A treadmill can be an invaluable piece of exercise equipment. Treadmills use a conveyor belt that is spun by an electric motor that can be programmed to move the conveyor belt at different speeds. Owning and using a treadmill allows you to walk, jog, run, or sprint any distance you like in the comfort of your home.
Like many pieces of exercise equipment, treadmills come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as come with numerous features. On average, treadmills measure about 81 inches (206 centimeters) in length, 34 inches (86 centimeters) in width, and stand about 55 inches (140 centimeters) tall.
Treadmills can cost quite a lot, which is why future buyers should choose a treadmill model carefully. You don’t want to spend upwards of $1,000 on a brand-new treadmill, only to find that it doesn’t fit in your bedroom or exercise room as well as you wanted.
In the following sections, I’ll quickly go over the important measurements of a treadmill and how to size a room for a treadmill in the future.
Standard Treadmill Sizes
As I stated earlier on, a standard treadmill will take up about 81 × 34 × 55 inches (206 × 86 × 140 centimeters of space (L × W × H). They are enormous pieces of sporting equipment that can cost quite a lot, which is why it’s important to look at the treadmill’s dimensions before placing an order.
Some treadmill models’ dimension aspects can be shorter or longer, depending on the model. For instance, you can find 64 × 28 × 60-inch (163 × 71 × 152-centimeter) models, which can cost less than the average treadmill. Basically, size really does matter.
That said, is better always better? Not necessarily. The ideal treadmill is a treadmill that allows you to exercise comfortably. Choosing the appropriate treadmill sizes is dependent on the user’s height and how intense their exercise program is.
The dimensions described above are focused mainly on the treadmill’s physical size. There are several more measurements to take into account when shopping for a treadmill. For instance, the width corresponds to the running section of the treadmill, not the conveyor belt itself.
Conveyor Belt Size
A good rule of thumb to follow is to choose a treadmill that’s based on your height. For instance, if you are at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall, you should find a treadmill with a conveyor belt section that measures at least 52 inches long. Anyone shorter than that may find a 48-inch (1.2-meter) belt sufficient for walking and running.
Another way to determine a good belt length is by deciding whether you follow a high- or low-intense exercise program. For example, if you are going to use a treadmill for running and sprinting, a longer conveyor belt measuring at least 50 inches (1.3 meters) is ideal. If you’re using a treadmill to walk or jog, you can get by with a belt that’s shorter than 50 inches.
While treadmills can measure around 60 inches (152 centimeters) in height, this doesn’t take into account the height of the handles.
Treadmills have two handles for gripping. Users will most likely want to grip the handles after a quick sprint or long-distance run on their treadmills. Some treadmills even have heartbeat monitors, which read the user’s heart rate when they grasp the handles.
Again, the user’s height, as well as the length of their arms, should determine how high the handles should be. It may be better to use a treadmill with higher handles than you would normally like to rest on after long-distance walks, jogs, runs, or sprints.
Folded Treadmill Dimensions
There are some treadmills that can fold up when not in use. This allows users to leave their treadmills in storage during the spring and summer seasons without taking up too much space.
Some foldable treadmill models can measure 82 × 35 × 57 inches (208 × 89 × 145 centimeters) when unfolded and in use. When folded for storage, it can take as little as 43 × 35 × 57 (109 × 89 × 45 centimeters), which is about 50% of its original size.
Also, you need to take into account the length of the treadmill’s power cord, as it will determine where in your home you can plug it in. Treadmill cords typically measure 70 inches (1.7) meters long.
The overall weight of a treadmill depends on numerous factors, including what features it comes with, its physical size, and how much horsepower the motor has. On average, manual non-motorized treadmills can be as light as 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms). However, large motorized treadmills can easily weigh 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) and beyond.
Sizing Your Workout Space
Other than knowing the physical and important measurements of a treadmill, you should also consider where you want to place it. Even though your treadmills may follow the standard measurements of the average treadmill, you will want plenty of clearance in all four directions.
Ideally, you should place your treadmill close to a wall or corner of a room. There should be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) of clearance on both sides and the front, as well as 6 feet (1.8 meters) of clearance behind the treadmill. The purpose for leaving so much space behind the treadmill is for emergencies. Treadmills are not toys, and improperly programming the conveyor belt speed can lead to physical injuries.
Something many people may not consider is how high the ceilings must be where you wish to put your treadmill. Because you may raise your head higher than normal when jogging, running, or sprinting, you should have enough vertical clearance so you don’t bump your head while working out.
To refresh your memory, a standard treadmill measures about 81 inches (206 centimeters) in length, 34 inches (86 centimeters) in width, and stands about 55 inches (140 centimeters) tall, though they can be considerably larger or smaller.
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