Gold's Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill Review
If you’re a runner (or really any type of athlete) that is trying to stay in shape during the winter season, I’m sure you have already considered purchasing a treadmill.
Owning one is different, and often better, than using a treadmill at the gym. A treadmill is a great component to your home gym, as it can often take up little space, and provides a great opportunity to incorporate the ever-vital cardio into your daily routine.
But often, in the search for a good treadmill, you might encounter options that are consistently well above your price range. The majority of the ‘better’ treadmills out there cost somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000.
At a certain point, the expense becomes pointless, as the only extra benefits are gadgets and gizmos that are not really necessary for your overall running experience.
But the important thing that often comes with that denser price tag is a more durable machine – if you drop $2,000 now, chances are it will last for years.
My Dad has a treadmill (I forget the brand, but it’s a nicer one) that is probably close to twenty years old at this point, and it still works.
Now, it is true that they don’t build things to last anymore, but a good general rule of thumb is that a more expensive treadmill is going to be a better treadmill. And a better treadmill will last longer – maybe not twenty years long, but still likely close to ten years – of course depending on how nicely you treat it.
But if $2,000 or even $1,500 is decidedly out of your price range, but you still need a good treadmill, there are a bunch of options below the thousand-dollar line.
You should just know, going in, that you do get what you pay for – cheaper materials, lower quality, and less endurance (plus you won’t get any of those fun techy additions).
Gold’s Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill
This treadmill, another option from Gold’s Gym, is best described as an in-betweener entry-level treadmill. It is decidedly worlds’ better than the Gold’s 420 treadmill, which is objectively a crappy machine, but it is still not really competitive with the more expensive models.
Again, you get what you pay for. This is a $600 machine and has accrued a 3.7-star rating on Amazon, with fewer than 100 customer reviews.
I’ll break down into specifics in a moment, but the general consensus is that this is a decent treadmill. It’s not terrible, nor is it fantastic – as I said, it is an in-betweener.
It is certainly no more than an entry-level machine, and its long-term endurance is doubtful, but for moderate to intermediate use, it will get the job done.
Specs and Stuff
This 160-pound folding treadmill is designed to be light and compact. The belt size is 53 inches long by 20 inches wide, which is a relatively decent improvement in comparison to the 420, which is only 18 inches wide.
But even at 20 inches, there are some people with larger frames who will find that the tread is too narrow – just something to keep in mind before purchasing. It is powered by a 2.6 HP motor – unfortunately, this motor is not measured in CHP (Continuous Horse Power) and so might not be able to sustain high speeds for long periods of time.
It has a weight capacity of approximately 300 pounds, though if you are above 250, I would either be cautious or simply look for a more durable treadmill.
This treadmill has a maximum incline of 9.5%, which is lower than the maximum incline of the 420 models, though not by enough to be of extreme importance.
It includes heart-rate monitor handlebars, but unfortunately does not allow for the connection of a chest monitor – it will likely be inaccurate in its measurements. It also includes two cup holders and a built-in fan and also includes iPod/mp3 capability.
Its full dimensions are 72.5 inches long and 35 inches wide, which is larger than its cousin, the 420, but is still compact enough so that you could squeeze it into a tight space.
The treadmill includes a small LED screen and has 18 preprogrammed workouts, which is one of the strongest aspects of this treadmill.
At a similar price range, you’ll find some treadmills with more workouts and some with less, but this a good number that allows for varied yet intense training.
And, especially on a treadmill, having workouts (the treadmill adjusts speed and incline differently for each workout) makes it a lot easier to get a good workout in.
This treadmill also includes something called Air-Stride Cushioning, which just serves to provide a smoother run while also decreasing the impact of impact. This is another of the better aspects of this treadmill.
Other than that, the 720 Trainer is a relatively standard model – nothing especially unique, nothing that really stands out.
Should I Get It?
That depends on the kind of athlete you are and the kind of athlete you would like to be, especially during the winter season.
If you would consider yourself to be a runner – this means you run consistently, have been running consistently, and plan to continue running consistently (several days a week) – you might consider a more expensive option.
Nothing below $1,000 will give you the kind of solid, sturdy, and long-term machine that can meet your needs and allow your training to hit the next level.
If you consider yourself to be an occasional runner or would like to start becoming a runner – this means you run a few days a week, at a low distance, with a low to intermediate intensity – this is a decent starter option.
Any level of planned athleticism below the occasional run would pair well with this treadmill. But again, if you plan on really putting it through its paces, the more expensive treadmills are going to be more useful to you.
Overall, this is not a bad machine. It is much, much better than Gold’s 420 models, but has some of the same characteristics – it is cheaply built with low-quality materials, and is also compact, which is equal parts good and bad, depending on what you’re looking for in a treadmill.
To sum this treadmill up in one phrase, it is a good budget and space-friendly starter machine.
I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.