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4 foldable treadmills that take up zero space in tiny apartments

Zoe Weiner

Zoe WeinerApril 10, 2020

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These days, there are very few workouts that you can’t do at home, and for most of them, all you need is a yoga mat (and maybe a set if hand weights, if you’re fancy). But the one thing that’s still unreasonably hard to do from your living room in a small apartment? Go for a run. That’s why the internet is pumped about the fold away treadmill.

Traditionally, logging miles has required either a big, bulky treadmill or a long stretch of road. But thanks to foldable treadmills, you can get those steps in without going outside… or taking up a single inch of that precious floor space. When sprawled out, these foldable treadmills offer all of the benefits of your usual running workout, and when you’re done with your sweat sesh, you can fold them up and store them under the bed or against the wall.

Here, five options that the Internet loves—and that won’t have to double as a new piece of permanent furniture.

Lifespan TR1200i Folding Treadmill, $699

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While it won’t quite fit under your couch, this treadmill can fold up against the wall so that it won’t clutter up your floor when it’s not in use. It has a fully functioning LED screen, and goes up to 11 MPH and a 15 percent incline so you can use it for speed and hill workouts.

VEVOR Smart Treadmill Vibration Platform, $405

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To make your at-home workouts even more exciting, this treadmill integrates vibrational therapy that you can use during your walks or runs, or even your regular strength training sessions. It’s small enough to slide under the bed or couch, no folding required. The only downsides are that it maxes out at 6.2 miles per hour so isn’t the best option for speed work, and doesn’t have a screen or front bar, which might take some getting used to.

2-in-1 Under Desk Foldable Treadmill, $460

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Amazon reviewers love this affordable pick, touting its effectiveness and the ease at which it is to setup. It’s designed with a quiet motor and shock-resistant pad, so that you won’t disturb anyone else in the household or hurt your knees while you run. It goes up to 7.5 miles per hour, and comes with a remote that allows you to control the speed.

NordicTrack T Series Treadmill, $600

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For something that will make you feel like you’ve got a legit home gym, look no further than this high-tech tread. It’s got all the makings of your favorite piece of equipment, including speeds up to 10 miles per hour and trainer-led workouts in the built-in screen.

To get the most out of your at-home treadmill workout, try this endurance training program: 

For a compact spin class in your living room, try this foldable bike. And for some free—and equipment-free workouts—check out these studio classes that are now being offered online. 

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