The Gold’s Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill is a sub-compact, entry-level model that comes at a mid-range price. It is one of the most affordable treadmills with good range of features for the money. Unlike other typical treadmills on the market, it is powered with a G-Force 2 Commercial motor to support intense workout sessions. The Treadmill can support incline from 0 to 10% using the QuickSelect Incline Control. We also like the Quick Select Speed Control that enable users to accelerate up to 10 MPH. You can also monitor all your workout progress on the Multi-Window LED Display.
With the 720 Treadmill, you will never get bored during the exercise. It comes equipped with 18 Workout Apps that lets you easily switch between different workout modes. The music support for smartphones and other portable devices makes your workouts enjoyable and full of energy. You will feel safer and secure while walking or jogging due to AirStride cushioning. This nice feature takes good care of your joints and bones by preventing pressure-induced injuries.
The Treadmill is backed-up with a solid life-time frame warranty, 25 years motor while parts and labor are covered for one year. It is easy to assemble at home and offers medium foot print due to the space saving design. We also like the Cool Aire workout fan and heart rate monitoring features. Overall, it is a solid and comfortable treadmill to support good quality workouts in the long-run.
Specs and Technical Details
- Length: 73.3″
- Width: 35.7″
- Height: 68.1″
- Running Surface: 20″ x 55″
- Style: Compact/folding
- Motor warranty: 25 years
- Frame warranty: lifetime
- Parts and labor warranty: 1 year
- Console: back-lit, multi-window LED display
- Heart monitor: Hand-grip driven
For most people who are going to use a treadmill at home, the size of the machine itself is a very important consideration. After all, most users do not have a dedicated home gym area and simply have a treadmill in the basement or living room.
The 720 Treadmill is fairly average sized with nice dimension. While it is a relatively wide deck treadmill, it has significant space-saving advantages over other models in similar price range: it can be easily folded and stored. This makes it ideal treadmill for home use–you can take out the treadmill whenever you want to use it, and then simply store it in a closet when your workout is done.
Plus, it offers many workout options. You can choose from 18 pre-programmed workouts, and you also can manually adjust speed and incline to challenge yourself. It also can work with iPods and MP3 players to enable you to listen the music you love.
Programs and Features
One of the best features of the treadmill is its collection of 18 workout programs. These programs have been designed by certified personal trainers in order to help you reach your optimum levels of fitness. While there are several workout options to choose from (each one involving variations of incline and speed), it is important to note that the Treadmill only reaches a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour. While this is likely acceptable for most joggers, the speed limit may hinder sprint intervals and otherwise high-speed training is difficult or impossible to accomplish. Additionally, the weight limit is 300 pounds, making it not the best choice for bulky users.
The Trainer 720 Treadmill does offer a fairly decent incline. Uses can adjust the incline from a flat running surface to 10 percent. And because running on an incline (or running on a treadmill at all) can cause you to work up a sweat, the treadmill offers a convenient cooling fan to help ensure comfort. There is also a music port that enables users to connect with an iPod or MP3 player.
The Trainer 720 also provides Heart rate monitoring option , but it is also one of its downsides. While most treadmills enable users to monitor their heart rate via chest strap or other wearable equipment, the Gold’s Treadmill can only monitor heart rate when user grips the hand rails. While this is somewhat feasible for walking but it’s not very practical for runners as they need to use their arms during running. However, not all buyers need the best treadmill that monitors heart rate effectively but those who perform target heart rate training may find this model insufficient for use.
The display on the Treadmill is simple yet effective. While those who are used to commercial treadmills may be expecting a more detailed display, the 720’s LED display still shows users all they need to know. By switching through different screen options, you can see your incline percentage, speed, total calories burned and heart rate (if you are gripping the heart rate bars). You can also see the total time and distance covered during the workout. The computer display is very easy to navigate, and the start/stop and speed/incline buttons are large. This makes it easier and safer to change speed and incline even when running quickly.
With the 720 Treadmill, you have diverse workout options available to you. Along with the 18 pre-programmed workouts, you also can manually adjust speed and incline for a truly custom workout. And because running can be hard on your joints, the Gold’s Treadmill comes with AirStride Cushioning. This means that it can absorb impact with each stride, making your running safer and much comfortable.
The warranty coverage is fairly standard for its price range. It comes with a lifetime frame warranty, a 25-year warranty on the motor, and one year warranty on parts and labor.
Shipping and Assembly
The shipping cost varies based on your location and selected type of delivery. We recommend you to check for online retailers that offer free shipping to help save money.
The assembly is fairly straightforward. You will need included Hex Key and one Phillips screwdriver to assemble the treadmill. It is advised not to use the power tools to avoid parts damage. The step-by-step instructions with drawings provided in owner’s manual will help you easily assemble the treadmill at home. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to finish the setup.
What We Liked
- The Treadmill gives you 18 different workout apps, an LED multi-window display console to keep track of fitness goals. And, if you love your muscles to be tested, you can use the QuickSelect incline control that enables you to raise the surface between 0 and 10 percent during workout.
- QuickSelect doesn’t make an appearance only on the power incline front: you also get domination over the 0- to 10-percent QuickSelect speed control driven by a G-Force 2 commercial motor. You won’t twirl into space in a weightless state, but you could make impressive gains on the weight loss front.
- We like the AirStride cushioning. If your bones and joints have suffered from fitness efforts in the past, you know that the cushioning under your feet can make the difference between avoiding exercise and spending more time than you prefer visiting your chiropractor. The Cool Aire workout fan is on duty if you sweat a lot.
- It’s okay to check out other treadmill brands, but make sure you include the extra-wide deck and heart rate monitor when you finalize your list. That dual-grip PowerPulse monitor will show your heart rate and tread belt supports up to 300 pounds of body weight.
What We Disliked
- The treadmill can get squeaky at times.
- Not suitable for serious runners who want to go beyond 10 MPH.