The Best Treadmills for Running 2018: Get in a Wicked Run Right at Home

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Welcome to our Best Treadmills for Running 2018 Buyer’s Guide! This is a bit of a spin-off of our regular Best Treadmills for 2018 Buyer’s Guide in which we’re only going to be focusing on treadmills you can actually run on.

With that said, expect to pay a premium for running-ready devices as cheaper treadmills just don’t have the juice to support running.

If you want to learn more about why that is the case, and if you want to look at some cheaper alternatives if you don’t necessarily need to run all the time, check out our regular Treadmill Buyer’s Guide for this year here.

With that out of the way, we’ve done away with our “Choose Your Budget Below” because we’re only going to be featuring the best treadmills for running which automatically selects your budget for you. You just can’t get a good running machine for less than a bare minimum $1000 so let’s get started.

Quick Note: To learn more about treadmills and their designs, please check out this article.

Quick FYI – you might also be interested in any of our following other products which you can learn more about in the navigation menu above under Buyer’s Guides.

We have articles regarding exercise bikes, recumbent exercise bikes, treadmills, rowers, ellipticals and more. More machines are always being added so make sure to check that out!

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If you’re not sure why you have to spend a little bit more money on a treadmill that you can actually run on, please make sure to go back to our Treadmill Buyer’s Guide to learn more about the exact reasoning. We’ll give you a quick run-down here, however, as well!

The main reason you cannot run on a cheapo treadmill is because it just doesn’t deliver the horsepower and reliability that you need in order for it to withstand your running on a long term basis.

What you need for safe running are the following features:

  • At least 3CHP (continuous duty horsepower)
  • A large running track for your own safety
  • A sturdy and strong frame design for extended reliabiltiy

We really don’t recommend running on anything less powerful and with a smaller track because the chances of the machine failing and you hurting yourself is just too high.

For the experienced runner, something with a fantastic running track and a powerful motor will ensure this doesn’t happen. So why don’t we dive right in and get started learning about the 20 best running treadmills for 2018!

#1: Nautilus 618 Treadmill

Nautilus 618 Treadmill

Editor’s Score:

We truly love Nautilus fitness equipment and have absolutely no trouble recommending their 618 Treadmill for heavy and repeated bouts of running. Featuring a 3.5CHP motor and a great size running belt, this machine will offer you superb running performance for years to come.


The Dual Track backlit LCD screen will deliver you an exceptionally detailed experience when it comes to reviewing your fitness tracking information and the 26 built in workout programs will offer up an unparalleled experience when it comes to exercise selection.

The Exclusive Rebound™ technology ensures extended comfort during your most intensive workout sessions. You can also easily fold this machine up for easy storage and it even comes equipped with transportation wheels to make storage even easier.

Check out the full feature-list down below because we really think you will love this machine if you’re serious about your running. You also get USB charging ports and speakers so you can enjoy your favourite shows and/or music!

Key Features:

  • Power: 3.5 CHP motor
  • Dual Track backlit LCD screens offer visibility to programs and goal-tracking simultaneously
  • Heavy-Duty crowned rollers for extended belt life and smoothness
  • Foldable treadmill design for easy storage
  • Exclusive Rebound™ Cushioning System for soft-dropping of the belt
  • Performance Handrails with buttons for incline and resistance and EKG heart-rate monitoring
  • 26 built-in programs designed by personal training experts
  • Speakers for your music and entertainment
  • Wireless chest strap for heart rate monitoring is optional
  • USB charging port for your favourite devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod compatible)
  • Dimensions: 77L x 35W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 20 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: An incredible 15-Year Frame & Motor, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour

#2: 3G Cardio Pro Runner

3G Cardio Pro Runner

Editor’s Score:

To think of cardio equipment and not think of 3G is like thinking of coffee and not thinking of the beans! The 3G Cardio Pro Runner delivers one of the most premium running experiences on the block for a very reasonable price and with a strong enough chassis and motor for repeated and intense training sessions.


