We believe the Carl Lewis MOTC99 Treadmill is the best balance of function and price, and can make a surprisingly affordable addition to your home gym. Treadmills provide easy indoor walking and running year round without needing to leave your home, and these are some of the best forms of aerobic exercise, very helpful for weight loss and general fitness. Using a treadmill regularly will develop stronger leg and buttock muscles and increase cardiovascular fitness and burn fat. One of our reviewers often uses a treadmill session as a warm-up before proceeding to her main workout.
You can get entry level treadmills from around a hundred quid, but these are manual versions, and you really need a motorised model with two or more incline levels--the Carl Lewis MOTC99 model delivers the best value for money in our opinion. There are certainly more expensive models (including some over two thousand quid), but we don't believe you get that much more in function--in fact it has several features you only see in 300+ pound models.
The Carl Lewis MOTC99 Treadmill is powered by a 1.5 hp motor and has an impressive maximum speed of 8 mph (12km/h, equivalent to a seven and a half minute mile pace), more than enough for walkers and moderate joggers, though not for high performance runners. The running deck is a perfectly adequate 40x120cm, cushioned to reduce impact on your joints, There are six preset programmes, as well as one manually defined workout. The unit includes performance and body fat measurement as well as a hand pulse sensor to give you feedback. The treadmill works with a maximum body weight of 100 kg (15 and a half stone). This 61kg running machine has a footprint of 130 x 66 x 153 cm, but folds up to 85 x 66 x 138cm for compact and easy storage.
The Carl Lewis brand is a trusted and effective range which is part of the Alba Plc electronics group. You can buy an assortment of Carl Lewis products, from horse riders to abs crunches, and most are very highly rated and reliable. The treadmill is named for the athlete who won 10 Olympic medals and 10 World Championship medals.
Prices: The Carl Lewis Treadmill DVD retails for £299, but you can get it much cheaper on Amazon for around £249. It has a one-year warranty.