Walking up a steeper hill....
Things have really changed.
Oh, the basics are still the same: pick a speed, start the unit and adjust the incline if that's a feature.
But all the OTHER stuff that's been added!
Flashing lights and big consoles that include cooling fans and even small image screens.
There are places to plug-in your iPod music maker or hook up your computer to download extensive pre-programmed exercise plans.
And charts and graphs and diaries built-in to track your progress.
I walked past all that and looked for a simple, sturdy machine to replace mine that flamed out.
I learned that what burned probably was the circuit board. Motors hardly ever fail I was told.
In fact, most treadmills come with a 5 -10 year warranty on the motor. Some companies guarantee the motor for life. Circuit boards however start at around $300 (plus installation) and could sizzle unexpectedly. Yikes.
Play It Again Sports near Anna Knapp Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant.
The Vision Fitness T9000 is described as an entry-level commercial machine. You know, like you see in gyms.
Heavy (350 pounds) and sturdy, it's built the way I want to use it. I have several fans and I watch a tv that's streaming Netflix movies.
A simple, non-fancy console with START and STOP buttons.
SPEED control up and down arrows and INCLINE up and down.
My former machine offered a 10% incline which I would use to get more results from my daily 30-minute fast walk.
This rugged workhorse has a 12% incline.
Starting to sound like a stress test machine at the hospital.
(Click on the pictures for more details.)
Two men and a truck will deliver it tomorrow. There's a small fee but it sure beats ME trying to get it home. In my Saturn Ion.
I'd be too tired to exercise.