The folding and space saving design will make this thing a treat to store away when not in use – all while containing enough power to be a fully-fledged running machine. You get the ability to incline the machine with a nice and soft running belt for extended comfrot.

It also features a 350lbs weight capacity making this an ideal weight-loss machine for heavier individuals without any worries! Click the link below to learn more.

Key Features:

  • 3 CHP motor
  • Built-In Interactive Plus heart rate monitoring
  • Folding, Space Saving design
  • Up to 10% incline capability
  • 8 Built-In programs
  • Heart rate monitoring ability via hand-rails (with optional chest belt for wireless monitoring)
  • Soft orthopaedic belt for comfortable and safe jogging and/or running
  • Dimensions: 74L x 35W x 59H
  • Track Dimensions: 21 x 58
  • Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

#3: 3G Cardio 80i
[Best In-Class Folding Treadmill]

3G Cardio 80i

Editor’s Score:

Our second 3G machine on this list – the 3G Cardio 80i – is another fantastic 3CHP powered machine delivering a great running experience. We love to recommend 3G as our go-to treadmills because of their reasonable pricing for the amount of sheer power you get.


With 8 workout programs and the only Fold Flat treadmill on our list we love to recommend those wishing to have a great running experience all while having the ability to stash this machine away when it’s not in use.

The machine can also be folded upright for even more convenient storage and the front transportation wheels make this as easy as possible. Check it now using the Check Pricing link below!

Key Features:

  • 3 CHP motor
  • 8 built-in program options; 4 custom programs available
  • Has the ability to incline up to 15%
  • The only Fold Flat™ treadmill with a folded-up height of under 10 inches for easy storage
  • Can also be folded vertically for closet-storage (includes wheels for easy moving)
  • Heart rate monitoring via handrails
  • Easy To Read display for vital information
  • Dimensions: 74L x 33W x 49H
  • Track Dimensions: 18.5 x 58
  • Weight Capacity: 325 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

#4: Endurance T10HRC

Endurance T10HRCEditor’s Score:

Featuring a powerful 3CHP motor, the  Endurance T10HRC is one of our favourite treadmills for running. You get hardened steel rollers for very durable operation and over 20 personal trainer certified exercise programs to keep you getting into the best shape ever for even longer!


The bright LED display monitors your most vital fitness information and the commercial-grade treadbelt with extra strength steel reinforcements will make this thing one of the most durable we’ve reviwed so far.

What we love most, however, is that you can find Endurance equipment in any big block gym that we personally know of and that just speaks for itself in terms of commercial reliability where many different people are going to be using these machines to their fullest for long periods of time.

Key Features:

  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • Hardened steel rollers for smooth and durable treadbelt life
  • Safety-key stop system for ultimate safety during operation
  • Bright LED display shows you monitor vital information (heart rate, speed, elevation, time, distance and calories burned)
  • 25 personal-trainer certified programs for your enjoyment including cardio, endurance, distance, fat burning and many more
  • State-of-the-art, commercial-grade treadmill with super-strength construction and design
  • Dimensions: 77L x 32W x 57H
  • Track Dimensions: 20 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

#5: ProForm Pro 2000
[Our Only 5-Star Rated Treadmill!]

ProForm Pro 2000

Editor’s Score:

Although not our favourite on this list, the ProForm Pro 2000 came pretty damn close and has been awarded with our highly-prestigious 5-Star Editor’s Score based on its impeccable feature set, powerful motor and highly overwhelming user reviews. Learn more below.


The 3.5 CHP Mach Z commercial motor has been designed with one thing in mind – catering to the most advanced and elite runners and offering them the ability to run for extended periods of time without worrying about wearing this machine out.

You’ll also be getting a massive 7″ LCD display, up to a 15% incline, 3% decline, iFit coach compatibility and Bluewooth chest strap heart rate monitoring for a cable-less experience. You can also connect your iPad or Android tablets so you can stay up to date on your latest shows, films or music!

