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Old 01-08-2013, 02:25 PM
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I know with what I spend on it and the warranty I am not letting my dogs anywhere near the treadmill.

Actually try them at the store, run a bit goofy to make sure they are wide enough for you and long enough. I did fall off my old one once but I have no balance because of an inner ear issue

I know that a gym isn't working for me because of my hours so thats why I went and got the new more expensive treadmill. Cheap ones were not cutting it anymore. I have a bum knee from getting stepped on and then a couple falls of the same horse(its always my right knee!) years ago so it really is a huge difference on this one.

Weights and jump ropes are not that much. I've picked them up at target cheaply.

And I just love there is a fan in the treadmill because there is not a lot of a/c that gets to the addition where the treadmill is in the summer. It will be great at that time of year. Most of them probably have that now though lol!
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:57 PM
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I'd scrap a treadmill, get a couple kettlebells, a jump rope and something you can mount on a wall to do chinup type movements with or without assistance and use the other 800 bucks to buy yourself something nice
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:13 PM
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1000 would buy a pretty nice bike.

How far do you commute? Bike commuting is a good way to make sure you ride everyday.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:16 PM
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Get a range of sizes depending on the type of training you want to do. Lighter/more reps for toning/fat burning. Heavier/fewer reps for muscle building.
Just wanted to add that this is actually not really true.
First of all there is no such thing as toning.
http://www.strength-training-woman.c...-a-muscle.html

Muscle growth occurs when your muscles are fatigued. It doesn't matter if you get to muscle fatigue in 6 reps or 60 - all that matters is your last couple of reps should be really. hard. Many many studies have proven this, including those done by NASA and the US military, but here's an academic one:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0012033

And finally, building muscle burns fat. Want to look "toned?" Build muscle so you will burn the fat that hides those muscles. Done. And how do you do that? Get your muscles fatigued to build muscle.

I don't care if you lift heavy or light, I enjoy the heck out of my BodyPump classes (low weights and high reps) but I'm also incredibly excited to use free weights and do high weight and low reps. The results are the same as long as you are pushing yourself properly and using the correct weights.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for the clarification beanie
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:44 PM
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This is just the kind of advice I'm looking for!

I had a gym membership in the past and went every other day religiously. Now I work long hours and have to answer phones and be on call at night which limits where I can go (I have to stay very local and in a place where I can readily answer the phone and put on a suit. That's why I want to start a program at home.

I live four houses away from work, so no commute there. I do walk, though!

I walk the dog everyday but we can't walk far because I have to be able to go into work at any moment.

I do like the idea of a Jump rope, hula hoop and free weights. I think I'd like a treadmill because I can set mileage goals - without a goal or challenge I might not have the self motivation to wake up at 5am and jump rope everyday.

Beanie, thank you for the treadmill advice as well. Ive been looking on Craigslist for about a month and will continue or save and research more for a better treadmill if that's the route I choose.

I'm a sucker for infomercials and wonder if those crazy machines ever work -- like the dance chair or stair-stepper/treadmill combo.
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