Category: Treadmills

The Fitness Academy take a look at the new Sole F80 treadmill in the Eric Fitness Facility.

Update for 2016-2017: I’m working on a new site layout and at the same time I’m also going back and improving my most popular posts on this blog. My F80 review from August 2015 continuous to be one of my top 3 most popular posts all time. That’s why I will publish a much more in-depth review and report of this best selling treadmill. Please send me your thoughts on what should go into this new and improved assessment of the Sole Fitness F80.

The folding treadmill frame design for the Sole F80 came up as a result of hotel demand for treadmills that are mobile like the room service carts but also strong and stable. It’s the little sister to our slightly older running machine, the Sole F85 treadmill. Therefore, whether you intend to purchase it to use in your home or in a hotel room, you will have an opportunity to enjoy both worlds. With the equipment, you will run up to 6 preset programs, 2 personalized workouts schedules and 2 heart rate programs. The equipment has other additional features which include large stop switch, low profile running hood and starts at a speed as low as 0.5 MPH. some additional features include speed and incline controls on arm rests and cooling fans.

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Its console features a vibrant user friendly display. It displays a wider range of information at all times which include the time, the distance you have traveled, the incline, speed, calories you have burned, pace and the pulse rate. It also consists of a ¼ mile track feature and valley and peak graph for various programs. The console also comes with some speakers that allow you to connect your mp3 player or ipod to easily listen to your favorite music while still working out. N.B. The Sole F80 is NOT a treadmill desk.

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The Sole F80 Treadmill Product Description

SOLE engineering team focuses on basic design and the product’s durability for all their product, including the Sole F80 Treadmill. The product features pinion system and gear rack with safety lock deck design which locks the deck in place when the treadmill is in upright position. The product also comes with easy assist folding deck design a unique feature that allows you to release the deck. After releasing the deck, you don’t have to do anything else. The deck unfolds itself easily while you watch.

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The treadmill also features convenient controls. Because most users desire to have freedom of increasing speed and inclining faster, the display has quick speed and incline buttons along the Sole F80 treadmill LCD sides which makes it convenient, easier to control and you can also easily maintain your workout (for more Sole F80 pictures click here).

It has a cushion flex whisper deck which is a differentiated design to any form of treadmill currently in the market. The deck provides users with comfortable and quiet workout and also reduces the impact up to 40%. This reversible deck is similar to that used in the commercial grade models. It is wax lubricated meaning that there is no overwork on the motor while in use.

The treadmill has a precision welded frame which ensures its durability.

The frame is able to handle multiple users of different heights and weights. The manufacturer includes the LCD console display with an aim to make your workouts easier and also more effective. It is a vibrant blue screen with clean readouts which offers you helpful data including the speed, the heart rate, pace, the calories you have burned and some other important information.

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The model also features a message board or an alphanumeric text center that continuously send scrolling information to the user aiming to guide them through every workouts detail. To set up the user profile workout, you only need to push the user profile button and the message board will guide you through the other steps.

The treadmill also features high torque motors that have flywheels. The flywheel causes the treadmill to run cooler with minimal amp draw and also extends the life of the motor. The Sole F80 treadmill flywheel also offers you a starting speed of 0.5MPH. In addition, the treadmill is also heavier therefore offering you a fluid motion.

The Academy Lists the Product Features

  • It has a Powerful and quiet 3.5 continuous horsepower motor
  • This equipment has a Low profile running hood which prevent your feet from hitting the belt’s front edge
  • The treadmill is known for its precision welded frame specifically made for a long lasting machine
  • It has a double woven 2 ply belt which feature a 1” cushion flex whisper deck which provides the user with comfortable and quiet workouts while minimizing the impact to 40% as compared to exercising on asphalt.
  • The f80 treadmill has 10 core preset workouts- 6 standard, 2 heart rate and 2 user defined
  • The sole f80 also has a valley/peak graph and ¼ mile track feature to allow different workouts
  • It has a larger 7.5 inches LCD monitor which allows easier review of the workout information including speed, time, incline, distance you have traveled, the calories burned, the pace and the pulse rate.
  • This treadmill has faster adjustment controls situated on the arm rests to allow better control of the workout intensity
  • In addition, it has an integrated message board which guides your through the workouts
  • It has hand pulse grips and wireless chest strap that monitor your heart rate during the entire workout schedule
  • The f80 treadmill has a large start and stop switches, and emergency safety switch. It also offers a lower profile running hood.
  • It has a Built in speaker system featuring a 2 way cable mp3 or ipod player connection
  • Its folding deck design and the transport wheels facilitate easier movement and simple deck release for storage to keep it out of the way when not in use.
  • It has a patented safety lock design that allows you to securely lock deck in place.
  • he manufacturers warranty includes lifetime deck, motor and the frame, 5 years wear items and electronics and 2 years labor.
  • It’s Model: F80-2013
  • The Maximum user capacity: 375 pounds
  • The Display: 7.5 LCD with blue backlit
  • The Motor: 3.5 CHP
  • Speed levels: 0.5-12 MPH
  • Rollers: 2.75 rollers which feature copper ground wires and sealed bearing to reduce static

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The Sole F80 Treadmill Pros and Cons

  • Strong and quiet 3.5 CHP motor
  • A spacious running surface
  • It is music friendly
  • It has a custom flex shock absorption whisper deck
  • It has a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor and deck
  • Easy assist folding system that facilitate easier storage
  • This treadmill is a great alternative to track running

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Cons That We Have Notice

  • It is foldable although it is not very portable due to its weight-265 pounds
  • It has a low number of preset workouts programs

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Eric Fitness Facility Sole Treadmills Verdict

Sole treadmills and the Sole F80 is among the most bought treadmills in the market today, and this mostly when you consider its price, features and quality.

