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Fitnessclub 500W Folding Electric Treadmill Review

If I were just starting to work out at home, I would not buy a top-of-the-line treadmill.

Instead, I would look for the most basic treadmill that allows me to run, track my performance, and feel safe.

The Fitnessclub 500W fits that need perfectly.

Fitnessclub 500W Folding Treadmill Review

 

Fitnessclub 500W Treadmill Review

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Well-packaged
  • Easy to assemble
  • Space saving
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Poorly-written instructions
  • Doesn’t stay upright when folded
  • Fixed incline
  • Short and narrow belt
  • Unstable belt
  • A bit noisy

 

Features

Ease of Assembly

The Fitness Club 500W is a lightweight and simple machine. It only took me less than 30 minutes to set it up. However, I hope that its manufacturer will consider improving the assembly instructions as they weren’t that great.

I figured out how to assemble it, so they weren’t incredibly confusing, but they can definitely be better.

 

Multi-function Scan

It has an LED display screen that shows speed, time, distance, and calories so I can track my progress while working out. This is immensely helpful if you’re counting calories and using this treadmill to lose weight.

 

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Cushioned Deck

Its deck may not be as spacious as I would prefer it to be, but at least it has a cushioned deck for added comfort.

It also absorbs impact, reduces risk of injury, and makes it easier to get into running and walking after surgery.

 

Emergency Stop for Safety

Despite its low price, the Fitnessclub 500W gives prime importance to safety. It has a safety key which prevents injury by stopping the motor in case you step or fall away from the machine.

 

Design And Specifications

It runs on a 500W motor, which is just right for its size and intended functions. It is very lightweight at just 53 lbs. but feels as sturdy as its heavier counterparts. The maximum user weight is 250 lbs.

Its 39.75″ x 13.5″ runway can be uncomfortable for taller users. Aside from its limited space, the belt also tends to be unstable and can be quite noisy. The speed ranges from 1.0 km/hr to 10.0 km/hr.

 

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up and move around?

Yes. It is a basic treadmill that can be assembled in 30 minutes or less. It also has wheels for easy transportation and storage. However, it doesn’t firmly stay upright when folded. I suggest that you lean it against a wall and keep it away from kids.

 

Is it sturdy?

Despite being lightweight, I feel secure running on it. However, you have to keep the user weight limit in mind.

 

Does it incline?

It has a fixed incline of 6 inches.

 

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It can go up to 10 km/hr.

 

 

What is the weight limit?

The official weight limit is 250 lbs. However, it can be uncomfortable if you are near the 200-220 lb. mark.

 

Does it have cup holders?

Yes. However, they are too small for any standard cup or water bottle. They are good for holding smaller items such as keys or a face towel.

 

Other Options

Another electric treadmill below $200 is the Goplus Electric 800W. It almost has the same features but is more affordable and even has a more powerful motor.

On the other hand, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill costs more but it also has a more powerful motor and adjustable incline.

If none of the options above work for you, check out this list of our favorite cheap treadmills.

 

Fitnessclub 500W Folding Electric Treadmill:Conclusion

The Fitnessclub 500W is basic home treadmill perfect for you if you are looking for uncomplicated set-up, maintenance, and storage. You cannot expect too much from a treadmill at this price, but it can still do what it was made to do.

I recommend it for people who are purchasing a home treadmill for the first time and want to introduce a regular workout to their daily routine.

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Confidence Power Trac Pro Treadmill Review

Quite a lot of people have a tight budget, but still want to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise.

I am one of them and the Confidence Power Trac Pro helps me do just that.

It has pre-set workout programs, incline levels and quick-select speed settings to provide variation and intensity to my routines.

It’s also light and foldable, allowing me to save precious space.
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Confidence Power Trac Pro Review

Pros

  • Easy assembly
  • 12 Built-in fitness programs
  • 3 Incline options
  • 4 quick-select pre-set speeds

Cons

  • Vague manual instructions
  • Low motor power
  • Limited tread size
  • Feels shaky and unstable

 

Features

Adjustable Manual Incline

It has three incline levels at 5 degrees, 3.5 degrees, and 2 degrees. It is not automatic but the machine is really lightweight so that’s not a problem at all.

