Now lets cut to the chase about the Weslo Cardio Stride Plus treadmill – frankly we can’t see any reason for buying this machine manufactured by Icon Fitness even though it will cost you only around $100 and take up little space in your home.
Why do we say that?
With the low price comes a low quality workout and we believe you will have a $100 dust gatherer in no time at all and you would be better investing in some good walking or running shoes and a stop watch or in a simpler piece of aerobic equipment such as a step or rebounder.
You simply will not get a good workout on this machine.
Manual treadmills are already at a disadvantage in that you have to push them to work – you will feel that in your knee and ankle joints as well as in your back.
In order to keep the machine going you have to hang on to the handlebars and can really only walk on a manual treadmill rather than run. Plus you will find the movement you have to make quite unnatural – no swinging your arms naturally by your sides for example.
And Not a Good Example
That aside the Weslo Cardio Stride Plus treadmill offers poor quality, cheap components, a look that you won’t want to feature in your home, a very narrow strip for walking and poor warranty cover. Need you read on?
Features of the Weslo Cardio Stride Plus
- Belt – 13″ X 41″ this is pretty narrow for most people – only if you like walking in a straight line
- No variety in your workout other than 3 incline positions which you set manually
- Ability to fold the treadmill and save space. (The best thing about this machine may be that you can get it out of your sight and forget about the money you wasted).
- Dual fly-wheel design helps the smooth running of the treadmill belt (but you still have to push it with your feet)
- 200lb weight capacity – this treadmill is not meant for anyone big or tall and won’t stand up to a lot of use
- Console display with speed, time, distance, calories and fat calories burned
- A mere 90 days warranty – is this treadmill so much junk that it can’t be trusted longer than 3 months?
We don’t recommend the Weslo Cardio Stride Plus treadmill to anyone. It’s just not worth spending good money on this manual treadmill. Do yourself a favor and go for a good brisk walk instead or buy a suitable aerobics DVD and exercise with that instead.
Where to Buy the Weslo Cardio Stride Plus treadmill
If you must buy one you can get one from Walmart but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
If you want to get fit at home without spending an arm and a leg, check out our $100 budget home gym page where you can get a range of equipment that will cover all your fitness needs for less than $100.