From the Roman Empire to the middle of the twentieth century, treadmills have been used in place of cranes to lift heavy weights, worked by horses instead of wind & water power and used by dogs to power butter churns.
By the 1950s the first treadmill was used to aid in diagnosis of heart conditions and today, as the fitness industry continues to grow, the running machine is one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment.
Last year Ronnie Delzer from Texas ran 143.84 km on a treadmill in 12 hours, creating a new world record.
Standing up to this kind of constant pounding means a strong machine of course – something Mark Carter from P&M Gym Solutions knows all about.
“We put treadmills into gyms that are used 16 hours a day, seven days a week, so they need to be robust,” says Mark, who has 30 years’ experience in the gym equipment industry and says nothing outperforms the Habasit Fitline® treadmill belt.
“Habasit’s belts are durable, they don’t stretch and there are no joint or resistance problems. They wear well and keep the electric current draw down which prevents the electronics from blowing and is more energy efficient.”
Mark adds that the belts are noise free, have no alignment problems and the service provided by Habasit is efficient, with orders ready within five working days.
The Habasit Fitline® belt is maintenance free. The underside of the belt is self lubricated and works together with a supporting deck, so there is no wax build-up on the deck or pulleys. This is also a positive health and safety issue, as not having to lubricate the belt means there is no risk of damaging fingers.
“Strength is the Habasit Fitline® treadmill’s key feature. Designed purely for treadmills, it can take the weight of the heaviest runners, has a hard-wearing, grippy surface and the belt fabric is only 1.6 mm thick,” says Simon Robinson, Habasit Area Sales Manager. “The joins are made diagonally which means it is less likely to break and the belt composition of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), adhesive, polyester and impregnated fabric means it outperforms others in the market.”
The development of materials used by Habasit is based on scientiﬁc analysis of market needs, thorough lab tests, extensive ﬁeld test programmes and comparison with competitor solutions.
- Power consumption measurement
- Accelerated belt life tests
- Friction tests
- Wear and tear tests
- Noise measurements
- Impact tests
- Embossing improvement analysis
- High-speed data acquisition of load distribution
- Field tests
So from the Roman Empire to the 21st Century, man has continued to use treadmills and the Habasit Fitline® treadmill belt will ensure that the fitness industry continues to stay on a roll. (LC)