Ben Parker

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Top 5 Smart Treadmills To Improve Your Running Game

Welcome to the revolution in treadmills... the Smart Treadmill.

Woman running on a smart treadmill

As much as you might want to lace up those shoes and step into the great outdoors for a run, sometimes it’s just not possible. The weather could be horrendous, work may be too full-on, parenting just got even more full-on, or whatever else it is – sometimes a pavement-pounding session just isn’t on the cards, which is when the treadmill becomes that super-convenient option. But not just any treadmill; we’re talking smart treadmills. 

These are treadmills that do way more than just spin their belts at a certain speed so you can get your run in. They sync seamlessly with your fitness goals (and Runna app), elevate your running experience to new heights, give you structured workouts, and do it all from a controlled environment. Now get ready to explore the crème de la crème of smart treadmills that'll make your heart race as you nail your pace, 

The Smart Treadmill Revolution

Gone are the days of staring at a blank wall while clocking your miles. Smart treadmills bring the future of fitness to your doorstep, offering a gamut of interactive features that transform your indoor runs into dynamic, data-rich adventures that link up to your Runna plan. And you can do it all while making the most of these immersive treadmills, the kind that will make you feel like you're sprinting on the streets of Tokyo or climbing the Swiss Alps.

The Runna Treadmill Feature

You read that right. Our top-rated running plans app is now ready to revolutionize your indoor runs too with the all new Treadmill feature, which boasts unparalleled convenience and accuracy, seamless Integration, effortless control and connects to compatible smart Bluetooth FTMS treadmills (which we’ve highlighted below, you know, just in case).

Simply choose your workout, connect to your treadmill, press the start button, and then enjoy the journey while the treadmill does the rest, from incline to pace, intervals to recovery. It’s just like any other run, just perfectly controlled.

Key Features:

- See all workouts in treadmill speeds (kph + mph) and easily toggle from your workout screen.

- Follow workouts live on your treadmill and see all metrics on screen.

- If your treadmill is bluetooth compatible we'll even control the speed and incline of the treadmill for you for a hands free running approach.

- Sync completed treadmill workouts to your favorite trackers e.g. Strava

Now let’s dive into the best Smart treadmills out there…

1. Peloton Tread+

Let's kick off the lineup with the iconic Peloton Tread+. This treadmill isn't just a fitness machine; it's an immersive fitness experience. With an expansive touchscreen display, you can dive into live and on-demand classes, from heart-pumping intervals to scenic endurance runs, while the Tread+ also offers incline and decline variations that sync with your trainer's cues, making every workout a synchronized adventure. Whether you're chasing speed or aiming for endurance, Peloton's smart features and vibrant community keep you motivated mile after mile. 

2. Horizon 7.8 AT

Looking for a smart treadmill that marries innovation with affordability (and compatibility with the Runna App)? Look no further because the Horizon 7.8 AT is your answer. Designed to provide you with a truly immersive experience without breaking the bank, this machine is more than just a treadmill. It’s a smart option that syncs with fitness apps, explores virtual terrains, and challenges you with interval training. Simply put: the Horizon 7.8 AT proves that cutting-edge fitness tech can be accessible to all.

***Compatible with the new Runna Treadmill Feature***

3. NordicTrack Commercial X32i

Imagine running the Grand Canyon's rim without leaving your home. Seriously, imagine it. That's the power of the NordicTrack Commercial X32i. Boasting an awesome incline range of -6% to 40%, this smart treadmill brings the world to your feet, as you engage in iFit's interactive workouts led by elite trainers, who adjust your incline and speed in real-time to match the landscapes you're virtually traversing. From exotic trails to studio sessions, this is a treadmill that unlocks global fitness.

4. Technogym MyRun

For those who value data-driven runs, the Technogym MyRun offers a seriously sleek solution. Able to connect to an app that analyzes your running style and provide you with personalized feedback to enhance your technique, the MyRun is pretty special. And the best part: it has a cushioned deck that reduces impact on your joints, while its compatibility with third-party apps ensures that your stats stay in sync across platforms. It's basically the perfect blend of science, style, and performance.

5. Life Fitness Platinum Club Series

Step into the future of fitness with the Life Fitness Platinum Club Series treadmill; a smart treadmill that boasts an epic display that syncs with LFConnect, meaning you can enjoy an immersive workout experience. From heart rate monitoring to fitness tracking, it's a one-stop hub for all your workout metrics. And if you're missing your outdoor runs, Life Fitness's Virtual Run feature transports you to iconic locations around the world. It's the treadmill equivalent of a passport stamped with fitness goals.

6. Xterra TRX Series

The Xterra TRX Smart Treadmill might just take the crown as the premier smart treadmill, thanks to the way it blends advanced technology with unparalleled performance. Boasting a sleek design and intuitive touchscreen interface, it offers a diverse range of immersive workout programs, virtual terrain simulations, and real-time progress tracking. But what really sets the Xterra TRX apart is its precision engineering. On top of connecting with the Runna App and our wearables, it provides you with a smooth and challenging run, whether you're an avid runner or just starting out. Think innovation and exceptional craftsmanship – that’s what makes this the ultimate choice for transforming your home workouts into dynamic, motivating experiences.

***Compatible with the new Runna Treadmill Feature***

7. N·O·B·L·E Pro Elite E 8.0

The NOBLE Pro Elite E8.0 seamlessly blends advanced technology with uncompromising performance, all packaged in a sleek design with a seriously intuitive touchscreen interface. That’s what you see at first glance, anyway. What you’ll quickly find out after that, though, is this treadmill has access to a diverse range of immersive workout programs, virtual terrains, and real-time progress tracking – and it’s seamlessly compatible with certain fitness apps and wearables too.

***Compatible with the new Runna Treadmill Feature***

To Sum It All Up

There’s only one way to put it: these machines are more than just equipment; they're your companions on the journey to personal bests. From immersive classes to virtual landscapes, they're here to elevate your indoor runs, offer a fitness experience that's nothing short of extraordinary, and do it all while connecting with your Runna Plan. So, embrace the smart side of running, and let these treadmills take you on a journey that's both exhilarating and data-packed.

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