- 1 Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill Review
- 1.1 Weslo Cadence G 5.9
- 1.2 The Powered Treadmill
- 1.3 What Makes the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill Unique
- 1.4 Pros and Cons
- 1.5 How It Compares to Its Competition
- 1.6 Final Thoughts
Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill Review
The treadmill is one of if not the most ubiquitous exercise machine in the world. It takes one of the most natural actions we do to burn calories, running, and allows us to do it anywhere; not even the indoors are a restriction anymore.
In this day and age, however, the simple treadmill has been upgraded with every new feature imaginable. Like every other gadget or device we have come to rely on, the treadmill has been dragged into the new digital age with internet connectivity and space-age hardware. But, can all of this make you run better?
Despite these upgrades, most people just want something they can run on without the frills and overcomplicated technology. A simple machine that is easy to use, set up and just works. The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill just might be the treadmill that these people are waiting for.
Weslo Cadence G 5.9
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Weslo Cadence is a brand operated by Icon Health and Fitness, the largest manufacturer of exercise equipment in the world. Icon creates treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines and so much more for gyms and homes all around the world. They are associated with powerful brands such as NordicTrack and Gold's Gym.
Weslo Cadence is one of their brands that focuses on low-cost machines that are both affordable and effective. They sell in bulk to large fitness chains and gyms, but they also sell directly to homes.
Weslo Cadence might not have a large brand presence in the public eye like some other big names, but they have a good reputation amongst large commercial gyms for selling machines that are affordable, effective and durable.
There is a danger with unknown brand names that they are low quality and not proven to be effective. Weslo Cadence, however, is not unknown by those in the fitness industry, and they are backed by the biggest name in the business. Just because people maybe haven't heard of them, it doesn't mean they don't make quality products.
The Powered Treadmill
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill is a powered treadmill. This means that it has a motorized “conveyor belt-like” platform that moves automatically, giving you the opportunity to run in place. This is an important distinction, because some treadmills around this price are unpowered, meaning you drive the belt yourself.
While much cheaper than powered or motorized treadmills, unpowered treadmills are much more awkward and difficult to use. Users might get tired faster trying to move the belt, but their exercise is not as efficient, and it's just plain not as fun. Considering how notoriously unenjoyable treadmills are, this is saying a lot.
What Makes the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill Unique
While the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill does not have cutting edge technology or industry disrupting features, it does have a modest selection of attributes that make it effective and easy to use. For many users, these features are more than enough to make the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 the only cardio machine they need.
Space Saver Design
Anyone who owns a treadmill in their home knows that one of the main concerns is storage. Treadmills are convenient and cut down the space need to go for a run tremendously, but they still require a bit of space that might not be readily available in a smaller home.
Apartments, smaller bedrooms, and garages already have stringent space allotments, so bulky equipment is rarely a welcome addition.
This Weslo Cadence model, however, was built from the ground up with this problem in mind. It employs a space-saving design that allows it to be folded up vertically to allow it to be stored in a closet or similar storage area.
Not only that, but it also has runner wheels installed on the bottom. With these, it is easier to transport this treadmill from room to room.
However, all treadmills are heavy, so transporting this treadmill from location to location or even up and down stairs will be a challenge, especially if attempted alone. It is recommended to assemble the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill where the user intends to make use of it.
Treadmills are complex pieces of machinery, so it is normal for them to require complex and labor-intensive assembly procedures. Not so with this treadmill. The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 was designed so that it can be put together by one reasonably abled person. If space is limited or the machine proves too heavy, an additional helper might be required for one of the stages.
All that is required to assemble and install the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 is a Phillips head screwdriver. Everything else that is required, L wrenches, screws and such, are included in the package. This model is designed to be so easy to assemble that anyone could do it.
This treadmill can be installed in 30 minutes or less, and according to customer reviews, even technically unskilled people have an easy time following the directions and getting it put together. The only foreseeable problem would be getting the box that it comes into the correct spot without difficulty, but any treadmill purchased for the home would run into this dilemma.
Two Position Manual Incline
This Weslo Cadence treadmill has incline settings to let you adjust the resistance you are running on. This means that it can simulate running uphill. Running up a gradient increases calories burned and tones muscle mass.
