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A commercial treadmill may sound like something that would only be used by professional gyms or advanced trainers, but there are many reasons why the average user would benefit from a high-quality, commercial treadmill in their home-gym or fitness setup.
What separates a commercial treadmill from a standard one is a range of factors, including its durability, its larger frame and the ability to handle a greater amount of stress in intense workouts. Commercial treadmills are designed for frequent, intense usage and are built to last much longer than a regular treadmill. Higher quality materials make for a smoother workout experience, with commercial grade slats for an excellent grip, a sturdy frame with tubular steel, a wider running belt for extra comfort and efficient noise reduction.
For motorised treadmills, an important distinction is the power of the motor. This includes the CHP (continuous horse power) level, which measures the power of the motor during steady operation. Standard treadmills will have a CHP of around 1.5 - 2, while 4 and above is considered full commercial grade. Commercial treadmills will also come with an AC (alternating current) motor, as opposed to standard treadmills, which will have a DC (direct current) motor. AC motors can run for much longer, with a large thermal heatsink design and silent cooling fan for active temperature management. The design of an AC motor reduces the need for carbon brushes, creating less maintenance in its lifetime. A more powerful motor will also reduce noise, as it won’t have to work as hard to reach higher speeds. The high torque of this type of motor will provide a smoother ride, allowing the belt to continuously run without interruption.
Lifespan Fitness’ commercial selection also includes FreeRun treadmills, which don’t have an electric motor. These treadmills are set in motion by the movement of your feet, and have unlimited speed. This allows you to have complete control over the speed and intensity of your treadmill workout. They are also curved, which improves posture, mimics your natural stride and has been shown to burn up to 30% more calories.
For a motorised option, Lifespan have a commercial smart treadmill, featuring all the commercial grade components plus a multimedia touch display with Bluetooth and app connectivity, multiple levels of incline, ShockControl cushioning and a DuraGrip running belt for grip and comfort.
Commercial treadmills offer the optimal experience for maximum comfort so you can focus purely on your workout. High grade materials mean your treadmill will last much longer and will handle any type of workout, giving you the freedom and peace of mind to use your machine in a way that works best for you.
Commercial treadmills are known for their ability to last much longer than an average treadmill, and can take on a greater amount of high-intensity usage and stress before any maintenance or repair work is required. This means users can have a peace of mind that they can use their treadmill in a way that suits them, without having to worry too much about “wearing” the machine out.
But how long exactly do they last? This will depend on a few factors, namely the specific model of your machine, whether it’s motorised or manual, how well its maintained and how often its used.
This variation in the lifetime of your machine will depend on the level of maintenance and cleaning that is kept up throughout its life. Any treadmill you purchase will come with instructions on maintenance and cleaning, and it's advisable to adhere to these to prolong the life of your machine. This will involve applying treadmill lubricant every 1-3 months, as well as aligning the belt if it becomes uncentred, and replacing the motor brushes every 2 years. Find accessories to assist in the maintenance of your machine here.
Buying a commercial treadmill ensures you’re getting a machine that will last you for years to come, and will give you the security and peace of mind to rely on your treadmill.
There are a few factors that affect the final weight of a treadmill, such as the size of the frame, the type of running belt, and the type of motor. Commercial treadmills are built with higher quality, more durable materials with a large frame and wide running belt. The larger frame is built with tubular steel and designed to take on a greater amount of stress as well as lasting longer. The Corsair range of FreeRun treadmills are also built with commercial grade slats made of rubber and a steel base, adding on additional weight compared a motorised treadmill’s DuraGrip belt. All this means that commercial treadmills will weigh considerably more than standard ones, ranging from around 120kg to 170kg.
The commercial treadmills that weigh the most will be the FreeRun treadmills. These treadmills don’t have an electric motor, with the running belt being propelled by the movement of your feet. These are generally bulkier and will take up more space as well as being heavier.
The weight of your treadmill is a very important consideration, and there are advantages and disadvantages to different weights. A commercial treadmill’s heavier weight will mean it is more difficult to transport or move around. These treadmills are best for long term use in a single location, which may not suit some workout spaces. However, the extra weight also means that the treadmill will be sturdier, and provide a more stable base for your workout. They aren’t easily damaged or knocked over, giving you a more reliable machine.
Consider the space you have available and how you’ll be using your treadmill to assess whether you can accommodate a heavier machine. If you’re ever unsure, feel free to contract our friendly staff and we’ll help you along your fitness journey.
While being perfectly user-friendly, curved treadmills are indeed harder to use, as they require you to work harder. This is because keeping the belt moving provides an extra challenge to your core and leg muscles, leading to a higher energy expenditure. On top of this, some curved treadmills come with adjustable resistance for an extra level of control over your workout. This is compounded by the 15-degree curve, which challenges your whole body and burns up to 30% more calories. The curve also improves running form, designed to mimic your natural stride pattern and increase posterior muscle activation, which can help in rehabilitation.
So while a FreeRun treadmill may be technically harder to use in the sense that they require greater muscle activation, this difficulty is built-in to accelerate returns on your exercise and deliver greater results.
Having said this, many users find that the curved treadmill allows for a smoother and user-friendly experience, as it allows you to control the speed and intensity of your workout at all times. The ability to set your own speed as you go means you have greater control over your workout, and allows for more complex exercise routines involving variations in intensity. This also makes them great for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), giving the user the ability to accelerate intensity quickly without having to stop to change any settings.
