The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill features a powerful 4.0 HP motor (continuous duty), reaching speeds up to 12 miles per hour (in increments of 0.5 mph). The treadmill can incline between 0 (flat) to a 15 percent grade with a power incline.
The Elite Runner features a sizeable 22″ x 62″ deck for running, jogging, or walking. This treadmill is built to last and comes with the best home warranty I have seen on treadmills. The upgraded orthopedic treadmill belt is thicker and more comfortable than competitor belts.
This model includes an LED display with Zero-Glare™ matte finish display, has windows that can display speed, incline, time, distance traveled, calories, pulse, and pace. You can use the eight automatic programs (walking or running, a steady pace or intervals, flat or hills) and two customizable programs. Easy to use dedicated incline and speed buttons.
This running machine offers the optimal training setting for users of all fitness levels as a general overview. It features sturdy construction able to support a maximum user weight capacity of 400 pounds, and running on it provides the same feel as any other commercial treadmill.
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Product: 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill
Warranty: Residential Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 10 years / Labor 2 years
My rating: 8.75/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 84L x 35.5W x 58H inches (213.4L x 90.1W x 147.3H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 62L x 22W inches (157.4L x 55.8W cm)
- Product weight: 386 lbs (175 kg)
- Supported weight: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Motor: 4.0 HP, Continuous duty
- Incline: Automatic, 0%-15%
- Deck cushioning: Yes
- Speed levels: 0.5-12, MPH.
- Training programs: 8
- Pulse sensors: Yes
- Amenities: Chest strap, sound system, cooling fan, tablet holder, bottle/accessory holders
- Residential Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 10 years / Labor 2 years
- Commercial Warranty: Frame 5 years / Motor 5 years / Parts 5 years / Labor 1 year
Elite Runner Frame and deck
Overall, the machine is pretty heavy, with an assembled weight of 386 lbs (175 kg), the running deck holding most of the machine’s weight. Due to this fact, the deck is non-folding. So, it’s a good idea to assemble it directly in the place where it will be in use.
On the other hand, its massive weight plays an essential role in the treadmill’s stability. You can be sure that it won’t rock as you run on it.
The running surface is pretty spacious, being a few inches longer and wider than the average treadbelt required for running. At 62″L x 22″W (157.4L x 55.8W cm), it provides a running surface comfortable for taller users as well.
For example, a user up to 6’6′-6’7″ (198 – 201 cm) tall should not feel cramped or hindered in any way, even when running on the highest speed setting.
The deck incorporates a heavy-duty, 2-ply running belt, highly resistant to stretching. It also features 3″ rollers with enclosed ball bearings, designed to last for up to 10 years, even if the machine is used daily for at least 6 hours.
One last important aspect to mention is its suspension system. It incorporates the commercial Ortho Flex Shock cushioning, considerably diminishing each foot strike’s impact, rendering a much comfortable running feel than on concrete or asphalt.
The 3G Cardio Elite Runner features a motorized, automatic incline system. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the central active element that produces the slope is the treadmill’s front base. The rear part of this base lifts as the incline increases, the bottom resting on the front caster wheels.
The maximum incline is not as extreme as in other commercial treadmills, and that’s the main reason some would consider this treadmill only a light commercial one. However, it does provide a maximum incline of 15% (CCA 10°), which considerably increases the workout spectrum.
Actually, at the maximum slope and a speed setting of 10 MPH+, a non-professional runner shouldn’t be able to last more than several minutes.
At 0% incline, the running surface gives you an elevation of 8″ (20.3 cm). The slope should also add a couple more inches. Therefore, to determine the required ceiling height for you to use this treadmill safely, you should add at least 15″ (38 cm) to your size.
Since the incline is motorized, it is only adjustable via the machine’s console. Adjustments are in increments of 1%.
Elite Runner Drive Motor
The deck of a treadmill is not the only element that indicates the machine’s maximum user capacity. Its engine should also withstand the amount of stress generated by the user’s weight, cadence, and training.
