For $499 it is hard to do better but if I were in your shoes, I would save up some money and do better. The machine that they sell at Sam's Club for about $700 is light years ahead of this model...I know it is twice the price but you will be twice as glad if you save up.
A cheap treadmill and you certainly get what you pay for. People get onto us every year for making these kinds of comments but at the heart of it, we simply want you to go into the deal with your eyes wide open. If you get lucky-great but don't blame us if your luck turns out like we expect.