You have a desire to be fit. And you have a budget on how much you can spend. But there’s no conflict between these goals. Let’s take a look at two treadmills that can help you save money and improve your fitness, too.
ProForm Performance 300i Treadmill
ProForm’s Performance 300i is ideal if you love to walk, but a little underpowered if you prefer to run. It has a 2.0CHP drive system that delivers up to 10mph along with up to ten percent incline. That’s enough for the casual jogger at any rate. And one owner commented that the treadmill is very quiet when operating.
The 16 by 50-inch running surface is rather narrow if you have a large frame or feet, and you’ll want to measure your stride before you purchase this treadmill. But it supports up to 300 pounds of weight. And you may find it more convenient to have a narrow treadmill if you need to transport it through a doorway.
The tread belt also has ProShox Cushioning to protect your joints from impacts. And you can monitor your heart rate by gripping the sensors in the handlebars. Then view your pulse rate on the console screen along with your speed, distance traveled, time elapsed, and calories burned.
If you want to sync a chest strap with the Performance 300i, it has Bluetooth that’s compatible with brands like Polar. And you can also purchase an iFit membership to enhance your experience by running on virtual terrains that you can view on a tablet or smartphone. Plus, while you exercise, you can listen to music through the onboard speakers.
More features of the ProForm Performance 300i treadmill:
- Assembly required
- Manufacturer recommends using a surge protector between the treadmill and the electrical outlet
- Comes with 5-year warranty on the frame and drive, with 90-days parts and labor
- 16 preset workouts included
AFG Sport 5.5AT Electric Folding Treadmill
The AFG Sport 5.5AT is similar in some aspects to the Performance 300i. For example, they both support up to 300 pounds of weight. They both have quiet motors that power their tracks up to 10mph and up to 10% incline.
But the AFG Sport 5.5AT has a larger running surface that measures 20 by 55 inches. It also lets you create multiple user profiles. And it folds down for storage when your workout is complete. In fact, it has a soft drop system that makes it easy to open and fold. Plus, there are wheels for transport.
With the simple LED console, you can access nine preset training programs and view workout data. It shows your heart rate if you grip the sensors on the handlebars. And you’ll also see calories burned, distance traveled, time elapsed, and speed. Plus, you can alter your speed up or down with one-touch buttons on the console. Overall, the treadmill is straightforward to use without needing to read an owner’s manual to master it.
There are other pleasing features, like a built-in cooling fan that helps you stay comfortable while you run. And the speakers with an audio jack for your mobile device broadcast your music without the need to use headphones. Finally, there are twin cup holders on either side of the console.
Oddly enough, the 5.5AT is not compatible with AFG’s own fitness app. But you can save your workout date on the machine itself.
More features of the AFG Sport 5.5AT treadmill:
- Assembly required
- Covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, plus 1-year on parts and labor
- Measures 71 inches long by 34 inches wide
If you want to walk and jog, you could save money with one of these two treadmills instead of buying a fancier model with extras you’ll never use.
While both treadmills support up to 300 pounds and range up to 10mph, the AFG 5.5AT has a larger tread. And it folds down for compact storage.
But if you’re interested in using iFit to enhance your experience, the ProForm Performance 300i is compatible with that. It also has Bluetooth so you can connect a wireless chest strap and record workout data.