163 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This was a great purchase! I enjoy doing my workouts on a treadmill, but can't afford to buy a treadmill that costs several hundred dollars. The price was perfect, assembly was easy, and it is a great workout. You do have to work a little harder to get and keep the belt moving because it is a manual, but that makes the workout even better. It takes some practice to...
Published on February 8, 2008 by M. Krumm
63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for running. Need adjustment for long distance.
I generally don't like treadmills because they don't work your hamstrings like normal running would (people usually let the belt carry their foot backwards, which is cheating yourself), but sometimes you need one because of the weather outside and a manual treadmill in my opinion is your best bet. Because it's all moved by your muscles, your hamstrings at least get some...
Published on February 25, 2009 by John A. Koerner
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163 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)This was a great purchase! I enjoy doing my workouts on a treadmill, but can't afford to buy a treadmill that costs several hundred dollars. The price was perfect, assembly was easy, and it is a great workout. You do have to work a little harder to get and keep the belt moving because it is a manual, but that makes the workout even better. It takes some practice to get used to the manual belt and to figure out how to keep your steps evenly paced, but after about 5 minutes you are into the groove. The size is nice, too. The treadmill folds up and stores nicely. The belt is the perfect size for my 5'6'' stride. My husband is 6'3'' but as long as he keeps the start of his stride at the very front of the belt, he can get a great workout, too. Obviously, I am very pleased with this purchase!
97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy with this Treadmill,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)I bought this treadmill because I don't have room for a massive, professional size treadmill nor did I want to spend hundreds of dollars. Because of the price I was expecting a very pared down version - just the basics - and that's what you get. It's not difficult to put together and it feels very sturdy. It folds up like a dream (very compactly) and is light enough to move around if you need to. The manual treadmill action takes a little getting used to and you just have to assume that it will take a few tries to get the belt to settle correctly without drifting, but once adjusted properly it seems to stay put. You can really only walk on this treadmill - it's not really designed for running as you have to hold on to keep it going. But this is good. The manual action requires a little more effort (not tons but a little) through the legs and hips and since you have to hold on to keep your body from moving backward (the treadmill is at a slant for the manual action) your arms get a light workout too. After only a few sessions I started noticing real firming in my legs, hips, rear and arms.
My only real complaint is this treadmill is pretty loud. I'm going to try some silicone spray to see if that quiets it down a little. As it is I have to crank up the TV super loud to be able to hear it while I'm working out.
But all and all, the price and quality of this product make it an excellent value. I'm very happy.
77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for the price!,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)I've had this treadmill for about 3-4 months now, and wow. It's great, easy to store and move and works well. I use it while watching TV in my bedroom. I've already lost 20lbs! If you don't feel like going to the gym that day, use this manual treadmill instead! It's a great price and a great product. I'm 24 and female and put the treadmill together on my own in about 30 minutes. Very nice product! Highly recommended!
63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for running. Need adjustment for long distance.,
I bought this treadmill because of the weight tolerance and the belt size which allows me to run and walk.
Yeah, there's some belt wobble, but you get that with any manual. Just gotta fine-adjust it to your rhythm.
I'm not a sprinter--I prefer to "go the distance" and ride this thing for an hour at a time! I don't like the incline--even adjusted down it forces you to run fast (which, like I said, cheats your hamstrings because they don't get a good workout). Because of the size of the base of the handlebar assembly, there tends to be wobble. The wobble gets worse if you're positioned lower down on the belt assembly.
I compensated for this by putting weights at the tail end of the belt assembly, which lowered the incline. So now I'm more able to work out my hamstrings and keep my body position more forward on the belt which greatly reduces wobble. Having done that, I'm able to go for a nice jog for an hour and work out both my thighs and hamstrings.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill Review,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)First, when this is in box it is very,very heavy and bulky have help if possible moving it around, lucky I had a dolly.
Now, get out all nuts, bolts washers etc. etc. and match what you got with the parts list, I was fortunate it was complete. Matching the bolts with a different type would be hard. Get out your box end wrench set, borrow a friends or use a good crescent wrench, use a 3/4 inch & 11/16 inch box for the large bolts, the tool provided is a joke for assembling the item but OK later to check for tightness. Provided Allen wrenches work well. Assemble per instructions they are precise. Adjusting the belt takes some getting use to so work slowly it will finally be running in the middle, patience with this is a must!!!
I have lower back problems and walk 4.6 miles per day, nearly 61 years old and missed 32 days last year and wanted something to use when the weather does not permit walking, this fits the bill. CAUTION, you are going to be using muscles that you do not use when just walking. It's very much like loading a U-Hall truck walking up the plank, the next day you'll really feel the new muscels being used, don't think this is tit for tat like walking, start a little at a time and build up your strength and muscels or you will burn yourself out quickly.
