The Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands in Marin County.

Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of cardio fitness and exercise equipment both at home and in the gyms in Marin. Treadmills offer the aerobic benefits of walking, running, or hiking outdoors, but without having to worry about the inclement weather we can often encounter in Marin, or dangerous traffic, darkness or crime….or even an overload of eager Marin tourists.

The Dipsea Trail in the Marin Headlands in Marin County is a favorite of North Bay Area Exercise & Fitness Residents.

Often, treadmill training can provide even greater benefits than outdoor training, due to the consistent pace of the treadmill and the ability to alter the elevation and pace to suit your fitness needs in your Marin home. Treadmills may also be slightly gentler on the joints because the running belts on all new-model treadmills are designed for optimal shock absorption and load dispersion.

Treadmill Reviews - Best Home Treadmill for your Marin Home Gym


When looking for a new treadmill in the Marin area it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various treadmill brands. First you should decide what kind of treadmill you want, whether you’re looking for the best treadmill for walking, a sturdy treadmill desk, a top-of-the-line high-end treadmill, or a “best buy” treadmill. You should ask yourself these questions:

1. Who will be using the treadmill?
2. How reliable is the treadmill?
3. How will this treadmill be used?
4. What treadmill features are important to you?

We’ve put together a list of five treadmill we’ve found to be the best in each category, and will answer these questions….from Life Span Treadmill Desks to top-rated Life Fitness Treadmills, to ergonomic Woodway Treadmills,

The LifeSpan TR4000i Treadmill is perfect for people who intend on walking and using the TR4000i Treadmill for light running. It is also space efficient because it can fold and be wheeled away into a closet with ease. This EZfold technology especially helps those who are worried about bearing the weight of the treadmill, the EZfold does the lifting for you. The TR4000i Treadmill also has a good amount of features including USB and online health and fitness tracking program.

You’ll like this treadmill if…

The LifeSpan TR4000i is perfect for light use such as walking and a slow jog down Lombard Street. We like the EZfold technology that use a hydraulic shock to assist in folding and unfolding the treadmill. The TR4000i Treadmill has a simple, easy to use console interface with a decent amount of pre-programmed workouts. Includes all the standard bells and whistles that all treadmills in this price range have, making it our cheapest yet best bang for your buck treadmill.

You may not like this treadmill if…

The LifeSpan TR4000i Treadmill is made out of cheap, thin materials that have a tendency to crack if the treadmill is used incorrectly. However, if used properly this treadmill may last a very long time. The TR4000i Treadmill does have an ample amount of programs and features but leaves us wanting more as we want more variety in how users can use this treadmill, ie. Running, sprints, etc….

Bodyguard T-45 Treadmill


The Bodyguard T-45 Treadmill is the FITPROF Best Buy Winner for 2016. It comes with a lifetime warranty on frame and motor. The T-45 Treadmill gives you quality and construction to get the job done. It has a simple design, sleek look and is perfect for family use. The Bodyguard T-45 Treadmill uses a whisper orthopedic belt that we love and makes little to no background noise. The T-45 Treadmill has a max user weight of 400 lbs which is 50 lbs stronger than other treadmills in its class. Of course it has all your standard console features to pair nicely with the solid frame and materials.

You’ll Like This Treadmill If…

We love the Bodyguard T-45’s unmatched warranty in its class. This treadmill won’t break down on you whether you are sprinting, running hard and completing strong climbs up in the Marin Headlands or the Dipsea Trail. Its silent belt make it special compared to other treadmills that have similar construction/price but have noisy belts. That’s why we recommend this treadmill for families due to its reliability, cost and variety of options that this treadmill has.

You May Not Like This Treadmill If…

We don’t like the cost of this treadmill, it is slightly overpriced compared to other treadmills in its class. There are no console upgrades for the T-45 Treadmill and does not fold in order to save floor space. Similar treadmills in this class have console upgrades if you want a particular screen size, or specialized console features.

The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill is your classic get it done treadmill. We call it the Honda of treadmill brands. It is flawless and has been in the treadmill industry for many years. You can upgrade your console to a track+ to add iphone connectivity, which we like a lot. It has a nice high quality feel for a below than average price making this treadmill one of the most popular treadmills among all Marin consumers.

You’ll Like This Treadmill If…

The Life Fitness T3 is good value for the money and is way underpriced compared to similar treadmills in its class. We like that you can upgrade the console if you want more features. It’s simplicity and well-known brand you can count on. Most commercial fitness equipment in your local gym has life fitness equipment so you can count on them to make a durable treadmill to work in your home as well.

You May Not Like This Treadmill If…

The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill does not fold and has a max user weight of 350 lbs.

The Woodway 4Front Treadmill is the king of all treadmills and is fit for a king. NBA superstar Lebron James and the rest of the Champion Cleveland Cavaliers use this treadmill to train during the off season, even when they’re in Marin. Feel free to checkout a few professional athletes gyms and we bet you they have a Woodway 4Front. It is custom built by US craftsman of the best highest skill. If you want a treadmill that is unmatched in the entire treadmill market and have deep pockets, the Woodway 4Front Treadmill is what treadmill enthusiast dream of owning.

You’ll Like This Treadmill If…

It is the best hands down, flawless in almost every aspect. We love the belt-less construction, tank like frame and sleek/dynamic look. It has a max user weight of 800 POUNDS!

You May Not Like This Treadmill If…

Limited availability, these machines are only carried by a few vendors, a few conveniently located near Marin.

The Landice L7 Treadmill is the perfect balance between durability, price, functionality and console options. There are 4 different console options to suit every need you may ask for. The Landice L7 has the strongest frame and all around construction. These L7 Treadmills last a long time and hold their value over the years. It has a great a balance between power and quality. This treadmill is very popular among rehabilitation centers, personal training studios, and small local gyms in Marin. The L7 treadmill consumers who run long distances due to the perfect construction of the lower board to provide the best reaction as the user runs on the belt.

You May Like This Treadmill If…

The Landice L7 has the best belt driven treadmill on the market for running. The L7 Treadmill is the industry leader in treadmill shock absorption. THE VFX Shock Absorption System is based on medical research to provide comfort, reliability and reduces the risk of injury.

You May Not Like This Treadmill If…

We think the cost can get a little overpriced if you upgrade your Landice L7 Base treadmill console to the Executive trainer console can add quite a bit to the combined price out the door.

When you are ready to try out a few top-rated treadmills head down to 360 Fitness Superstore, just a short drive up the 680 corridor.


They offer a complete line of treadmills to residents of the nearby Marin community. 360 Fitness has a huge showroom with 10-15 treadmills to test on their floor…it’s a good bet you will find the right treadmill at 360 Fitness Superstore.

Plus it’s worth the 15-minute drive…you can rest assured that you are getting the best treadmill for the price…360 Fitness has several guarantees, including the lowest price, whether online or in-store.

Happy Treadmill Hunting!