Carl Lewis MOTC99 Treadmill Review

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The Carl Lewis MOTC99 treadmill is a machine suitable only for a beginner to treadmill running on a tight budget. A few years ago no one would have thought a treadmill under £300 could possibly offer so much so they have to be congratulated for opening the door to a new market.

Features include a calorie counter, body fat analysis, heart rate monitor, six pre-set programmes and capacity for one manual programme.

For anyone looking to get fit and/or lose weight this is a good place to start, although you may find you grow out of it in less than a year as you get fitter. It has enough to keep you motivated to reach your goals with its programmes, although the top speed of 8mph may start to seem a little less challenging after a while.   Another plus for the novice runner unused to the trials of running is its cushioned running deck. This will reduce the stress on joints and feel more comfortable than road running. If currently overweight this is also a big benefit.

It does have two incline levels to add a little extra to your training but it does have to be altered manually which means you have to get off to change the setting – a bit of a pain in the middle of a run.

Our reviewers found it pretty easy to use, liked its attractive design and thought it would be well suited for beginners. It also folds up into a compact size for easy storage when not in use.

It comes with a one year on site warranty on parts and labour which is okay but not brilliant for a machine in this price bracket. Another alternative for £70 or so extra is the BH Fitness Galileo

Best Price

The is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

The Carl Lewis MOTC99 offers good value for money if your new to training. It obviously doesn't have the whistles and bells found on more expensive machines but it certainly has enough for the beginner. It is worth looking at Carl Lewis' other models because a few pounds more will get you more features, but it's a bit like buying a washing machine with 20 programmes - do you really use them all? In short, a great buy for anyone new to exericse or running with a goal in mind.


  • 1.5 horsepower (HP) continuous
  • 0 – 12 km/H speed range (0 – 8 mph)
  • Two-level manual incline
  • LCD display
  • Quick speed key operation – one touch to change speed
  • 6 pre-set programmes plus one manual
  • Hand grip heart rate monitor
  • 40 x 120 cm walking/running surface
  • Cushioned deck to reduce impact
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Maximum user weight 100kg (220 lbs)

- Console / Display Unit

- User Reviews

The Pros

  • Very easy to install.
  • Folds away into a compact size.
  • Value for money - you get a lot for very little!.
  • Easy to move, good portablilty.
  • Its looks and design.
  • Deck had quite a good feel for a budget machine.

The Cons

  • The manual incline - having to stop running and get off to change.
  • The running deck is short.
  • Some felt the top speed is a little slow at 8mph - although beginners and walkers will not find this a problem.
Reviewer Ratings

Power - 6.5
Appearance - 7.5
Running Area - 6
Comfort - 7.5
Reliability - 7.5
Noise - 7
Ease Of Use - 7
Controls - 7.5
Warranty - 7
Value for Money - 7.5
Best Price

The is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

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