I also put 2 like bricks surrounded with foam rubber under the back end to level it out even more, when starting out grab the handles firmly and hold on b/c until you get use to the thing you can fall pretty easily. Support yourself when getting on to start walking & slowly getting off to make adjustments. The belt adjustments are tricky at first just take your time. Wear good walking shoes so as to have a good grip to the belt. I know exactly how long the 4.6 miles take so I have not even used the electronic distant device, my legs tell me, walking 4.6 miles takes me exactly 1hr 20 min so far I'm up to 20 min on the treadmill, it's work!! Why did I buy it? The pavement doesn't move for me and I didn't want all the bells and whistles with an electric treadmill, just a lot more things to go wrong and a good one costs 2k+!!! Most people want devices to work for them, the pavement works against you when you walk so I wanted something that would make me work not the other way around. Oh, buy the silicone belt spray you'll need it very soon.
If this treadmill wears out in a year I can just about buy 7 years of these for 1 top electric treadmill and get a lot better workout.
Happy walking and take your time getting use to it!!!!!
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)I just got this treadmill and I love it. I researched motorized treadmills quite a bit. I wanted a really quality treadmill. I have had a cheaper treadmill before and I realize that for a really good motorized model you need to spend over $1,000 for one that will last. I decided to wait a while to buy once since I didn't have that much money just lying around. Then I happened to find out about manual treadmills, so I did some research on them. I remembered using one years ago in the gym of an apartment complex I lived in. I found out that manual treadmills actually give you a much better workout than a motorized one because you are powering it yourself and you are walking or running on a slight incline. Manual treadmills are much better for toning your legs, butt and hips than a motorized treadmill. I read all of the reviews of various models and finally decided on this one. I got it and put it together very quickly. I walked on it for a few minutes, like the instructions suggest, and found it needed to be slightly adjusted. After I got it adjusted so the belt wouldn't move from side to side I did an actual workout on it. Recently I have been doing the same walking/running workout outside in my neighborhood and also on my brother's motorized treadmill. Doing my usual workout on this treadmill worked me out harder than the other two methods. I really like the monitor that tracks the time, speed, distance and calories and it seems very accurate, other than the calories. Figuring out how many calories you are burning depends on how much you weigh and how much muscle tone you have, so I would not count on the calorie counter for being very accurate. I like the fact that when it's folded up it takes up very little room. It does take a little getting used to compared to walking on the ground or on a motorized treadmill, but once you figure it out it is a great workout. I would highly recommend this treadmill.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than i expected,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)I knew I was purchasing an inexpensive piece of equipment and I expected it to have some quirks, but I was surprised!! I initially bought this to walk on while watching tv so that I could waste my time wisely, but am now using it more often than I thought I would be. Thie silicon spray is a must! It helps to keep the machine working at its best. I am short 5'2" and find that if you are walking on the treadmill you need to have at least one hand on so that you dont start running!! But if you want to run it goes at your pace and is very stable!! It is also very compact adn easy to put together!! I did it myself in my PJ's!!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply simple,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)Had a little trouble getting the darn thing, was sent the first time without the hardware, but as usual Amazon handled the whole problem with no problems had the bad one picked up the new one delivered. It calls for two people to put it together but I did it by myself....and I'm a 60+ female. Works very well. I'm very pleased with it, for the money you can't beat it.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased!,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)We weren't sure the manual was the way to go, since we are in our 60's and had used electric treadmills in the past. We love it...it folds up and is moved out of the way easily, the belt was simple to adjust and we find ourselves using it daily. Our son is over 6 feet and has to bend a bit to use it, my husband and I are between 5'5" and 5'10" and for us it's perfect. It's not as noisy as I expected and I often watch tv while using it. I feel wonderful all day after getting my morning exercise and have lost pounds in the process!
We get a much better workout using this treadmill than using an electric, but it's not so hard that we feel over-worked. It's very sturdy, we saved quite a lot of money with the manual, we get the exercise we needed without the pollen count or bad weather, it was simple to put together and adjust, it's easily manageable and moveable...what's not to like! We are very happy with our purchase!
82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time if you're serious about getting in shape.,
This review is from: Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill (Sports)First of all, I'd like to thank Amazon for such a good (though a little confusing at first) return policy. I didn't have have to pay return shipping for the 60 pound package, which was nice.
The Good: Sturdy construction. The only real gripe in this area is the tool included to adjust the belt tension strips and ruins after a few turns. I though it was the adjusting screws at first, but it was actually the head of the hex key that stripped.
The Bad: After 30 seconds on the machine, I could tell that I either needed to stop immediately or have back pains for the rest of my life. I don't have a bad back, at least not yet. The problem was the machine wasn't adjustable to my height. On this treadmill, you MUST hold on to the handrails unless you want to fall off. Because I had to hunch over to feel like I wasn't going to lose grip and fly off, I could feel muscles in my back start to tense. And it wasn't a good "oh yeah, feel the burn" kind of tense. Nay, it was the "oh crap I should have listened when they said to lift with my legs" kinds of tense. I'm fairly tall (6'2"), so if you were a tad shorter it might not affect you too much. I'd be careful, though.
I'd recommend a powered treadmill because the design of this machine requires you to keep running so you don't fall as the belt slips under your feet. That's what it feels like to me, anyway. If you're on a tight budget, I'd recommend either mapping out a nice route on Google Earth for a daily jaunt through your neighborhood. Or for those who just REALLY don't want to get out of the house, try looking into an elliptical machine. They start just a little more expensive but I think they're a smarter design. They're basically exercise bikes that you stand up for.
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