If you're anything like me, you often don’t have time to visit the gym regularly, but you really want an easy and cost-effective way to work out.
To solve this problem, a treadmill is a great option to help you stay on track with regular workouts.
Based on my review the Reebok ZR8 treadmill below this may be an excellent choice for you to get your health and fitness in order.
Most Helpful Buyer Review (Voted)
Its a treadmill which, has reasonable ratings on Amazon. I have also read reviews elsewhere and this particular model seems to be very high.
I love it, so far. Its quite easy to set up. It works quite quietly and you can use a pre-set programme or just do your own thing.
Very easy to operate. I've connected my MP3 player to it. The sound is very good. Overall I think this is a good bit of kit and very worthy of consideration if you are looking to buy a treadmill.
Highlighted Reebok ZR8 Treadmill Features
The Reebok ZR8 treadmill is designed to enable you to increase the intensity of your workouts gradually. Also based on my assessment below it is a definite step up from cheaper entry-level treadmills. Featuring:
- 2.0 HP motor with a speed range of 1-16km/h
- 12 electronic incline levels (with power electronic adjustment)
- Easy folding soft drop mechanism
- Quick speed/ incline handlebar controls and hand pulse measurement (pulse sensors)
- MP3 audio input for built-in speakers
- 24 preset programmes with 7 user-defined options (31 in total)
- 110kg maximum user weight
- Fantastic Warranty - Lifetime on Frame, and 10 years on motor
Speed and Computer
The ZR8 has 24 pre set workout programs, a top speed of 16 kph (very fast) and minimum speed of 1 km/h (good for rehab). All of which is easily more than enough for almost any workout intensity.
The 2.0 hp motor is powerful enough to manage almost any speed you want, and combined with the preset workouts offers a huge variety of pace and flat/ hill options to suit any training goals.
The control panel is very easy to use and has built-in speakers that you connect to via the audio cable included (no Bluetooth). They are decent speakers but if not super powerful if you really like to rock out to music during your runs.
That said, you really have to spend almost double the price to get top-end speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. I tend to use headphone anyway so this feature isn't such a big deal for me.
The Reebok ZR8 treadmill has 24 pre set incline levels all electronically powered so they can be adjusted during the run without having to get off the treadmill. This is a handy feature if you want to do some steep hill running with rest intervals in-between.
Most cheaper treadmills only have manual incline settings which means you have to stop your workout and get off the treadmill if you want to change the incline. This can be a real pain if you want to vary the incline during a workout.
Unlike many other treadmills, the Reebok ZR8 isn't too loud when being used. It has built-n deck cushioning and a large motor meaning engine noise and foot strikes are quieter than on cheaper treadmills.
So you can keep this treadmill in your bedroom to run early in the morning without disturbing other people in nearby rooms, or downstairs from the treadmill.
Maximum User Weight
The Reebok ZR8 treadmill can handle up to 110 kg (17 stone). This maximum weight range is more than the cheaper options that typically only support only 100kg, thanks to the zigtech cushioning system.
However if you are slightly over this weight and mainly plan on brisk walks you could comfortably use this treadmill at a higher weight due to its top-notch build quality.
Assembly and Dimensions
The Reebok ZR8 treadmill weights around 67 kg unboxed and 78 kg boxed. The key dimensions are:
- Fully assembled dimensions: 165 x 74 x 143 cm
- Folded dimensions: 102 x 74 x 143 cm
- Large deck running area: 126 x 41 cm
The running surface of machine is quite generous which makes it secure even for tall or large runners.
The Reebok ZR8 comes with a unique cushioning system. This gives additional cushioning on foot impact which helps protect your joints, and will allow you to recover quicker from your training sessions.
The treadmill comes ready-boxed in sections which are easy to assemble. Simply connect the rolling pins and following the simple directions given in the manual, it will soon be ready to use. As many of the parts are large it does help to have another person around when you're putting it together.
As with many of the better treadmills it does take up a little more space when folded up due to the larger running deck and more stable / solid frame.
Below is a short assembly video from Reebok on the (very similar) ZR9 treadmill to give you a sense of the effort involved.
Conclusion on Reebok ZR8 Treadmill Value
The Reebok ZR8 is an excellent choice for beginners and advanced runners alike - this is going to raise the heart rate! It has a noticeably better build quality and cushioning system than typical entry-level treadmills.
With its large running deck for versatile speed and incline, a powerful motor and many attractive commercial-grade features, you will definitely not regret investing in this treadmill.
If I was to nitpick it does not fold up as small as some treadmills (mainly due to being larger/better quality), and the built-in speakers could be better.
That said, for the price the Reebok ZR8 is amazing value and I highly recommend it.