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    Compact Treadmill recommendations

    I'm looking to buy a compact treadmill and I need some advice.
    Will be used by 2 runners: one who does approx. 7:30-min pace short runs every day, and another who trains seriously for college track/xc and needs to add some occasional longer runs after dark.
    Willing to pay top dollar for quality, durability, and a good running "feel". It must be useable for serious training purposes.
    Recommendations please? Thanks ...
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    Quality, durability and "serious training purposes" aren't generally associated with compact treadmills. They're typically associated with commercial units (e.g. Life Fitness, Precor, TRUE, etc.) that tend to be large and heavy.
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    Originally Posted by Teyari33 View Post
    I'm looking to buy a compact treadmill and I need some advice.
    Will be used by 2 runners: one who does approx. 7:30-min pace short runs every day, and another who trains seriously for college track/xc and needs to add some occasional longer runs after dark.
    Willing to pay top dollar for quality, durability, and a good running "feel". It must be useable for serious training purposes.
    Recommendations please? Thanks ...
    I have a Dynamax RunningPad which I love because it is a reliable and practical solution for anyone who wants to work out. Had this treadmill for a couple of months now. I am so grateful to whoever invented this genius design. I would have NEVER been able to get a treadmill into my tiny apartment unless it was this one.
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    Quality, durability and "serious training purposes" aren't generally associated with compact treadmills. They're typically associated with commercial units (e.g. Life Fitness, Precor, TRUE, etc.) that tend to be large and heavy.
    Sadly this is true.
    I have yet to find the unicorn that is a serious and compact treadmill.
    My pet peeve with commercial treadmills is the 32'' TV and guard rails from an ocean liner. I just don't want those. The price is also a mystery to me. Some cost more than cars.

    I was hoping lockdowns, home work and all that would move the market and manufacturers in this direction, but I haven't noticed any change.

    This one is closest to the mentioned requirements, but in my opinion overpriced for what it offers.
    https://www.technogym.com/us/myrun-r...treadmill.html
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    What do you mean by compact? If a fold up one will work there are quite a few decent options. You just have to accept that it will wear out at some point.

    When I was just getting into running nearly 20 years ago I bought a Horizon folding treadmill for around $1000. It served me well for about 10 years until the part of the frame that holds the elevation jack broke. It had a lifetime warranty on the frame and Horizon's parent company Johnson Fitness sent me a brand new AFG treadmill to replace it. It's not premium by any means but other than needing a new control board a couple years ago it's still going. Their US-based customer service has been great in my experience, though it's been a few years now since I last contacted them. I don't run anymore but the wife and kids still use it. I was a sub 20 minute 5Ker and 90 minute half marathoner for some perspective. If I knew I was going to be that serious I would have bought something better, but a good warranty and parts availability can make up for some shortcomings and they just never gave me a good reason to replace them. Really, though, if you go with something smaller/cheaper you need to expect it to be consumable.
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