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manual treadmill?

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I've only really thought of treadmills with motors in them. Has anyone ever own/tried a manual treadmill? I'm curious about reviews since they do seem cheaper but wondering if they're worth it at all.


SW 4/18/09 -- 243 :bcb_yuck:

CW 5/9/09-- 236 :work_out:

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I tried one because of the cost. If you are going to use one to walk slowly (3.8 mph or less) and for a brief (45 mins or less) time, they are OK. If you are doing any running or brisk (4 mph or more) walking, they just aren't stable for the long haul. Not to mention that you can't vary the incline while you are exercising.

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I would think they'd be OK for walking, perhaps even better than a motorized TM because you have to apply a rearward force to move the belt instead of letting the motor move it for you. For running though there's another reason why they might not be a good idea.

 

When you walk, one foot is in contact with the ground at all times, but what differentiates walk and run is the float. During a running stride your feet are both floating off the ground for some short period of time. During that time, the TM belt will have no positive traction moving it and it will lose momentum. So when the forefoot lands the belt isn't going at the same speed as when you lifted off. There would be a lot of slippage as the foot grabs hold and would probably feel ungainly.


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