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What’s The Best Home Back Massager?

Many of us have hectic office jobs that involves a lot of sitting. Software engineers are particularly susceptible to this as their job involves many hours of continuous sitting. Keeping the body stationary in a sitting stance can give neck and back pain apart from overall health issues.

A massage parlor or spa is a great choice for sure, but very few of us have the time to visit spas and massage parlors. Not just that, visiting a massage therapist or spas can burn a hole in your pocket.
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A good electric back massager can not only give you good massage and improve blood circulation but also gives you the flexibility of getting a good massage at your convenient time and place.

We have experience with dozens of massagers, initially this website was supposed to be an extensive review on every massager we could lay hands on, but then found that the visitors are most interested to find the best ones and did not seem to like reading about massagers that didn’t meet our quality test. Given below are some of the top massagers that we feel will do justice to the money spent.

 

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The Thumper mini pro 2 is a quality professional grade massager that is part of the famed thumper series massagers that uses the patented percussive thumper action. The massager weighs close to 3 pounds so it is portable and relatively light in weight.

This helps it to be maneuvered easily. What would strike you immediately is the fact that the massager is relatively light but does feel wonderfully heavy and substantial on the massaged area.

There are 3 power settings that enable it to work well on both the thick and thin muscle groups. the 3 settings are devised to deliver 20, 30 and 40 thumps per second respectively. the massager has a percussive action, that means the heads of the thumper massager bounce or thump back and forth in the same manner as a massage therapists hand would.

The anatomically designed massage spheres on the thumper massager are designed to pivot vertically and can send deep penetrating waves in the massaged area which can disperse knots in the body.

Conclusion

The thumper mini pro  is an outstanding portable massager that is perhaps the best massager within its price segment. This is the massager that is used and recommended by many chiropractors and massage therapists including yours truly. What we liked about this massager is that while it is reasonably light to hold it also has the wonderfully gritty and substantial feel on the muscle groups.

On the negative side you might feel some strain in your hands if you try to use it on your back for longer periods of time. So for that reason while this can be used effectively to self massage, it is still best used as a back massager if you have another person to use it on you.

The thumper mini pro2 is a strong therapeutic massager that goes well on the body contours. The massager is absolutely brilliant in releasing knots along the thighs, buttocks and back and I have no reservations in recommending this product wholeheartedly.

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Unlike the Thumper massager described above, the Jeanie Rub Massager has an oscillating movement rather than a thumping action. We found the Jeanie massager to be particularly good at alleviating deep seated muscular pains and improving circulation with its soothing oscillations and vibrations.

The massager itself is built solidly with quality die cast aluminum and sports premium grade vinyl pads. It has a variable speed motor that operated from 1100 to 4600 rpm.

The Jeanie rub massager can be used on sensitive areas and also on the bony surfaces. We found that the Jeanie massager is better preferred by thin people with less muscle mass compared to a percussive massager like the Thumper massager. This massager has a more gentler kneading and oscillating type action where as the thumper has a knocking, thumping and vibrating action.

Conclusion

The massager is very good in relieving pains due to pinched nerve or knots and is particularly good for the back, especially if you have someone to use it on you. If you intend to use it on the back yourself, you can just place it behind on the couch and lean against it. Both the Thumper massager and the Jeanie Rub Massager are brilliant massagers.

The thumper massager is preferred by people who want a more invasive and strong massage experience whilst the Jeanie Rub massager is liked by people who like to be kneaded. The Jeanie Rub massager is quite a bit heavier than the Thumper massager and perhaps less portable. You will not go wrong with either of the two top massagers and we recommend both equally.

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Homedics has come a long way from being just a one dimensional company manufacturing just handheld massager products to growing to become an authority in the electric and shiatsu massager category. The QRM-400H Therapist Select Quad-Roller Massaging Cushion is a top grade shiatsu cushion based massager with heat capabilities.

We have had some bad experiences with massage cushions in the past and most have design problems but this cushion pleasantly surprised us. The cushion has two separate mechanisms for the back and shoulders and this we feel is a must for any good massage cushion.

It is also height adjustable, so should fit most backs. The QRM-400H Shiatsu Massaging cushion can provide circular and kneading shiatsu massage and/or up and down roller massage.

This is the latest model and a big upgrade from the older SBM 400H model in that this massaging cushion has 4 rollers with 2 rollers on each arm whereas the previous model had just two massaging heads.

What’s more, this massager is currently priced at a discount. You can visit the product page at Quad Roller Massaging Cushion.

The cushion can work in 6 modes and can be controlled with a remote control. At its max

setting this cushion is simply outstanding and the level of pressure and heat combine to give a wonderful shiatsu massage. The experience is almost as good as a professional massage at a massage parlor, not quite but pretty close.

Conclusion
Probably the best massaging cushion and definitely worth the price. Highly recommended.

 

Back Pain Symptoms

Almost all of us have experienced back pain at some point of time in our lives, some more than others. Infact it is estimated that 4 out of 5 adults experience considerable episodes of back pain in their lives.

Back pain may occur due to various causes – some due to bad lifestyle while others could be due to muscle strains, degenerative spinal conditions, accidents or sports injuries.

Laying down back pain symptoms can be tricky as sometimes more serious conditions like a large herniated disc can be painless whereas a simple muscle strain that only needs some massage and rest could give acute pain. Also, many of the conditions share identical symptoms.

Symptoms of back pain

  • Persistent stiffness or pain along the spine – anywhere between the hips to the base of the neck.
  • Chronic pain in the lower or middle are of the back particularly after extended standing or sitting period.
  • Back ache that radiates lower to the buttocks and thighs and sometimes onto the calf and feet.
  • Muscle spams in the lower back when standing straight for some time.
  • Acute pain in the upper back, lower back or neck that is more localized and arising or aggravated after engaging in strenuous activity.

When to seek medical attention

  • If you feel numbness in the limbs and experience even a little loss of control. This could indicate spinal cord damage.
  • If the back pain extends upto the calf of the leg it could indicate a condition known as sciatica and will need a doctor’s attention.
  • If the pain is acute while bending forward or coughing it could indicate a herniated disc and will need medical attention and therapy.
  • If the back pain is often accompanied by urinal or fecal incontinence.
  • If you are over 50 years old and experience pain in a particular area of the spine which aggravated when getting up from bed or whilst lying down then it could indicate osteoarthritis which will need medical care.

 

Back Pain Causes

Back pain and in particular lower back pain is perhaps the most common of medical problems. On the good side, many episodes of back pains will subside and resolve within a few weeks but sometimes back pains can linger for long causing frustration to both the patient and even the doctor as it can get difficult to treat.

Understanding the root cause of a chronic back pain will effectively determine the course of treatment and cure. So if that famed massager isn’t giving you relief as it will in most cases then you should indeed look further. some of the common back pain causes are laid out below.

Lumbar Muscle Strain

The most common cause of back pain is undoubtedly muscle strains. Patients might not remember the cause of the strain but the good news is that it is very easily treatable with massage therapy and rest. A good back massager should hold you in good stead in such cases.

Herniated Disc
A herniated disc is a pretty common cause of back pain and the treatment depends on a case by case basis. It is also known as pinched disc or bulging disc or slipped disc and is often a source of confusion to the patients as different doctors use the terms randomly.

Generally when a patient is suffering from herniated disc, it is not the disc space that usually pains. The pain is actually caused by the disc herniation pinching a nerve within the spine. This pain is radicular in nature and can stem down to the leg or traverse up to the neck too.

Spinal Stenosis

This is a condition that usually affects senior citizens. As people age the spinal column can narrow and constrict creating pressure in areas where the spinal nerves leave the spinal column thereby causing pain.

Symptoms might appear very slowly and include pain, numbness or weakness in the legs and arms and pain in the neck and back. Treatments include physical therapy, braces, medications and even surgery if needed.

Discogenic Back Pain
This is another common back problem and occurs due to inter-vertebal disc damage(without the disc herination). A discogram will be needed to diagnose discogenic back pain.

This problem usually occurs in middle aged individuals after the spine has undergone a lot of wear and tear. In the beginning stages pain will be minimal but if the condition is aggravated it can cause acute lower back pain.

Treatments include oral medication, spinal injections, braces often accompanied by massage therapy usually by a qualified massage therapist. A good back massager could help too.

Lumbar Spine Arthritis

Arthritis normally affects knees and finger joints but it can also affect spine joints like in the case of lumbar spine arthritis. Patients suffering from this condition will experience back pain when they flex and move.

Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is caused by decreased bone density and bone tissue thinning. This can result in a plethora of orthopedic issues and general discomfort. Back pains due to osteoporosis is generally linked to vertebral compression fractures. It causes bones to weaken and can lead to fractures.

Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis is a condition wherein the adjacent vertebra loses stability and begins to develop a tendency to slip. An individual suffering from this condition will experience tightening of the hamstrings and overall stiffness of the back affecting gait and posture. This is caused due to spine degeneration due to age or lifestyle.

A person suffering from acute spondylolisthesis tends to rotate the pelvis more than normal as a result of decreased hamstring mobility, such a person will appear to waddle more than walk.

 

Back Massager Benefits

In my opinion every family must have a good massager, some of the benefits are too obvious to pass up, it can promote the general well-being of the family.

It has been scientifically proved that a good massage begets involuntary mechanical and relaxation responses from the body that can produce both emotional and physical benefits.

Relaxation Response
Relaxation response is brought about caring safe touches or gentle vibrations that has a calming effect on the brain and body.

This causes the blood pressure to stabilize at optimum levels that slows down the breathing rate which in turn reduces the stress hormones to truly bring about muscle and tissue relaxation.

All this causes alleviation of the hormone seotonin that is responsible for positive thoughts and emotions.