 

Quick-Select Speed Settings

I start at a really comfortable speed level but I like to go faster once I get warmed up. The Confidence Power Trac Pro can go from 0.6 mph to 6.mph.

Its quick-select option allows me to easily accelerate to 1.86 mph, 3 mph, 4.9 mph, 6.2 mph, and there are also other buttons for when I want to go beyond the pre-set speeds.

 

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12 Built-In Programs

The number and variety of programs included in its system is a major plus for me.

There are other, more expensive machines out there that have less than 5 pre-sets included which is absolutely terrible!

 

Others

  • Easy assembly which can be completed in less than 20 minutes
  • Emergency safety feature which automatically shuts off the machine in case of failure

 

Design And Specifications

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Some of the main considerations for purchasing a home workout machine are size and weight.

The Confidence Power Trac Pro is very compact and weighs just 52 lbs. It fits in small spaces perfectly, and it’s easy to maneuver.

Home treadmills also don’t need ultra-powerful motors. This one runs on a 600 watt motor which is good enough to power short, daily exercises.

The runway measures 14 by 39 inches. It may not be very comfortable for if you are near or more than 6 feet tall. The maximum user weight is 265 lbs.

You have the option to go as slow as 0.6 mph or run at 6.2 mph. This is enough for some brisk walking or light jogging.

 

F.A.Q.

What is the weight limit of this machine?

The maximum user weight is stated at 265 lbs, but it might be uncomfortable for those above 220 due to its compact size.

 

How complicated is the assembly?

Despite the vague set-up instructions, it is rather easy to assemble. It takes less than 20 minutes to figure out what goes where.

 

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Is the tread length comfortable for tall users?

While treadmills generally have no height limit, the Confidence Power Trac Pro could be uncomfortable if you are 6 ft tall or more and would naturally have longer strides.

 

Is it sturdy?

Due to its size, it can feel shaky and unstable. However, I can still do fast paced walking or light jogging.

 

Is the speed in kilometers per hour or miles per hour?

The speed reflected in the console is in kilometers per hour as opposed to the more common miles per hour reading.

 

What is the maximum speed?

The maximum speed is 6.2mph, although I do not suggest pushing such a small machine to its limit.

 

Is it quiet?

Yes. Designed to be used at home, it is silent enough not to disturb those watching TV or sleeping while you work out.

 

Other Options

An even more affordable alternative would be the Fitnessclub 500W Folding Electric Treadmill. It has better cushioning for your ankle and back, and better knee joint support.

We also have a list of best treadmills under $500 that you can check out here.

However, if you can add around $200 to your budget, you can opt for a Nordic Track T-Series Treadmill and get a more powerful motor, a wider tread belt, and deck cushioning.

 

Confidence Power Trac Pro Treadmill: Conclusion

Overall, the Confidence Power Trac Pro Treadmill provides good value for a home electric treadmill at its price.

With its easy folding design, 12 built-in fitness programs, 3 incline levels, and quick-select pre-set speeds, it can function effectively for those who are in need of an affordable, no-fuss exercise equipment at home.

Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Treadmill Review

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 is a great piece of home exercise equipment.

At a very affordable price, it is sturdy enough to provide a decent workout, and it is perfect for limited spaces as it can be folded and stored easily.

However, it has some drawbacks such as a bumpy track and an uncomfortable incline.

Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Treadmill Review

 

Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Review

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Foldable, easy to store
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Track does not glide smoothly
  • A bit noisy
  • Incline is fixed and too steep

 

Features

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I can make the most of my limited workout space with the Weslo CardioStride 3.0. When not in use, I can easily fold the deck and store it vertically in one corner. It has no wheels but it weighs just 60 lbs. so moving it around is still convenient.

 

Incline

Manual treadmills push me more than electric ones because I need to exert extra effort to propel the belt.

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 provides further resistance with its fixed incline of 15%. However this incline might be too much for some users.

It’s supposed to decrease the amount of stress on your joints, but I feel no difference with this incline. It just feels harder to run.

 

Easy-to-Read LCD

I can track my progress through the LCD screen.

