A Solid Performer – Ideal for Walkers and Joggers
For their entry level treadmill the Spirit Fitness XT185 is a solid performer and is ideal for walkers and joggers. I use to work for a company that sold rebranded Spirit Fitness treadmills and overall they were durable and low maintenance machines.
You will find Spirit Fitness treadmill at fitness equipment speciality stores. These stores offer the benefit of buying from knowledgeable individuals. These “professional” will profile your body type and fitness goals and usually match you with the right machine. However, like any salesperson they may try to upsell you. A benefit of buying from fitness equipment speciality stores is that they service the equipment they sell. Unlike other online fitness stores that contract out to network of service people who may be unfamiliar with your machine.
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I have always been a fan of Spirit treadmills. In fact they are built by the same company that builds Sole treadmills, which has received numerous “Best Buy” ratings. However, because Spirit treadmills are primarily sold through fitness equipment specialty stores you typically pay a premium. And to not compete with these stores you still pay that premium if you buy online through their web site.
For example, the online price for the Spirit Fitness XT185 treadmill is $1,399 with shipping. For $100 less you can buy the comparable Sole F65 with a 60″ long treadbelt, installed speakers and MP3 input and a 3.25 continuous duty HP motor.
If you are in need of advice and hand holding, then buying from these stores is probably a good idea.
Note: Often the online/MSRP is negotiable with the retail stores.