No longer is it the workout you settle for at the gym when all of the elliptical machines are taken or the thing you leave semi-clean clothing on at home. So why is the treadmill suddenly in the running to be the MVP of fitness equipment?
So far, 2019 has been the year of the treadmill. Yes, the treadmill. In recent years, this piece of cardio equipment has had a major image overhaul.
Running Is a Great Workout
While fitness trends come and go— the treadmill is a classic. And there is a very specific reason for this. It is a highly effective workout. According to trainer, author, and podcast host Jennifer Cohen, “It’s the most popular and most effective piece of cardio equipment. You can get a lot of different workouts with a treadmill.”
It’s true—the treadmill offers a great variety of options that other equipment just doesn’t provide. You can run, jog, or walk, do it all on different inclines (which targets a lot of specific muscles), and change the intensity.
The treadmill offers a great variety of options that other equipment just doesn’t provide.
Thank You, Barry’s Bootcamp
Some of the treadmill’s resurgence can definitely be attributed to Barry’s Bootcamp. Founded in 1998, this trendy studio grew from one location in West Hollywood, California to over 40k people taking classes every single week. Barry’s has locations in 10 states and eight countries internationally. Barry’s made “boot camp” style classes a big trend everywhere. The fact that Ellie Goulding, Mandy Moore, David Beckham, and Harry Styles go to this studio doesn't hurt either.
While a treadmill workout used to be a solo effort, it’s now become a popular group fitness class. For example, with three locations in New York City, the Mile High Run Club has four different classes plus recovery.
On the West Coast, Stride, in Pasadena, is Southern California’s first group running studio with several treadmill-based classes including a walking program.
FITMIX, which has two locations in Los Angeles, doesn’t offer running-only classes, but a signature program that combines a treadmill workout with Pilates.
Peloton Gets in the Game
Peloton, known for their indoor spin bike, released a treadmill in 2018. There are currently up to six classes per day available to stream live as well as an on-demand library. Peloton’s Tread has a large 32-inch touchscreen display and features a soundbar designed to give the user a more immersive experience.
But this piece of equipment doesn’t come cheap. The Tread starts at $4,295 for the most basic package and requires a monthly membership fee of $39, which gives access to all of Peloton’s content. However, 0% APR financing is available through Affirm so the price can be as low as $179 per month for 24 months. While this isn’t exactly a steal, it’s far less expensive than a trainer. It also may be a more practical choice for people with busy schedules or children.
For those who don’t want to invest in a Tread, Peloton’s offers a digital membership for just $19.49 per month. This platform has live, as well as on-demand, video and audio workouts.
But, Peloton isn’t the only game in town. Studio, which is an app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, is another option. This audio-only program even has a leaderboard for both treadmills and outdoor running. Classes range from 10 minutes to an hour for a variety of levels with new content available daily. Membership is $14.99 per month or just $99 per year.