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February 15, 2018

Sleek, Modern + Compact Treadmill | SpaceWalker Review


When Hubby and I moved from our suburban townhouse to our rural lakehouse we happily traded interior space for lake frontage, but losing a full height basement and third bedroom has proven to be a little more challenging than we thought.  We miss some things about our old house - including a spot to stash a treadmill, which we actually used quite often.  I had a friend who was a real fitness enthusiast and when we were too busy to connect in person we'd schedule "treadmill dates".



We would each put on our bluetooth earpieces and chat while we walked, neither of us minding that conversation was made more difficult by the whir and buzz of our treadmills.  Before Hubby and I moved to the lakehouse we sold the treadmill because we had no place to put it and we assumed we'd just naturally get fit by spending our time in the great outdoors.  We were right - in the warmer months.  We swim, stand up paddle board, bike, walk, canoe and sail (it's a surprising core workout).  In the winter though, we hunker down and eat indoor s'mores in front of the fireplace.  A wonderful way to embrace hygge, but terrible for our health!

Determined to get active during our hibernating months, Hubby and I started to shop for a small treadmill that we could fit into our office closet - formerly a nook with a filing cabinet and antique trunk:
  

We spent months emptying its contents until we had a beautiful blank slate that we plan to morph into a mini home gym with some additional DIY-ing (like adding some ventilation, an outlet, maybe a shelf for some weights and a small TV?).  But the first step was finding a durable treadmill that is compact enough to fit in there.  Many treadmills on the market need a massive walk-in closet to hide them or,  like our old one, they are too heavy and bulky for me to move on my own.


Eventually I found THE most perfect compact treadmill that's small, sturdy and capable, but it looks so stylish that it doesn't even need to be tucked away.  It's the Spacewalker by BodyCraft.  As my lovely Mom is demonstrating, it is so compact that not only can we store it in the closet, we can use it in there too!



I reached out to BodyCraft and they generously provided one for review (I was not otherwise compensated) - but I would purchase this treadmill in a heartbeat.  Most of the treadmill is a gorgeous creamy white but it does have a glossy colorful side, which comes in black or red.   Let's petition them to manufacture one in turquoise!



It is shipped fully assembled and although it weighs 90lbs, once it's out of the box it is surprisingly easy to move around.  Both my Mom and I can do it alone, thanks to a sleek design that's easy to hold on to - and a pair of sturdy wheels.


Once it's folded up, it's unbelievably compact - there are so many places I could tuck this in my home: beside the tallboy dresser in the bedroom, into our coat closet, or even behind the TV!


You can also flip it onto its side and tuck it behind a sofa or place it at the end of a bed as a bench.


Did I mention that this compact treadmill doubles as a small treadmill desk?  It's the perfect size to rest a laptop.  I have to admit that I will need some more practice to be able to walk and reply to an email, but it's perfect for watching YouTube tutorials or easier work tasks that don't require quite as much brainpower or coordination.


In terms of using it, I love how simple it is to operate.  This treadmill has everything I need: cupcake cup holder, built-in pulse sensors, quick access start/pause button, LED display, and a safety key that immediately turns off the machine.  Even though it's small, it's very sturdy, with a steel reinforced laminated melamine under the deck that can support someone up to 300lbs.  Although the deck is compact in size, even when I am walking at a good clip (you can do up to 4mph), it feels perfectly stable and I never feel like I'm going to run out of room.  I actually like how low it is to the ground because I used to feel a little dizzy on our old treadmill, which felt so high that I was convinced I'd get decapitated if I was running while the ceiling fan was on.  

You can read about all of the treadmill features on the BodyCraft website
 
BodyCraft is offering readers $200 off (using the code DANSLELAKEHOUSE) which brings the total to $799, plus free shipping in the US.


Hubby and I are thrilled with this treadmill because it can be a bit of a struggle to find that perfect balance between form and function in a small home.  I'd love a six bedroom home or epic finished basement where I could have a photography studio, a sewing room, a home gym, a proper guestroom, a room for the pups, a chest freezer...  But I don't.  I have a perfectly lovely two bedroom house with a weird little fish room, a bunkie I only use in the summer, and a basement that's five feet tall with no visible stairs leading to it (what a mystery).

Products like this help me feel so much more content with the space I have.  Who needs a massive home gym when I have a compact treadmill that looks sharp, functions beautifully, and helps me make the most of the space I have?   



Stay tuned for the rest of this closet turned home gym transformation...

A huge thanks to BodyCraft for sending me the compact SpaceWalker treadmill.

P.S. Thanks also to my beautiful Mom, for being my model.  Her striking leggings and teal (!) top are designed by a local designer who has her own factory in Katmandu, Nepal, with two retail locations (Elfarrow Apparel): one in my hometown and another on Salt Spring Island, BC.   
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6 comments

  1. I actually LOVE the look of this treadmill! I too have a (very) small space. Does it adjust to a slight incline or just work flat? Is it noisy, like if I had one in an upstairs unit would my downstairs neighbor hate me?

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    1. There’s no incline option but it goes to a pretty good speed. It is not noisy, although that is subjective. In my space it feels very quiet. I am planning to film some video for Instagram stories this weekend and I’ll add it to the post too. That should give you a better sense. I would totally get this if I had downstairs neighbours. It’s also quiet when you move it around - I remember our old one was noisy to use AND clunky to move.

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  2. Gym-in-a-closet is a brilliant idea! Though this really beautiful sculptural treadmill is out of my price range right now, I'm very much looking forward to how you use your space and other ideas for free weights, yoga mats, etc., etc. I've actually got my weights stacked up under the end of our sofa right now, which is NOT conducive to easy use. I have to add that your mom looks wonderful! I'm definitely following up on the Elfarrow Apparel lead.

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    1. Hahaha, our weights are stacked behind the TV right now, gathering lots of dust, so I totally understand. I hope once we move everything in here we'll be more inclined to use it. Right now the yoga mats are in the hall closet and everything is so spread out. I want to use the treadmill for awhile before I assess how much else I can cram in here and where it should go, but I definitely spot places for shelves already. An outlet will be amazing too...

      I will pass along the compliment to my Mom. You're so kind :) I definitely did not inherit her gams, so I'm grateful for her willingness to model so I can stay behind the photos. I love taking photos - posing for them, not so much, lol!

      I'm not sure Elfarrow has an online shop up and running yet, but I know it's in the works.

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  3. Oh my goodness - such a super sleek and compact design. It's also hard to find a white treadmill! Enjoy those walks! I might just need one, too!

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    1. Thank you! I am really enjoying using it. I am so happy that there is a company FINALLY making a treadmill that looks like it belongs in a home and not a gym. I am not surprised you like the white, haha :) I just added a new coupon code made for readers which is better than the last deal and knocks $200 off...

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