Treadmills Upstairs

advice on setting up treadmill

19 messages
22/11/2005 at 16:38
Hi, I'm a beginner and I have just purchased a Carl Lewis MOT25 treadmill(it seems OK but I'd like to hear any opinions on it). I live in a 4 bedroom semi-detached relatively new build which seems to have a good structure. I have the treadmill upstairs in a good size bedroom but have heard scare stories from people but have had no real concrete advice.
-Is it ok to have this upstairs?
-Does it affect the structure/beams?
-What kind of mat would you recommend to reduce noise?
Any advice would be appreciated.
22/11/2005 at 19:20
I have my tready upstairs, and it's a heavy one too (100kg). I have got it straddling, lengthways, a brick dividing wall though. If I was you I'd try and position it as close to a downstairs wall as possible, better still - on top of one. I haven't had any cracks in the ceiling and it's been there for 2 years now.
22/11/2005 at 21:08
I have mine upstairs in a 2 year old house. Not had any problems with cracks in kitchen ceiling below, but noise is a bit irratating for anyone in the room below.

I have the treadie on a non-slip mat, on carpet....heavens only knows what the thud-thud-thud would be like without it!

I'm in a detached noise travelling next door is not an issue. Suspect it could be in a semi though.

How heavy is the treadmill? It was a bl**dy nightmare getting mine up the stairs.....
22/11/2005 at 21:27
Had mine upstairs for 18 months now, no problems so far.....apart from lugging it up the stairs, shall NOT be doing that again!
22/11/2005 at 22:52
Put it wherever you like................ then go outside and run in the freash air :-)
22/11/2005 at 23:22
i think we discussed the science of this on a thread somewhere

there's more pressure from a stilletto heel than there is from a treadmill, because the weight is spread widely on a treadmill

i agree vibration could be a prob though

and noise

but you get that a bit anyhow

mine's downstairs on carpet and seems ok
23/11/2005 at 09:40
Thanks for the comments, that has set my mind to rest. The thing was really heavy to get up the stairs and I nearly did myself an injury getting it shifted. That would have been a great start to the new fitness regime. So if it's Ok structurally it's really only the noise and vibrations to sort out, which means getting a good mat. Cheers again.
23/11/2005 at 13:04
random question for EP (and anyone else with treadmill in garage).

did you manage to get your home contents insurance to cover your treadmill in garage? when i phoned my insurance company, they told me they would cover it in the house, but wouldn't cover it in the garage, and there is a maximum for contents in garage which we already exceed anyway due to lots of petrol driven garden tools etc.

(not telling you where i live because now you know my treadmill is uninsured you will all come round with a big van and nick it!)

actually was worried less about someone nicking it and more about water leaks and stuff.
23/11/2005 at 21:16
how many people wearing stilletto's stand in the same place for two years ?

most of the treadmills i've seen rest on feet giving an average four contact points.
23/11/2005 at 21:31
yeh pony
but the feet are fairly wide and widely spaced

have you seen the tip of a stilletto?

23/11/2005 at 21:38
...or tried walking in stilettos? Standing still is easier :-)
23/11/2005 at 21:40
23/11/2005 at 21:41
apparently the stilletto exerts 1600 psi

so if we knew the weight of this treadmill

we could work out the psi for it too
23/11/2005 at 22:08
Yeah, but it can't weigh more than a few hundred pounds, surely. That's going to be loads less pressure than a stiletto heel.

23/11/2005 at 23:26
dont forget treadie + weight of runner.

upstairs = floorboards are we agreed

my bed on boards = 4 dents in floor to a depth of approx 4mm

I agree that this treadie appears to have a wide contact area.

anyway easy answer.. put the tradie on top
of a piece of MDF or plywood a bit bigger than the'll spread the load and stop it marking the floor.
24/11/2005 at 10:34
and maybe a rubber treadmill mat under that to reduce vibrations
24/11/2005 at 10:35
an elephants foot only exerts about 100psi

because it has wide feet
and there are usually at least two feet on the ground when walking

whereas we have one at a time

so in theory...elly could come in to

but you wouldn't necessarily want an elephant in the house

24/11/2005 at 10:36
(especially not on the treadmill)
24/11/2005 at 12:52
Anyone tried running on a treadmill upstairs whilst wearing stillettos???

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