It displays speed, time, distance, and calories burned. The screen is powered by 2 AA batteries.

 

Design And Specifications

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 is a light and compact manual treadmill which measures 46L x 23.23W x 48.5H inches. It has an average weight capacity of 250 lbs.

It has a powder coated steel frame which means that it’s sturdy enough to take whatever you want to throw at it.

I am also very particular with the hand grips of manual treadmills.

They need to be extra comfortable because I rest a lot of my weight on them,and constantly use them for balance. The hand grips of the Weslo CardioStride 3.0 are stable and covered with foam, which means that they’re perfect for me.

One of the letdowns of this treadmill is its tread belt.

Aside from limited space of 17 x 41 inches, it does not have cushioning so the impact with every step is strongly felt. In addition, it does not run very smoothly despite regular maintenance.

It comes with 90-day warranty for parts and labor, which is acceptable considering its price.

 

F.A.Q.

Is it manual or electric?

It works manually and is not motor-powered.

 

What is the maximum speed that I can go on it?

None. It is self-propelled so the user controls how fast the tread runs.

 

Can I run on it?

Yes but it will take more effort than on a regular electric treadmill.

 

weslo cardiostride inclineDoes the belt run smoothly?

The belt does not run very smoothly. It stops abruptly at times which makes it difficult to maintain a constant stride.

I then have to exert extra effort to get the tread belt to run again.

 

Is the incline adjustable?

No. It has a fixed incline of 15%.

 

Can it be stored under a bed?

No. It sits at an angle when folded and the handles extend upward. It would be too high to fit under a bed.

 

Other Options

It can be difficult to find a cheaper and better alternative to the Weslo CardioStride 3.0. However, the Best Choice Products Manual Folding Treadmill is a possible option. It costs just a bit more but the belt works better.

Another manual treadmill which you should consider is the Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill. For only $50 more, you can enjoy a quiet and smooth magnetic resistance with 8 adjustable levels, that provide multiple options for a challenging workout.

We also have a list of great affordable treadmills with plenty of alternative options.

 

Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Treadmill: Conclusion

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 is an affordable treadmill which can easily fit into small spaces. Its manual operation and 15% incline provide a challenging workout.

However, the same manual operation also contributes to its lack of smooth operation. Some also find its non-adjustable incline too steep. Overall, it still serves its function and is a good entry-level manual treadmill to consider.

Adidas Adizero MD 2 Spikes

Best Adidas Track Spikes (Updated For 2020)

Adidas is a very well known sports company that produces very high quality products.

How do you choose the best products when most of the spikes they make are great?

You test them of course!

That’s exactly what we did.

We went out and got our hands on as many Adidas track spikes as we could and tested all of them for comfort, quality, and speed on the track.

Here are our favorite 3 spikes for each running distance:

NameImageWeightBest ForPrice
Adizero Prime FinesseAdidas Adizero Prime Finesse Spikes4.6 ounces100m-400m$$$
Adizero MD 2Adidas Adizero MD 2 Spikes5.7 ounces400m-1600m$$$
Adizero Cadence 2.0Adidas Adizero Cadence 2 Spikes5.3 ounces1600m+$$$

 

Best Adidas Track Spikes: Quick Reviews

The Adizero Prime Finesses are the most versatile and comfortable sprinting spikes that Adidas make. It’s incredibly light and the frame supports the foot well while effective transferring the power from your foot to the ground.

Other spikes that we looked at (Adizero Accelerators) had frames that were too rigid and that’s not good for the 400 meter dash (and most people don’t like it for the 200m dash either).

The MD2s are the best spikes for running anything from the 400 to the mile. It’s not as light as the Finesses, but the shoe provides more support which is crucial if you’re running middle distance. The spike is very comfortable to wear and they’re very breathable.

The Cadence 2s are perfect for you if you run more than a mile. The MD2s can still be used for the 2 mile and the 5k, but we recommend getting the Cadence 2s as they are much more comfortable than the MD2s, and they provide more support because they’re basically road flats with spikes.

Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t

Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t Treadmill Review

The Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T is a mid-range treadmill that gives me a full body workout through its built-in programs, crosswalk feature, and incline options.

