Check out some reviews online - it is $90 some places, but you can also find from other users the pros and cons. Especially as you say you have access to a gym and you only really want an alternative until the weather warms up because of the baby, the cons of it being a very loud piece of equipment that you have to hold on to the handles...I would skip it. If you must stay in, getting a couple workout DVDs, or even just finding some stuff on youtube, is probably a better (and cheaper!) idea.
As far as manual treadmills in general, my gym has a high-end/commercial one and it's a great piece of equipment - since you're legs are actually powering you and the machine and it has a natural incline, it really is a workout. I can do 30 minutes on a regular powered treadmill but am usually winded after 10 on the manual! However, that's a $6k piece of equipment, vs a $100 one.
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3/6/14 11:33 A
Hi, Kristy !
I too recommend checking your local craigslist or freecycle websites. If you have a branch of freecycle, you may be able to find someone who will give you their old treadmill if you're willing to come pick it up. My local CL is loaded with posts from people trying to sell pieces of exercise equipment that turned into expensive coat racks.
Which is my question to you. What is your history with exercise equipment ? If you buy something do you use it or does it get tossed into a clost or garage ? If you have a history of using a peice of equipment for a month or so and then stopping, don't spend your money on the manual treadmill. That would be a waste of your good money.
The temps are starting to improve. Why not take the little out on walks with you in the morning ?
Also, have you read any of the reviews on the K Mart website about the Weslo ? I was reading some of them and it does have quite a few negative reviews. Read all the reviews, good and bad to decide if that is the treadmill you want.
Personally ? I'm a big believer in you get what you pay for. A cheap treadmill is almost always cheaply made.
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9,689 3/6/14 11:05 A
One word: Babywearing.
;) Get yourself a sling. About 100 times cheaper, the baby will LOVE it, and you don't have to worry about the little one getting cold, because it'll be right up against you. There's different kinds, depending on what you're comfortable with, but I used a traditional sling, and could do anything. Walking, dishes, vacuuming, whatever... all with the baby asleep and hands-free. Why buy a treadmill for something that's going to solve itself in a month or so anyway? Spring's almost here.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/6/2014 (11:05)
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
Fitness Minutes: (1,625)
3/6/14 8:38 A
I love walking, but I have a newborn and can't start walking outside until the weather is warmer. I'd like to get a treadmill but I just can't afford an expensive one right now. I work at Kmart and right now we have the Weslo CardioStride 3.0 manual treadmill, which is normally $150, on sale for $100. I've never used manual treadmill before so I'm just trying to find out if they're effective and worth buying.
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