If you’ve ever worked out in the gym you may have been guilty of the same thing I’ve done on many an occasion – neglecting one body part or another. Think of the bodybuilder with huge arms and chest and tiny little legs and you’ll get the picture. I’m not suggesting I’m a bodybuilder personally, but I can relate to the idea of concentrating on my favorite body parts when working out. With the Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill you can easily address both your upper and lower body at the same time by using the treadmill and upper body handles at the same time. It makes for quite a good workout.
Surprisingly, this treadmill is quite reasonably priced for such an innovative piece of workout equipment. The suggested retail cost of one of these is under $500 and you can often find it on sale for much less. When you consider that the cost of a local gym membership is usually much higher than this, it has to be considered quite a bargain.
Perhaps the thing I like best about this machine is its patented CrossWalk upper-body resistance technology. This is a pair of extra handles like the ones you’ll find on any elliptical machine for working out your upper body. Most treadmills are designed simply as cardio workouts that happen to also work your lower body, but do very little for your upper body, requiring you to use some other apparatus to work these body parts. With this machine you get the best of both worlds, which will help you save time by eliminating the need to do different workouts for different parts of your body.
This treadmill is also designed to take up very little space during operation, and even less space when you’re not using it. The belt area measures 16 inches wide by 50 inches long and it’s easily foldable for storage. While it can bear the weight of individuals up to 250 pounds, that is the maximum amount that you’d want to ask of this machine. As someone who’s right around this machine’s recommended weight category, I was pleased to find it could handle someone my size. Many inexpensive machines can only handle a weight capacity well under 200 pounds.
There are probably as many different ways of tracking your heart rate during a workout as there are treadmills out there. They all have their own unique way of handling this, but I like the way the Weslo Crosswalk does it. This machine has something called EasyPulse™, which makes monitoring your heart rate throughout your workout fairly simple. You simply place your thumb over the heart rate sensor on the front panel and it will give you a quick and simple reading. This seems to be a lot simpler than many machines which require you to use both thumbs at the same time on handlebar sensors.
I might sound a bit spoiled when I say this, but if I’m going to enjoy my workout I like some simple conveniences nearby and this machine allows me to do that. There are two conveniently-located storage areas on either side of the main display, and you can use these for storing your smart phone or your water bottle. There isn’t any built-in MP3 compatibility, so you won’t be able to blast your tunes through the built-in speakers, but you can easily store your smart phone next to the display and play your music. It’s not a built-in speaker, but it’s not a bad compromise.
The machine’s built-in LCD screen allows you to track common workout vitals such as your time, distance, and calories burned. It also has four pre-loaded workout apps that you can use to push your workouts to another level. If you prefer, you can always use the machine manually and adjust the speed as you see fit, but it’s nice to have these pre-programmed options.
Despite all of the great features this machine affords at such a reasonable price, it does have some serious drawbacks. The fact that it doesn’t have a built-in stereo to plug your MP3 player into isn’t a huge deal, neither is the fact that it doesn’t have any kind of Wi-Fi capability to share your workout statistics online. That’s just the price you pay (or the lack thereof actually) if you don’t want to invest in a commercial grade treadmill.
What did bother me though is the short warranty period of 90 days. You have to ask yourself why the warranty is so limited; in my opinion, if you’re spending a decent amount of money on a treadmill you’d expect at least a one-year warranty. In most cases, if something’s going to go wrong with a machine it will happen in the first year.
I must admit, I didn’t expect my search for an affordable and reliable home treadmill to be a difficult chore, but it’s hard to find quality at a lower price, it appears. The Weslow Crosswalk however ticks exactly the right money-to-value box for me. It’s a sturdy and well-built machine that gives you the same full body workout as professional machines, while saving you money on non-essential luxuries.