(Closed) Manual Treadmills…. worth it?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I have a manual treadmill and they are MUCH harder than a powered treadmill.  The only drawback is that it is very difficult to run on it – not impossible though.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My parents had a manual treadmill. I used to walk on it and it was a good workout. Like sunflower–girl said, it was hard to run on it.

It is actually easier to walk on it if you raise the angle. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@Diet Coke:  The whole thing is resistance!  There is no momentum to it – pure muscle to keep it going.  You will get a much better workout raising the angle and walking than if you ran on a powered treadmill.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

i’ve got one… the incline is pretty steep because you have to have some kind of hill to climb or else you’d be pushing. the incline hurts my calves, so i’d put a huge textbook under the back to make it less severe. you can’t really run on them though. it’s awkward at a fast pace… i do like it though and it is a good workout nonethe less, just takes time to get used to. i got mine for $100 from walmart to try it.

its a pretty good coat rack now

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Have you considered an elliptical? They are less impactful than treadmills, and can work your body more. You can find them used/new for pretty cheap if you don’t want much from them and don’t run too hard on them.

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