Gold's Gym Club Trainer 690 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
One of the brighter stars in the Gold's Gym lineup. With that said, most of the stars in this lineup are pretty dim.
The only thing that is "Club" about this machine is the name. A good walker's treadmill and that's about it.
The Gold's Gym Club Trainer 690 is one of Gold's Gym's best treadmills, and it sells for $799. It's not surprising that this is the best quality machine that we have reviewed from this line, as it's the highest priced. Still, it's fairly cheap, and it should not be used for anything other than light walking.
The walking area is pretty small. The belt measures in at 17" x 50", which is much smaller than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. The average user will find this to provide enough room, but larger users that are familiar with the standard walking belts may feel that this one is less accommodating.
A horrible motor powers this machine. At $799, you can find models that use much better motors. Even Gold's Gym's cheaper treadmills have greater power producing capabilities. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, but we don't recommend using this treadmill for anything other than light walking. A running regimen will quickly wear out the structure and drive system.
An excellent cushioning system comes on this model. StepTech Cushioning uses an isolator to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. You can easily find machines that offer a less forgiving or durable running surface that cost an extra $1,000.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model isn't bad. It has a longer life expectancy than many of the other treadmills in it's price range, but if you are willing to spend another $100-$200, you can find machines that will last significantly longer. The quality of parts is also decent at this price.
The warranty on the Gold's Gym Club Trainer 690 is pathetic. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, while the motor is covered for 15 years. Warranties in this price range routinely offer better coverage.