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?