Does that title sound naughty? I can't help it; when I discuss non-motorized treadmills, it's hard to avoid the smutty humor.
The inestimable Mizfit wrote a post about ... well, a bunch of good stuff, including cupcakes, but that's a side issue at the moment. What I'm concerned with is her request for more information about non-motorized treadmills. It made me realize that I never followed up with a description of my relationship with my manual treadmill, Orlando Manuel.
Good points about a manual treadmill:
- It's quiet. I can listen to the television or the iPod without blasting the volume while using Manuel.
- It's lightweight. Without all that hefty motorized stuffing, I can fold it up and put it away quite easily.
- It's tiny. My living room is not the size of a grand ballroom, so it's handy that I can fit Manuel in without having to climb over him to get to the television or something.
- It's easily 1/3 the price of a motorized treadmill.
- You can get a workout even when the power's off!
- It's always at an angle. That's a pain, but the more level the manual treadmill is, the harder it is to get it to move.
- Manuel needs lots of lubricant. WD-40 is a requirement.
- There are no pre-programmed programs (pardon my redundancy) for running hills or intervals.
- With Manuel, at least, you have to hold on to the rails to have something to push against. Otherwise the treadmill belt will stick, no matter how liberal you were with the lubricant.
- I swear on all the cupcakes in the pantry that the speedometer is delusional. This is probably just an issue with Manuel, but the rate it claims I'm going is not, cannot be my current speed. It must calculate this by some average that I can't figure out. (Or, it's demented.)
On the other hand, a treadmill is a treadmill. I mean, whether motorized or self-propelled, the dang thing will get your blood pumping and your heart rate elevated. Despite all the references to lubricant, Manuel is useful. I think any piece of exercise equipment is useful, so long as the human is willing to actually use it.
Have you ever bought a piece of exercise equipment only to end up using it as an extra coat rack?
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