Mechanical Response

The vibrations and physical pressure involved in a good massage causes and increase in the lymph and blood circulation. This also causes normalization of muscles, tendons, ligaments and tissues that causes relief from pain and soreness and offers positive energy and general well being.

Immediate Benefits

  • The obvious benefit is ofcourse pain relief. The endorphin release irons out knots and tensions in the body and alleviates and reduces pain caused by various muscle strains and musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Massage is known to reduce anxiety in patients and the transient anxiety levels before and after massage has been clinically documented.
  • A good massage can immediately reduce blood pressure and hypertension patients can benefit greatly.
  • This is a freak one but true. A good massage is also shown to improve the computational capabilities and alertness of the brain.Electroencephalography tests have attributed this curious effect to the decreased stress hormones during a massage and right after it.
  • Better blood circulation.
  • Reduces cramps and spasms.
  • Reduces PMS symptoms in women. Helps in reducing menstrual cramps and water retention.
Long Term Benefits Of Repeated Therapy
  • Regular back massage can give long term relief from chronic back pain. Chronic body pains and restlessness are side effects of some chronic ailments like diabetes. Massagers can help the patients lead better quality of life.Some studies claim that quality of life and disease progression of HIV patients improves with good regular massage therapy, however this treatment is not scientifically supported.
  • Reduces depression and susceptibility to anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Improves mobility and stamina. Shown to reduce stiffness in chronic arthritis.
  • Better pulmonary function is noticed in some asthmatic patients.
  • Tissue regeneration in some cases. This is why even patients suffering from paralysis and muscular dystrophy are put on a strict massage regimen.
  • Reduces stretch marks and scar tissue.
  • Aromatherapy massage is shown to increase the PBL or the peripheral blood lymphocytes that results in the stimulation of the human immune system. The same effect can be achieved by using a good back massager after applying lavender or almond oil on the body.

 

How to Manage Back Pain

The back itself is a column (otherwise known as the spinal column) of 33 bones and tissues from the skull to the pelvis. These bones (also known as the vertebrae) surround and protect nerve tissues known as the spinal cord. Between each of these bones is a disk which acts as a shock absorber for the other bones.

These bones are differentiated as being:

  • Cervical vertebrae which consist of the 7 bones in the upper part of the spine (in the head and neck)
  • Thoracic vertebrae which are the 12 bones between the neck and lower back (the lumbar region)
  • Lumbar vertebrae which are the 5 largest and strongest bones (yet, are most prone to injury)
  • Sacrum which is formed from 5 bones fused together, along with the Coccyx (more commonly known as the tailbone) which is made up of 4 bones fused together.

Back pain is pain not necessarily in the back (the spinal column) but possibly in the muscles, nerves, joints or anything radiating from or in the spine. The pain can be abrupt, short-lived, or long-term; constant or intermittent; be localized or move to other areas, especially the extremities of the arms, hands, feet and legs; and may include tingling, weakness or numbness.

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Back pain is extremely common. After headaches, it is the most common location of pain. Specifically, pain in the lower back is the most common form of back pain because it bears most of our weight.

Lower back pain (also called lumbago) is the fifth most common reason for visiting a physician, and accounts for 40% of the missed days of work in the United States, and is the leading cause of disability throughout the world. It is most common in people between the ages of 35 and 55.

Doctors different it by its location: either neck pain, middle back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain. It can be acute (up to 12 weeks), chronic (more than 12 weeks) or subacute (one lasting 6-12 weeks). It can be nonspecific (and usually associated with muscles, fascia and ligaments) or specific (such as having an infection or cancer).

Virtually all (98%) of back pain patients are those who have nonspecific acute pain which has no other ailments or diseases as causes. You may (or may not) feel severe back pain, but that does not necessarily mean harm or damage to your body.

Think of a paper cut: it is small and superficial, causes a great amount of pain but does no harm (it usually seals itself before any infection can arise). However, the 98% does leave 2% of patients as possibly having an infection, cancer or other condition that can also result in back pain.

It can be diagnosed with x-rays, a CT scan or an MRI scan, but because back pain is usually (98%) not associated with a location, these are rarely effective. Thus, the doctor usually prescribes things for the result (the pain) rather than the cause, whatever it may be.

Other Back Pain Causes

Just as diet and exercise comprise very many of the treatments of very many ailments and diseases, so too are there a few general causes of back pain. Such causes can be described as being:

1) Medical:

There are innumerable conditions that can cause back pain. It would be counter-productive to list them here in this article, but they can be found at this webpage.

Perhaps the most common ones are spinal disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, kidney stones, lumbar spinal stenosis, trauma (accidents, especially), muscle strains or pulled muscles, cancer, infection, fractures, inflammatory disease, and sciatica.

There is also pregnancy, during which half of all women experience lower back pain. In keeping with the theme of this article (avoidance), it would be easy to suggest not getting pregnant. Of course that, in itself, may not be desirable. Just be aware that if you do become pregnant then there is a very good chance that you will feel back pain.

There are also innumerable medical drugs that have back pain as a possible side effect. These drugs can be found here. If you are prescribed any of these then ask you may want to ask about the likelihood of you getting back pain, and whether or not alternative medicines are warranted.

If you are taking these and then develop back pain then do consult your doctor right away. If you already have back pain and are prescribed any of these drugs for other conditions then ask your doctor about the likelihood of your back pain worsening.

2) Psychosocial: This would comprise stress (especially mental stress at work), anxiety, job dissatisfaction, distress, depression, cognitive dysfunction, dysfunctional family relationships, and others

3) Activity such as heavy physical work; repetitive work; frequent bending, twisting, lifting, pushing or pulling; static postures; and vibrations.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: pain that does not lessen, or worsens even when resting; pain which is worse when laying down; severe pain; increasing weakness or numbness in a leg or foot; difficulty in walking, standing or moving; fever, unexplained weight loss, or other signs of illness along with the back pain; numbness in the genital or anal area; loss of bowel of bladder control; a burning feeling or difficulty in urination; if you have had a trauma, such as a fall or impact; or if you or your family has a history of cancer.

 

Lifestyle Changes To Alleviate Bac Pain

To avoid or minimize back pain, regardless of cause (except for medical causes, which often require medicine or surgery) you can do things differently. If you are overweight or obese and now have back pain then lose weight through diet, exercise, surgery or other means. There is no proof yet that obesity can cause back pain, but there is a high correlation between the two. Other suggestions can be grouped around:

Change yourself In my other article about back pain, I suggested trying Tai Chi and other methods of reducing stress. Other methods which reduce stress (and hence reduce the possibility of getting back pain and of minimizing its effects) are meditation, counseling, stress management classes, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and yoga (which I discussed in yet another article about back pain).

Perhaps the best–and certainly the simplest–are breathing exercises. One very easy exercise is to find a comfortable position; focus on breathing, and in doing it slowly and steadily; feel your tension escape as you breathe out; and do this for 10-15 minutes.

Change the things that you do Avoid the activities that can cause back pain. If you have to do them then do them differently and better. For example, if you have to lift heavy things then use your legs more and less of your back in lifting.

Avoid sitting and avoid standing. Of course, these contradict each other; the qualification is that you should avoid doing these for extended periods of time. If you do need to sit for a long period of time then try doing it on an ergonomically designed chair, or try using a standing desk.

If you do need to stand for a long period of time then use a small footstool by alternating a leg on it, taking the load off your back. You can use the same footstool while you are sitting, so that your knees are above your hips.

Sit up straight! You mother and teachers told you this, and it is especially helpful now if you have back pain. This is especially relevant for those who have desk or office jobs. When you are at your desk, sit up straight and as far back in your chair as possible, while keeping your feet flat on the ground.

When you stand, keep your shoulders back and your weight evenly distributed between both feet. Always be aware of when you may be slouching and then remove that.

People change jobs and even professions for many different reasons. If you have back pain then consider job training for another position within your company.

Sleep well and correctly. Be like Goldilocks and find a bed that is neither too hard nor too soft but one that is just right. It is best to sleep on your side but if you continue to sleep on your back then you can place a pillow under your knees, and if you sleep on your stomach then you can place a pillow under your stomach to counteract the effects.

Exercise and exercise more. In my other article, I suggested strength training, tai chi, pilates and aquatic therapy. You do not have to go to a gym, and you can try things that are even simpler than my suggestions.

In 2008, the USDA Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report advised just 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, and two or more days a week of strength training.

Children were advised to be physically active for at least one hour each day, and other guidelines can be found here. All of these can be as simple as walking, biking or swimming. Maintain your activity, and gradually increase it to help you recover from back pain sooner.

Change other things Do not wear high-heeled shoes; wear comfortable shoes; and look for shoes with arch support.

Avoid having objects, such as a wallet, in your back pocket while you are sitting. Make sure that you have a comfortable chair in your car, or add beads to it, especially on long drives.

Your spine, along with the enamel on your teeth, are one of the strongest parts in your body and is, along with the enamel on your teeth, very difficult to damage. Your back can take a lot of wear and tear, although it can break down, but also recovers (usually) just as quickly.

With the correct and complete information, help, support and treatment, you should be able to manage and remove your own back pain.

 

How Does Vibrating Massagers Work?

Vibrating MassagerMany of the vibrating massagers work using the principle of centripetal force. An unbalanced weight is rotated around an axis that is not inline with the center of axis thus creating a significant centripetal force.

Now this force follows the weight around as it makes fast 360 degree rotations causing repeated directional cycles of centripetal force which feels like high frequency vibrations.

The frequency of vibrations is directly proportional to the number of times the weight is slung around the axis within the massager.

Modern electrical back massagers build on this principle and take it further. For example, the thumper massager has a thumping action apart from the usual vibrations to give extra impact and relief.

