How Does A Treadmill Work?

You might know about how does a treadmill work? Mechanically, a treadmill works like a conventional assembly line from a supermarket. A drive motor is used, transports a conveyor belt on which the runner/walker is located. 

The difference to a conventional conveyor belt is that no objects are transported over it. Still, here a runner is transported, which exerts a mechanical force on the drive motor as well as on the treadmill and the frame through the selective running movement. 

Depending on the weight of the runner, the components are exposed to extreme loads. Therefore, the engine, the assembly line, and the frame should be of high quality. In particular, the engine should have a certain power to maintain its functionality even under special loads.

From this consideration, the question arises whether there are other variants besides the electric drive.


Product Name

Speed (Max.)

Weight Capacity



11 MPH

325 lbs

84″ x 35.5″ x 58″

10 MPH

300 lbs

73"  x 36"  x 54"

12 MPH

386 lbs

84″ x 35.5″ x 58″

12 MPH

400 Lbs

84.5" x 38.5" x 54.7" 

12 MPH

309 lbs

78.8" x 39.2" x 63"

16 MPH

420 LB

83" x 35" x 62" 

How Does A Treadmill Work

Variants of the drive

In addition to the electric drive, there are mechanical drive systems on the treadmill market that are operated exclusively with muscle power. In mechanical systems, the difficulty of the treadmill and the incline can only be set with additional force. With electric treadmills, this can be operated via a preset menu.

The advantages and disadvantages of mechanical and electrical treadmills are briefly explained below. Because there is no drive motor, electric treadmills are significantly more expensive than mechanical treadmills. Mechanical treadmills also do not consume any electricity and are even more fitness-enhancing thanks to their muscular strength. 

For inexperienced technology enthusiasts, the machine could be a real alternative, as it is much easier to operate than the electrical one. There is usually an extensive menu on personal data, settings, and consumption values. But just these points can convince you when buying an electric treadmill. Because it is important for many to assess their training progress.

Running on the treadmill

A treadmill in your own four walls or the gym can work wonders and strengthen your fitness. Various methods can be used to increase this effect. On the one hand, inclines and sprints can lead to more strength development and endurance. 

On the other hand, treadmills dampen the runner’s energy, so that an increased training effect compared to an asphalt road can also be created. Particularly interesting for runners who suffer from sensitive joints and outsoles.

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