The following is a selection of award winning , high quality & premium treadmills that offer the absolute highest specs & features -- that you could desire from a treadmill, being designed specifically for the elite runner & more advanced athlete in mind. Hopefully from the range, you will find a more than suitable model to qualify your needs & preferences or at least provide you with a better indication as to what aspects you are wanting from a treadmill.

The TR 1200i Folding Treadmill By LifeSpan

This is a multi-award winning (e.g. treadmill doctor's best buy & treadmill professor's "head of class" & hugely popular (with over 100 shining reviews) premium treadmill -- that offers on a 2.5 HP motor speeds up to 11 mph with an adjustable incline level varying from 0 to 15% (a percentage point for every level). The (20" x 56") deck offers biomechanical suspension with 6 elastomers to offer a cushioning system (supporting users of up to 300 lbs, so is obviously sturdy), which in turn reduces the impact felt on joints as well as improves your recovery time. 

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill (2013 Model)
Amazon Price: $1,499.99 $999.00 Buy Now
(price as of Dec 6, 2013)

The console clearly reads out all your vitals & diagnostics and is easy to navigate through to select specific weight programs that have been designed by leading health & fitness professionals (e.g. MyZone, which aims at keeping your heart rate within a specified range). Moreover, you get a membership to the LifeSpan fitness club which basically allows you to track each workout & see your progression as you go by, without ever having to any manual recordings yourself (all accessible online). You also get jack-in ports, so you can listen to your music, audiobooks etc. aloud when running. In all, this is a great treadmill for the price & should be more than sufficient even for the advanced runners.

The TR4000i Folding Treadmill By Lifespan Fitness

If you like the TR1200i, however are just wanting that bit more -- then you will probably like what the TR4000i has to offer. Firstly, it provides you with better support, providing a lower impact on your body when running due to being fitted with an extra two elastomers & extra quarter inch pehnolic running deck (that has also been lengthened by an extra 4 inches). Also, as it is now fitted with an improved 3.25 HP motor -- you can reach speeds of up to 12 mph with relative ease (& still access the top 15% incline levels).

LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i Folding Treadmill
Amazon Price: $2,499.99 $1,699.00 Buy Now
(price as of Dec 6, 2013)

You also recieve a chest strap to measure your heart rate without having to constantly grip on to the heart rate sensors like that of the TR1200i, allowing you to run more freely & comfortably. Apart from this & an increase on the home parts warranty being extended from 3 years to 5 years -- the two models aren't too dissimilar. You get all the other features as mentioned above including additional accessories like the water bottle holder, book rack etc.

The (Home Series) 9.27 Treadmill By Precor

For the really 'elite' & 'advanced' runners, the following two models from Precor (a well known brand for producing very high quality exercise machines) are purposefully engineered & designed just for you.

To start with the 9.27, it features a range of patented (hence unique) technology that is very well regarded such as the ground effects impact control, stride support & specialised shock absorbers all fitted throughout the deck, reducing impact to a complete minimum. Moreover, additional aspects & features such as 'Smart Rate' (measuring through 'touch & telemetry' or the chest strap) that reads out precise recordings of your BPM, in tandem with your biological profile (age, sex, height, weight etc.) allows it to reveal accurate recordings of the amount of calories burned etc. really sets this range of models out from that of standard treadmills.


Precor 9.27 Treadmill with Ground Effects Technology
Amazon Price: $2,799.00 $2,299.00 Buy Now
(price as of Dec 6, 2013)

This is a machine that is built to last (on a fully welded steel coat frame), its deck doesn't require lubrication -- this means there is no danger of liquid ruining the motor controller. You will really notice just how solid it is, as soon as you start running on it -- it doesn't rattle, vibrate -- it barely makes any noise (many comment on just how quiet & smooth it actually is). In terms of specs: it allows speeds from 0.5 to 12 mph, offers you 10 specific fitness programs (e.g. Interval training). In all, you can't really ask for much more from a treadmill -- I really urge you to give it a go, the running experience really is excellent (just the right amount of spring & cushioning).

The (Premium Home) 9.35 Treadmill By Precor

For those, who are looking for a more advanced version still -- then welcome to Precor's flagship model, the 9.35. Which integrates many of the aspects of the 9.27 but simply adds to them & improves on them -- it still implements the ground effects impact control & shock absorbers but now has integrated foot-plant technology which matches the belt speed - to that of your - foot speed, allowing for the user to experience a completely natural run (to feel the full benefit - you will simply have to try it out). Moreover, you actually have the ability to go on a range of incline of up to 15% as well as a decline mode -2% -- along with the running deck although being an inch shorter is 2 inches wider (& is also reversible).


Precor 9.35 Premium Series Treadmill
Amazon Price: $5,699.00 Buy Now
(price as of Dec 6, 2013)

The console programming also offers a much more vast array of settings - from 10 programs to 23 -- all specifically targeting & enhancing particular fitness aspects (e.g. endurance, heart rate recovery, sprint times, fat burn etc.) - based across 4 user IDs (two more than the 9.27) that also includes a PB tracker, workout log, pacer feature & is password protected. Despite, all this -- it is still very easy & simple to use. In all, this machine is obviously meant for the more serious elite runners -- & is a true "legendary consumer treadmill".

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either the overview: best treadmills for elite runners - or about any of the models specifically mentioned above then please be sure to make them in the comments section just below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

Don't Forget!

ProImpact Treadmill Mat
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(price as of Dec 6, 2013)
Make sure that you invest a protective mat such as the highly regarded ProImpact to prevent your floor & treadmill from getting damaged. Also, be sure to get hold of specialised treadmill lubricant to keep it running smoothly (for the LifeSpan models).