A treadmill is a device electrically powered or non-motorized generally use for home or gym workouts such as running, walking, and climbing while the machine is at the same spot. Treadmills are fitness equipment used for gym and home workout.Treadmills are either manual or motorized treadmills
It is easier to use the motorized treadmill because the belt conveyor is been driven by an electric motor or a flywheel, unlike the non-motorized treadmills which will require your muscle to move the belt.
- Motorized treadmills
- Non-motorized or manual treadmills
Motorized treadmills are powered by an electric motor that moves the belt making it easier for you when working out without more effort and not straining to start it. They have good and better sturdy with great features and design.
The manual treadmill is not motorized and does not use electricity but you need to put in more effort when working out and straining when starting it as your muscle is required. However, the curve-belt manual treadmills have great features when compared to the flat-belt manual treadmills.
- Flat-belt manual treadmill
- Curved-belt manual treadmill
Flat-bed manual treadmills are mostly unsuitable for runners because of their less-rugged construction meanwhile the curved-belt models are picked for running over the flat-belt. But walkers will prefer and may be satisfied with a flat-belt model in other to get a fiercer workout at a lower speed.
ADVANTAGES OF MANUAL TREADMILLS
- High-intensity interval workouts
- No electricity needed
- Not capital intensive(flat-belt treadmill)
The non-motorized treadmill does not use electricity. it is manually operated by you and stops when you stop using it. You do not need to wear a safety cord to stop it as it is in the motorized treadmills. It is also safer for you, children, and pets.
All of the motive power needed to move the belt is provided by you as you exercise and work out (running or walking). You control the way the belt moves and also expend more calories per mile covered.
NO ELECTRICITY NEEDED
Since the manual treadmills do not use electricity to power its belt it can be used anywhere.
NOT CAPITAL INTENSIVE (FLAT-BELT)
The flat-belt manual models are less expensive when compared to the curved-belt and the motorized types.
HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL WORKOUT
In other to have an alternate high and moderate-intensity most professional sports team and athletic trainers preferred the curve-belt manual treadmill for training because it enables them to do sprint intervals.
DISADVANTAGES OF MANUAL TREADMILLS
- Joint stress
- Lack of features
- Less sturdy
- Walking, not running (flat-belt)
It is difficult to move the treadmill belt manually from its initial position, this happens more with the flat-belt models. People with knee and arthritis problems may find it difficult to move the belt as it requires straining.
LACK OF FEATURES
You will not have in-built workouts, apps, Bluetooth, and many other features.
BEST IN WALKING, NOT RUNNING
The flat-belt manual treadmills are best and suitable for walking and not running because of its less sturdy construction.
They are less sturdy in construction because it has a user’s weight limits, belt slippage, noise, and so on but the curved-belt manual treadmills have higher quality and robust construction.
One big factor of the motorized treadmills is the capacity (Horsepower) of the motor. This is so because the higher the capacity of the motor the higher the weight it can carry. So, it is advisable to look for a continuous horsepower of 1.5 because your weight and speed of the treadmill depend on it
ADVANTAGES OF MOTORIZED TREADMILLS
- NO STRAINING
- More workout features
- Running and walking
- Suitable for longer sessions
This is because the motor moves the belt and not you.
They have more features when compared to the manual treadmills even at lower prices. They have more workout features, apps to provide interesting workouts and fun.
SUITABLE FOR LONGER SESSIONS
You can have longer training sessions on the motorized treadmills than the manual treadmills because you have the assistance of the motor-powered belt when you walk or run.
RUNNING AND WALKING
It accommodates both runners and walkers. It is better and more stable than the non-motorized flat-belt treadmills.
DISADVANTAGES OF MOTORIZED TREADMILLS
- Most of them are costly.