Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill
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- Modern new design is compact, sleek and attractive
- Running area measures 17-inches x 45-inches
- 2-watt audio speakers with input jack
- Contains thumb pulse heart-rate monitor
- Spacious enough to accommodate most walking and jogging strides
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Here it is - the future of home treadmills! The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Folding Treadmill with Speakers is a sleek and modern design that looks great in the home. Arrives fully assembled in a carton - just unfold, plug in, and go! No assembly is required! The SG model offers the bonus feature of built-in audio speakers to connect with your own music source. When your workout is through, the Evolve SG's innovative design folds down to 59" by 10" allowing for easy storage under a bed, behind furniture, or upright in a closet.
Whether your goal is to win races or simply enjoy a fuller, healthier lifestyle, the Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill can help you attain it with its unique blend of convenience, comfort, and control. Designed to get you up and running fast, the Evolve SG requires no assembly, weighs only 99 pounds and is built around a sturdy pair of wheels. This makes it exceptionally easy to set up right out of the box, or move to the most convenient spot in your home or office on the fly. Once your workout begins its just as easy to monitor, modify and maintain your workout schedule with its simple console controls, a thumb pulse heart rate monitoring system, two workout programs (manual and weight loss) and built in speakers that let you to add some tunes to your workout when you plug in your MP3 or CD player. And after you are done your Evolve SG folds down to a very manageable 10 x 59 inches, allowing you to store it out of the way in the upright position against a wall, or horizontally underneath a bed.
- Ultra-compact design
- Folds to 10 inches high, stores vertically or horizontally
- No assembly required
- Motor: 1.5 CHP
- Running/Jogging Area: 17" x 45"
- Weight: 99-lb
- Belt Speed: 1 to 6 mph
- Standard Programs: 2 (manual, weight loss)
- LCD Displays: time, speed, distance, calories
- Display Color: Black with orange backlight
- Maximum User Weight: 250-lb
- Reading Rack: Yes
- Audio In: MP3 and CD players (via included audio adapter)
- Speakers: Yes
- Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes (via thumb heart rate button)
Frame - 10-years; motor - 5 years; electrical components, parts, and labor - 1 year
About Horizon Fitness
Horizon is part of Johnson Health Tech, one of the largest manufacturers of fitness equipment in the world. They are committed to designing, engineering, and manufacturing superior products for health clubs and homes. Horizon's manufacturing facilities rank among the most sophisticated in the industry, with an intricate mix of robotics and skilled workers that maintain the highest standards of accuracy and quality. Every stage of manufacturing has a testing phase and 10 percent of Horizon's products go through a rigorous quality inspection that includes completely taking them apart and reassembling them.
Walking is still considered one of the most beneficial cardiovascular exercises for people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels. As a fundamental form of aerobic training, walking has numerous physical benefits for the heart, lungs, and circulatory system, while also increasing muscle tone and burning fat calories. Treadmills provide a convenient way to regularly exercise in all weather conditions in the comfort and safety of your own home.
From beginners just starting an exercise regimen to advanced athletes looking to maintain their fitness level, anyone interested in getting and staying in shape can benefit greatly from regular use of a treadmill. Treadmills allow you to determine the pace, distance, and complexity of the workout based on your needs, all while watching television, talking on the telephone, or reading a magazine. Much easier on sensitive joints like the knees and hips, treadmill walking and running surfaces are typically long, padded platforms that allow ample room for a long stride and comfortable, low-impact walk or jog without the harsh contact of a concrete surface.
While many different types, styles, and price ranges of treadmills exist, many of them offer unique features like a fold-up design for easy storage, an electronic display monitor showing speed, distance, workout time, incline level, and burned calories, and EKG grip pulses to monitor the heart rate while exercising. Regardless of the simple to complex features you may choose, treadmills offer an array of aerobic exercise opportunities that will provide long-lasting beneficial cardiovascular results without a commute to the gym or a jog in the rain.
