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What to look for when buying a treadmill for your home gym.

In a recent poll, 31 percent of respondents said that if given the choice of any machine, they would add a treadmill to their home gym. But how do you pick one? Here's what Fred Waters, who runs, looks for:

  1. A powerful motor. It should have at least 2.5 continuous-duty horsepower.
  2. Ample room to walk or run. Lengths can vary hugely. If someone six-foot-two or taller is going to run on your machine, it should be at least 58 inches long. Otherwise, 54 inches is fine.
  3. A mid-range price tag. While cheaper models are tempting, you often get what you pay for. Plan on spending between $1,000 and $1,300 with an extended warranty. Check out and for brand reviews.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2007.


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