How Vibrating Massager Relieleve Back Strains

In the relaxed state muscle cells are long and narrow and under stressful situations they contract and become shorter and thicker.

Once the strainful period is over they are expected to go back to their relaxed state but sometimes quite a few of these muscle cells only relax partially which results in thicker loosened cells that can cause pain as they press against nerves.

This my friends cause back strains and knots resulting in discomfort and pain. A vibrating or percussion massager exerts force on the muscle tissues that creates what we call ‘microscopic pulling’ that helps the constricted muscle cells to return to relaxed state which in turn relieves pressure on the neighboring nerves thereby providing pain relief.

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Best Treadmill For Home Under 500

Treadmill for home have no doubt been around for some time ever since the first one was invented. Contrary to what you may know, the first treadmills were not used as exercise equipment but rather as prisoner punishment and as power equipment. It was until the 19th century when treadmills were designed as exercise equipment.

There are currently two types of treadmill machines; commercial and residential or treadmill for home. Commercial treadmills tend to be large in size and are designed to be strong in order to sustain regular workouts by multiple users for long hours. They are in most cases non-folding treadmill machines. At times referred to as folding treadmills, treadmill for home tend to be smaller in size and are available in both non-folding and folding models.

women running on treadmillThis decade has seen a good number of manufacturers design some of the best treadmills that are currently available in the market. Indeed reading through treadmill reviews exposes you to a wide range of treadmills including some of the best folding treadmill machines you can buy for own use at home.

Why Buy a Treadmill For Home?

You definitely can not ignore the benefits of having the best treadmill for home use. Best treadmills for home are no doubt vital exercise equipment that provide for efficient aerobic workouts. Indeed having one at home makes it possible for you to set an exercise routine. You will literally be able to run, walk or simply job from the same spot.

There are several health reasons why you need to buy a home treadmill:

  • Allows you to set up a workout regime that you can stick to regardless of weather conditions for good health and body physique.
  • Allows you to undertake lower impact training or exercise compared to running outdoors that puts you at risk of higher impact training, which is certainly not good for your health.
  • Allows you to exercise in a way that you would achieve when exercising outdoors. You can literally set your treadmill machine to provide a continuous ‘uphill’ exercise environment, something impossible when exercising outdoors, which is good health wise.
  • Makes it possible for you to set the machine to a setting that best suits your age and ability.
  • Allows you to track your training or exercise performance. You are literally in a position to ascertain how much calories you burn in addition to obtaining other useful data. This enables you to increase or reduce your exercise intensity, whish is good health wise.
  • The best home treadmill will allow you to exercise while being entertained, which also provides for several health benefits.

Intended Use and Goals

Different individuals have different exercise or training need and you are not exceptional. Your exercise need differs from that of another person. This is why your reason for buying a treadmill for home may differ from another individual’s reason.

You can buy the best treadmill for aerobic exercises such as walking, hiking and running, which you can easily perform using a treadmill. Such exercises improve your cardiovascular health, making it possible for you to have strong heart, healthy muscles, excess weight loss, enhanced immune system, increased body stamina and enhanced mental health among other benefits.

We have endeavored to sample several top treadmills and have managed to come up with three that in our view are the best treadmills that we can recommend. For your benefit, we have looked at different factors including quality, value for money and ease of use among other important factors.

 


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Nordic Track Commercial 1750 Treadmill

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This is our top rated treadmill for home from the many treadmills reviews we have undertaken. The treadmill’s design is simply fantastic and it ranks top when it comes to engineering. It is indeed the best treadmills for running according to many treadmill reviews since it provides the same feel you would have when running on the road outdoors.

This mill has a good number of features including a web-enabled color touch screen that delivers personalized training using iFit Technology. Using this treadmill makes it possible for you to access your exercise statistics and your personalized exercise programs in addition to accessing your preferred websites while exercising at home.

Commercial Treadmill by NordiTrack features a spacious 22 x 60 inches tread belt meant for tall runners, and a commercial plus motor that allows you to exercise in a very quiet environment. The belt is engineered and designed to remain in position and is highly resistant to stretch. With an incline range of 3-15%, the treadmill allows you to adjust the belt to be in a position that benefits your exercise need.

In addition to heart rate monitor, this treadmill comes with a powerful 3.75 CHP motor that allows you to exercise in a safe environment for shorter or for longer depending on your exercise need. The motor is designed in such a way that it resides in a case, which goes a long way in reducing vibrations. The motor also features dual cooling fans, meaning very minimal heat. Depending on your training need, you can walk, jog or run at a maximum of 12 MPH.

 

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill

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This is the other treadmill for home by SOLE that has emerged tops in our treadmill reviews. It is a folding treadmill that favored by homeowners and hotel establishments alike due to the fact that it is very stable and highly portable. It comes along with up to six preset exercise programs, two personalized exercise programs and two heart rate programs. For safety purposes, the treadmill features a large stop switch.

This treadmill features a very friendly console that provides for vibrant display. Some of the information you are able to access through the console include machine speed, incline, time, the distance you have covered, your pulse rate, pace and amount of calories you have burned. The console also features built-in speakers on which you can hook any MP3 player to listen to your favourite music while exercising.

This treadmill only weighs 265 pounds and measures 58 inches in height. It has a weight capacity of 375 pounds and is 83 inches long with a width measuring 37 inches. It comes along with a powerful 3.5 CHP DC-type motor. It has an incline range of 0-15% and has a maximum speed of 12 mph. Like with other popular treadmills, this treadmill features a 2-ply belt that is not only resistant to stretch but remains fixed in place firmly.

Smooth 11.35 Treadmill

In our view, this treadmill does not only rank tops in terms of performance. It also ranks the best when it comes to entertainment. It is simply a fitness tool and entertainment hotspot all wrapped up into one beautiful machine. It comes along with a large 10-inch touch screen and Android web browser for watching your preferred TV shows or catching up on latest news in addition to browsing. All these are in addition to the mill’s built-in HD video workouts filmed in Hawaii. These are included to motivate and inspire you as you work out for good health.

In addition to built-in iFit technology, this treadmill comes with a powerful 4.5 CHP commercial pro motor that allows you to exercise for as long as you wish. The motor is designed to provide optimum safety as you workout. This machines also comes along with heart rate monitor complete with wireless chest strap that communicates your heart rate automatically, allowing you to monitor your heart rate as you workout.

The machine also gives you access to intermittent heart rate readings through heart rate sensors located on the machine’s handlebars. In addition to the commercial pro motor, this treadmill is also available with a 20” X 60” 2-ply commercial-grade belt and does a maximum of 12 mph.

What to Look for in a treadmill For Home

Like with such other equipment as elliptical trainers and stationery bikes, there are different models of treadmills that differ in many areas. It can indeed be a very difficult to choose a treadmill that best suits your exercise need. It therefore pays to read through different treadmill reviews to understand treadmill ratings. There are however specific factors that should allow you to pick just the best treadmill for running.

Type

There are manual and electric treadmills. Of the two, electric treadmill for home happen to be the most common and popular. Although manual treadmills tend to be much cheaper, they are only useful when your exercise need is that of walking and light jogs. Electric treadmills allow you to perform quality exercises.

Performance

You no doubt wish to buy a treadmill for home with superb performance and there are several issues to look at for the purpose of identifying the best home treadmill that will serve your exercise need.

  • Track speed – You definitely want a treadmill that makes it possible for you run at high speed, depending on your age and health condition. You may choose to buy a treadmill with a top speed of 10 mph or 12 mph. Such treadmills are available in both medium and high price range.
  • Incline – This is what determines how much calories you can burn in the shortest or longest period of time exercising. It is common to find best treadmills with between 10% and 15% incline. Note also that you are likely to find treadmills with either a small motor that automatically controls the incline or treadmills with manual adjustment control systems.
  • Weight capacity – Most of the best treadmills have weight capacity between 250 and 400 pounds. There is also treadmill for 300 lb person or heavy persons that suit them best. It is always a good idea to buy a treadmill with weight capacity above your own weight. This has the positive effect of not putting too much pressure on the machine, in which case you will be able to use your machine for a long time.
  • Track size – Track size is a very important issue to consider when shopping for the best home treadmill. Treadmill tracks can measure as low as 16 inches in width and 42 inches in length or as high as 42 inches in width and 62 inches in length. It is important to note that a small size both in width and length will only suit you in case your exercise need is that of walking.

You need to pick a treadmill with medium or big size both in width and length if your exercise need is that of running. You particularly need to pick one with the longest track just in case you happen to be tall.

  • Motor – Motor treadmill ratings determine what amount of power a treadmill has and therefore how extensive it can be used for exercise. Generally, motors used on home treadmills have a power rating of between 1.25 horsepower and 4.0 horsepower. These are in most cases expresses as ‘CHP’, meaning continuous horsepower. Pick a treadmill with low horsepower 1.75-2.0 CHP) if your exercise need is that of walking and jogging. The best treadmill for running should have a motor rating of at least 3.0 CHP.
  • Tread belt – A treadmill for home can have a one-ply, two-ply or 4-ply tread belt. One-ply tread belts are light, thin and therefore do not last long. On the other hand, 2-ply and 4-play tread belts turn out to be heavy, thicker and therefore durable.
  • Track cushioning – This is something you need to consider when shopping for a treadmill. Track cushioning is very important since it helps in protecting your joints from resultant impact as you exercise. Indeed some of the top treadmills feature adjustable cushioning, allowing you to choose level of cushioning you need.

 

Features

Modern treadmill for home come with a good number of features that you need to consider when shopping for one. Indeed some of these features are valuable.

