Horizon Fitness, located in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, is part of Johnson Health Tech, the fourth largest exercise equipment manufacturer in the world. Besides treadmills, Horizon Fitness also manufacturers ellipticals and exercise bikes. Their products are available in many sporting-goods stores as well as on the Internet. One of their most popular treadmills is the Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill which has a list price of $799. However, if you search online you can probably find it on some websites selling for around $599.
One of the most attractive features of this treadmill is the price. At less than $1000, the Evolve SG is significantly lower than other treadmills with similar features. This can make it easier for someone to invest in a treadmill for their home gym who might otherwise not have thousands of dollars to spend. This treadmill also lives up to its compact name, when folded it measures 10 inches by 59 inches. If you don’t have a lot of clutter it can slide nicely under your bed. This is a major perk for people who live in tight spaces, like an apartment, or simply if you like to keep your bedroom looking neat and tidy when guests come over. You probably don’t want to drag the treadmill out from under your bed everyday but for temporary storage it would work out great. If there’s not enough room under your bed (most people already use that area for storage) the treadmill can also be stored in an upright position. Since the design is so sleek in can fit in a closet or behind a large piece of furniture and you wouldn’t even know it’s there.
The treadmill also comes pre-assembled when shipped. All you have to do is unfold the unit and plug it in. This Horizon Treadmill also comes with built-in audio speakers which you can hook up to any music source including your iPod or CD player. Unlike other treadmills which are big and bulky, the Horizon Compact treadmill can be moved from room to room with minimal effort. Some treadmills are so huge that once assembled you have to keep them in the same room for years on end because they don’t fit through the doorway.
The major downside to this treadmill is that because of its compact size it may be geared more for walkers than runners. Runners may prefer a treadmill with a wider and longer belt. The belt on the Horizon Evolve treadmill measures 17 inches by 45 inches. However, if you’re a short person you could probably also use this treadmill for running. The heart rate monitor also seems to act up for a small number of users so if you like to monitor your heart rate you might be better off purchasing a separate monitor.