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The 2018 report, State of the Treadmill Industry, is now available for viewing, free to all, at State of the Treadmill Industry 2018.


All the guy wants to do is run on his treadmill.

Fucking with his crew mate trying to watch the world cup on a space treadmill

This is real! Not speeded up.


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A biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey wanted to study how polar bears walk. Apparently, polar bears walk on the soles of their feet, unlike most other mammals that propel themselves forward from the balls of their feet. So he scored a horse treadmill and modified it to prevent the bears from tearing it up. It took about nine months and lots of fish to train the beast to walk on the damned thing, but the results were wonderful. They are shown above at the Oregon Zoo.



Florida Atlantic University studied sea-turtle babies to understand the effects of artificial lights on how successful they are in making from the beach where they are born to the sea. It seemed that it was taking them longer than it should. So researchers put a hundred and fifty of them on treadmills with lots of light. After that, the turtles were put into a tank of water to see how well they swam.

The results seemed to show that turtles rested more after prolonged walking. The researchers concluded that turtles do indeed get distracted by unnatural amounts of light. The study confirmed the usefulness of lighting ordinances on beaches. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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Regular readers of Home-Treadmill.com will not be surprised that people use treadmills underwater or that they put horses on treadmills. But perhaps you have never heard of underwater horse treadmills.

In humans, treadmills with the user’s lower body underwater are primarily used for rehabilitation from injuries. However, since horse racing is such a big money sport, researchers at University of Calgary and Washington State University got the idea that maybe water treadmills could be used for training for competitive purposes.

Fifteen horses were put on water treadmills and the speeds and water levels were varied. Then breathing and heart rates were measured. It turns out that the higher the water level, up to a point, the more effective it is for conditioning horses at slow speeds.

They may have an unfair advantage because they have so many legs. But maybe that’s a disadvantage. How many legs does a cricket have? If they have four, would that make it four times harder for them? Or four times easier? How about the wear on the treadmill? These are questions that the researchers didn’t ask.

crickets on a treamill

Crickets on treadmills have been used in the past to study the their ability to regenerate damaged auditory neurons. However this particular photo is from the crickets used by the Office of Research Services the University of Colorado in October, 2017. The researchers measured the creatures’ dopamine and serotonin levels in a study about coping with stress, but haven’t yet reached a conclusion

But how does she keep track of her distance, heart rate, and calories burned?

Treadmill World has released its ninth annual report on the happenings in the treadmill industry. See it at State of the Treadmill Industry 2017

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a clogging of blood vessels that is common among diabetics and smokers. It makes walking difficult, but that is exactly what doctors recommend their patients do. Until now, programs that monitor patients walking on treadmills were not paid by Medicare so many patients did not get the care they needed.

About 8 million Americans suffer from PAD and Medicare has paid close to $4 billion per year for other treatments for PAD, including surgery. The move to cover treadmill walking is expected to reduce this cost substantially by reducing the number of hospitalizations. Experiments has shown that regular walking on a treadmill works just as well as stents and balloons to unblock blood vessels, but at a much lower cost. However, stopping walking results in the return of pain.

Other insurers generally adopt Medicare decisions as their own, so treadmill therapy is expected to grow substantially in popularity.

Big news was made recently when a woman sought to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for most miles run by a woman on a treadmill in one week. She seemed to break the record by running over 517 miles, but was disqualified because the witness, her boyfriend, was not considered “independent” for purposes of verification. What was left unsaid was the significance of the record. Guinness is famous for its records, so people want to get in to Book, but what is really the most significant treadmill record?

The answer is that there is no generally recognized measurement for treadmill records. Most miles by a woman in one week is just one of many. There are also records for most miles in twenty-four hours, most time with a 40-pound pack on your back, most consecutive hours on a treadmill in one month, and so on. It seems that everyone who wants to be best can just invent a category and get the record for that category. Big Deal. Wouldn’t it be better to just pursue your personal best and forget the comparison?


The ten minute walk took place at The San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. The idea was to track the bear’s movements so they can get a better understanding of how its metabolism works and how much energy it requires. The larger context is that of the fate of polar bears in shrinking habitat.

See the video here

Without Falling Off!


Which came first? The evolution of man? Or the evolution of treadmills? How could we even know such a thing? And what difference does it make anyway?

Home-Treadmill has reported on wolves, shrimp, salamanders, fish, penguins, kiwis, and other creatures on treadmills, but this one may be the best yet – ants.

It seems that scientists at the Institute of Neurology in Germany thought it would be a good idea to find out exactly how ants find their way home. So a one-direction treadmill wouldn’t do. They developed an omni-directional unit that allows the ant to move in whatever direction it wants on a ball, similar in concept to the treadmills used in virtual reality games. Sensors in the ball tracked the ants’ movements. Dental floss was attached to the ant’s back and pins held the ant in place from the top. See the photo below:

The conclusion of the study was that when ants fee lost, they slow down and then move in loops. To read the study, see the Journal of Experimental Biology.

What is it about treadmills? According to the Washington Free Beacon, The University of California-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography received $560,000 from the National Science Foundation for the workout regimen for mudskipper fish that were “exercised to exhaustion” while moving on a treadmill at two inches per second. This comes after the much-publicized government funding of studies of monkeys, shrimp, and wolves on treadmills. This is awesome news for treadmill lovers.

