Ever since I started running regularly back in college I have gone through phases with running on the treadmill. Some years I would run pretty much only on the treadmill, and then I might go three years without stepping foot on one. While treadmill running is not at all the same as running outside, it is certainly better than nothing.
When we bought a house 3 years ago and started building a home gym, I started to think about how nice it would be to have a home treadmill. I knew that I could slowly build up all my other fitness items, but that the treadmill would be the final big purchase to complete the home gym.
Now that I have had a home treadmill for about 2 months I can definitely say there are so many benefits to having one. I thought I would share some of the ways that having a home treadmill has been beneficial and also my initial thoughts on my NordicTrack 2950.
The Benefits of a Home Treadmill
If you have the space for a home treadmill, it could potentially be a good investment (if it will get used regularly). I have heard of people having their treadmill for 20 years! If you don’t need a gym membership, you are saving a lot of money every month. Here are a few benefits of owning a treadmills:
Convenience: You don’t need to leave your house to work out!
No dress code: You can wear whatever you want and no one will judge you! Except maybe your family or roommates.
Faster process: I always find I save time by running on the treadmill and not getting myself all ready to go outside with my headlamp, flip belt, charging my Garmin, etc.
Less laundry: You can wear a tank top and shorts- or even just a sports bra. Also, you won’t feel bad rewearing your running clothes because no one else will smell you when you’re running.
Mix it up: You can use the treadmill for walking, a short warm-up before strength training, or hop on an off between strength training intervals.
Zone out: You don’t need to think about where to run! Just hop on and hit start.
No darkness or extreme temps: Even at 4:30 am, you don’t need to worry about the darkness. And the temperature will always be pretty mild.
No wait times: Unless you share the treadmill with other family members, then you might need to plan ahead!
Bathroom breaks: No need for an explanation here.
Initial Thoughts on the NordicTrack 2950
Clearly I am loving having a treadmill at home so far. But what about my specific treadmill? We bought the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 which is a higher end treadmill. Our decision was based on the fact that 2 of us would be using it fairly regularly, and we really want it to last a long time. I know we won’t want to deal with repairs, although there are no guarantees.
I have found that the ride is very comfortable. It’s something I haven’t really noticed or thought about which is a good thing. You can change the belt from a “road feel” to a more “cushioned feel”. We usually just leave it on the cushioned setting.
We are able to connect our phones to play music directly from the treadmill using bluetooth. This is nice because we don’t need to wear headphones while running. However, it does play music out loud so that may be a problem for some people if they share a space with others.
One thing that is a little different from other treadmills I have used is there isn’t anywhere right in front to put my phone or iPad. There are two water bottle holders on each side so I just put my phone in there.
This treadmill is iFit compatible and has a large touchscreen (22 inches) which is loaded with Google Maps. Basically, you can either use a regular setting which just shows your pace, distance, time, etc with a graph of your distance/elevation, or you can follow a route on Google Maps. In order to do this you need to either set up a route in advance (on a computer or directly on the treadmill) or follow a pre-planned route on the treadmill.
I’ve been enjoying making my own routes, and I think this feature will be really great when getting ready for a race. Imagine being able to see/feel what your race course is like before you even get there!
Two other nice features are the fan and decline. It can be set as low as -3%!
So far I haven’t really found anything I don’t like about it. Once or twice it had to “recalibrate” when I turned it on which just delayed my run by a minute or two- no big deal. If that’s the only problem I’ll take it!
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Do you have a treadmill at home? Do you want one?
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