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17 of the Best Treadmills for Home Workouts

Men's Health UK Logo By Annie Hayes of Men's Health UK | Slide 1 of 18: Ultimately, the best treadmills are the ones that keep your personal training plan on track. No matter whether you’re yet to complete your first 10k, have a few marathons in the bag, or are Eliud Kipchoge himself, heading outdoors isn’t always a practical – or tempting – option for clocking up miles or blasting through a sprint session. “Treadmills eliminate some of the more common excuses: weather and time,” says Nike Run Coach Justin Reid-Simms. “It’s always the perfect conditions for a run when you’re controlling your indoor environment – and if you’re short on time, the five to 10 minutes you gain from not having to prep to leave the house can be the difference between a workout or no workout.”Why Should I Invest in a Treadmill?If, pre-pandemic, you viewed the treadmill as less of a fitness tool and more of a punishment device, it’s not entirely your fault. “Treadmills have got a bad rep because they’re often the first piece of equipment we use as a gym newbie,” says Reid-Simms. “With so many people scared off, they get overlooked for what they’re good at.” But your time on the tread needn’t be dull.“Tempo runs or interval sessions are a perfect choice for the treadmill,” Reid-Simms says. “You can maintain consistency by dialling at the same speed and having an easily viewable timer to ensure your intervals are on time. Hill workouts can also be optimised – you control the gradient and the speed, allowing runners to find the right balance to get what they need out of a training session. Can I Use a Treadmill for Longer Runs?As for long runs? “They can be a little more daunting, but hear me out,” he continues. “Controlling your environment can help you go longer. Easy access to hydration and refuelling options eliminate the need to carry things with you. Training with Zwift allows you to gamify the experience – and if you haven’t completed Netflix yet, then setting it up on the treadmill can quickly pass the time on feet.” Why a Treadmill is a Good InvestmentLike any kit, the best treadmills don’t necessarily come cheap. If you’re after high speeds, incline and decline options, heart rate monitor and Bluetooth connectivity, you can expect your wallet to take a hit initially. But in the long run, you’ll pocket performance benefits and step up your efforts in the squat rack. A combination of strength and cardio training builds more lean body mass than strength training alone, Swedish sports scientists found.“From heavy-duty treadmills to folding treadmills that tuck under the sofa, the space you have available will shape the options available,” says Reid-Simms, so remember to whip out a tape measure. “Measure your access doorways if you live in an apartment building,” he says. And don’t forget the neighbours. “Some treadmills have a bounce in the deck that can be heard beneath them, so think about whether you're looking for a belt or slatted deck and other noise-limiting features.” Ready to add to basket? We’ve picked out 17 of the best treadmills on the market – from minimalistic folding options to gym-worthy treads – to keep your cardio game on point through the pandemic and beyond. Hit ‘START’ to build a formidable posterior and boost fat loss from your front room.

Ultimately, the best treadmills are the ones that keep your personal training plan on track. No matter whether you’re yet to complete your first 10k, have a few marathons in the bag, or are Eliud Kipchoge himself, heading outdoors isn’t always a practical – or tempting – option for clocking up miles or blasting through a sprint session.

“Treadmills eliminate some of the more common excuses: weather and time,” says Nike Run Coach Justin Reid-Simms. “It’s always the perfect conditions for a run when you’re controlling your indoor environment – and if you’re short on time, the five to 10 minutes you gain from not having to prep to leave the house can be the difference between a workout or no workout.”

Why Should I Invest in a Treadmill?

If, pre-pandemic, you viewed the treadmill as less of a fitness tool and more of a punishment device, it’s not entirely your fault. “Treadmills have got a bad rep because they’re often the first piece of equipment we use as a gym newbie,” says Reid-Simms. “With so many people scared off, they get overlooked for what they’re good at.” But your time on the tread needn’t be dull.

“Tempo runs or interval sessions are a perfect choice for the treadmill,” Reid-Simms says. “You can maintain consistency by dialling at the same speed and having an easily viewable timer to ensure your intervals are on time. Hill workouts can also be optimised – you control the gradient and the speed, allowing runners to find the right balance to get what they need out of a training session.

Can I Use a Treadmill for Longer Runs?

As for long runs? “They can be a little more daunting, but hear me out,” he continues. “Controlling your environment can help you go longer. Easy access to hydration and refuelling options eliminate the need to carry things with you. Training with Zwift allows you to gamify the experience – and if you haven’t completed Netflix yet, then setting it up on the treadmill can quickly pass the time on feet.”

Why a Treadmill is a Good Investment

Like any kit, the best treadmills don’t necessarily come cheap. If you’re after high speeds, incline and decline options, heart rate monitor and Bluetooth connectivity, you can expect your wallet to take a hit initially. But in the long run, you’ll pocket performance benefits and step up your efforts in the squat rack. A combination of strength and cardio training builds more lean body mass than strength training alone, Swedish sports scientists found.

“From heavy-duty treadmills to folding treadmills that tuck under the sofa, the space you have available will shape the options available,” says Reid-Simms, so remember to whip out a tape measure. “Measure your access doorways if you live in an apartment building,” he says. And don’t forget the neighbours. “Some treadmills have a bounce in the deck that can be heard beneath them, so think about whether you're looking for a belt or slatted deck and other noise-limiting features.”

Ready to add to basket? We’ve picked out 17 of the best treadmills on the market – from minimalistic folding options to gym-worthy treads – to keep your cardio game on point through the pandemic and beyond. Hit ‘START’ to build a formidable posterior and boost fat loss from your front room.

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