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But the electronics have been erratic from Day 1. All of the read-outs keep changing--due to excessive sensitivity to the user's hands on the bar (and as for the audio speakers, I decided they were useless the instant I heard them. So I've gone with various earphones, Bluetooth speakers (like Amazon's Echo w Alexa), and an Amazon Fire tablet). I was hoping the treadmill would stop treading, which would give me an excuse to spring for a new machine with a more padded surface, more and better electronic programs, an "incline" option, and quieter operation. I'm disappointed I haven't dropped ten pounds, but exercise, I've discovered, must be complemented by diet. I bought the machine after a heart attack and haven't had an recurrence since, so the machine has served its purpose.]
After using this for a couple of months, I raised my rating to 5 stars. This is one of the best purchases I've made, the only exercise machine that I look forward to using. You don't need all of the extra programs, bells and whistle to get your heart pumping and your sweat glands pouring. This device easily fits in our kitchen, opposite a countertop TV and JBL iPod speaker (much better than the built-in one with this or any other treadmill), and I've come to feel unready for the day ahead until doing my 30 minutes on the single automatic program. I've progressed from being able to walk at 3.5 mph to 4.5 mph and am feeling the overall aerobic benefits more each day. Now if I only had as much motivation to use Total Gym and all of the other neglected gadgets I've collected!
A treadmill (providing it has a motor) is the best exercise device you can own, and this one is certainly the "right" product if you've become discouraged after reading reviewers' stories of requiring 3 or more assistants to move their new treadmills to the basement. Or if you were contemplating a budget model until reading horror stories about its assembly, this may again be the ticket. It's compact and it's pre-assembled.
I wouldn't go so far as to call it "portable." It's the biggest piece of exercise equipment I've ever owned, and it's sufficiently heavy to make folding and unfolding seem like a chore. (I'm afraid that if I had to fold it up every night and stash it vertically behind a door or slide it under a bed, it would see too little use to be worth the investment.) Otherwise, it works just fine as a "walking" treadmill (runners would probably be better advised to look for a machine with a wider and longer belt). I'm no expert, but the belt seems smooth and quiet, the foundation solid, and the read-out and controls clear and user-friendly. The belt isn't quite as "cushioned" as those of more expensive machines, there isn't any fan for cooling down the walker, and the two speakers for an iPod or stereo MP3 player are, imo, simply too lame to be useful.
The actual "negatives" are few: 1. I wish the electrical connection was at the rear instead of the front of the machine and/or that the cord would be long enough (a couple more feet would do it) to reach the electrical outlet on the wall behind me (the instructions say don't plug the machine into a power strip, yet the length of the cord doesn't leave you much choice). 2. The otherwise helpful and clearly written instructions make no reference whatsoever to operation of the built-in stereo speakers, which may be understandable: the audio quality might be compared with a pair of cheap AM radio speakers. 3. Rather than waste the space, better there be an additional program, besides Manual and a single 30-minute automatic one.
Regarding a couple of other complaints: It's true that, once the machine has completed its program, you can't read your "progress" on the read-out, but if you simply press stop just prior to the end of the program, get off the machine for the last 10 seconds to jot down the reading, then press start again, voila--all of the settings are preserved). As for the heart rate monitor, unlike other users I've found it "somewhat" effective providing I remove my thumb from it every now and then. My problem is trying to determine what the heart rate numbers actually "mean" (the instructions provide an explanation that's ultimately unhelpful--remember, there's no way the user can "input" the statistics--like age and weight--that are essential to computing useful heart rate numbers). So best pick up a separate monitor (the treadmill's read-out was consistently 70-80, so I was shocked when, after purchasing the inexpensive Omron monitor, the number that came up was 145, just 5 beats short of my theoretical maximum!).