The good news is that the 3G Elite Runner comes with a 4.0 HP motor, made for continuous duty, and supports users up to 400 lbs for prolonged workout sessions.
This treadmill has a speed range between 0.5 and 12 MPH, an acceptable speed range for users of all levels. It is adjustable in increments of 0.1 and 0.5, but there are also direct keys for several speed settings. Transition to a selected speed setting doesn’t happen abruptly, giving the runner the possibility to adjust their pace.
This 3G treadmill has a power draw rating of 15 amp, but its real draw is between 10 and 12 amp. It requires to be connected to a 110V power circuit and has an American standard plug.
Console and amenities
The console equipped on the 3G Elite Runner treadmill features three displays that indicate different values. The top screen shows incline, calories, calories/h, time, speed, distance, pace, and Mets. In case you’re wondering, the Mets value represents how much harder your body is working than if it were at rest.
The bigger monitor to the left offers the grid for adjusting incline and speed within a workout program. The smaller display to the right dedicates to heart rate.
There are eight preset workout programs onboard, including Manual, Course, Goal, Fit Test, Fat Burn, Aerobic, Custom, and Body Index. Some of them have multiple settings, though. For example, there are 8 Courses under the Course tab, two programs under the Fit Test, and 2 Custom program profiles.
The treadmill will automatically adjust incline and speed if using a specific course according to the selected route. The Custom user profiles give you the possibility to create and save your courses.
With the Goal function, you can set up goals for time, calories, and distance for your daily workout, while the Manual mode allows you to control incline and speed as you exercise freely. Of course, the heart rate programs focus on establishing your fitness level and offer you a safe HR interval for your workouts.
Speaking of heart rate, the transversal grip of the treadmill includes pulse sensors. However, the console can also read your heart rate wirelessly via the included HR chest strap transmitter.
The treadmill’s dashboard integrates several other amenities. It has a sound system compatible with most MP3 or smart devices and a USB charging port. The top part hosts a 2-speed cooling fan, while the lower portion is two bottle/accessory holders. The dashboard also includes a tablet holder.
Elite Runner Assembly and Maintenance
Although the machine’s assembly process is not complicated, it’s somewhat problematic, as the device is weighty. It requires at least two people to carry and assemble, and it’s for the best to build it in the exact place where it’s supposed to be in use.
The runner’s deck is already pre-assembled. All you have to do is attach the left and right console masts, the handlebars, and side covers, and then connect the console. The whole assembly shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. Tools and manuals are (included).
Just like any other treadmill, maintenance requires the periodical lubrication of the running belt. This requires 100% pure liquid silicone lubricant, which also comes provided.
Typically, home use involves lubrication once every 4-6 months, and commercial usage may need monthly lubrication. The treadbelt should also be kept clean and wiped with a damp cloth weekly.
- A highly sturdy piece of equipment;
- Able to support users up to 400 lbs;
- Spacious running surface;
- Heavy-duty, orthopedic tread belt;
- Cushioned deck;
- Motorized incline with a 0%-15% range;
- Continuous duty motor, with 4.0 HP;
- Speeds for all range of users, from 0.5 to 12 MPH;
- Numerous amenities, including sound system, cooling fan, accessory holders, and media tray;
- Pulse sensors;
- Telemetry enabled the console, and HR chest strap transmitter included;
- Eight main workout programs, some of them having multiple levels and options;
- Easy assembly;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty package.
- Weighty machine;
- No online connectivity.
3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill Summary
The 3G Cardio Elite Runner is a light commercial treadmill, but one of the models with a high maximum user weight capacity of 400 lbs, a well-constructed, durable deck, and a 4.0 HP CHP high-performance motor.
It’s not one of the cheapies, but it’s safe to say that its quality exceeds the price. It offers an impressive array of features and provides training possibilities to cover just about any runner’s athletic needs.
Whether you want it for walking, jogging, running, interval training, cardio training, or weight loss, the 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill has what it takes to help you achieve your athletic goals.
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