· The manual treadmill generally has a platform along the bottom, usually made of glass. Around this is a belt made of a substance similar to rubber. A user simply stands on the platform and begins walking in order to turn the belt and start the treadmill in motion.
Motorized treadmills can do the same things as a manual treadmill, and more. But they serve a different purpose. While a manual treadmill is good for building endurance for short high-intensity workouts, a motorized treadmill is ideal for the runner that is aiming for distance.
· 2. Manual Treadmills Are Too Slow For Running. So a non-motorized treadmill (also known as a manual treadmill) is a good solution compared to a motorized treadmill. But the problem is that most manual treadmills only reach a maximum speed of 3.5-4.0 miles per hour, and this means that you can never use a manual treadmill for running.
· Manual treadmills require that the user manually turn an arm, which will then crank and raise the belt in order for it to move. In a motorized treadmill, as long as the belt is turned on, the user will not fall off. It is possible to make very fast speeds or slow walking speeds to accommodate for users’ different fitness levels.
A manual treadmill lacks the cushioned system that is available in a motorized treadmill. Therefore, it puts more stain on the knee and hip joints. If you have arthritis or any other joint issues, a manual treadmill can seriously injure you.
A manual treadmill can help you to make your stride more consistent because it is harder to use, though. Eventually you’ll get less tired after you’ve used the manual treadmill for a while because your legs will start to get used to the workout. A curved belt manual treadmill will be best for learning to run, however.
· Manual treadmills are smaller and more compact than motorized ones which is good because you won’t need as much space. But this also usually means a smaller platform. We mentioned that most manuals aren’t ideal for running but that’s not only due to manual belt speed; deck length is also important.
This curved manual treadmill is the best that I have come across. Not only doesn’t it look cool, it will give you the best workout you can imagine. You will burn the most calories and you will sweat you know what off! But the downside of this treadmill is it’s price.
A manual treadmill is an inexpensive way to exercise indoors. Automatic treadmills are very expensive and may require yearly maintenance, whereas the manual can be purchased for under $100. With a manual treadmill you can avoid weather-related circumstances that may interfere with your workout.