Citysports are one of the more well-respected professional treadmill manufacturers on the market. Their products are known for the high-quality and, though they look pretty basic and simple, they are incredibly usable and come in at a great price – they really do represent value-for-money utility.
All of their treadmills feature a few similarities and boast the same few plus points, including near silent engines, good shock absorption in their decks, decent safety systems, lubrication systems that remind you to oil your band, and tell you when to, a range of techy goodness like Bluetooth connectivity, and simple yet elegant, foldable designs.
Their Folding Motorised Treadmill has all of this and more. It is paired back, featuring no side rails or anything extraneous to its basic functionality, it is an incredibly sleek looking machine that takes up virtually no room at all, especially when it is folded up for storage.
There are some downsides to it, of course – I’ll come to these shortly. But, for the most part, Citysports’ Folding Motorised Treadmill is incredibly good at what it’s meant to do.
First Impressions Of The Citysports Treadmill
As above, this really is a paired down machine. There are no frills, not even handrails or raised monitor. At first glance, it is just a platform
with a belt (well, actually, it is just a platform with a belt, but this will turn out to work really well, so I’m not knocking it).
It really is quite elegant in this regard. There is beauty to be found in simplicity, and Citysports have definitely found it.
I did have some slight concerns going into this. Citysports’ Folding Motorised Treadmill is sleek, but it isn’t the most robust machine ever. I suspected it would fare poorly with larger athletes, which is born out below, by its relatively low max weight. It will also never give a superb workout – it is a walker, not a runner, and as such will only really be suitable for lower rate, steady state work.
The main issue here is that the main people who stand to benefit from this kind of sedate, steady training are people with significant amounts of weight to lose – it is kinder on their joints than going for anything more impactful.
Citysports Treadmill Specs And Key Features
The Citysports Folding Motorised Treadmill does certainly deliver a lot. As above, Citysports always look to deliver near silent engines, good shock absorption in their decks, decent safety and lubrication systems, and things like Bluetooth connectivity in their products.
It has all of these and more. The brushless motor makes for quiet, near silent operation. This is vital for home use. You won’t be disrupting your family, housemates, or neighbours as you use it, and you’ll be able to watch TV uninterrupted as you train.
The Citysports Folding Motorised Treadmill is also perfect for saving space, again making it ideal for use in your home gym. It has been designed specifically to store easily in an upright position, so you can simply slip it away in a spare cupboard when you’re not using it. It has no sides, which give it a unique, quite nice look, whilst also saving on weight and space. Talking of weight, it’s only a little over 26kg. Whilst this isn’t light, it’s certainly on the lower end for a treadmill, and should still be pretty portable for most people.
This doesn’t make it a minnow, however – it offers decent room to manoeuvre. It has a respectable running area 115cm x 41cm, so you will have room to stretch your legs as you walk. In fact, it feels far more like a traditional treadmill in this regard, which is fantastic for a space-saving model.
The tread is also comfortable, with intelligent shock absorption technology, keeping your ankles, knees and hips safe as you train. It reaches a top speed of 6kph and offers no incline options. This is limiting, as you will never get more than an easy, light jog out of it.
As above, the maximum user weight is on the low side, at just 100kg. This may suit many users. However, heavier athletes won’t be able to use it.
I’m 90kg when I’m lean and can go up to more like 96-97kg during a heavy lifting period. I should be able to use a treadmill without worrying, but the Citysports Folding Motorised Treadmill is only just within reach. All I would need to do is put on a touch of excess body fat and I wouldn’t be able to use it, which is a shame as walking on machines like this represents a great, sustainable fat loss ally.
It’s common for obese athletes to weigh considerably more than 100kg. Again, as walking is such a great tool for maintaining a caloric deficit and losing weight, it is a shame that they won’t be able to make use of the Citysports Folding Motorised Treadmill.