[Addendum (a cautionary): As mentioned, there is only one automatic program, which I didn't try until the 6th day. It's 30 minutes, with speeds varying from 2 mph to 4 mph (unlike Manual mode, it doesn't observe 10ths or even half-mile settings). I wasn't prepared for using the belt at 4 mph and it actually "body-slammed" me to the mat at this speed, which is probably the "break point" between extremely fast walking and jogging. Approximately a quarter of the auto work-out occurs at the higher speed (I have little use for "over-produced" treadmills, but it would be nice to have 2-3 more automatic programs, especially with circuit boards having become so miniaturized and inexpensive for manufacturers to install). Finally, you may wish to ignore the instructions advising you to do a stretching routine before using the treadmill. (I'm sure I would use the machine significantly less if I added that "psychological" barrier.) Warming up at 2 mph should be equally beneficial (just don't plan on drinking a cup of coffee while in motion--it's been tried.]
[Set-up: Not included in the manual but appended to the machine is a small ticket telling you to allow the machine to run for 60 minutes before first use. Take it seriously. If, like me, you missed it and find the belt too far to the right or left side, follow the instructions in the manual. Above all, be patient, or the belt will soon be too close to the other side. It requires 30 seconds or more for the effects of a quarter-turn adjustment by the user to be noticeable in the positioning/operation of the belt.]
For reference I am a 5'3 woman, decent shape.
Second, be prepared for the process of removing it from the box, which is of course by necessity larger than the machine. I managed to get it out after tilting it at various angles (so geometry came in handy finally) but in hindsight it might have been better to have two people instead of one removing it from the box.
Thirdly, you *must* lubricate the treadmill belt with an included lubricant. There's a great youtbe instructional video that shows you exactly what to do which was helpful. PLEASE NOTE: the treadmill belt has sharp edges, save yourself grief and injury by wearing long gloves to complete this step, I used long rubber Bella gloves.
Finally, it is a nice treadmill for light use, my entire goal for this thing was light, passive use while going through emails and getting derailed on tumblr (^_^) I would not run on this thing, it's too creaky, however other reviewers report no issues running on it.
TL; DR : Good treadmill, heavy, difficult to move, requires crucial treadmill belt lubrication which is a manual labor element.
About three weeks ago, I was on it for my thrice weekly speed walk and I noticed that the speed was increasing on its own. It would be at 3 mph (which is what I start out with) and I'd be walking and then it would just take off and I'd have to break into a run to keep up. The display panel did not indicate that the treadmill was running faster. This speed burst would last for 10-15 seconds and then the treadmill would resume normal operation.
I have taken great care of this treadmill, making sure the belt is lubricated and weekly taking the cover off and cleaning out any dust, wiping it down and keeping it in good order so I was pretty puzzled why this was happening. I thought maybe since I had my laptop plugged into the same surge protector as the treadmill that it was a current problem so I unplugged it and had the treadmill as the only thing on this particular circuit. The problem did not go away.
I read some fix it info online and someone suggested that the "sensor" might be dusty or dirty and that it was located under the motor so off I went to the toolbox to get a socket wrench. I removed the motor from the machine and didn't see any sensor under it but while it was out, I cleaned it thoroughly and checked all the wires for corrosion, fraying, breakage and everything looked fine. I did see a small wire that came out of the console and ended at a small plastic clip-like thing next to the belt that the motor connects to so I cleaned that thoroughly as well. All in all, I spent nearly 2 hours taking it apart and making sure everything looked intact.
I disconnected all of the connections to the motherboard and re-seated them, put it all back together and fired it up. Same issue. I figured I'd unplug it for a day or two and see if that would help. Yesterday, the same issue occurred.
Today when I got on it, I pressed the start button and after you do that you will hear three beeps followed by a ::click:: noise and then the belt starts going. When I pressed the Start button it took about 5 seconds after the beeping to hear the ::click:: and then the belt started moving slowly. Then, it stopped completely. I pressed the Stop button and hit start again and was able to walk for about 35 minutes at 3mph (I'm rehabbing so I can't do 4mph just yet) and thought maybe this was going to work out after all. But..... when I pressed the Stop button, there was no response from the treadmill. It kept going. Then about 15 seconds later I heard the click and it came to a dead stop with me still walking on it.
It is one month after the warranty has expired so it looks like I'm going to have to purchase a new treadmill. I was looking for parts for it online but the motor is about $200 and the motherboard is as well. Not knowing what is wrong, I'm not going to chance buying the wrong part and a service call would be just another added cost. Before you know it, I will have paid the cost of a new treadmill by then.
