Ultra High Torque Motors with Flywheels
Sole treadmills use heavy-duty, high-torque motors with zinc-coated balanced flywheels. The flywheels help the motor to run cooler with less amp draw.
This helps to extend the life of your motor and, ultimately, your treadmill.
Sole is well known for their Cushioning system. CushionFlex was shown in a study to reduce impact on your joints by up to 40% (versus road running).
This make these treadmills a great option if you’re prone to shin splints or joint pain. Runners will also like the extra cushioning protection with these treadmills.
Highly Stable Folding Frame
Because of the nature of their design, folding treadmills are generally not as stable as non-folding treadmills.
However, Sole designed a unique horseshoe-folding frame especially for the hotel environment that makes their folding units just as stable as their non-folding models.
Speed and Incline Control on Side Handrails
Sole treadmills are known for putting speed and incline buttons on their side handrails (as well as the console). This is handy for making on-the-fly changes without reaching up to the console (which can throw off your stride).
These treadmills come with bright blue backlit consoles, which make it easy to see your workout stats. There’s also a scrolling message board which will lead you through setting up your workout.
Also these consoles come equipped with console fans to keep you cool – and iPod docks to listen to your favorite workout music.
So those are some of the main benefits of Sole Treadmills. Are there any drawbacks?
Well, Sole treadmills have stagnated a bit. Sole has not updated their treadmills in a couple of years now. That means that other brands are starting to catch up to them – and may possibly be passing them in the near future.
Whenever we use a product it is always advisable to have an idea about the working and the different parts that go into that product especially exercise equipment. Improper use of exercise equipments can lead to injury and stress problems in future. Also with a treadmill around the possibility of you having to do some maintenance and repairing also arises. For good maintenance and small repairing jobs you should be familiar with the various parts that are found in the treadmill. Through this short article we intend to shed some light on the main parts that make up your treadmill so that you can have knowledge about your treadmill and its working.
From the outside, a treadmill looks to be very simple in construction. You have a walking belt that keeps moving and you just have to stand on top and run to a specific speed that you would set. But it is not a simple piece of construction. The major part of a treadmill is its motor and the drive mechanism. A treadmill is gauged only by the performance of its motor and drive mechanism. There can also be two motors present in a treadmill – one for driving the treadmill belt and one for the incline. There are also various types of drive mechanisms that you will see in the treadmills of today.
The motor that is used in a treadmill are usually DC motors. The motors will vary in size depending on their output and construction. It is not true that bigger the motor the more the power output. Technology has grown so much over the years that even a decent sized motor can churn out enough power as a much bigger motor. The most common motor used is a 24 frame DC motor. But treadmill motors are known to be noisier than other motors. This is because it is enclosed in such a constricted space and the construction is such. But lately there have been many treadmill motors available in the market that is very silent.
The other important part is the drive mechanism for the walking belt. There are chain drive mechanisms and also belt drive mechanisms. The chain drive mechanisms earlier used to be chain driven but the newer treadmill models use only the belt drive mechanism. Motor drive belts are vital in transferring the power that comes out of the motor to the walking belt. If the drive belts are not installed properly then the treadmill will feel sluggish no matter how powerful your treadmill motor is.
Many treadmills have the option of inclination settings. Such treadmills will have another motor for adjusting the inclination and also a gear system to raise and lower the walking belt for the required inclination. When the treadmill has two motors, the cost and the power consumption of the treadmill will be more than an ordinary treadmill. The treadmill walking belt is the area which faces the brunt of you exercise. It is the area which you use to walk or run on the treadmill. The walking belts in use nowadays are highly advanced to take up the assault it gets when being used and also are designed to reduce the impact on your knees and ankles while using the treadmills.
The outer frame of the treadmill is the part that you can hold on when walking or jogging slowly. However it is not advisable to hold on to the side frame while jogging at a faster speed. The side frame can also help you to regain your balance if you feel like you are losing your balance on the treadmill. It’s a safety cum functional part of a treadmill. The treadmills of today have a lot of electronics present in them.
The sophisticated electronics help you to know the speed at which you are walking, the calories you have burnt, your heart rate, time and distance covered and lots more. These electronic bits are hidden under the console and not visible to you. All that you can see is the fancy graphics and displays on the console.