Key Features:

  • 3.5 CHP Mach Z Commercial Motor
  • 7” Backlit LCD Display, iFit compatible, 3” speakers (iPod compatible)
  • Connectivity options for your iPad or other tablets to watch your favourite shows or movies
  • EKG grips for heart rate monitoring
  • Bluetooth wireless chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Up to 15% quick incline; up to 3% quick decline
  • iFit Coach compatibility offers unlimited workouts (examples: 30-Day Fresh Start for Treadmills or the 60-Day Weight Loss Challenge)
  • Dimensions: 80L x 40W x 63H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor Warranty, 5-year parts, 2-year labour Warranty

#6: Sole F85

Sole F85

Editor’s Score:

The Sole F85 Commercial Treadmill had to absolutely be included on our list for this year because of its outstanding 4CHP industrial continuous-duty motor delivering probably the most reliable running experience available today. Although the feature set isn’t quite as advanced as our ProForm Pro 2000 above, you’ll still love this machine and you’ll learn why below.


If you’re looking for a no-frills pure running experience for a reasonable price without too many bells and whistles, you’ve definitely come to the right place when considering the F85.

You still get 6 built in programs, 2 custom programs and 2 heart rate programs, a fan to keep you cool and the ability to incline, but you don’t get quite the vast repertoire of fitness trainer designed programs as our Pro 2000 above.

The 400lbs weight capacity will ensure virtually anyone can use this machine for extended periods and the insane warranty will keep your mind at ease as well!

Key Features:

  • 4 CHP motor will prove to last you a very long time
  • 0-15% incline so you can train for a variety of conditions
  • Vibrant and bright display showing feedback and instructions regarding your workout and heart rate
  • 6 built-in programs, 2 custom programs, and 2 heart programs
  • Built-in fan for a cool and comfortable run
  • Two-Ply Belt for comfort and durability
  • EKG grip heart rate monitoring or wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring
  • A sound system to support your favourite music or entertainment media
  • Dimensions: 80L x 35W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: Industry-Leading Lifetime Frame, Motor & Deck, 5-Year Electronics and 2-Year Labour

#7: True Performance 300

True Performance 300

Editor’s Score:

True Performance 300 offers just that – true running performance. The 300 offers up a commercial-grade experience with the average user review stating that this machine is an absolute tank. We see True Performance in many gyms as well making our opinion even more solidified of this awesome machine.


Again, without too many bells and whistles, you will be focusing on that which matters most – running performance. You can rest assured that the tablet holder, water bottle holders and 9 built-in programs will deliver you an exceptional home treadmill experience rivalled by few others.

The commercial-grade design is designed with durability in mind making it possible for you to have repeated bouts of strenuous running and allowing multiple sessions per day from various different users in your household.

  • 3 HP motor
  • Commercial-grade design and component selection make this one of our most reliable choices in this category
  • 2x water bottle holsters
  • Tablet holder and/or book holder
  • True Mobile App workout summaries via Bluetooth
  • Features an orthopaedic belt designed to reduce impact and stress on your joints and knees
  • TRUE HCR Cruise Control lets you lock right in on your target heart rate to keep your workouts at the precise level you need
  • 9 built-in programs and 2 customisable programs for your enjoyment
  • Dimensions: 79L x 32W x 56H
  • Track Dimensions: 60 x 21
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 30-Year Motor, 7-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

#8: 3G Cardio Elite Runner

3G Cardio Elite Runner

Editor’s Score:

The 3G Cardio Elite Runner is yet another incredible machine from 3G. They really do put out some of the best gear and we really think you’re going to love this machine as much as we do. None of us here at Physique Authority are professional runners, but we love this machine nonetheless!


3G Cardio elite offers some very awesome features such as a 4CHP continuous-duty motor for extreme reliability and durability, 8 professionally designed workout programs, an oversized running platform for extreme safety and a wireless heart rate monitoring chest strap for your convenience.