I ordered this treadmill to replace a manual one that I had because the manual one just didn't feel good to walk on. I have a small bedroom and a captains bed with drawers so storing it under a bed was not an option. I have limited closet space as well so I had to stand it up in a small area.
After measuring the space, I thought this treadmill would fit and it does just perfectly. I am not a believer that the videos showing people simply flipping the top off the box and rolling the treadmill away are legitimate. When I cut open the straps and took the cover off , the corners and sides of the box were reinforced with very heavy, unbendable cardboard inserts which was great and I'm sure protected the treadmill when it was tossed around a delivery truck.
The treadmill was covered in a combination of foam sheets and plastic and there were three styrofoam blocks in the box. The one in the center of the box lifted right off. I had to physically lift the end out of the box to take off the second one. The third piece was over the motor. The motor and wheels were tucked into the styrofoam so there is no way you can just roll the treadmill out. I had to lift one side and push the wheels out then do the other side. That probably look the longest amount of time and there was a lot of styrofoam snow around when I was finished.
Once out of the box, I had to move it to it's living space and getting there was tough. Since the wheels only allow for forward and backward movement, I had to slide it sideways through a channel about 12 inches wide. I put two Moving Men disks under the wheels and got it through with no problems at all.
I opened it up, attached the safety key and turned it on. I let it run for three minutes and noticed that the belt was off center. I adjusted it using the tool that came with it and after about two tries it was perfectly centered. I then allowed the unit to run at 1mph for 60 minutes as instructed.
Some people have said that you need to lube the deck when you get it. Others were told if they bought it new they didn't have to do this. I saw visible signs of lube on the board when I took it out of the box so I skipped that step.
My delivery experience was great even though the item arrived a day later than expected. Amazon used Pilot for my delivery and their tracking pages were updated in a timely way and I was able to schedule a date and time range online. They delivered towards the back end of the time range but that was fine. The delivery man was kind enough to carry the box up a flight of stairs and put it inside my apartment.
The reading rack is nice. I use a Kindle and an iPad to read while walking. Keep in mind though, that using the reading rack will probably block the display. I haven't had any issues with the heart monitor getting stuck but it definitely does not work. I am really only interested in setting it for a particular amount of time and then walking until it stops. I'm not sure what the storage compartment on the front is for. I suppose you could put a bottle of water in there sideways.
It is a bit of a chore to close it down and put it back against the wall but after doing it for a few days I got used to it. On my manual one, you lifted the running board up towards the console to close it up. This one, you don't flip up the running board towards the console in order to store it away; you pull the console part down and then lift the whole unit up.
The speakers are useless. They sound very tinny and have virtually no volume to them. I don't know why they even bothered. The retail price of the treadmill is certainly high enough to deserve better speakers than this.
The console choices are very few which is another unfortunate thing. With technology these days adding a few more electronic workout programs doesn't seem like it would add much to the price of this treadmill.
The Weight Loss option runs for 30 minutes and changes speeds on you. I can manage 3mph fine but at 4mph it's just too fast and I have to jog. Since I'm a beginner on this thing I don't want to do too much too soon. It's unfortunate that I'm stuck using manual until I get better.
The stickers that they adhere to several surfaces are gummed all the way through. Some manufacturers use only corner spots to gum a label so expect a lot of residue when you remove these. The treadmill looks a lot nicer without them and expect to use a little elbow grease even if you use Goo Gone to get the sticky stuff off once the labels are removed.
Now, a small rant: I do not understand why small/compact equals inexpensive to these companies. I would have paid $1k for a compact treadmill with a nice array of workout choices on the electronic panel. The manufacturers of these treadmills seem to overlook the fact that there are millions of people that live in apartments and just don't have room for a regular size treadmill. That market needs the features of the better treadmills and the footprint of this one. This exact treadmill with more workout options and a quality pair of speakers would serve an untapped market. For now though, I love this treadmill and use it every day. I gave it four stars because of the lousy speakers and two workout options.