Yep, here is the video on youtube: Car Racing on a Treadmill


It seems that for humans to study the travel habits of mating salamanders, they need to be put on a treadmill because they are too difficult to study in the wild. The conclusion was that females won’t travel as far as males to get sex, though the females will go over six miles per hour. The male will keep going for an equivalent of a many running seventy-five miles per hour. You may laugh, you may cry, but you will never forget Salamanders on a Treadmill at Ohio State University


It’s super-hard, but that’s what it takes to develop explosive speed.

Read the article and watch the video here.

It’s true. Something built for health is used for unhealth. Drugs smuggled inside treadmills:


You can now find coupons for 10% off on ProForm treadmills and ellipticals at ProForm Coupons.

You’ve seen dog treadmills. You may have even seen underwater treadmills. But have you ever seen an underwater dog treadmill? Watch the video:

Underwater Dog Treadmill

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It turns out that vampire bats are able to run much better than other bats, more than four miler per hour it turns out. Researchers at University of Toronto Mississauga are studying the evolutionary adaptability of flying mammals to escape predators on the ground.

Don’t believe it? Here’s the actual video: Vampire Bats on a Treadmill

In May, venerable retailer Sports Authority announced that it will close all 463 of its U.S. stores in a bankruptcy liquidation. It seems that it lost the competition with Dick’s Sporting Goods, which had better in-store presentation and technology. Increasing competition from ecommerce in general also negatively affected its sales. Sports Authority was a major seller of ProForm and other brand treadmills.

Need another reason to buy your own equipment and workout at home? FitRated.com did a study of germs on exercise equipment at three national gym chains. If you are not concerned about contracting diseases, or are just squeamish, you may want to avoid reading the following:


The full title is The Ultimate Treadmill Workout: Run Right, Hurt Less, and Burn More with Treadmill Interval Training. There are lots of pages for you to write in your goals and actual results, as well as explanations along the way. However, the book is more than that and more than advocacy for a particular kind of workout. It goes into great detail about running technique, inclines, cushioning, and other topics specific to treadmills, but rarely written about in book form. Here’s how to order:

Treadmill World’s seventh annual report on the latest happenings in the industry is now available free at State of the Treadmill Industry


Yep, Penguins on a Treadmill. See it here. Dr Astrid Willener (of the Biodiversity Forum Switzerland at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Switzerland) concluded that waddling side to side helps the penguins for falling over.

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Thought you’d seen every use for a treadmill?

We’ve shown you wolves and bats on treadmills and have been searching the world for you for more treadmill action for you. Here it is folks:



Check this out. A wolf treadmill in Austria.

The Wolf Sciences Center wanted to explore cooperation and coordination between dogs and humans, as well as the differences in how dogs and wolfs can be trained. That required a very big treadmill that could fit multiple animals an humans. Wolves run in packs, so, apparently, the Center is training them to run in a pack on their treadmill.

Want to run with the wolves without getting bitten? Try the Wolf Sciences Center in Ernstbrunn, Austria. They sponsor Howl Nights too.

Here’s a short video that may convince you not to buy a treadmill:



To keep your muscles healthy, especially your heart muscle:

Muscles used in a treadmill workout.

Muscles used in a treadmill workout.


Keep watching. It gets better as it goes along:

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boobs on treadmill

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There was big news recently about the death of high tech CEO David Goldberg. Reports are that he was found next to his hotel treadmill with head trauma and died after loss of blood. Of course, it sounds like he fell off the treadmill and hit his head. However, readers of detective novels will consider the facts: seemingly healthy high-powered exec working out alone found dead with no witnesses.

There must be more to it. It sounds a bit like Harry Reid’s rubber band jumping out at him to break his ribs and knock out his eye. Did Goldberg have a heart attack? Was the treadmill still running when he was found? Did he use the safety key? Was he using a smartphone or other device while using the treadmill? Was the tech exec killed by tech? Who is investigating? Do you believe that the Mexican police will do a thorough investigation and report the results without being swayed by big money interests?

Treadmill death

Treadmill death

Ohio State University has developed a treadmill that adjusts its speed to how fast you are running, instead of you running to the speed you preset on the treadmill. It seems that sonar actually detects whether you are moving more to the front or back of the belt and adjust the belt speed accordingly. Researchers say the effect is that running on the treadmill feels a lot more like running outside. In the article published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers say that also found that tests of VO2Max, a measure of aerobic capacity, also were more accurate on this new kind of treadmill than the traditional kind. Commercial applications are still years away.

Ohio State


Well, it’s all over for the original seller of treadmills online, Smooth Fitness.  The company has been dissolved and liquidated, so there is no one to honor the warranties on its products bought before late last year. You can still buy parts for those models from Treadmill Doctor. The Smooth website is now run by ICON Health & Fitness and sells new models labeled Smooth and made by ICON.

Just when you thought people had done everything possible with treadmills, a major art exhibit proves you wrong.

painted treadmills

These are eleven moving treadmills, each with its belt painted in a different style. The brands of the treadmills are unknown, as are many other things. The artist is Brent Birnbaum.

The exhibit is at Denny Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located on the Lower East Side of New York City. No word on how long the exhibit will last, so, if you want to see these colorful, moving treadmills, don’t delay!

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