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Old 07-05-06, 02:44 PM
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Need opinions on treadmills

I am interested in buying a treadmill for my wife.(She wants to get fit and lose a few pounds) I did a little research and they seem pretty expensive (at least the good ones). Any one have any experience in these. I would hate to spend $500-$1,000 just to see it break down within a few months of use. Currently i am looking into the Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill. Any opinions will be greatly appreciated. Other than a few researches I really don't know much about them. My wife been going to the gym, but with her hectic work schedule, it makes its really tough to work out, hence the treadmill.


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Old 07-05-06, 02:47 PM
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Get an elliptical. They're much more effective and less damaging to the joints. My wife wanted a treadmill but we ended up getting an elliptical.

BTW, does anyone know how to get my wife to use the damn thing? I have to fight to spend money on things we'll use everyday like a TV but she can go drop $1k on something she's used 4 times in as many months.
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I hate treadmills. I feel like a hamster on a wheel.
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Old 07-05-06, 02:52 PM
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BTW, does anyone know how to get my wife to use the damn thing?
Call her "tubby tubby two by four".....
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I second the elliptical suggestion. Why buy a treadmill when you can use the street for free?
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Old 07-05-06, 02:58 PM
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Call her "tubby tubby two by four".....
That would put an end to the bickering in an entirely different way. I enjoy life.
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Just remember, plastic hangers are always better than metal ones.
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Old 07-05-06, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
Just remember, plastic hangers are always better than metal ones.


NO WIRE HANGERS EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-05-06, 06:05 PM
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Thanks for the somewhat amusing responses so far. Its funny, because i was actually thinking of buying a new LCD tv to replace the tv we own now. But it was something i wanted, not something we needed since the tv we own now is just fine. I do know my wife is pretty motivated when it comes to working out, its just that she works too many hours now which takes her time away from the gym.
She also wants to be as in shape as she can because we may be trying for a baby in a couple years. And we are not young pups anymore. We are in our 30's. So i definetely want to support her health with a elliptical or treadmill over a tv.

So does anyone have any grand choices. I am open for suggestion. We have a gift certificate with amazon. So our purchase will most likely be with them. I am willing to spend up to a grand.

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Old 07-05-06, 07:03 PM
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Schwinn is a good brand that's not too expensive and still offers good quality.

According to Consumer Reports, you need to spend money to get a good exercise machine.

Are you sure you don't want an elliptical? I got this model:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ance&n=3375251

Whatever you do, don't get anything by Nordictrack. That includes the Reebok brand.
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Old 07-05-06, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by pinata242
BTW, does anyone know how to get my wife to use the damn thing? I have to fight to spend money on things we'll use everyday like a TV but she can go drop $1k on something she's used 4 times in as many months.
Yeah get a man card and tell her to stop buying shit you don't use.
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Old 07-05-06, 07:46 PM
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I am open for an elliptical. So is Schwinn a good brand? I also see they have a 2006 model for the roughly the same price of the 2005.
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Old 07-05-06, 09:18 PM
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These are good treadmills and have a pretty decent warranty, but you can't get it from Amazon.

http://www.smoothfitness.com/
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Old 07-06-06, 08:47 AM
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When I asked this same question in Otter about 5+ years ago, everyone pointed me to the KEYS brand treadmill. 5 years later, the thing is still going strong (and, yes, we *do* use it). I haven't kept current with the latest models/features, but you may want to look into this brand.
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