The cooling fan that’s built in will ensure you remain cool during your most difficult sessions and the various fitness tests will make sure you know where you are in terms of overall fitness at any given time. Click the link below to find out more.

Key Features:

  • 4 CHP motor for ultra-longevity and reliability
  • Commercial Ortho Flex Shock™ Suspension System
  • Oversized 22 x 62 inch running platform
  • EKG hand-grip heart rate monitoring
  • Wireless chest-belt heart rate monitoring (comes included)
  • Cooling fan to keep you cool while you’re working out (with High and Low settings)
  • One-Touch Speed and One-Touch Incline (incline up to 15%)
  • 8 Built-In professionally designed programs with 2 customisable programs
  • Various fitness tests are available at the touch of a finger
  • Dimensions: 84L x 36W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 62
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Residential Warranty: Lifetime Motor & Frame, 10-Year Parts, 2-Year In-Home Labour
  • Commercial Warranty 5-Year Motor & Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year In-Gym Labour

#9: ProForm Pro 9000

ProForm Pro 9000

Editor’s Score:

We’ve made it to just past the half-way mark and this is where we think it’s important to showcase our Editor’s Top Pick Award Winner for this year’s running treadmills list. This is our absolute favourite treadmill and has won our highly prestigious award – and we don’t think this will change anytime soon as ProForm really puts forth a fantastic effort year in, year out.


The 4.25CHP commercial-grade extreme Mach Z motor will deliver unmatched reliability and investing this much in a machine shouldn’t leave you desiring anything else. Let’s find out how well this machine stacks up in that regard.

Featuring over 35 workout programs, Dual CoolAire fans, the SpaceSaver folding design, Lifetime warranty, a super-sized treadbelt, mp3 connectivity, ProShox cushioning for extended comfort, decline/incline capabilities and an absolutely breath-taking 10″ full colour touchscreen display, this machine offers just that – you will not be left with anything to desire here! It’s got everything you could ever want in a treadmill designed for heavy running.

It’s also been heralded as one of the best treadmills ever made and we certainly stand behind this notion as well. Click the link below to learn more why about this should be your next home treadmill!

Key Features:

  • 4.25 CHP Mach Z Commercial Plus Motor
  • ProShox Cushioning for ultra-running comfort
  • Can incline up to 15% and decline up to -3%
  • 2.5” Balanced Rollers for extreme smoothness and reliability
  • 10” full colour touchscreen
  • iFit® Coach Ready™
  • Integrated tablet holder for your multimedia convenience
  • 38 Workout Apps
  • mp3 player compatible audio
  • EKG heart rate monitoring; wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring;
  • Dual CoolAire™ fans to keep you cool
  • SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • Dimensions: 77L x 39W x 70H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour

#10: Fitnex T60 Light Commercial Treadmill

Fitnex T60 Light Commercial Treadmill

Editor’s Score:

Fitnex truly delivers an outstanding workout machine with their T60 Light Commercial Treadmill and we think you will love every part of it including its feature-set and price point. We wouldn’t recommend something that you don’t really need just for the sake of selling something expensive, and this machine is proof in the pudding for you.


Weighing in with a heavy-weight 3CHP Mach Z continuous duty motor and a dual track backlit LCD screen, we think this piece of machinery is going to suit your needs exceptionally well. You’re also getting 30 built in programs and speakers to listen to your favourite shows, movies and music!

The integrated iFit compatibility will allow you to download a virtually unlimited amount of workout programs so you will always have the freshest and latest running tracks available to you which is really nice in our opinion.

The space-saver design will easily allow you to fold this thing up for easy storage and the easy lift assist technology makes the fold-up process virtually effortless which we also really love.

Along with the above features, you’re also going to be enjoying a USB charging port for your devices, a foldable design for easy storage and heavy-duty crowned steel rollers for unsurpassed treadbelt life and durability!

