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Bridal Fitness on Paper - Treadmill Shopping Monday, January 21, 2013 ~ 10:15 a.m.

Hey guys! Happy MLKJ day! Hopefully, at least some of you have the day off from work. I know that most schools aren't in session today, but I know my husband still had to go to work as usual (boo). The weekend just went by so quickly! We had a pretty low key weekend, but Dale and I did actually go to Sears yesterday to test out different treadmills. As many of you know, I'm going to be having a baby in a few months, so we thought that it would be a good idea to purchase an exercise machine for the house. It'll certainly become more difficult for me to get to the gym regularly once I have the baby to take care of, and I know I'm going to need the exercise to work off all this baby weight! It's crazy how none of my clothes fit these days. I was laughing at myself last night because my belly was hanging out of even my looser top that I wear to bed! I think I'm going to have to start digging into Dale's closet for PJs, haha.

Anyway, since today is all about fitness, I thought I would share my treadmill shopping trip with you guys. Now, I am certainly no expert on treadmills, beyond having used them somewhat regularly at the gym, so I wouldn't say these are reviews, exactly. But I am happy to share what I thought about the few treadmills that I tried out yesterday. From what I've read over the past couple of weeks, treadmills are often priced and categorized based on their motor. The bigger and better the motor, the more the treadmill will cost. The trick seems to be finding the right treadmill with the right motor for you. If you're hugely into running, and not just running, but sprinting, you will probably require a higher priced treadmill with a more impressive motor. If you're like me, and tend to do some walking and some jogging, then you can probably get away with a smaller motor, and if you're a walker, an even smaller one. If you tend to use the treadmill at higher speeds, you'll certainly need a better motor, or else you run the risk of that awful shaking and the dreaded skipping of the treadmill belt while you run!

Because Dale and I do not typically use the treadmill at higher speeds and we aren't planning on running any marathons anytime soon, we decided to set a budget of $1,000 for our fitness purchase. At Sears, this basically put us in the running for a 2.75chp motor on our treadmill. At Sears, this put us in the lower to middle-end of the treadmill collection, because many of their machines went above and beyond the $2,000 mark. In fact, I saw that the Life Fitness treadmills that I frequently use at the gym were way out of our budget! Given our budget and activity level, we were directed toward three different treadmills, the NordicTrack T7.0 Treadmill, the Sole F60 Treadmill and the AFG 3.1AT Treadmill, each of which I'll be discussing today.

NordicTrack T7.0 Sole F60 AFG 3.1AT

Bridal Fitness on Paper - Treadmill Shopping

After trying out these three treadmills at Sears, we left feeling somewhat unsure of which treadmill we would purchase. For clarity's sake, I made up a little comparison chart just below breaking down the major specs of each treadmill, what we liked and didn't like about each machine. If I had to pick, I would say that we were leaning more toward the NordicTrack T7.0. We ruled out the Sole F60 immediately because we had trouble figuring out how to turn it on, and while we liked how sturdy the AFG felt, we weren't sure it was worth the extra $300 over the NordicTrack. You seemed to get the most bang for your buck with the NordicTrack, with a solid list of technology offerings and a good level of comfort when walking and jogging. However, since it wasn't a "slam dunk" for us, we thought we would investigate the machine a little more before purchasing it. I'll let you know which one we end up purchasing, and in the meantime, if you have any recommendations or advice, please let me know! I could use it!

Treadmill shopping comparison chart Prices gathered from

Bridal Fitness on Paper is a weekly blog series posted every Monday, where I share and review a wide variety of cardio and resistance training workouts, both inside the gym and out. Bridal Fitness on Paper is meant to help guide brides along their weight loss journey all the way to the altar and beyond! All of the reviews posted are based on my own experience; I am not a fitness or nutrition professional, and am not liable for any injuries incurred while trying any of the workouts that I share here on A Paper Proposal. If you're curious about a specific workout, and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.

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