The Pros of Treadmill Training

I keep this cutout close by in case I need even more motivation to get on the treadmill!

Now that we are less than a month away from the big day, I thought it would be a great time to talk about treadmill training! First off I have to admit, I am a huge wimp when it comes to the outdoor elements. If it is sprinkling outside, I am in the gym on a treadmill. As you can imagine that makes it a little tough to get the miles in when you live in NYC with our always-fickle weather. Since I have done a lot of my training thus far on a treadmill, I wanted to share with you the details of the one I chose to have in my home.

From the day I left The Biggest Loser Ranch I’ve done a lot of research on treadmills. I spent so many hours running on a treadmill there that I knew it would become a very important piece of equipment in my maintenance journey at home. After looking at what felt like hundreds of treadmills and reading thousands of reviews, I went with the NordicTrack C900 Pro. I really felt like NordicTrack had such a good track record with at home equipment.  And let’s face it, as much as I would love to have a commercial treadmill, they are just plain huge and extremely expensive. So I was extremely fortunate when I found out NordicTrack and Sears wanted to gift the C900 Pro to help me prepare for my first half-marathon. It now sits in a proud spot in my living room! Yes, that’s right it’s in my living room, right smack in the middle. I love watching people’s reaction when they come over! I figure you can’t ignore a machine like that when you see it every day. I’m also proud to say not only have I used it every day, but there has never been a single pair of clothing hung on it! Seeing is believing, so if you have a treadmill, keep it in eye’s view. Odds are you’ll definitely use it more.

I got a few pointers from a running coach on how to train for a half-marathon on a treadmill, such as incorporating running and walking intervals to slowly build up my endurance. Unfortunately, running on a flat treadmill for ten weeks isn’t really going to benefit me come race day. I knew I had to prepare for that Harlem Hill I keep hearing so much about. Thankfully, the C900 has been amazing for incline work. I find that most treadmills feel extremely rickety, but this model is pretty stable so that when I do incline runs I feel like I’m running outside, even though I’m not.

The coolest part of the package is that this treadmill folds up when you’re done! If you’re not like me and don’t want a treadmill hanging out in the living room with you, it’s super easy to fold up and stash in the corner. For those of you spec people out there (type A folks raise your hand), it also has a 3.0 CHP DURX commercial motor & 20″ X 60″ tread belt. What does all that mean? Basically, it is comfortably wide and long in addition to being very quiet. I find because I’m pretty tall I love the length of the tread belt. On some treadmills I feel like I’m going to fall right off the back, which would be a horrible accident! The treadmill is also compatible with iFit Live, meaning I’m able to download all of the Jillian Michaels programs. She’s been coaching me every step of the way, just like on the ranch!

For more information on the NordicTrack C900 Pro, visit nordictrack.com.

  • Stacey

    Very cool! I do alot of my training on the TM. I like to stop it and do interval stuff, then get back on to recover. I hope your half marathon goes great!

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  • Amanda

    What do you use for treadmill maintenance? lubricant, etc. Mine makes an awful sound and think it needs lubricant

  • http://www.thekitchenette.com carter

    I could have used a nice dry treadmill inside this past Saturday… my training group did our 5 miles in POURING rain. So far, that’s been the only time in 10 weeks that I’ve reeeeeeeally wished I was inside instead of out! But then again, we haven’t yet reached Southern Summer Defcon 5 where it’s 95 degree heat with 80% humidity. When we get there do you think they’ll give me a free treadmill too?!?!