Monday, July 30, 2012

RIP William Staub

William Staub, the man responsible for bringing the treadmill into houses and gyms died at the age of 96.  

The treadmill had a tremendous impact in running career especially when I first started over 10 years ago.  I remember working out in my apartment complex’s gym, when I first wanted to lose weight.  When I moved apartments having a workout room was a huge factor in deciding to rent that apartment.  

I remember the first treadmill I purchased.  I used that machine so much that we had to have a repairman come and fix it more than once.  Eventually, it died on me.  I remember we set this up in the second bedroom of our apartment.  We also had a DVR cable box.  I would return home from work at 5:30pm and be on the treadmill from 6:00pm to 7:00pm each night.  I would then have a chance to get showered and have dinner cooking before my wife would arrive home from work around 8:00pm. 

I also can remember when we moved into our house. We placed the treadmill in the basement. By then, I had a DVR cable box and a DVD player.  This would ensure I would always have something to watch, especially what I call a “treadmill movie”.   Our first child was born by this time, so my routine changed.  Instead of working out after work, I would get up at 4:30am and be on the treadmill by 5:00am.  I would then watch the news, a movie, or a show I recorded and be off by 6:00am.  Most days, my workout would be complete before the rest of the household became awake. 

Whenever we went on a vacation or when I traveled for business, I used to make sure the hotel included a workout room with a treadmill.  I can still see the cool blue of the Atlantic when I would exercise on a cruise ship. 

RIP William Staub and thank you for the treadmill.

Do you incorporate the use of a treadmill in your workout?


  1. I wish I could afford a treadmill. If I had access to one, I prob would have started jogging earlier then I did. Im worried that if we have a bad winter, I might not be able to keep up with my triathlon training. Why I didnt even think about using one when I started my diet was because of my weight. A cheapo treadmill doesnt like a 300+ lb guy attempting to run on it. lol

  2. When I first started running, I ran exclusively on a treadmill. Now I run outside. I understand your worry about a bad winter, but its almost August now.

    You can always find an excuse to exercise. Its too cold. Its too Rainy. Its too hot. its too late. Its too early. You can also just walk on the treadmill or outside on the days you feel the conditions are not right for running.