Given what seems their endless, unfading popularity at health clubs worldwide, treadmills continue to inspire manufacturers to introduce new models, upgrade existing ones, and introduce innovative technologies.
“Trends such as boutique studios and small-group training notwithstanding, treadmills remain the most popular equipment in clubs, and industry purchasing patterns back that up,” says Andrew Kolman, the director of product development and console technology for Matrix Fitness.
This year, all of the major producers are demonstrating what they can do. Life Fitness’ new Integrity Series treadmill boasts a host of innovations:
- a redesigned base;
- lower step-up height;
- wider running area ;
- increased handrail length;
- bullhorns with heart rate;
- remote resistance buttons;
- and a 7-inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-inspired interface.
“The new console provides an improved workout experience for exercisers, and allows club operators to manage their equipment more efficiently,” says Justin Mayer, the firm’s senior product manager for commercial treadmills.
TRUE Fitness is releasing two new treadmills—the TC900 and TC650—that feature a redesigned base, reduced step-up height, a cord-management feature, an extended speed range (up to 17 mph), and a broader incline range (-3 % to 18%).