Problems With Treadmills

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Common problems with treadmills include deck cushioning, belts and motors. Learn about problems with treadmills using expert tips from a fitness instructor in this free video about treadmill workouts.

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Hi, this is Aaron Hale at Fitness for Life in Wilmington, North Carolina. Here to talk to you about some very common problems with treadmills. Some of the more common problems is obviously the motor is a very big concern. Belts and bearings, rollers also tend to take a lot of abuse as well as some of the cushioning, part of the cushioning system on the deck. That ultimately takes the brunt of the abuse as well as the motor, during the treadmill's life span. Some of the things that we need to do to make sure that we are doing the best we can to get as much out of a treadmill, cleanliness. De-sanitizing, making sure that there is no dust on the motor. Because once we start clogging the fan up, then we're already going down the road where the motor will eventually become too stressed and then begin to burn out on us. So cleanliness for the treadmill is paramount. All other problems outside of that really just going to be labor induced. If it's in a high volume gym, you can expect these treadmills not to last a particularly long period of time. If it's just for your home use, look for an extended warranty. Make sure the manufacturer guarantees number 1 - the motor for an extended period of time. Three years is a great indicator of a high quality treadmill motor. Parts typically run about a year. If you see those things and a manufacturer will support those warranties for that period of time, it's typically a fairly good treadmill and fairly reliable treadmill as well. This has been Aaron Hale talking about problems with treadmills. Thank you for joining us.

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