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Q: Does a treadmill need a mat under it? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Does a treadmill need a mat under it?
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: rhodylady-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 02 Dec 2002 16:27 PST
Expires: 01 Jan 2003 16:27 PST
Question ID: 118045
I'm about to buy a new treadmill. Some places advise that I get a mat
to place under the treadmill.  Do I really need one, or is this just
another profit-making scam for the stores?

My treadmill will weigh almost 300 lbs. and I hope to use it in my
family room - which is carpeted (pretty old and stained carpet). I'm
also hoping to use the treadmill and keep the noise to a minimum.

So - under these conditions, do I really need a mat?  Why?

If I do need a mat, what could I use? Plastic? A sheet of plywood? 
Hunk of carpet?

Subject: Re: Does a treadmill need a mat under it?
Answered By: sgtcory-ga on 02 Dec 2002 17:03 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello rhodylady,

What an interesting question!

If it is one of the brand new models, of any make - it more than
likely has a sufficient base to meet your needs. If there is not one,
and this is an older type treadmill (with four super skinny legs), the
purpose of the mat is to absorb much of the noise and impact that is
generated when in use. It does serve a very good purpose, but is
definitely not needed if you can live without it.

The mats can be used with newer treadmills, and also :

- helps keep sweat and grime off of your carpet.
- absorbs the vibrations of heavy use.
- helps absorb some of the noise that is generated.

You could certainly use whatever you choose! Keep in mind that these
mats are specifically built to distribute the weight of the item,
dampen the shock and absorb some of the sound. Putting this equipment
on plywood may create alot of noise.

I recommend taking a look at these nifty sites:

How to buy a Treadmill

Some of the conditions where you would typically want a mat would be:

- if you have a brand new carpet
- you have hardwood floors (like me :-)
- you tried it without it, and it's just too loud

Since most mats are made of a stretchy plastic foam type material
(blown PVC), I would recommend just buying one if you end up needing
it. They cost less than $50 and would be little to invest in your new
exercise equipment.

Typical Treadmill Mats

To help find this answer I searched Google for:

how to buy a treadmill

mat for treadmill

I hope this helps in your quest, and thanks for the great question!

rhodylady-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you.  I think you said it all when you said "I would recommend
just buying one if you end up needing it."

Subject: Re: Does a treadmill need a mat under it?
From: tlspiegel-ga on 02 Dec 2002 18:50 PST
Hi there,

Very good advice by SgtCory.  Definitely buy the mat, you'll be glad
you did. Protects any floor surface, absorbs noise, distributes weight
of the treadmill.  Have fun!


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