Traditional treadmills take about 20 seconds to adjust from sprint pace to recovery, says Andrew Slane, Precision Run coach and group fitness instructor at Equinox locations in New York City. In turn, you sacrifice rest (if you start adjusting at the end of an interval) or working time (if you try to compensate by adjusting speed early).
The Precision Run Treadmill takes only five seconds to make the full transition so you don't miss out on either, leading to tougher, more effective sessions.
Plus, the machine’s smart dashboard includes “last speed” and “recovery” buttons and saves your four previous speeds on screen, so you’re always one tap away from your next pace. "This feature makes running simple again—not always easy, but simple—so you can focus on form and breathing," says Elizabeth Corkum, Precision Run coach in New York City.
Traditional treadmills have relatively smooth belts and minimal cushioning. When you run on that type of surface, your body absorbs excess force that can cause overuse injuries in the Achilles tendons, heels, and ankles.
The Precision Run Treadmill, however, features a custom slated belt designed with a diamond quilt pattern. The technology softens the impact and improves grip so you can run safely and push off more powerfully with every step.
When running on treadmills, people often stand too close to the console to feel more secure. This bad habit increases your risk of injury, especially during sprints, since it limits range of motion in your arms and legs.
The Precision Run Treadmill’s solution: "We pushed the monitor forward to allow use of the belt's entire length," says David Siik, LA-based founder of Precision Run. The extra space allows you to take full strides and drive your arms fully to power each step, Slane adds. Together, these elements will make for faster times when you do head outdoors.