For years, high-capacity treadmills 400lb+ have been priced at well over $1k, which is out of reach for most of us. Thankfully, Exerpeutic are a company that has finally filled this gap in the market and released an affordable high capacity treadmill.
The Exerpeutic T1000 is currently the only affordable high capacity treadmill on the market. Still, the good thing is it’s been built by a company that has many years of experience in building quality home cardio gear for people with health concerns and the elderly.
Yes, the Exerpeutic hasn’t just been designed for overweight users; they have also designed it with seniors in mind.
The extra-long support bars, the low step-on height, and easy-to-use monitor are all features that appeal to seniors. And the fact that it has a 400lb weight capacity makes the Exerpeutic T1000 Treadmill referring to an even wider market.
Today we’re going to take a close look at this thoughtfully designed treadmill, we’ll consider all the pros and cons of the entry-level T1000 treadmill, and hopefully, by the end of the review, you should have a pretty good idea if the T1000 is the right treadmill for your cardio needs.
First, let’s take a quick look at the product specs!
Product dimensions – 51.2 x 32 x 63 inches
Weight – 120lb
Speed – 0.5 – 4mph
Folds for storage
Motor – 1.5HP
Weight capacity – 400lb
Running belt size – 16″ X 43.3″
Why Do We Like The Exerpeutic T1000?
This treadmill’s best feature has to be the 400lb weight capacity; there’s no other treadmill in this price range that can boast such a high weight capacity.
What’s great about an affordable high capacity treadmill is, it’s going to allow people who wouldn’t usually be able to afford a high-end, high-capacity treadmill to workout at home. So many people are now going to take action and reap the benefits of cardio fitness at home.
Yes, it’s just a walking treadmill with a top speed of 4mph, but you can still burn a ton of calories walking on treadmills, and it’s not all about calories either; regular exercise will increase your lung capacity, improve cardiovascular health, lower your blood pressure and build your leg muscles.
Protect Your Joints
Another reason I like to use a treadmill is that it protects my joints as walking or running outside on hard surfaces puts a lot of unneeded stress on the joints. A treadmill such as the Exerpeutic T1000 comes with built-in deck cushioning, which takes up to 40% of each stride’s impact.
Deck cushioning protects your joints and allows you to walk for longer periods and recover faster from your workout.
Simple – Easy To Use Monitor/Control Console
This is an entry-level treadmill, so don’t expect gym quality and a ton of workout features or HD screens. Most treadmills in this price bracket, including the T1000, provide basic monitors that track all your usual workout data such as speed, time, distance, and pulse.
Simple monitors aren’t always a bad thing, heck they are much easier to use than the advanced monitors, and I know that many people who spend lots of money on a treadmill with an advanced monitor end up never using half of the features.
So, yes, basic is sometimes better when it comes to monitors; you can get on and get going with your workout without having to spend an hour trying to work out how to use the thing.
And at least the T1000 comes with built-in pulse sensors; the nice thing about this is that they are conveniently positioned on the handlebars, plus there’s a second set of speed buttons which can also be adjusted from the handlebars, a handy feature as it saves you having to lean forward in the middle of your workout to adjust the speed settings.
I always recommend when purchasing a treadmill to look for one with an incline feature; why? Because incline workouts bring an extra challenge to your cardio sessions.
Walking at an incline will work different sets of muscle groups compared to walking on a flat surface.
When walking at an incline, you will work those hard to train muscles such as your calves, hamstrings, and glutes.
Also, incline workouts burn a whole lot more calories than walking on a flat surface up to 3 times more, so not only are you strengthening and training your glutes, hamstrings, and calves, you’ll be burning a load of calories while you are at it.
If this is your first treadmill or you havent exercised regularly for a while, I’d leave incline workouts for a few months until your fitness levels have improved, then you can move on to incline workouts and set some new workout goals!
Deck Size/Running Belt
The deck size of your treadmill determines who can use the machine and for what. While the running deck size of the Exerpeutic T1000 walking treadmill is short in length so only suited to walking, it is nice and wide, which is important.
Wide running decks are what we see on treadmills in our local gyms, so it was impressive to see a 20″ width running belt featured on the T1000 treadmill; wide running decks allow you to feel comfortable when walking on the treadmill. They are also safer as the risk of stepping off the machine when exercising is much less.
As we mentioned, this is a short running belt at 40″. A belt this length can only be used for walking or fast-paced walking. Even fast passed walking may cause issues for people over 6’1″.
Compact – Easy To Store
With a length of just 51,” the Exerpetuic T1000 treadmill is compact when we compare to others on the market, even when unfolded this thing isn’t going to take up much room.
Still, if you live in an apartment, a folding treadmill is sometimes a must. Thankfully this treadmill folds for storage. Folding to almost half its original length.
Users mentioned the Exerputic T1000 is surprisingly easy to fold and can be done with one hand. Once folded, you can roll it on the integrated transport wheels to store in the corner of a room.
Low Noise Treadmill
The T1000 is a walking treadmill, so it doesn’t come with a powerful motor. Instead, it is equipped with a 1.5Hp motor.
Don’t worry, 1.5HP is easily enough power for your walking cardio sessions, but because of its low power, it is quiet when in motion, which is a good thing, as when coupled with the deck cushioning, you get an almost silent treadmill. Quiet enough to watch TV while you exercise.
Long cardio sessions can be boring, and if, like me, you need something to take away the monotony of long workout sessions being able to watch TV while you exercise and not be disturbed by the sound of the machine is a big help.
Extra Long 18″ Handlebars
As I mentioned earlier, the T1000 comes with extra-long handlebars, and at 18″, they are twice as long as standard treadmill support bars. Not only is this great for seniors to give support and a confidence boost to use the machine, but long handlebars are also great for anyone who needs that extra support when walking.
The low step-on height makes getting on and off the treadmill easier, and the wide running deck will also contribute to the overall safety of using the machine.
If you have been after a treadmill that provides a safe walking experience, the Exeprutic is one of the best-equipped machines on the market.
Affordable high capacity treadmill
Easy to assemble – most of the treadmill comes pre-assembled
Long support rails
Wide running belt similar to commercial machines
Folds for easy storage
2 level manual incline
Easy to use monitor
To Sum Up
Exerpeutic has done it again with their T1000 Treadmill; they have produced a treadmill that will help many people get back into fitness. This thing is packed full of useful features such as a manual incline, long handrails, easy to use monitor, and a large 400lb max capacity.
Okay, the T1000 walking treadmill is a long way off commercial-grade; still, you won’t find another treadmill for the price that can offer you a 400lb max capacity.
The only drawback of the T1000 is the short running belt. The belt size is fine for walking, but in the future, when your fitness levels improve, you may want to jog on the machine, and this will not be possible with such a short belt; it’s something to keep in mind when deciding on any walking treadmill.
If you are sure you’ll only need a treadmill for walking, then yes, the Exerpiutic T1000 is an excellent choice for both seniors and people who need a treadmill with a high weight capacity.