  • Workout programs – Best treadmills for home come with pre-installed workout programs designed for different exercise needs. You can indeed find a treadmill with up to 15 workout programs with each program designed for a specific exercise need such as weight loss and endurance exercises. This is something you need to consider when shopping for a treadmill.
  • Speed & Incline Controls – This is a very important issue to consider when shopping for a treadmill. It is important that you pick a treadmill whose speed and incline you can control with ease. This is particularly important in case you are aged or have a medical condition.
  • Heart Rate Program – Your heart rate is very critical as you exercise using a treadmill. It is very important that you buy a treadmill with a heart rate program that makes it possible for you to monitor your heart rate, depending on your age and any health condition you may have.
  • Progress tracking – There is nothing as great as being able to know whether or not you achieve any progress from your exercises using a treadmill. It is important that you pick a treadmill with a console through which you can access such vital data as exercise time, distance covered, exercise speed and amount of calories you burn.
  • Extras – Different treadmills have different extra features that you need to put into consideration when shopping for one. While there are treadmills that only feature basic features, there are those that feature such features as speakers, touch screen with video capability, TV and interactive video workouts.

Safety Features

Safety is very necessary whether you exercise outdoors, use workout benches or use a treadmill for home. There is really no point of investing in a treadmill that puts you at risk of injury; you would otherwise be better off exercising outdoors on the road.

The good thing with best treadmills is that they come with important safety features such as auto-stop at a push of a button whenever you not something wrong.

Warranties

It is highly recommended that you buy a treadmill for home under 500 with warranty. A manufacturer’s warranty serves to indicate that a treadmill is of good quality. You can indeed find a treadmill with 90-day warranty or lifetime warranty.

Price

This is certainly on of the most important factors you will consider when shopping for a treadmill. It is important to indicate that it does not pay to buy a treadmill whose price is unbelievingly low. You may just be setting yourself up for disappointment and serious injuries during your training. If need be, save for a quality treadmill that is safe.

Dimensions

Treadmill for home are available in different dimensions. Your best pick will certainly be one that you will be able to store with ease. Note that you have the option of choosing a small, medium (standard) or a large treadmill weight capacity 360.

Portability

You really need to make a decision on whether to buy a treadmill that will be stationery or one that you will be able to travel with and therefore portable. This is where you need to consider buying the best folding treadmill or not.

Depending on your exercise need, you will certainly find the best home treadmill that will serve you and probably the rest of your family members for a long time. It is important to note that buying a treadmill for home is really investing in your heath and that of your other family members. This is simply because the benefits that treadmills provide cannot be compared to amount of money you are likely to spend in buying one.

 

Bowflex Treadmill Reviews

Bowflex has over the years been known for its home gyms that are tension-based. It has however become a major player in production of quality treadmills. Indeed Bowflex treadmills are some of the most popular in the market today. The company has since ceased production of regular treadmills, a move that saw production of Bowflex 3, 5 and 7 Series treadmills come to a stop. The company’s focus is now on Treadclimbers, which are stairclimbers.

What we Like

Although not produced anymore, second-hand Bowflex treadmills that are still on sale are still very popular with buyers. One reason for this is their ease of storage since they fold very easily. Furthermore, they also feature sleek and appealing consoles that come with such extras as cup holders, fans and programmable workouts. Bowflex treadmill Series 7 in particular is loved for its convenience.

According to many Bowflex reviews, Bowflex treadmills are still popular because one is most likely to find a treadmill that best suits his/her training need. For instance, while 3 Series treadmills were are designed for walking exercise and therefore feature 2.5 HP motors, 5 and 7-Series treadmills are designed for joggers and runners respectively and therefore feature 3.0 HP motors.

A Bowflex Treadclimbers is basically a fitness machine that makes it possible for you to burn more calories than you would do using a regular treadmill or a stair climber. According to Treadclimber reviews, a Bowflex Treadclimber is what one intent on losing weight in the shortest time possible would go for.

Tread climber fitness machines generally operate on the basis of dual treadle system that moves downward and upward as one strides on them. The down-upward movement is not designed to be automatic but is rather determined by one’s strides and speed. These are generally low-impact fitness machines that can be used effectively by everyone. According to Treadclimber reviews, use of these machines provide for several benefits including reduced stress on joints, ease of use and great for cardio training among other benefits.

A Bowflex Treadclimber cost can be very exorbitant considering technology used and benefits that the machine provide. However, buying directly from the manufacturer’s website can be less expensive. One is also most likely to find a used Treadclimber for sale, in which case he/she is most likely to buy the same at affordable cost.

What we Don’t Like

Bowflex treadmills and Treadclimbers are generally not designed for runners. For instance, 3 and 5 Series treadmills are only suited for walking and jogging exercises. The 7-Series treadmills are also only suitable for light running exercises. This is the same case with Bowflex Treadclimbers that are simply not designed for use by runners.

Verdict

Bowflex has over the years earned trust from buyers because of its quality treadmills. Its 7-Series treadmills are indeed still very popular. Although generally expensive, it is not difficult for one to find a used Treadclimbers by Bowflex that is affordable. Indeed how much is a Treadclimbers is determined by several factors including where one buys from. In this regard, a Bowflex Treadclimbers price can be high or affordable depending on similar factors.

Compact Treadmill

Compact treadmills have over the years been the choice of those with limited workout space to train, those who prefer to move with their treadmills when they travel, those who workout at their offices/business premises and those who simply want to have light inexpensive treadmills. This is why these treadmills are to b found in apartments, and offices.

What We Like

If there is one thing that we like about Compact treadmills is their compact design. They turn out to be the best treadmills for anyone who does not have the luxury of having enough space that can accommodate bulky treadmills. Such people no doubt want to have a treadmill that they can fold and possibly keep in a closet and that is what a Compact treadmill is all about.

However, not each and every Compact treadmill is compact. There are models that have a depth well over 2 feet when folded. The other good thing about these treadmills is their portability. Most Compact treadmills turn out to very slim and can therefore be moved around very easily. These treadmills also turn out to be some of the most affordable, which makes it possible for those with limited financial resources to at least have training equipment.

What We Don’t Like

Compact treadmills come with very weak motors. These machines are mostly available with motors that provide for no more than 2.0 CHP. Although the small motors contribute to the machines’ lightness and portability, the machines can only be used for light training and at slow speed.

Unlike other brands of treadmills, Compact treadmills also feature small decks, meaning that tall and heavy trainers cannot use them. In any case, they only turn out to be walking treadmill machines.

Exercise equipment needs to be very stable in order to withstand heavy training impact and keep a trainee safe. This is something that Compact treadmills provide for. These machines feature small sized rollers, which goes to reduce their level of stability.

Verdict

Compact treadmills no doubt provide for some benefits. In addition to saving on space, they are light and therefore highly portable. They are indeed small treadmills that one can travel with without any difficulty. They are also some of the most affordable treadmills in the market. However, these treadmills are only suitable for light and short people whose training need is that of walking. Even so, such people may not train effectively because of weak motors available on these treadmills. Anyone looking for a small treadmill may need to shop for a different brand that is more stable and has a powerful motor.

 

Horizon Treadmill

Horizon treadmills are designed and produced by Johnson health, no doubt a world leader in fitness equipment. Horizon treadmills in the past received very negative reviews especially on their level of performance and overall quality. Such reviews were not wrong. Apart from tracks that were simply small in size, Horizon treadmills were avoided because of their weak motor, which simply means that they were not powerful enough for effective training.

Johnson Health must have listened since current Horizon treadmills in the market have been greatly improved. While these treadmills now come equipped with at least 2025 CHP motors, their tracks now measure either 55 inches or 60 inches in length.

What We Like

Each Horizon treadmill has automatic incline, three-zone cushioning and many built-in workout programs. As has already been indicated, these treadmills feature full tracks; they are suitable for those whose training need is walking or running. Quality of these tracks is of special mention. While tracks on some models require maintenance, tracks on other models require no maintenance.

Like with other top treadmills, Horizon treadmills feature enhanced consoles complete with cup holders, reading racks, color touch screens and music speakers. The other great thing about latest Horizon treadmills is that they are all folding treadmills, meaning that they are easy to set up, store or travel with.

What We Don’t Like

In our view, level of warranty on some Horizon treadmills is simply minimal compared to other treadmills by other manufacturers but of the same class. Even though the manufacturer has done a great job in improving its treadmills, it has certainly failed to address its level of customer support. This is indeed something that has been pointed out by many Horizon fitness treadmill reviews.

Verdict

Horizon treadmills cannot be said to be some of the best treadmills in the market. However, they turn out to be suitable for beginners. They are indeed a good choice for anyone looking for an affordable treadmill.

NordicTrack Treadmill

Established in 1975, Nordic Track has over the years earned the positive reputation of designing and producing innovative ski machines. Four different categories of NordicTrack machines are currently available; C-Series, Elite Series, Commercial Series and Incline trainer treadmills.

What We Like

NordicTrack Commercial Series treadmills are rated as some of the best treadmills in the market. Treadmills in this series are available with very powerful motors and valuable warranty. Treadmills in this series have some of the best features that anyone intent on training looks forward to in a treadmill. These include inclines, workout programs, declines, quality tracks and web-enabled touchscreens complete with TV.

According to NordicTrack treadmill reviews, the company’s Elite-series of treadmills enjoy similar rating as that enjoyed by Commercial-series treadmills. The company’s Elite-series treadmills are noted for their high standard and precision. These treadmills are particularly noted for their calibrated cushioning, highly enhanced consoles and powerful motors. Like with Commercial-series treadmills, these treadmills are also iFit-ready.

