Do you need a treadmill that is good for a top speed over 12 miles an hour. Here are your best options.
For most people a 12 mp/h top speed on a treadmill is fast enough but if a faster treadmill is necessary, the Cybex R series, Life Fitness Elevation/Integrity series, Precor TRM800 and Assault runner are good options with top speeds over 19 km/h.
Below you can find why those are the best fast treadmills and what the best one for you is.
Best Treadmills With a Top Speed Over 12 MPH
There are treadmills with a top speed over 12 mph. Here you can find some of the best. Be prepared for a hefty price tag though. The faster treadmills are often the highest end machines these companies have to offer.
1. Cybex R series
The Cybex R Series is a very complete treadmill with a solid 14 MPH top speed. You can choose between two consoles of which one is a relatively simple LED display while the other is a large touchscreen that can be used to watch TV, stream movies or follow along with on-demand workouts. To be able to utilize that 14 MPH top speed there is a separate control panel for interval training.
The Belt is 21” by 60” which is comfortable to run on for most people. This combined with a 400 lbs. load limit means that the vast majority of people can get a good workout on this treadmill.
The top speed is backed up by a strong 4 CHP motor that can deliver up to 8 HP for short peaks.
2. Life Fitness Elevation/Integrity
The Life Fitness Elevation and Integrity both have a 14 MPH top speed. They differ quite a bit in some other aspects but the top speed is the same on both.
Life fitness is one of the biggest brands in the fitness industry. They provide a lot of equipment to commercial gym but also have a home gym line. Their nametag comes with a matching price tag though. These are not cheap treadmills but neither are the others on this list.
3. Precor TRM800 series
The Precor TRM800 series steps it up another notch and offers a top speed of 16 mph. This is the top of the line model from Precor, a company which is known for building high quality fitness equipment.
Most of their range has the standard 12 MPH top speed so if you need more than that, this top model is the only choice. The price is also top of the line. You won’t have a lot of change left over from $10k.
4. Athletic Republic Super Runner
Is that not enough? Ok, here is the one that will be enough unless you’re a cheetah (in which case, good job learning to read). The Athletic Republic treadmill reaches a top speed of a whopping 28 miles per hour making it the fastest treadmill in the world.
For reference, Usain Bolt reached a top speed of 27.65 miles per hour on his world record 100 meter sprint. So if you can top out this treadmill, you’ve got a few records to break. Looking forward to it!
The downside is that these treadmills aren’t for sale everywhere so you’ll have to contact them directly
5. Assault runner
This is a very interesting treadmill. It doesn’t have a motor. That is not too uncommon but most treadmills without a motor are pretty low end pieces of equipment that isn’t all that good. The Assault runner is in a whole different league (and price range). It’s unique curved shape makes running on it feel more natural than other manual treadmills and because there is nothing that has to spin up the belt, you can push it as fast as you can.
It’s only one example of this type of curved treadmills. There are more brands and models available but most of them are even more expensive than the Assault version.
How Fast Can Treadmills Go?
Let’s take a look at the specs of many popular home gym treadmills and their top speed.
|Sports (except playing)||V||V||V||V||V|
|Weight lifting (home gym)||V||X||V||V||V|
|Working on motorcycles||X||X||X/V||V||V||Difficult to get a motorcycle/car up the stairs. Do you want oil stains inside the house?|
|Working on cars||X||X||X||V||V|
|Cigars||X/V||X/V||X/V||X/V||V||Do you want to smoke in the house?|
|Making music (band practice)||X/V||X/V||V||V||V||Band practice can get loud.|
|Listening to music||V||V||V||V||V|
|Hunting/fishing (maintaining/storing gear and equipment)||V||V||V||V||V|
|X = No|
|V = Yes|
|X/V = It depends on your situation. See notes|
There is a difference between treadmills that are built for home gyms and for commercial gyms. The commercial models tend to have higher top speeds. The list above consists of models for residential use.
You can see that the majority of treadmills has a top speed of 10 or 12 mph. However, there are some exceptions that can go significantly faster with some models being able to go up to 16 mph.
For most people a top speed of 10 or 12 mp/h (16-19.3 km/h) is perfectly fine. 10 mile an hour is a 6:00 mile and 12 mile per hour results in a 5:00 mile. That means normal treadmills are plenty fast enough for the vast majority of people using treadmills. But if you need a bit more, you know which ones to look for.