If you’re in the market for a treadmill, you’re in a position to get picky. For small spaces, there are foldable models. For the easily bored, full-screen options. Environmentally conscious, energy-efficient ones. For hiking enthusiasts, there are units with attached arm poles. There are even some treadmills designed to slide under your desk to make workday workouts a breeze.
If you want the best in class, however, there’s not much decision-making to be done. Ask a dozen professional runners what their favorite treadmill is, and one brand will dominate their answers: Woodway. I’m definitely among them. I first tried a Woodway 4Front as a collegiate athlete more than a decade ago, and — as is often the case — it was love at first run. The smooth, land-like experience was unlike any treadmill I’d run on before, and I soon found myself thinking of excuses to run indoors a little more.