Of all Nordic Track treadmills, the C-Series treadmills happen to be the most popular by both low and middle-income earners. This is simply because they are the most affordable. The E-series treadmills generally feature 3.0 CHP motors and tracks measuring 55 inches in length, making them the best powerful walking and jogging treadmills anyone can find.

Many NordicTrack reviews rate the manufacturer’s treadmills very highly and for good reason. Regardless of series, these treadmills are constructed using high quality commercial-grade parts. Apart from powerful motors, they feature great consoles pact with numerous features including workout programs. They are also some of the best treadmills when it comes to incline training that has the positive benefit of boosting metabolism and toning body muscles. The tracks too are special since they have adjustable cushioning, which is simply great. Furthermore, each and every Nordic Track treadmill is available with very attractive warranty including lifetime guarantee on motor and frame.

What We Don’t Like

Although compact, of high quality and have exemplary performance, some Nordic Track treadmills are simply too big and consume a lot of space. Furthermore, assembling some of these treadmills can be a challenge and one may be obligated to hire extra hands, which is no doubt an extra cost.

Verdict

Although each NordicTrack treadmill is unique in its own way, there is no denying the fact that each one is a high quality treadmill. Indeed different people with different training need will find a Nordic treadmill that best suits his/her training need.

 

Precor Treadmill

Precor, which is a USA-based company, has since been designing and producing innovative fitness equipment that are now common in hotel establishments, commercial gyms and residential homes. The company was the first to introduce ergonomic rowing machines in 1980 before making history as the first company to introduce elliptical trainers in 1990. It is important to note that Precor was also the first company to incorporate electronics on fitness equipment.

What We Like

Precor has over the years made available different models of Precor treadmills both entry and top-of-the-range treadmills. One great thing about these treadmills is their track cushioning. Having been the first company to introduce cushioned tracks, Precor has made it a practice to produce treadmills that provide for safe training by way of reduced impact running.

The treadmills’ adjustable incline/decline feature is also very useful since it serves to replicate outdoor running, allowing one to enhance his/her metabolism in addition to toning leg muscles. A user only needs to adjust the incline/decline by simply pressing a button.

According to many Precor treadmill reviews, the consoles available on Precor treadmills can only be compared to consoles found on top-range commercial-grade treadmills. The consoles provide for customizable workout programs including heart rate control workouts. These treadmills also come with powerful commercial-grade motors that sustain regular use, heavy-weight trainees and regular high speeds. A Precor treadmill has a motor with a minimum rating of 3.0 CHP that has a lifetime warranty.

What We Don’t Like

Precor treadmills are no doubt good training machines. They however lack such special features as LCD color touch screens, TV, speakers that are synonymous with popular treadmills that appeal to buyers.

Verdict

Precor treadmills are no doubt in the same rank as some of the best treadmills in the world in terms of performance. This is indeed evident in many other Precor treadmill reviews. They are indeed durable, easy to use and have valuable safety features. However, some of them are very expensive and lack multimedia features.

 

ProForm Treadmill

 

ProForm treadmills are no doubt some of the most popular treadmills in the market today. It is indeed not surprising that ProForm treadmills have been endorsed as the official training and fitness equipment by some organizations and sport organizers.

The ProForm brand of treadmills has been improved over the past few years. Indeed according to ProForm treadmill reviews, this brand is noted durability, high performance level and relative affordability.

What We Like

One great thing about Pro Form treadmill brand is the fact that there different treadmills, which makes it possible for everyone to find a treadmill that best suits his/her training need. Buyers are literally able to find a treadmill for walking exercise, running exercises and marathon exercise.

Of all ProForm brand of treadmills, Marathon treadmills happen to be the most expensive and for good reason. A ProForm treadmill in this series is not only compact and therefore durable but is also powerful enough to support long hours of training. Interestingly, treadmills in this class are available with built-in marathon training programs that are beneficial to both beginners as well as elite professional athletes. Treadmills in this class feature automatic incline/decline, HD video workout programs filmed in spectacular locations including Boston Race Course and a 10-inch color touchscreen.

Second in line of ProForm brand of treadmills are the performance-series treadmills. While Marathon treadmills are popular with elite professional athletes, performance-series treadmills are popular with those who wish to have top treadmills at affordable price. A treadmill ProForm in this class has a SpaceSaver design and can be folded easily to create more floor room. These treadmills feature workout fans, iPod ports and heart rate monitors among other vital features.

Anyone shopping for a powerful treadmill should take comfort in the fact that ProForm brand treadmill in the Power-series fits the bill. Apart from powerful 3.5 CHP motor, treadmills in this class also feature a track measuring 20-inches wide and 60-inches long track, which is roomy enough for effective training. Furthermore, treadmills in this series are iFit-ready.

Apart from ProForm Marathon treadmills, the Pro-series class of ProForm treadmills happen to be the other treadmills that are constructed with high precision. Apart from powerful motors, these treadmills come along with many beneficial features and are iFit-ready.

What WE Don’t Like

ProForm brand of treadmills are generally quality treadmills worth investing in. However, some treadmills come with very limited warranty. Reading through any ProForm treadmill review also brings out the element of poor customer service especially when it comes to when repairs are required.

Verdict

The ProForm brand of treadmills is a quality brand that anyone intent on achieving quality training can consider investing in. Indeed, one is bound to find a ProForm treadmill that suits his/her training considering that there are those designed for walking, jogging, running and marathon exercises.

 

Sears Treadmill

Sears is one company that offers a huge number of fitness equipment in the market. These include different brands of treadmills including Nordic Track, HealthRider, Landice and Bladez among many others. The company offers both economy and high-end fitness equipment machines that fulfill fitness need of different people. One thing that most buyers have come to appreciate the company for is its attractive discounts on all its equipment.

What We Like

One thing we like about Sears treadmills is the convenience that one has when buying a Sears treadmill. Buyers literally have the equipment they buy shipped to them directly. This is no doubt different when buying other brands of fitness equipment where one is required to collect such equipment from a local store or outlet.

The other great thing about a Sears treadmill is pricing. Sears offers buyers very competitive prices, something that has made it possible for many to buy Sears fitness equipment including treadmills. One can indeed buy a Sears treadmill at very affordable prices so long as he/she buys directly from the manufacturer.

The wide selection of fitness equipment that Sears offers is definitely something worth writing about. With over fifty treadmill lines in the market, every buyer has access to a treadmill that best suits his/her training need.

What We Don’t Like

Although Sears has tried to make available different models of treadmills suiting different people with different training needs, some of its old models would do with some improvement. Some old models have stuck in the same way that they were introduced without any enhancements. The other thing relates to shipping. There are also some treadmills sears that are not shipped directly to buyers.

Verdict

Sears offers a wide range of quality treadmills right from entry-level to top-of-the-range treadmills that are but simply luxurious. We highly recommend these treadmills to anyone looking forward to a treadmill that is stable, affordable and highly performing.

 

Smooth Treadmill

Smooth Fitness was in the past one of the major players in the fitness equipment market producing some of the best equipment that is still in use and sale today. The company was indeed very active on the Internet through which it sold thousands of fitness equipment including treadmills and elliptical trainers, most of which were sold through affiliates.

What We Like

One notable thing about Smooth treadmills is weight, which is something good. These treadmills are built large and have very stable frames, meaning stability as one exercises. They also come with patented absorption feature that literally serves to absorb impact of training, which in effect reduces any pain on one’s knees. The level of customer support that Smooth Fitness provided is was also something very positive that encouraged buyers to buy these treadmills.

These treadmills are not only large and stable; they are also high performers. With exception of Smooth 5.65 treadmill, all Smooth treadmills are available with powerful 3.0 CHP motor that provides for long hours of training at both low and high speed. Furthermore, these treadmills accommodate heavy weight and handle trainees of up to 400 pounds. Although these treadmills were and are still sold at a price range of $5,000, it is possible for one to buy them at between $1,000 and $3,000, which is no doubt affordable for those with limited financial resources but want to have quality training equipment.

Like other popular treadmill brands, one is most likely top find a smooth treadmill that suits his/her training need. Furthermore, they feature track sizes measuring 55 inches in length by 20 inches in width or 62 inches in length by 20 inches in width. These treadmills are also designed to be compact, meaning that one can fold them easily for ease of storage. These treadmills still tank among the best taking into account the fact that they are available with varied entertainment features including LCD TV and MP3 players.

It should not be forgotten that Smooth Fitness provided some of the best warranties on their treadmills including lifetime warranty on frame and parts and two-year warranty for home service. These level of warranty simply serves to indicate that these treadmills are of the highest quality anyone can find.

What We Don’t Like

Smooth treadmills are no doubt superb training equipment. However, they are simply heavy and moving with them is a problem. Furthermore, they lack iFit technology, which most trainees look forward to having in a treadmill.

Verdict

Although no longer produced, we highly recommend Smooth treadmills to anyone shopping for a quality and long-lasting treadmill. We particularly recommend these treadmills to those who are heavily built and looking for affordable training equipment.

 

Sole Treadmill

Sole is not a well established player in the treadmills market. Even so, Sole treadmills have become very popular in the hospitality industry. Indeed, Sole treadmills were initially meant to be used in hotel and resort establishments. It is from the positive feedback by hotel and resorts guests that encouraged Sole Fitness to start designing and manufacturing treadmills for residential use. Sole treadmills are now to be found in hotels, resorts and homes in all regions of the world.

Sole brand of fitness equipment is currently made up of eight different treadmill models, five elliptical models and a range of exercise bikes. All these products are constructed using high quality parts. Sole Fitness also happens to be the only fitness equipment manufacturer that provides the best warranties on all its fitness products including treadmills.