Using The CitySports Treadmill
I greatly respect treadmills – they are fantastic tools for many different fitness goals. They are also pretty safe – much more so than running on pavement. They are stable and predictable, they keep your joints far safer than running on hard surfaces will, and you can easily match your pace and timings to them. If they are reasonably priced and easy to store, so much the better.
For these reasons and more, I really liked using the CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill. It ticks pretty much every box.
For starters, the intelligent shock absorption technology really nicely cushions you against the jarring aspects of running. I tend towards a dodgy ankle and knee on the left side, which running can aggravate. There was none of that here – my gait was soft and even, thanks to this shock absorption and the decently spaced running belt.
The user customisation options are decent, too, especially given the lack of a pillar mounted monitor. You can programme your workouts how you like – speed, time spent, variations etc, and there are options for warm-up and cool down periods. It counts calories and distance run.
There are no incline options, though. This would be a big ask of a folding treadmill in this price bracket, especially one that is trying to stay at a manageable weight. I find it disappointing, though, and it would push me to advise anyone looking for hill running to look into alternative treadmill styles, even if it means sacrificing a bit of space and a few extra quid.
The main goals to which I would set regular treadmill use include weight loss and an increase in cardiovascular health and fitness, strengthening your heart. The CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill can achieve these in the most part. It will allow you a slight run or a brisk walk, which will help you to cultivate the caloric deficit needed to lose weight. It will also raise your heartrate and circulation, meaning that it will keep you cardiovascular system healthy. You may struggle to push yourself too far, however – the relatively low speeds and lack of incline make for an early plateau, meaning that you will struggle to improve your fitness drastically with it.
There are a few people I can see the CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill working really well for. The top speed limits you to a light jog, and the low top weight limits the treadmill from being too usable for many people looking to lose weight. However, if you are after simply adding activity to your life, just adding minutes of effort, a fast walk on this in front of the telly each evening would be perfect. If you’re looking to lose weight from below the 100kg limit, which many people are, this can be a great ally. And if you’re looking for a handy way to get a bit of a jog going at home, on something that is genuinely really well made, and genuinely easy to store away, the CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill is perfect.
There are, of course, other options if you’re looking for a flat treadmill that is slim and portable. I personally like the Bigzzia. The main difference is the speed available: it goes from 1–10kph. This is a massive difference – those extra 4kph are the difference between a light, light jog and an all-out run. It will be enough to challenge most of us.
You also get a little bit more data access, with time, speed, calories burned, and distance run all displayed on the easily read monitor.
It is also a shade lighter, at 23.5kg, making it ever so slightly easier to lug about. As with CitySports’ treadmill, it will fit under furniture or in a spot of handy wardrobe space when not in use.
Then there is the ever-important top user weight. You get a little bit more wriggle room here, with a top capacity of 110kg. Though this may not seem like much, many of us sit in the 90-100kg area. 110kg is much more reassuring, I can promise you! It will also obviously open the treadmill up to a lot more people, as heavier athletes can get involved.
The motor is also pretty quiet. The treadmill’s shock reduction & noise reduction systems built into the steel frame make it near silent to use – as above, making it perfect for home or office use, without having to worry about bothering anybody. The belt itself has a 5-layer shock-absorbing structure, anti-slip, anti-static lawn texture, which all goes together to keep your joints safe and comfortable as you pound those kilometres away.
In essence, it’s everything the CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill does for you, with a few tweaks to give you even more usability. It also sits happily in around the same price point as the CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill. I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody.
I cannot see anybody who weighs around 90kg or less, who is looking for an incredibly comfortable walker with options for a light jog, who values space-saving functionality, clever design, and safe training, being in any way disappointed with the CitySports Folding Motorised Treadmill. Quite the reverse – it’s a great little machine, well worth the money you will pay for it and more. It will give you the workout you want.
However, that’s an unnecessarily slim market. For pretty much the same money, you could give yourself a few more options and a little more breathing room.