For a more comprehensive breakdown of the difference between motorised vs curved treadmills, click here
A commercial quality treadmill is the cornerstone of a good home-gym setup, and there’s good reason why they’re the go-to machine for many trainers. Their innumerable health benefits, accessibility, and customisation make them a great option whether you’re running, walking, marathon-training or looking to improve overall fitness. What separates a commercial treadmill from a standard one is a range of factors, including its durability, its larger frame and the ability to handle a greater amount of stress in intense workouts. Commercial treadmills are designed for frequent, intense usage and are built to last much longer than a regular treadmill. Having a commercial home treadmill will set you up for the best possible workout, and will allow you to progress to advanced levels in a way that’s safe, enjoyable and efficient. Lifespan Fitness offers a range of choices, including cheap commercial treadmill options, curved treadmills and smart treadmills.
If you’re new to the world of treadmills, check out our guide on correct treadmill use for everything you need to know to get started.
An increasingly popular option for many users is a curved FreeRun treadmill, an alternative to the standard electric treadmill. Unlike motorised treadmills, a FreeRun commercial curved treadmill has no electric motor and requires no main power. Instead of a motorised belt automatically rotating under your feet, a curved treadmill is set in motion manually by your feet and muscles. This may seem strange at first, but it has many benefits over a standard treadmill. The first is in relation to speed, an important component of your treadmill workout. FreeRun treadmills are responsive to the speed of their user, with their maximum speed being unlimited, allowing you to truly test your own limits. The ability to set your own speed as you go means you have greater control over your workout, and allows for more complex exercise routines involving variations in intensity. This also makes them great for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), giving the user the ability to accelerate intensity quickly without having to stop to change any settings. Manual treadmills also require you to work harder, as keeping the belt moving requires extra work from the core and leg muscles, leading to a higher energy expenditure. On top of this, the Corsair FreeRun range of curved treadmills come with adjustable resistance for that extra level of control over your workout. This is compounded by the 15-degree curve, which challenges your whole body and burns up to 30% more calories. The curve also improves running form, designed to mimic your natural stride pattern and increase posterior muscle activation, which can help in rehabilitation. Then, of course, the fact that it doesn’t require electricity will be a huge boon for many users, whether you’re looking to be more eco-friendly, save on the power bill or just don’t have access to a power outlet in your workout space. Lifespan’s selection of FreeRun treadmills are built with a sturdy, commercial frame made with tubular steel for extra durability and strength. Curved treadmills are one of the best commercial treadmills for home use and provide a truly unique and personalised experience to suit all levels of fitness.
For a more comprehensive breakdown of the difference between motorised and curved treadmills, click here.
Lifespan’s commercial smart treadmills are a true top of the range machine with robust commercial components, smart touch-screen display with app connectivity, Bluetooth and screen mirroring, and extensive features to suit every type of workout. Motorised commercial treadmills come with a larger EverDrive motor, typically a 4.0 CHP Commercial EverDrive H7AC Motor, which delivers high torque output, larger motor casing to reduce noise and vibration, thick insulation with large thermal heatsink design, and a silent cooling fan for active temperature management. The induction motor and wide motor belt reduces the need for maintenance and improves durability. The spacious DuraGrip running belt provides the perfect grip with anti-static properties and noise-reducing materials. Commercial treadmills will typically have a larger running platform than standard treadmills, giving you the space to accelerate your workout, and the peace of mind that it can handle the stress of high-intensity exercise. On top of this, the advanced ShockControl cushioning provides increased support and reduces the impact on your joints, ankle and feet as well as increasing protection for the belt. Having said this, it’s important to remember that wearing supportive shoes on a treadmill is highly recommended, and will provide an extra layer of protection for both the treadmill and your feet. Being a very modern commercial grade treadmill, it of course has access to the latest apps and Bluetooth to keep you entertained during your workout, all through an impressive HD display, along with built-in dual speakers. The user-friendly controls also allow you to choose from pre-set programs, as well as compatibility from several fitness apps where you can track, record and manage your workout data from your phone. Customise your workout further with multiple incline levels, increasing your heart rate and making your legs work harder. For more information about treadmill incline, click here.
Commercial treadmills are known for their ability to last much longer than an average treadmill, and can take on a greater amount of high-intensity usage and stress before any maintenance or repair work is required. This means users can have a peace of mind that they can use their treadmill in a way that suits them, without having to worry too much about “wearing” the machine out. This makes them perfect for a fitness studio or a professional personal trainer.
If you are someone in the process of setting up a commercial or semi commercial gym, Lifespan Fitness offers a B2B commercial program called Elite Pass, that will provide you with a dedicated account manager, exclusive deals, and competitive trade pricing. Your account manager will manage your purchases and you will be allocated discounts depending on purchase amounts. This will also include gym fit outs where we will work with you to arrange and select appropriate equipment based on floor plans, as well as organising special on-order products.
While the average user can still benefit from a commercial treadmill, there are considerations for your workout space you should consider. These treadmills take up more space, aren’t foldable and don’t have wheels, meaning they aren’t easily moveable or transportable. Consider the space you have available and what you intend to use your treadmill for before purchasing a commercial one.
A high-quality commercial treadmill for gym or the home is a fantastic tool for your personal fitness. The many benefits of treadmill training, including improved cardiovascular health, boosting muscle strength (especially in the glutes, thighs and calves), as well as being one of the most effective weight loss tools, are just some of the reasons why they remain a classic of the fitness world. A commercial treadmill will provide you with the absolute best experience, regardless of your personal fitness goals, experience level or the intensity of your workout. You will also have the reassurance of a treadmill that will last much longer, and can be used for more intense workouts. For our best tips for your treadmill workout, click here.
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