Summary: As treadmills go, this is super-budget. Manual treadmills like this one from Confidence Fitness do not plug in to the mains, instead the power is started by you running. If you want to see if a treadmill is right for you before going for a bigger and more fully featured model, this could be ideal. At under £100 you get a resistance treadmill with on-board computer from a well known brand name. Check out the reviews for yourself over at amazon.co.uk
The Confidence fitness treadmill is an excellent value for money ‘manual’ personal treadmill with no frills or gimmicks.
This machine is very easy to assemble (although some have reported it being fairly heavy) and will fold away in seconds, so can be used almost anywhere. Once assembled it is good to go, 8 levels of magnetic resistance are available for you to tailor your workout to suit you. Many assume manual treadmills don’t work so well, but you will be pleasantly surprised that the upper levels of resistance will really put you through a grueling workout.
The on-board computer is nothing spectacular, but it has all the essentials – including speed, distance and calories burned, so you can easily monitor your progress week on week.
The name is a little misleading, as to be honest you can’t really run on it. The way the mechanics of the machine work is that your hands need to be on the hand rail in order for you to then push the belt around with your feet. So, this is great for brisk walking and jogging – the key is that your action is more ‘dragging’ than the light steps of faster running.
In a nutshell this is an ideal starting point for someone looking to introduce a little exercise into their lives. It is probably not for a serious runner looking to improve their lap times.
Feedback from owners is fairly positive, with negative (1 and 2 star ratings) seeming to come from users who were not aware they would need to hold the hand rail. The feeling from the comments of of a great starter treadmill and an item for those starting out with some gentle exercise. One self confessed ’16 stone plodder’ gave it a 5 star rating and several others commented that this is a good treadmill for older users looking for a brisk walk.
This is a popular item, and if you are looking for a budget treadmill, don’t let the manual action put you off. You can read the detailed spec and see the feedback from current owners on the product page at www.amazon.co.uk
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