What We Like

Each and every Sole treadmill is constructed using high quality commercial-grade parts that are otherwise only seen in heavy-duty treadmills. This simply means that these treadmills are very durable. These are also very powerful machines considering that they are available with powerful commercial-grade 3.5 HP motors, motors that are cooled off by heavy-duty flywheels, making possible for the motors to last for a long time. It is also encouraging that these motors are virtually quiet during operation.

The other great thing about Sole treadmills is the fact that they all come with 62-inches long and 20-inches wide tracks, which no doubt provides for enough room for effective training. Furthermore, Sole’s CushionFlex technology is reported to be the best in the industry since it reduces joint impact by up to 40%, which is the highest impact reduction anyone can find with any treadmill.

The design of Sole treadmills is also something worth talking about. These treadmills are stable and constructed in such a way that most of them can be folded to save floor space. They also come with a good number of features including audio ports, controls strategically located on their armrests and heart rate monitors.

The other great thing about Sole treadmills is their warranty, which is simply unbeatable. Apart from 30-year warranty on motor, buyers also have lifetime warranty on frame and deck and five-year warranty on rollers, belts and all electronics. This is in addition to a two-year warranty on labor.

What We Don’t Like

It is very difficult to find faults with Sole Fitness treadmills. The only ‘fault’ with these treadmills is the fact that Sole entry-level treadmills have very limited features compared to other top Sole treadmills.

Verdict

Sole treadmills are constructed using commercial-grade parts including motors. They are no doubt some of the top-rated treadmills in the treadmill market and we recommend them to anyone shopping for a quality and durable home treadmill.

 

Weslo Treadmill

Produced by ICON Health and Fitness, Weslo brand of treadmills happen to be the most affordable treadmills anyone shopping for low-cost training equipment can find. One can easily buy a Weslo treadmill at a price low as $500.

What We Like

As has already been indicated, Weslo treadmills are simply affordable. This is the only brand of treadmill that has been sold for as low as $200. That low price is certainly beneficial considering that not everybody is in a position to buy either the middle-range or top-range treadmills whose prices are simply high. That low price has made it possible for many individuals from around the world at least have equipment they can use to train effectively.

The other thing that we like about Weslo treadmills is their space-saving nature. These treadmills can be folded vertically to save floor space.

What We Don’t Like

One thing that we do not like with Weslo treadmills is their manual nature. In a move to make available affordable treadmills, ICON saw it fit to omit incline motors. One is obligated to adjust a treadmill manually in order to train on an incline.

The other thing that we do not like about these treadmills is their weak power, which makes these machines only suitable for walking and jogging exercises. They are simply not designed for running exercises. Most of these treadmills come with 2.0 HP motors, something that makes most people avoid the machines. Furthermore, these machines have limited top speeds. For instance, the brand’s top model has a top speed of only 8 mph.

The other area where we find these treadmills very compromising is in track size. Weslo treadmills are just small for effective training. Most of these machines feature tracks measuring 45 inches in length by 16 inches in width. Furthermore, these machines do not have any warranty. Buyers only have the option of returning equipment within 30 days for refund in case they are dissatisfied.

Verdict

We do not rate Weslo treadmills that highly. These machines are simply not built to last. Indeed according to other Weslo treadmill reviews, it is because they are not built to last that they are sold at very low prices. They not only have limited features but are manual and are only suitable for those whose training need is walking and jogging.

 

Electric Treadmill For Home

An electric treadmill is a ve for homery common exercise machine that most people would own in their homes. Most people would choose to own an electric treadmill as it is much easier to use and would suit everyone in the home including children (of course under the watch of adults) unlike other equipment such as weight related machines that mostly only fits the adults.

When you own an electric treadmill, where would you choose to place it? There are many corners in the house that could be used to place an electric treadmill. Let’s consider the following suggestions:

We could place the treadmill in the living room. Generally, the living room is the place where everyone in the family would gather. Some families gather in the living room to watch TV, some gather for family activities, some gather for meals and some might even gather for family meetings and discussions. In simple terms, living room is where all family members do a common activity together.

When you place an electric treadmill in the living room, it functions not only as simple as an exercise machine, but also a machine that would bring a family closer together. Imagine the whole family doing workout together, wouldn’t it be a very warm and cozy sight to watch? We could maybe have a father working on the treadmill and other members of the family doing other things besides. Then with a determined father on the treadmill, other members would be motivated or encouraged emotionally to join.

As a result, other family members will take turns working out on the machine, sweating and resting together. Therefore, by putting the electric treadmill in the living room, it does not only tighten the bond among the family members, it also helps to encourage everyone to work their body.

Home Electric Treadmill

Home Electric Treadmill

However, some prefer doing workout in isolation. Doing exercise alone is good with the concentration towards the body movements and the breathing to maximize the effects of exercising. Thus, some would prefer to place the machine in a more isolated place, perhaps in the bedroom.

By placing it in the bedroom, one tends to workout when all other matters are done. This is because, a bedroom, is where we rest after a day of work and activities. So, there is the tendency that one would prefer to do the workout before bed. This is to a certain extent good as after some workout, one could sleep better. By exercising before bed, one could, through exercise, let out the bad omen of the day then have a good night sleep. With this, one not only has a good night sleep, but having a healthier body through exercising right and sleeping well.

Besides these two more common places, some would also consider placing the machine in a special room meant for exercising together with other exercising equipments and machines. With this, the house would seem more organized and systematic without having all furniture and things in the wrong place or mixed together.

One would also consider placing the machine on an opened verandah. As by placing the machine at an open space, one would take in more fresh air, prolonging the period of exercise as the capacity of lungs is filled faster with a smoother flow of air and thus feel tired slower.

Other places to consider could be the study room, a special room set aside for family gatherings such as karaoke room, activity room and etc. As to where to place an electric treadmill in the home would definitely depend on the preference of individuals. Perhaps some might even have more creative or exotic corners for it.

 

Benefits Of Having An Electric Treadmill At Home

The awareness towards the benefits of exercising has been increasing. People know and are more aware now towards the importance of exercising and the impact without exercising. Thus, today, many are going all out on workouts whether on a smaller or a bigger scale. Consequently, we get to see lots and lots of home exercise equipments mushrooming today. This is due to the fact that although people are aware of the importance of exercising, they are however still bound with work and other daily activities that leave them with limited time. Thus, home exercise becomes a favourite exercise options.

There are a variety of home exercise equipments, such as abs equipments, exercise balls, exercise bikes, yoga equipments, elliptical trainer, treadmills, exercise bands and etc in the market today for us to choose. The most common and family-friendly would be the treadmills series. Most would prefer the electric or motorized treadmill that is less straining where manual treadmill requires one to pull the belt using their own footsteps.

Electric Treadmill For Home

Electric Treadmill For Home Use

I would prefer to buy an electric or a motorized treadmill as well compared to other home exercise equipments. One main reason is that an electric treadmill is easier to use and it is suitable for the whole family. I guess everyone who is physically whole have no problem with running, jogging or walking. With an electric treadmill, we could set the speed to one that suits us, according to our individual body fitness and preference. Thus, everyone could use it without having to worry that it might be too heavy, or too fast, or require certain specific skill or knowledge.

Apart from that, I would also choose an electric treadmill as my home exercise equipment as the workout done on a treadmill is more whole than most of the home exercise equipments that focus on parts of the body. For example, dumbbells are for building biceps muscles, abs equipments are for the abs and etc. With running being the basic workout on a treadmill, I could work the whole body, although more strain goes the feet. Anyway, an electric treadmill would be the more ‘wholesome’ equipment as compared to the rest.

In addition, with an electric treadmill for home under 500, the workouts can be set according to the physical fitness and heart beat. Therefore, I would not have to worry as when I do running or jogging in the field that I might run too fast or too long or not enough for me. I would be guided with the help of workout buttons on the treadmill.

Owning an electric treadmill at home makes workout more convenient. I do not need to worry about the weather or having no company when going for jogging in the field. I do not need to worry about showing off the imperfect body or less professional workout approach to a bunch of strangers in the gym. I could workout at my own ease and relaxed mode at home with the pleasure of a roof (no worries about weather) and perhaps some entertainment (music or TV) having no worries about no company to join for the workout.

Therefore, when choosing to own home exercise equipment, I would prefer the electric treadmill that gives me a more ‘wholesome’ workout, that gives me the pleasure of doing workout at ease and relaxed at home with no worries of weather or embarrassment.

 

Electric Treadmill vs Outdoor Running

An electric treadmill for home is probably the most widely owned exercise machine in the house. I have several friends who have such equipment at home. It might not be the cheapest exercise machine, but it is probably the easiest one to use, as what is so difficult about walking or running on a conveyor belt.

I’ve always seen people running on treadmill and it seems so easy and relaxed. They could watch TV, eat and talk with others at the same time. I never really grow much interest to an electric treadmill as I think that it is just another one of those over-promoted workout equipment. I could go to the stadium or even the park or even at my house and do the same workout, what’s so difficult about walking around at the same place anyway.

Running On Electric Treadmill

Running On Electric Treadmill

However, after a first encounter with an electric treadmill, I definitely changed my mind about electric treadmill. Working on an electric treadmill is quite unlike running or jogging or walking on the track. It strains the muscle more than merely running on our own and you tend to get more tired on an electric treadmill than the running tracks. Thus, it creates better results.

For that one time at a friend’s house, everyone got bored and got on board an electric treadmill to have some running fun. I saw that they all had a great time but when they eventually stepped down, they were all panting and feeling their loud heart beat, even for those who only ran for ten minutes. So, it got me curious and aroused my interest in trying.

