Bodyguard Treadmill Review Index
General Information:Bodyguard has some of the best Chinese produced treadmills on the market, but their big problem is becoming more and more common in this business. In some cities it is impossible to go look at one. They have tied their wagon to a distribution channel that is, to put it charitably, not doing well. Bodyguard has only been manufacturing treadmills since 1995, but they have used the same quality construction that's been their trademark since 1969. Their parent company is Procycle, a large Canadian company.
Manufacturing Philosophy:Their design philosophy is to build a good treadmill and then price it according to the cost of the quality level. This philosophy forces them to abandon low price points but ends up benefiting the consumer. Many other manufacturers like to pinpoint the price point they want and then build the treadmill to the price point, which causes them to cut corners in order to hit the sales price.
Company Outlook : Bodyguard has weathered the economic downturn better than we expected. Quite honestly, our opinion here was that they would no longer be in the treadmill and elliptical business. They have fewer dealers than many other brands, especially what we consider the top level brand names, so in many places it is impossible to see one of their machines, unless you plan on driving quite a distance to the closest dealer.