Key Features:

  • Features a 3CHP Mach Z motor
  • iFit compatibility for connectivity to your favourite workouts
  • Space-Saver, folding design with Easy Lift assist so you can easily store it away when it’s not in use
  • Massive 7” display for your convenient fitness information monitoring
  • Dual-Grip EKG heart rate monitoring
  • Compatibility with Apple’s iPod so you can listen to your favourite music or watch your favourite entertainment media
  • 0% – 10% quick incline to make your workouts more challenging
  • Proprietary ProShox cushioning for extreme comfort during running
  • Integrated CoolAire fan to keeo you cool
  • Over 30 workout apps available with connectivity options to Google Maps so you can run your favourite routes
  • Dimensions: 60L x 37W x 81H
  • Track Dimensions: 20 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame and Motor, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

#11: FreeMotion 890

FreeMotion 890

Editor’s Score:

FreeMotion really delivers on its promise to bring you one of the best commercial-grade treadmills right into the comfort of your own home! The FreeMotion 890 sports a 4.25CHP motor that delivers outstanding durability and allows for repeated bouts of heavy running without worrying about your machine wearing out over time.


The ability to incline this machine up to 10% is going to leave you with nothing left to desire in terms of workout difficulty, and along with the 8 built in programs, you’ll be sure to get one of the best home treadmill experiences around.

Heart rate monitoring is achieved with a hand-grip sensor and the option to use a wireless chest belt is also available to you. The Surface Response Suspension Cushioning belt allows you to run on this machine  while keeping your joints and body free from excess stress and allows for one of the most comfortable running experiences.

The real show-stopper features are the 15 inch high definition television built right into the treadmill and the astonishing 40 workout programs so you can stay entertained and workout as hard as you want at the same time! The integrated CoolAire fan also ensures you remain as cool as possible even during intense sessions.

Key Features:

  • You get some incredible features
  • 4.25CHP continuous-duty motor for extended reliability and durability
  • Features a massive 15” high definition TV to view your favourite movies and shows
  • A massive 10” LCD touch display lets you track all your important fitness data and select different workout programs
  • Up to 3% decline and 15% incline with easy touch-control
  • 40 workout apps to keep you as engaged as possible and having fun in the long run
  • Absolutely massive running surface for extended comfort and safety
  • Integrated CoolAire workout fan to keep you cool while you work out
  • Surface Response Suspension Cushioning for as little stress on your joints as possible and to keep you as comfortable as possible
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame and Motor, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour

#12: Precor TRM 932i

Precor TRM 932i

Editor’s Score:

The Precor TRM 932i is not one of the most beautiful treadmills on our list which is why we knocked off half of a star, but it sure is functional and will serve your home treadmill needs very, very well for the foreseeable future. Packed with an insanely powerful motor and great workout selection, we think you will love this machine as much as the fitness community does!


What you are getting here are 7 workout programs, touch grip heart monitoring with connectivity compatibility to Polar wireless chest strap heart rate monitors, a large treadbelt for safe and comfortable running and revolutionary Ground Effects Impact Control for extremely comfortable and safe running on your joints.

Key Features:

  • Commercial-grade treadmill with a 4HP commercial motor
  • Ground Effects Impact Control System helps alleviate stress on joints and aids in increasing comfort during your running sessions
  • 7 preset workout programs accessed directly with 6 buttons
  • Touch grip heart rate monitoring with Polar compatible 5 KHz wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring as well
  • Dimensions: 79L x 34W x 59H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 56
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 10-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

#13: Life Fitness T3 Go Treadmill

Life Fitness T3 Go TreadmillEditor’s Score:

Featuring a powerful 3CHP motor, the LifeFitness T3 Go is a treadmill that will deliver a superb experience for as long as you want to use this machine. Its ergonomically placed controls and handles will allow the safest operation for your joints and also a very comfortable one as well.


Out of the box you get 12 workout programs, the ability to incline up to 15%, device connectivity compatibility with Android™, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, FitBit, RunSocial and Jawbone so you can stay up to date with your favourite music, movies, shows and so that you can run with your peers.

