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Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill is excellent, medium level walking and running, powered treadmill. As such, it is perfect for intensive home use, but it is not designed for commercial use. The treadmill is strong and sturdy and it comes with strong motor, plenty of workout programs, some extras and good warranty.

Published: February 23, 2016.

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Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill is powered by 2.25 continuous duty CHP motor for smooth and quiet operation. Treadmill operates using mains power - 110V with 15A circuit breaker.

Maximum allowed user weight is 300 pounds (136 kg). If heavier users use treadmill, they should use it only for walking, but even then some issues with warranty might arise if something brake. Anyway, treadmill comes with lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 2 years on parts, 1 year on labor.

variable response cushioningMaximum speed on T101-04 treadmill is 10 mph (16 km/h), with maximum deck incline of 10 percent. Running area is typical for treadmills of this class - 20 inches (50.8 cm) wide and 55 inches (140 cm) long.

One of the features of Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill is variable response cushioning - running deck is more flexible up front where the foot lands, with a neutral zone helping transition running stride and with firmer back part where trainee pushes off. Such variable mix of shock absorption and support generates less stress on feet, ankles, knees and hips.

Dimensions of unfolded treadmill, ready to be used: 70 x 33.5 x 55 inches (178 x 85 x 140 cm) - it is not small treadmill and one requires approximately 7x7 feet (2.1 x 2.1 m) of area for comfortable workouts.

Also, keep in mind that it is not lightweight treadmill - assembled weight is around 165 pounds (~75 kg). To protect sensitive floors, some good floor mats are highly recommended.

featherlight foldingTreadmill's folded dimensions: 45.5 x 33.5 x 61 inches (116 x 85 x 155 cm). Even folded, it is big piece of exercise equipment that requires plenty of space for storage. To ease the folding and unfolding process, treadmill is equipped with two shocks which help with folding/unfolding process.

Treadmill requires some assembly when it arrives, it is not complicated, but even if you are used to DIY activities, check manual first!

Deck incline can be changed from 0 to 10% automatically or manually using buttons on the console - there is no need to stop the workout to change the incline.

Treadmill has 30 program options including: simple manual workout, 10 Step-goal workouts, 10 distance-based workouts, 6 calorie-goal workouts and 3 intervals workouts.

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill comes with yellow-green, 4.5" (~11.4 cm) LCD screen. LCD screen is large enough for displaying all relevant information, but personally, it could be little bit larger.

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 Display window show:

- time - time is shown in standard minutes: seconds format. Trainee can view the time remaining or the time elapsed in the workout.

- distance - covered distance is shown in miles. It indicates distance traveled or distance remaining during the workout.

- calories - displays amount of calories burned or calories remaining to be burned during the workout.

- incline - shown as percent and it indicates the incline level of the running surface.

- speed - speed is shown in MPH and it indicates how fast the belt is moving.

- heart rate - heart rate is shown as BPM (beats per minute). It is used for monitoring trainee's heart rate which is displayed when contact is made with both pulse grips.

- program profiles - it represents the profile of the program being used, for example speed during speed based programs and incline during incline based programs.

- fan - it indicates if cooling fan is on.

- energy saver - it indicates when machine is in Energy Saver mode to conserve power consumption.

Other features include built-in speakers and a bottle holder.

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill vs Horizon Fitness T202 Treadmill vs Horizon Fitness T303 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness T101, T202 and T303 treadmills are very similar models, with few differences, given in the following table:

Model Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill Horizon Fitness T202 Treadmill Horizon Fitness T303 Treadmill
Maximum Speed 10 mph 12 mph 12 mph
Maximum Incline 10% 12% 12%
Maximum User Weight 300 pounds 300 pounds 350 pounds
Motor 2.25 CHP 2.50 CHP 2.50 CHP
LCD 4.5" 5.75" back-lit 6.7" back-lit
Running Deck 20x55" 20x55" 20x60"
 Treadmill Weight 165 pounds 172 pounds 187 pounds

Obviously, Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill is the lightest and 'weakest' of them all - it is best for walking and light to medium jogging and it comes at very affordable price.

If you do need stronger and sturdier treadmill than T101 model, check if T202 and T303 models provide what you need.

However, note that T202 and T303 are being replaced by very similar, but newer Horizon Fitness Adventure 3 Treadmill and Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Treadmill. This means that soon T202 and T303 are going to be really cheap because sellers will try to 'get rid' of old models. On the other hand, Horizon Fitness Adventure 3 and 5 Treadmills have something new to offer.

Long story short - Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill excellent home walking and running treadmill. I wish it has a larger, backlit LCD and wireless heart rate monitor, but it has very nice features that make this treadmill one of the more popular models at the moment.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

If you prefer a little bit larger, sturdier, and somewhat more expensive treadmills, check:

- Horizon Fitness Adventure 3 Treadmill

- Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Treadmill


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