I got on the machine and started to run, well, wanting to run though. However, it was kind of hard and my friend told me to tune up the speed. Then I figured that the conveyor belt was moving too slow and since I was walking faster than it, I was actually pulling it rather than it helped pushed me. So I tuned the speed up slowly, and picking up my running pace slowly too. The higher the speed, the smoother I ran, and the lighter I felt. Imagine running while flying, wouldn’t it be light? Well, it felt something like that.

I ran for ten minutes then slowed down and eventually stopped. Though only for ten minutes, the effect was obvious. Though the running was light and easy, but when I stopped, I could feel the tiredness and the strain and my heart was beating real fast and hard as if I had been running for half and hour.

Then, eventually I realized that though I didn’t feel tired at the time of running, I was actually using up more energy than I expected. The machine helped to start off the workout slowly then pick up pace then slowed down slowly, which is the typical way of doing workout where one start off with warm up activity then ends with cooling down exercise. Once starting to run, one has to complete all three stages for the whole workout to come to an end. In addition, while running, I only thought of stopping when I really felt the tiredness. Thus, unconsciously I had run more and used more energy than I normally would when jogging in the park.

For an amateur jogger like me, an electric treadmill would definitely help in my workout as I don’t get to do running simply but doing in stages. In addition, I wouldn’t have much excuse to not commit to jogging once I own one at home.

 

Should You Buy an Electric Treadmill for home?

Electric Treadmill

Electric Treadmill

Electric treadmill for home are an excellent piece of fitness equipment and a must have for any personal home gym. Gym World, Sport & Leisure UK, and Exercise Equipment are all online retail sites offering top quality treadmills at affordable prices. For a low budget price, the Reebok i-Run Plus is a treadmill that is best operated by the average user.

For a medium budget, the Tunturi T 20 offers a strong 2.5 HP, a 12% incline, and up to a 10mph speed. For a higher end budget, the Tunturi T 40 is made especially for fitness enthusiasts who have to have the best. It possesses a 3HP motor, a 12% incline, and a top speed of 12 mph. It also includes excellent durability, added comfort, and heart rate programmed and sensors.

Electric treadmill for home or motorized treadmills are a great addition to your home gym. They offer convenience for those who have difficulty getting to a gym. For those cold and rainy days, running indoors is a must. Walking, jogging or running on a treadmill offers a low-impact workout, as most treadmills reduce stress of the joints. The physical benefits include getting you in top shape while improving your aerobic capacity and cardiovascular system. Other physical benefits include body fat loss, toning of leg muscles, burning of excess calories, and increased energy.

Should You Buy an Electric Treadmill?

Should You Buy an Electric Treadmill?

Once you have made the decision to purchase an electrical powered treadmill, there are a few points to consider. The motor must be a minimum of 1.5 horse power and be suitable for people weighing up to 18 stones, or 252 pounds. For those who are heavier, a bigger motor is necessary, as the higher the horse power, the more efficiently it will operate.

The speed range will depend on individual fitness levels. A walker will need one that runs at least 0-6 mph. Most people use a treadmill with a 1-10 mph range, and for the more serious runner, a range of 6-12 mph is more suitable. The incline range should be a minimum of 0-10% power incline. Most treadmills offer electronic data, such as distance, time, and speed displays. Also available are treadmills with pre-set workouts that target specific goals. Depending on the size of your budget, higher end treadmills can record workouts and include heart rate programmes. A one year warranty is necessary, and you’ll need to choose a brand that offers a good belt thickness, shock absorption and running surface length.

In conclusion, investing in an electric treadmill is the best option for those on a path to better fitness.

 

Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Treadmill for Home

 

There are many things for you to consider when buying an electric treadmill. There are many different styles, brands, and options to choose from.

One thing to consider when buying an electrical powered treadmill is how it is going to be used. Is the treadmill for your personal use only or will there being others using it? How often will it be used? Will it be used for walking only, or will it be used for jogging/running?

When considering the use of your motorized treadmill, considering the amount of shock absorption and the width and ply of the tread belt can be useful. Usually jogging requires better shock absorption and a wider, two ply belt. This makes jogging/running safer and more comfortable.

You may want to consider whether or not you want to keep your treadmill open when not in use. If not, you will want to consider a treadmill that folds up. A treadmill that folds up can be handy when moving it, when cleaning around it, as well as saving space.

Running on an Electric Treadmill

Running on an Electric Treadmill

You may want to consider the top speed of the motorized treadmill and the horsepower of the motor, especially if you are going to jog/run on the treadmill. Also, some motors are noisier than others, so depending on your situation, the noise of the motor may be an issue for you. Many stores, especially sporting goods stores, have treadmills set up that you can try out before buying one.

You may want to consider how much money you have to spend on the treadmill, what options are available, which options are important for you, which options you can do without, or you may want all of the options. Also, you may want to consider the warranty on the treadmill.

Different electric treadmills have different options. There are many options to choose from. Some of these options include manual or power incline, different types of heart rate monitors, LED or LCD settings, CD players, preset programs and manually set programs, and iFit. A heart rate monitor is important to have, as is a starting key that fastens to your clothing so it pulls out and stops the treadmill automatically should you fall. Many of the other options are for convenience, fun, or a better overall workout.

Different stores have different offers and prices, so shop around until you are able to find the electric treadmill that will best fit your needs at a price you can afford.

 

Treadmill Training Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss

To Lose Weight With Treadmil

One of the best and easiest ways to lose weight is by walking and running. One of the best ways to exercise your walking and running is by using a treadmill and more specifically an electric treadmill. Treadmill is very easy to use by everyone, both beginners and experts. Many weight loss experts suggest using the treadmill to accelerate your weight loss efforts. Treadmill training can be done in the comfort of our own home; it is safe, fun, accurate and not affected by other factors (e.g. weather conditions).

To lose weight by using the treadmill you have to follow some guidelines to make sure that you make the most of your exercise. These tips on weight loss are presented below:

1. Be consistent. To lose weight with treadmill exercise you need to be consistent. Maintain a regular training schedule of about 45 minutes per day for at least 4 days per week. Take note of how many calories you lose by following this pattern. If you want faster results increase the duration and frequency of exercise.

2. Combine your training with a healthy diet. Although the benefits of treadmill training are a lot especially for weight loss, for better results you need to combine your training with a healthy diet. Do not just really on the treadmill training alone. Treadmill is a very good tool to assist you in your efforts. Diet is another tool and for better results you have to do both. Watch what you eat, eat less and exercise more are the keys of weight loss success.

Running on the electric treadmill

Running On The Electric Treadmill

3. Exercising on the treadmill is easy even for beginners. It is better though to inform your doctor that you are going to start exercising. You may need to complete some tests to ensure that you do not have any health problems that can be forbidding. If everything is ok start slowly and increase the intensity of the exercise gradually. Most electric treadmill has great fitness programs for beginners you can take advantage off.

4. While running on the treadmill make sure that your body position is comfortable. Having a comfortable position will allow you to increase your pace and burn more calories. Some tips regarding your body position while running are:

Keep your head up, straight up your neck and look in a front (a TV in front of the treadmill can help you do achieve that better) Your arms should swing naturally close to your body like when running on the track.   Do not make too long or too short steps. Keep a steady pace and make sure that your steps are firm

5. Besides losing calories exercising on the treadmill will help you to increase your metabolism. By improving your metabolism you assist the fat burning process and thus you have better results faster. With diet alone you cannot burn fat. You need to exercise in order to burn fat and the treadmill is one of the best ways to do this.

There are a lot of ways to use a treadmill for exercise. The above tips on weight loss will help you get started with your treadmill.

 

Benefits of a Home Workout Solution

  • Treadmills are the longest standing pieces of cardio based exercise equipment – Other pieces of cardio equipment haven’t been around as long and are much earlier in their development. Treadmills have been around forever, and the manufacturers have had plenty of time to innovate.
  • Running is natural – As humans, we have evolved to walk and to run. Moving in any manner is good for us, but we didn’t evolve by mimicking elliptical or rowing movements. We ran and walked before learning anything else. It’s a basic movement.
  • Treadmills are simple – I’m over simplifying, but you have a belt, you have a motor. As far as cardio equipment goes, there is less to go wrong with a treadmill than any other, more complicated pieces of exercise equipment. Simplicity means easier maintenance and less costly repairs.
  • Cost – Since a treadmill is a much more basic design than an elliptical, for example, you can generally get a higher quality piece of equipment for less of a dent in your pocket.
  • Options – You can get a basic entry level model (best for those starting out) or you can invest in one with a lot of bells and whistles. The choice is yours.

