How To Choose A Treadmill

How to choose your treadmill?

 Looking to get a treadmill and don't know which one to get? Here's a guide!

Treadmill exercises promote cardiovascular health and therefore, regular usage of a treadmill will allow you to stay in shape and improve your athletic performance.

Before purchasing a treadmill, it is important to understand your needs, frequency of working out, and progress you would like to make.

At Decathlon, we have two kinds of treadmills: one for walking, and one for running.

What is the difference? In short, running treadmills are designed with cushioning and stimulus that is adapted to running. While walking treadmills are designed with cushioning and ergonomics meant for walking.

Once you have decided on the type of treadmill you want, you may use the following guidelines to narrow down to the perfect cheap yet value-for-money treadmill for you at Decathlon! 

How To Choose Your Treadmill?

How To Choose Your Treadmill?


The first criteria to consider when choosing a treadmill is the maximum speed. Your needs will vary depending on whether you plan to walk at 6 km/h or run faster than 14km/h (i.e., stay in shape versus improve your performances). 

We suggest choosing a model with a faster maximum speed than your average speed to improve your fitness level.

How To Choose Your Treadmill?

Running belt size

It is important that you take into consideration the size of the running belt when purchasing a treadmill. And by size, we mean not only the length but the width of the running belt as well. 

A rule of thumb is that the faster you run, the longer and wider your strides are.

Of course, the taller you are, the longer the running belt needs to be (as your strides will naturally be longer too)

Finally, when the right belt width, it is important to know how comfortable you are with running on a treadmill. If you're just starting out, or naturally have a wide stance, a wider running belt would be more comfortable for you. 

This way, you do not have to worry about accidentally stepping on the frame of the treadmill in the middle of your cardio workout.

How To Choose Your Treadmill?

Programmes & performance indicators

Different treadmills offer different features. Training programmes (weight loss, performance development, etc.) will help you change up your workouts. 

To track your progress and check your heart rate in real-time, you can choose between two types of heart rate monitors: the hand pulse grip system, or the more accurate chest strap system. 

Know that compatible application for certain treadmills can give you a customized workout depending on your physical ability and goals.

How To Choose Your Treadmill?


Incline is an important function on treadmills. This allows you to increase the incline during the workout and thus to intensify the muscular effort at the level of the back of the legs (hamstrings, calves), quads and glutes.

Most of our treadmills have a motorized incline function. Therefore, you may change the degree of incline anytime you want, during your workout!

How To Choose Your Treadmill?


Many models of treadmills are connectable via bluetooth, which allows you to connect your tablet, smartphone and thus enjoy your favorite sports applications.

The Kinomap and Domyos E-Connected applications are compatible with our bluetooth-enabled treadmills too.

Folding function

Staying in a HDB? Or do not have space to store your treadmill? All of our treadmills are foldable so that you can store it easily. We also have compact treadmill that you can fold and keep behind the door or under the bed :) 

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    Compact treadmill run100e

    Most compact running treadmill in the range

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    Intense run treadmill

    Kinomap compatible

How To Choose Your Treadmill?


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Before starting any exercise programme, you should consult your doctor. Don't forget to wear proper shoes when walking or running on a treadmill. And finally, do not forget to stretch before and after each workout! Enjoy!