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For $1.499, you will get a standard treadmill offering spacious running space, a durable frame and which feature custom shock absorption on its deck. Acquiring this equipment will ensure you get reasonable value for your money. It has the latest features that you need for your training and its also durable. There are many places where you can buy new, and used, Sole treadmills to a reasonable price, here is a write-up of different alternatives where you can buy your own Sole F80.

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Many people are now aware of the benefits of regular exercise and healthy eating, here we take a look the health benefits of running on a treadmill. The usual mode of exercising is running outdoors; however, for people who are limited in space or area to run or who is recovering from a physical injury, treadmill training is the way to go. Just beware that Treadmill training should probably not be your sole training from.

This article has been updated to reflect our latest opinions and views on running and health.

Last updated: 21/8/2015.

Treadmills are one of the many indoor exercise options that can provide a venue for walking or running. Treadmill training health benefits are of a wide range, especially if you’re not able to exercise outdoors.



Different Health Benefits From Treadmill Training

Even if running on a treadmill is your sole fitness routine, your health benefits are excellent. These are some of the most commonly discussed health benefits that comes from a solid running routine.

1 Friendly to the Bones and Muscles

Many perceived that running wrecks your joints; however, the biggest risk factor for osteoarthritis besides age is your body weight.

Running or walking on a treadmill adds density to your bones. It supports the cartilage; therefore, increasing the flow of oxygen that flush out toxins. It also strengthens the ligaments around your joints without putting too much strain on them than running on hard pavement or the road. Furthermore, adjusting the treadmill to an incline position will help improve toning of your legs and buttocks.

2 Good for the Heart (According To Sole Fitness)

Treadmill running lets you move the major muscles in your hips, arms and legs, which will make your heart rate and breathing increase, every decent treadmill, such as the Sole F85 treadmill should have a clear display of your current heart rate. Just keep in mind that a higher heart rate is not always what you should strive for, in many cases you should actually aim for a medium-low heart rate. A medium-low heart rate will make your recovery much quicker and will enable you to put in more miles without increased injury risk.

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The flow of your blood will also increase between the muscles and the lungs. Regular and long-term aerobic exercising will lower your resting heart rate and strengthen your heart. Your circulation will also improve, as well as your arteries will be clear, reducing the risk of heart attack. Some treadmills such as the Sole F85 treadmill have a running machine heart-rate control option that will calculate your recommended target range using your age.

Even regular treadmill walking can help in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol level.

3 Cancer-proof Your Body

Many studies have shown that regular running or walking can greatly decrease the risk of many types of cancers such as breast, lung, colon and endometrial.

A recent study from the British Journal of Cancer shows people that are most active are 24% less likely to develop a colon cancer than those with sedentary lifestyles. The time that you have spent on the treadmill may not be for just losing weight anymore.

4 Emotional and Mental Health

Aside from its physical health advantages, treadmill training offers benefits for your mental health as well as emotional well-being.

Since aerobic exercises prompt the release of endorphins, it helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression as well as effective in reducing anxiety. Many runners have also proven that the stress-busting powers of their regular sessions are worth it. It is now even used by mental health experts to help treat psychological disorders, including alcohol and drug addiction. If you are on the lookout for treadmills, look for models with built-in speakers that will allow you to hook up your MP3 players such as the Sole F85 treadmill for a more enjoyable workout.

5 Is Weight Loss Your Sole Purpose of Training?

Clearly, this benefit cannot be questioned. By walking or running on a treadmill, you are keeping your metabolic rate up as well as burning excess calories. Most treadmills now have a calorie counter as one of the features that can estimate the calories you have burned during your sessions.

The information can then be used in diet planning which can also aid in weight management.

More Benefits of Treadmill Training

Aside from the health benefits brought by running or walking on a treadmill, there are other advantages that you can take into consideration:

  • Whatever the weather. When you run outdoors, you may be able to miss your regular running schedule if the weather is bad. With an indoor exercise equipment such as a treadmill, you can do your running sessions anytime of the day. You can even do it while watching your favorite TV show in the comforts of your home.
  • Low impact workout. This is essential for people who have health concerns and need supervision when exercising, including but not limited to heart disease, morbid obesity or seizure disorders.
  • Security. Depending on your environment, some people may not have the privilege of staying in a healthy environment where they can run or walk without fearing of being mugged, robbed or even hit by vehicles running along with them. If the safety of the environment is your concern, it is best to get your own treadmill and do your walking and running sessions at home.
  • No need for a running buddy. Sometimes, people are too lazy to run or walk by themselves outdoors. They need someone to accompany them to make the session fun. With a treadmill at home, you don’t need a running buddy since you can multitask while doing your sessions. You can even catch up on your reading while walking, watch your favorite shows and movies, or do other chores that don’t require your full attention.

Now that you have learned the different health and other benefits of treadmill training, isn’t it time for you to get into the wagon and start your own walking or running sessions? And, finally, Jamie Miller gives you 7 more reasons to own a treadmill >>.

Have a great day! 🙂

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