Tales from the Treadmill

 OK – I’ve been as annoyed by all the whining about the weather as I am sure you have been.  In December I started researching treadmills while desperately hoping I wouldn’t actually need one.  And then it was wind, wind, wind…  I can handle cold.  I like snow.  A light rain is ok.  Wind…  Sigh.  But, where I live, it’s more likely than not to be blowing 5 days out of any 7. 

I discovered this:

Gold’s Gym Treadmill, GG480: 
  • 4 weight-loss workouts (Tried one last night – not sure I’ve lost weight, though.)
  • 4 performance workouts designed by a Certified Personal Trainer (On.  Off.)
  • 1 lb. hand weights add definition to your arms, shoulders and back (I’m thinking 5 lb. weights, myself.)
  • AirStride Plus Cushioning keeps the deck firm, while reducing joint impact, helping you to feel better and workout longer.
  • G-Forc  (Honestly, I have no idea what this is – must consult the manual.)
  • 2.5-HP Drive Motor (Almost my whole herd in my living room!)
  • 10 MPH QuickSelect Speed (Zip!)
  • Up to 10% QuickSelect Incline (Hills!?) ((@$#%))
  • 18″ x 50″ Treadbelt
  • Motivational RaceTrack Display (Actually – I don’t want to see it.)
  • Club-Design PowerPulse Heart Rate Monitor (Yeah!)
  • 300 lb. Weight Capacity (Well, hopefully not.)

Wow.  Sign me up.  Online it was about $440.  Wal-Mart carried it for $377.  My local Wal-Mart actually had one assembled and available to view.  I say view because they didn’t supply power to it until the end of January.  I’ve thought about it, read reviews, tried various machines in various workout rooms and generally preferred to muddle through. 

Yesterday, while the wind was blowing and rain was spitting temperamentally from a very storm-tossed sky, I went to town to buy groceries and, as I had to pass by the treadmills on my way to the ankle weight section, I couldn’t help but notice the floor machines were all deeply discounted to get them out-of-the-way for the upcoming spring displays.  It must have been a sign.  I decided it was a sign.

So… now I have a treadmill.  In my living room.  Granted, I never actually wanted Contemporary Gymnasium as a theme for my interior decorating and the high impact friction matting I put under it is SO 1980’s, but the beast has a home.  And I am running (ha!) out of excuses.  Stay tuned for the Treadmill Tales.  🙂


About wfig

Longtime horsewoman and hiker, occasional world traveler and professional biologist.
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6 Responses to Tales from the Treadmill

  1. Haha says:

    Yeaaaaaaaaaa!! I am eager to hear your treadmill tales. Actually, I would like to have one; I just don’t know where to put it. They are so BIG! The solution for me, I guess, is to go out as early in the morning as I can. The temp here is 97 today. (That is not an April Fool’s joke.)

    • wfig says:

      It is WAY to early to be 97 degrees – even where you live. Cut it out.

      • Haha says:

        Believe me, we agree. We broke the record set in 1943. If this is a harbinger of summer, we are in deep trouble. I don’t get it; we set records for cold temps last winter and, now, we are setting records for heat. Where are we; Iliff?

  2. Robin says:

    We are all waiting with baited breath for some “Views from the Treadmill”. I am sure you will have some exciting adventures as you tour the countryside with you new ‘mill. Dont fall off and get run over!!

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