliptical trainer!