Here, we take a look at a showcase of the best treadmills on the market that have specialised 'cushioning' technology to provide 'low impact' & support for your joints (as well as allowing you 'to go for longer'). Hopefully, you will find a good treadmill for you from the selection below or at the very least give you a better idea as to what you are after (note: obviously because these treadmills have been engineered & manufactured with specialised 'cushioning' fitted in -- you should expect that they can be a fair bit more expensive than your standard running machine).
The TR 1200i Foldable Treadmill by LifeSpan
This multi-award winning treadmill offers a bio-mechanical structure (fitted with 6 elastomers) & a 0.75 inch phenolic deck thickness which in tandem acts as the cushioning mechanism (if you upgrade to a TR3000i you are provided with an extra 2 elastomers & 1/4 inch deck thickness) -- that minimizes the impact felt on your joints.
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With regards to specifications - it allows a 0 -15% incline with a speed range from 0.5 mph to 11 mph (based on its 2.5 HP motor, with a user capacity of up to 300 lbs). Moreover, its LCD console displays all the relevant diagnostics (e.g. distance travelled, heart rate, calories burned etc.) as well as allowing you to select from a range of specialised fitness programs (such as the heart rate zone, which is a particularly good workout for weight-loss & endurance training) that have been designed by leading health & fitness professionals. This has to be one of my favourite treadmill models & is certainly worth checking out.
The LS8.0T Treadmill by Livestrong
An aspect that I really admire in this LS8.0T model (that I haven't come across in many treadmills) is through their 'Max Comfort cushioning technology' not only does it provide you with greater ease & comfort (as well as being able to recover faster from each stride taken, in turn reducing fatigue & improving your endurance), you can actually customize it & make it optimal for your preferences (for the treadmill deck to be either softer or firmer) & work out.
Like the TR1200i, the LS8.0 is also a folding treadmill (folded dimensions: 36 by 63 by 44 inches), which is obviously beneficial for those who are space conscious. It hosts all the features you would expect from a quality treadmill (a variety of fitness work out programs - power walking, to sprinting inclines etc. as well as incline & speed adjustments of up to 12% & 12 mph, respectively) but what separates the LS8.0T from most models is its 'LiveTrack Interactive Technology'. This technology basically acts as an electronic journal to keep you in a fitness routine - & records each work out you do, which is then be transferred to Livestrong.com from which you can track your progress -- like an automatic fitness log.
The Power 995C Treadmill by ProForm
The 995C is basically a commercial model that has also received awards from Treadmill Doctor for 'Best Buy' etc. -- that offers cushioning through its ProShox 2 system (see image on the right) on a 20 x 60 inch deck that basically claims to reduce impact by almost a third (than that of a standard treadmill, 28%,which is rather impressive) allowing you to go for longer & harder.
You are provided with a running speed from 0 - 12 mph on a 15 levels of incline (each level corresponds to 1%) on a extra long running deck (20 x 60 inches) -- with a LCD (7") console providing you with all the relevant stats & figures (as you run, as well as summary of the work out conducted) & integrated fan to keep you cool & 'more' comfortable as you are working out. But, what I really admire with the 995c is its iFit compatible console which is basically what I deem as the future of making running on a treadmill 'more fun' -- where through taking it online you get a similar system to the Livestrong system with fitness tracking but you also get to actually run virtual courses through google maps (with your treadmill adjusting to the terrain type & incline level) & being able to compete with other iFit members across the world.
The 9.33 Premium Series Treadmill by Precor
The 9.33 offers you pretty much the best cushioning protection you can get in a treadmill (excellent quality even on a professional scale) - through combining three unique & patented main aspects (the highly rated Integrated Foot Plant technology, ground effects impact control system & specialised re-configured shock absorbers) all within its sound suspension system that reduces impact & strain to an absolute minimum, offering quality protection for your joints. With regards to 'cushioning' in a treadmill, it really doesn't get better than Precor.
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It also provides you with precise readings (not just aggregated estimates like that of the standard models) of diagnostics through taking into account your biological profile (age, sex, height, weight, heart rate etc.) & using that information to give you a more accurate measure of the amount of calories you have likely burnt off etc. Another aspect I admire is the Steel Crowned drive - which is a specially designed roller belt to ensure lasting durability of the treadmill as well as to keep it much quieter in operation than the standard treadmill. (Note: The Precor 9.33 obviously comes with all the aforementioned standard features too.). It is very expensive, but aren't you and your health worth it?
Which Treadmill Will You Choose and Why?
Also, if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either the article -- the Best Treadmills for cushioning -- as well as the actual models specifically, then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
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