Weslo AerobicStride 2.0 Manual Treadmill - A Clothes Hanger in Waiting
The Weslo AerobicStride 2.0 Manual Treadmill is another waste of time from Icon Health and Fitness. They just keep on making these treadmills I suppose because the unwary keep on buying them.
Don't be one of those disappointed buyers! Read on and you'll know why not to buy one!
As you probably know with a manual treadmill you have to work the belt with your feet but you may not have considered how this affects the quality of your workout. Working the belt with your feet means:-
- putting undue pressure on your ankles, knees and back
- being able to use the treadmill only for walking and not running
- walking in an unnatural position and having to hold on to get any traction rather than swinging your arms naturally by your side
And if all the disadvantages of a manual treadmill are not enough to put you off this Weslo treadmill then I have to tell you that the Weslo Aerobicstride treadmill is also as flimsy as they come and feels unstable under use.
Points to Note
- Although the belt is a little wider (at 17") than some manual treadmills (a good thing) it is too short at 41" to allow you to exercise comfortably especially if you are above average height
- The machine has only a 2-position manual incline - so you will get very little variety in your workout
- The manufacturers claim a maximum user weight of 225lbs but I shudder to think what a person of that weight would do to this flimsy contraption
- The best thing about this treadmill is that you can fold it up (thanks to the spacesaver design) and wheel it out of your way with the aid of the built-in transport wheels. This will avoid dust gathering on it because you surely will not want to use it for long
- Just 90 days warranty - the manufacturer obviously shows little confidence in the machine
Weslo AerobicStride 2.0 Manual Treadmill : Give it a miss or you'll have an expensive trouser hanger before you know it
Where to Buy
If you must, you can buy one from the Weslo website but it's much better to spend your money elsewhere.
Instead of buying a machine like the Weslo Aerobicstride you would do better to save your money for a more effective electronic treadmill, though you are unlikely to get a reasonable machine under $500.
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