 

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Best Workout Bench For Home in 2020

Whether your a seasoned bodybuilder or new to the gym chances are good that one of your main goals is to increase bench press strength and add size to your chest.  The best way to achieve this is by using the best workout bench for home.While it may not be the greatest test of a man’s strength it is arguably the most popular body part to exercise.
If you’ve ever had a conversation about working out chances are you have been asked the question, “so what do you bench?”  Knowing that you’ll soon be asked this question again is often enough motivation to hit your chest hard with a good bench press workout.  That being said, here are some tips to add some serious mass to your chest and increase bench press strength using your best workout bench for home.
Tips for you
# 1 Train your supporting cast – In every exercise there are prime mover muscles and secondary muscles or what I call “the supporting cast”.  In the case of the bench press the prime movers are the chest muscles and the supporting cast are the triceps.  It’s ok to train them on the same day but make sure that you train the larger muscles, meaning the chest of course, first and your triceps afterwards.  Reason being, if you burn out your triceps first they won’t be able to support you as much during your chest exercises.
# 2 Variety is the spice of life! – As with anything in life, if we continue to do the same thing over and over eventually we’re going to get used to it and it will become extremely easy to do.  A bench press workout is no exception.  Problem is, it should always be a challenge, not easy.Muscles adapt very quickly to any kind of stress that’s placed on them so you have to change things up on a regular basis.  Every 3-6 weeks is best. These changes can come in the form of smaller things like altering  your grip or adding a little weight.  Or, they can come on a larger scale like decreasing or increasing your tempo or switching to super sets or compound exercises.
# 3 Focus on the negatives – This is the one area of life where you can actually benefit from focusing more attention on the negatives.  Don’t just use momentum to throw the weight around.  In some cases this is ok (see above for altering tempos) but you should always maintain good form.  If you’ve never done slow negatives during a bench press workout this will be even more beneficial to you. The negative on an exercise should be no less that 3 seconds.  There have even been studies that show 5-10 second negatives are extremely effective for fast muscle growth.  The reason behind this is that the muscle is under tension for a longer period of time which results in more tearing of the muscle fibers.  More tears followed by time for repairs equals more growth.
# 4 R & R – These of course stand for “rest & relaxation”.  It’s a common myth in the weight training world that our muscles grow while we’re in the gym.  Fact is, we tear our muscles or muscle fibers in the gym and the repair process comes later when we’re resting and sleeping.  Not allowing your muscles adequate time to rest and repair after a hard pec workout can be detrimental to achieving your goals.Overtraining has been proven to be almost as bad as not training at all.  The easiest indicator to tell if you’re ready to hit another bench press workout is to make sure your muscles aren’t sore to the touch.  As long as they are not sore to the touch you’re in the clear.

 

Best Workout Bench For Home

 

The Bowflex SelecTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1 is one of the best workout bench for home gym. Not only is it from a reputable brand, but you’re also getting a 30 year warranty with the bench when you buy it. Since it’s adjustable, you can set it to a maximum decline of 17 degrees and a maximum incline of 90 degrees. It will literally adjust to any of your chosen specifications, making it our number one pick.

Even better, it also has the addition of a leg extension unit, allowing you to carry out your leg exercises safely and easy using this.

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The Ironmaster

The Ironmaster is a seriously heavy duty rig! For starters it will support up to 1000 lbs in weight, or if you prefer it in kilo’s it’ll support a mass of up to 453kg! To put this in an example, that’s around about the weight of 8 people. This alone should let you know that this is one serious player when it comes to benches.

It has been designed so that it will articulate into 11 different positions, and with an movable seat, you can get yourself into a position that will accommodate your body size, whilst at the same time being fully comfortable. It offers a ten year warranty which is still exceptional for a device that has been made to take a sheer amount of weight over the years, and if you’re not needing a setup with a built in extra to carry out leg exercises then this is the best workout bench for home you can have.

The Xmark bench

 

Xmark Best Workout Bench For HomeThe Xmark bench can hold even more weight than the Ironmaster, with a support of a whooping 1,500 lbs!  Not only that, but it also comes with a lifetime warranty for as long as you own the product so in theory if you have it for 5o years, you’ll still be covered if it ever breaks (which is highly unlikely). It is comprised of 11 gauge steel for maximum durability, whilst also being a modest weight so you can move it around without too much difficulty.

One thing that sets it apart from the Ironmaster is that it also has it’s leg attachment  built right in. The added benefit in this model is that it also has an extreme level of padding on it, so there’s really no excuse not to do leg day now! The back support also has 7 different levels of articulation, meaning that you can get the perfect incline or decline depending on your needs. Because of this, the bench is ideal for a bog standard military press, as well as incline dumbbell flys.

Another great feature that the engineers have included is the addition of wheels in the box for it. The benefit of this is that once you’ve assembled it, all you need to do is quickly pop on the wheels to roll it to your position of choice in your workout room. Once it’s been built, simply pop them off and you’re done!

Marcy

Marcy Best Workout Bench For HomeMarcy have came out with their very own alternative option for weight lifters, and like the others on this page it’s of an extremely high standard. One of the best things about the Marcy is that it’s of an extremely sturdy design, but also has luxurious upholstery in the padding of the unit.

A key benefit of this setup of this over the others mentioned on here is that it has an included barbell rack so you can use these over dumbbells when it comes time to performing a military press. The rack on it will support 6 ft bars as well as 7ft Olympic bars, making it a great choice. Further, there is also built in rest that can be used for preacher curls, making it perfect for those that want to add a severe amount of definition to their forearms. Throw in the addition of you being able to do leg extensions and ham string curls and you’ve got a great bit of gear.

PowerBlock Sport Bench

powerbolock Best Workout Bench For HomeOur last entry is the PowerBlock Sport Bench. This is a lot more basic than the others mentioned here, but it comes in at a lower price point. However, since it’s the base model, you can add extra parts on after purchase should you need them. It also pivots to some amazing angles, as well as being made of extremely durable steel in that it’s 2×3, 14 gauge tubing, making it a strong and well rounded edition to any home gym. All in, you’ve got 5 different angles that you can orientate it too, as well as it it coming to you practically assembled with only a few bits needed to complete it’s build. Sadly, there’s no decline option available for this model, but if that’s not a requirement for you anyway than it’s nothing to worry about.

Thank you for reading this page, and we sincerely hope that you’ve now got all the information needed to purchase the best workout bench that is right for you.

 

Choosing the Best Workout Bench For Home

When it comes to buying the best workout bench for home, you’ve got various choices depending on what kind you want. There are also various price points for each of these. Remember the old adage that if you buy cheap, you buy twice. When you buy a workout bench it’ll serve you well for at least ten years presuming you buy one that’s of extremely high quality. Yes the price will be a tad higher, but if you buy a cheaper one you could end up purchasing several of the over the same price period so in the long run you’ve really shot yourself in the foot.

By purchasing the one that bests suits your needs whilst at the same time making sure you’re not over stretching your budget and living outwith your means, you’ll be actively helping your fitness regime and making sure that you’ve made a purchase that will see you right for the years to come. Rest assured, by the time you’ve read this page you’ll have found the best workout bench for you, and you’ll be ready to make this crucial purchase.

No matter what you’re budget is though, one thing is for certain; if you’re undertaking any kind of workout regime at home which employs the use of weights, then you’re going to need a workout bench. With that aside, let’s have a look at our top five workout benches.

 

How To Increase Bench Press Performance at Home

There are many ways to increase bench press performance with your best workout bench for home.  If you listen closely you can almost always here people in the gym debating this.  So, whether you’re looking to add muscle mass or strength, here are a couple of great tips you can use as part of your next bench press workout.
#1 – Do More Pushups – This is one of the best forgotten exercises when it comes to building your chest muscles.  Pushups are a great way to add strength and endurance.  By increasing the endurance of the muscles they won’t fatigue as quickly when lifting heavier weights.  This allows you to pump out more reps and ultimately more weight which of course will equate to more muscle growth.
One way to incorporate them into your bench press workout is to do a set of pushups to the point of failure at the end of your workout as a burnout to exhaust the muscles.  An even better way would be to do only pushup exercises for your pec workout.  You’ll want to do this every third workout if your training chest twice per week or every other workout if your training chest only once per week.  Use different variations and tempos to get the best results, i.e. as fast as you can, slow negatives, feet on a bench, stability ballpushups, diamond pushups etc.
#2 Use Pyramid Sets – These can work wonders in helping to increase bench press strength and chest size.  Many people use standard sets or super sets for their pec workout but pyramid sets can often yield the best results.
With pyramid sets you’ll be decreasing repetitions as you increase your weight.  For example, lets say you start with 150 pounds for 15 reps then your next set could be 160 lbs for 12 reps then then you could 175lbs for 10 reps etc.  The pyramid set range works like this, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15.  This is alot of sets.  If you do this for your bench press workout there is no need to do more than two exercises with the pyramid model and you should only train your chest once per week.
By combining pyramid sets along with a pushup routine, especially if you’ve never trained in this fashion, you’ll be able to add size to your chest and increase bench press strength very quickly.

 

There are various kinds of bench press exercises too.

  • Close Grip bench press workout – allows you to emphasize on your triceps and the grip is to be at shoulder length.
  • Reverse Grip bench press workout – these also emphasize on your triceps and the palms should be facing you while doing this kind of press.
  • Incline bench press workout – builds your shoulders and the position should be on an incline bench.
  • Decline bench press workout – this allows you to pull the maximum weight and should be done on a decline bench.
  • Floor bench press workout – this exercise is done on while lying on the floor and helps in building your triceps with maximum effect.

 

Bench Press Workout: Problems

bench press workout helps in sculpting a strong and wide chest and also helps in building tremendous strength in your upper body. Most injuries happen while doing the bench press workout because it is the most heavily worked out exercise in the gym. Some other reasons behind the high number of injuries while doing the bench press workout are not using the thumb while making the grip which leads to the weights slipping from your hands, not adding weights gradually and starting with heavy weights which is a wrong technique, not asking anyone to be your spotter because someone should always be keeping a look out for the weight being stuck on your chest.

Shoulder Pain While Doing Bench Press Workout

Another common problem while doing the bench press workout is shoulder pain. This can be taken care of by simply stopping the exercise and reverting back to dumbbells but that is not the proper solution.

The best way to avoid such problems is using proper techniques like bringing your chest and shoulder blades together while doing the press, doing the barbell row and the overhead press before and after the bench press because the bench press concentrates more on the front rather than the back shoulders. Thus if you don’t work out your back then it may lead to muscle imbalances.

Be sure to give importance to grip width, gripping the bar properly, bringing your chest and shoulders together, tightening your upper back and using a wide foot stance helps in achieving better results out of the most popular work out in the gym. Always remember to touch your chest and keeping your arms perpendicular to the floor while doing the bench press workout and also remember to keep the bar above your elbows while doing the exercise. Remember not to push your head onto the bench press because that will only aggravate the ill effects of the bench press workout rather than helping you.

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