Most modern treadmills have these kinds of features, as incline running is thought of as superior to flat plane running. This Weslo Cadence model manages to provide this feature while still staying at a lower price point
Just about every treadmill, stationary bicycle or other cardio workout machine comes with pre-programmed workouts. These software programs control the resistance, speed and elevation of the machine to simulate a workout.
For example, a treadmill can simulate a hill workout wherein the user starts easily on a flat walk, then later the treadmill automatically speeds up and increases the incline to simulate a hill gradient. Then, after the “hill” is ascended, the running platform levels out and speeds up to simulate downhill run.
There are dozens of preprogrammed workouts out there from fat burning focused ones to endurance training ones and even interval training ones. If all of these workouts seem overly complicated and unnecessary, many people tend to agree. The majority of people who use treadmills stick to one or a handful of favorite workouts if they use one at all.
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 designers realized this and added only six preprogrammed workouts to this treadmill. These six are by all accounts the most commonly used and sought after workouts around. There are no professional athlete grade workouts or dozens of variations on the same workout. Just easy to follow and effective routines.
Each workout routine is planned by a certified personal trainer. This doesn’t mean that it will automatically work for everyone, but it is better than a random programmer making it.
These programs may not help you win a gold medal in track and field, but they can help you get in shape, increase your endurance or meet any of the other common fitness needs that regular citizens require.
Comfort Cell Cushioning
Running has fallen a bit out of favor as a cardio exercise in recent years. Much of this loss in popularity can be attributed to the problems that runners face later on down the line as they age and put more miles behind them. Running frequently for extended periods of time causes a persistent impact on the knees and other joints.
As a runner continues to run on hard surfaces, the impact of the foot to the ground travels up the leg and wears down the cartilage and ligaments there. The result is joint pain and loss of mobility later in life.
Fitness experts recommend running on softer surfaces like grass or a rubber track, and shoe companies have sunk millions into designing shoes that mitigate this impact.
For their part, Weslo Cadence has designed this treadmill with Comfort Cell Cushioning Technology. This is just a fancy word for installing lightweight padding into both the belt and running platform.
This cushioning absorbs the impact from the runner's stride to that it does not travel up the leg. The result is not only a more comfortable run but also a lesser chance of injury and joint problems.
Pros and Cons
Besides the special features mentioned above, there are many small things that make the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 an attractive choice. However, there are several things that work against it.
Easy to read blue light display. It displays useful data like distance, heart rate, and a visual representation of a standard one quarter mile track. Thumb placement heart monitor. By pressing the thumb to this surface, the runner can track their heart rate for optimal workout monitoring. An impressive feature for the price point.
Quiet and durable. If maintained properly, this treadmill will last quite a while and run relatively quietly. Variable speed ranging from .5-10 miles an hour. Again, an impressive feature for its cost.
Thumb heart rate sensor. While it is nice to have, the thumb operation is awkward. Other models have the sensor built into hand grips for uninterrupted workouts.
Taller runners and those over 300 pounds are not recommended to use this treadmill as its structural strength is not great enough. Taller runners will also have a difficult time on this treadmill due to their longer strides. The running platform and belt are intended for average sized users to cut costs.
How It Compares to Its Competition
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 does not try to be the best, biggest, fanciest or impressive treadmill around. Other treadmills from other better-known brands blow it out of the water in all of these categories. It does not give as much detailed data on workouts, its number of pre-programmed workouts is quite low, other treadmills can go faster with a higher gradient, and there are treadmills that can handle much more stress.
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 falls behind other brand name treadmills in almost every area, except price. This treadmill is exceptionally affordable, and deals and sales that highlight it are frequent. Other treadmills in its price range don't have the same amount of features or level of quality that this model has. It may not be king of the treadmills, but it is the lord of its land.
While many other treadmills outclass the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 in many regards, the extra features and functionality that those treadmills provide go unused by the vast majority of treadmill users out there.
How many people actually need a treadmill that can withstand over 300 pounds of weight at high speeds? Who needs dozens of different high-intensity competition-grade workouts? Very few, it turns out.
What most people need is a reliable treadmill that is easy to set up and use that has enough features to be effective but not enough to be confusing. The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill is that treadmill and manages to do so with an exceptionally attractive price tag.