Key Features:

  • Features a 3HP motor for continued reliable and durable operation
  • Considered an entry-level to the running treadmill market but is well above other similarly price models in the entry-level price range
  • Features ergonomically placed controls, a FlexDeck shock absorbent running surface and easily accessible functions makes this thing very comfortable to use
  • Contact heart rate monitoring hand sensors with the ability to support full wireless heart rate monitoring as well
  • Ships with 12 workout programs and 2 custom programs
  • Ability to incline up to 15%
  • LFconnect app compatibility includes Jawbone, FitBit and RunSocial to run with your peers
  • Device connectivity compatibility: Android™, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®
  • Dimensions: 80L x 35W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 60”
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: 5-Year Parts, 3-Year Console, 3-Year Labour

#14: Assault Fitness Air Runner

Assault Fitness Air Runner

Editor’s Score:

One of the most unique pieces on our list this year, the Assault Fitness AirRunner is fully endorsed by CrossFit Champion Ron Ortiz, and we think this is for a very good reason. The special curved and contoured treadbelt makes for one of the most natural feeling runs around but we did have to knock 2 full stars off of our editor’s score which you will find out why below.


Although this is a unique product, it does come with its drawbacks. The workout options are limited, there isn’t much in terms of connectivity options and the lack of a large LCD display might sway users away from this machine.

However, if you’re willing to look past its drawbacks, there is a lot to be said about the good features this machine brings to the table. The AirRunner has overwhelmingly positive user reviews and is built on the premise that you will be using it to mainly do HIIT training (high intensity interval training).

The treadbelt offers up and impressive 150,000 mile life for peace of mind while you’re using this machine and the strong motor will keep this machine running for a long, long time so you don’t have to worry about anything breaking down.

Key Features:

  • Features a very special curved design with padded running belt to contour to your body
  • Features commercial-grade components with maximal reliability and durability
  • Sports a 150,000 mile tread belt life for peace of mind during use
  • Ron Ortiz, Sports Champion, states that “…Assault products allow you to push yourself harder mentally and physically unlike any other product.”
  • Extremely high levels of satisfied user reviews
  • High contrast LCD with high contrast allowing you to read fitness information with ease
  • Strong motor and various workout programs are specifically designed for high intensity interval training allowing you to get the most out of your workout
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows seamless integration to your favourite device(s)
  • Dimensions: 70L x 33W x 64H
  • Track Dimensions: 17 inches wide
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

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Well folks, this wraps up our overview of the Best Treadmills for Running 2018 article. By the way, if you want to head back up and go over all of your options again you can do so! We’d love it if you learned as much about your potential purchase as possible before making the actual purchase.

Some key takeaways for this article will be the following:

  • In order to safely run on a treadmill, a recommended power rating of 3HP is required and ideally this will be CHP (Continuous Duty Horsepower).
  • If you want to learn more about why this is the case, please head over to our Best Treadmills for 2018 buyer’s guide as we have a ton of information regarding this topic.
  • Just pointing and pulling the trigger on any on of the above machines will get you a product that will last you virtually a life time, so these treadmills are in no particular order! 

Final Note:

If you have any questions regarding any of the information we have presented you with here or if you have discovered any errors, treadmills that are discontinued or you wish to share your thoughts, opinions or if you have any other questions, please use our contact form and we will be happy to answer anything you have to say!

Thank you so much for tuning in and we hope to see you again soon.

As always,
With Love,


  1. Absolutely great article. As someone who’s on the weight loss train, I need something simple, easy and affordable. The ProForm Pro 2000 seems to fit the bill perfectly. It’s cheaper than the other treadmills mentioned and has all the features I’m looking for. Thanks a bunch!

  2. This is an awesome article. I am looking for a suitable treadmill to set at home.
    I am going to take your promotions and discuss with my wife which treadmill would be better for us.
    Thank you for your sharing.

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