It is also easy to fold and store. However, it might not be sturdy and durable enough, which is unfortunately a natural by-product of its light weight.

Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t Review

 

Weslo Crosswalk Review

Pros

  • Crosswalk for upper body workout
  • Easy folding and storage
  • Incline options
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Some find it difficult to assemble
  • Some reports of damaged parts upon delivery
  • No backlight on LCD screen
  • No accessory for holding water bottle, book or smartphone/tablet
  • May not be sturdy enough
  • Quite noisy
  • Limited warranty

 

Features

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I purchased this treadmill primarily because I don’t always have the time to go to the gym.

I like that it maximizes my workout time by also targeting my upper body. It has movable handrails which I can adjust depending on my preferred resistance level.

However, there are times when the handrails seem unstable, and the arms workout isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be.

 

Comfort Cell Cushioning Technology™

This exclusive technology protects the joints by absorbing impact with each step. It also helps me maintain my balance while walking or jogging, which is helpful for us clumsy people. 🙂

 

4 Built-in Workout Programs

There are programmed workout options which I follow in rotation.

It keeps my workouts interesting and challenging – perfect when I lack motivation due to monotony. However, there are other treadmills within this price range that offer up to 13 workout programs.

 

Others

  • Thumb Pulse Monitoring System helps me keep track of my heart rate, although it can be difficult to keep my hand, much less my thumb in place as I walk or jog.
  • 2 manual incline options of up to 10%
  • Silver and black LCD screen which displays distance, speed, calories burned, elapsed time, and heart rate. However, one of my biggest disappointments is its lack of backlight.
  • Easy fold-up and storageweslo-crosswalk-5-2t-lcd-panel

 

Design And Specifications

The Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t Treadmill is powered by a 2.25 HP motor which enables it to operate smoothly. It measures 65 in L x 32 in W x 48 in H and has a 16 in x 50 in tread belt.

It can go as fast as 10 mph for a more intense and challenging workout. The maximum weight capacity is 250 lbs. However, its frame feels quite shaky and unstable so users around that weight level are advised to look for more sturdy alternatives.

It does not have a space to hold water bottles or smartphones/tablets which might be inconvenient for some users.

It provides only a 90-days warranty for parts and labor. This might say something about the manufacturer playing it safe. Most competitors offer longer warranties.

 

F.A.Q.

How easy is it to set-up?

Although not very complicated, setting-up can be a challenge for some. It should take two people and about 1-2 hours to completely assemble it.

 

Does it incline?

It inclines manually to 2 options, to a maximum of about 10%.

 

What is it ideal for, walking or running?

I recommend it for walking and light jogging. The maximum speed is 10 mph, although I feel a little bounce as I get halfway there. Heavier users may have problems running at full speed.

 

What are the upright handles for?

The upright handles are for working out arms and shoulders. They can be adjusted to provide different resistance levels. They can also be completely tightened so they stay put if I opt not to use it.

 

Is it quiet?

Its motor produces a significant noise when in use.

 

Does it have shelves?

No. It does not have accessories to hold water bottles, books, or smartphones/tablets.

 

Alternatives

The Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T can be attractive mainly due to its price and it’s the second treadmill on our affordable treadmills list.

However, there are a lot of better alternatives if budget is not a concern. We recommend saving up for a more reliable treadmill like the LifeSpan TR1200i.

It may cost twice as much but at least you get a more spacious running belt, 21 exercise programs, a data-saving feature which enables you to view your exercise progress from your computer or smartphone, and lifetime warranty on both the frame and motor.

If reliability, performance, and price are major considerations, the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 may also be a good option. While cheaper by about $100, it is easier to assemble, more quiet, has a lit LCD, and longer warranty coverage.

 

Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t Treadmill: Conclusion

There are better alternatives than the Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill. Of course, they do cost a bit more. This is a great option for the price, but its promise of a full body workout is outweighed by all the negatives that come with it.

Being lightweight works to its disadvantage because it has less stability and durability. Combine that with a lack of bottle holders and a limited warranty, and this treadmill becomes less attractive. If you are on a budget, it is a great option. But if you can afford to pay more for a higher-quality model, you should do that.