Is The Spirit XT185 YOUR Ideal Entry-Level Treadmill?

Thinking about buying your first treadmill? Before you think about the bells and whistles, think about what you're really looking for. While some people get full value from available treadmill features, others may never use them.

These are generally users who just want to concentrate on working out and may find all the extras distracting or even overwhelming. They want something solid and long-lasting that justifies the money they spent and satisfies their desire for simplicity.

If you're one of them, you'll definitely want to look at the Spirit XT185 Treadmill.

Entry-Level Features From a Top-Brand Manufacturer

Many rate Spirit Fitness one of the best treadmill manufacturers today. It enters the elite class of top fitness brands on the strength of its well-built and dependable equipment. Reviewers have noted how that quality and performance shines in the Spirit XT Treadmill line.

The entry-level XT185 may offer fewer features than the more expensive XT285, 485, or 685, but it is just as dependable. That's been noticed since 2019, when FIT PROF named it Best Treadmill under $1500 (USD). The value of its durability and carefully selected functions continues to impress today.  


Designed To Overcome Workout Burnout

What keeps users on treadmills and hanging clothes off them? A workout they'll want to come back to every day. For users who can get all the exercise they want from minimal programs, the XT185 fills the bill.

You'll find the six workouts you need - Manual, Hill, Fat Burn, Cardio, Strength, Interval - waiting on the 7.5" blue backlit LCD screen. Press START and your walk or run is underway.

Easy-to-access, HIIT-friendly speed and incline buttons take you through 10 electronically controlled incline levels with command prompts for speeds ranging from 0.5 to 10 mph. A quiet 2.75 HP motor propels a running belt that measures 20" X 55" running belt - spacious enough for everyone except taller users who really like to leg it out. Taller users primarily interested in walking, hiking, or light running should have no problem.

Conveniently placed handheld heart rate monitoring contributes to an extensive exercise data readout to keep you informed and motivated. Constant console feedback shows you Time, Distance, Speed, Elevation, Calories, Pace, Altitude, Laps, Segment Time, Avg. Heart Rate, and Heart Rate. A post-workout data summary concludes your session. 

More Motivating Factors

Even better than what you see on that bright blue backlit LCD screen is what you feel in your muscles. In addition to improving cardio health, the XT185 works your glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves, pecs, and arms.

But there's more than tangible proof of your process to keep you coming back. The XT185 may not offer the all-enveloping experience pricier treadmills do, but it has features enough to easily become your happy place, including:

  • A centre-mounted swivel fan keeps you comfortable, cool, and refreshed
  • A reading/viewing shelf for your tablet.
  • Two easily accessible cup holders - one for your water bottle and one for your cell phone or MP3 player

Pleasant as your workout might be, it's nice to know you won't have another one waiting after you towel off.


Easy Folding Treadmill Storage

Post-workout storage is nearly effortless. The XT185's sturdy folding design quickly reduces its 77.5" length to a slim 42.5". Its Lift Assist feature lessens the burden of raising your treadmill deck into the folded position. Users can often lift it with one hand.

After the treadmill locks into place, you can easily tilt its 229 lb. weight back onto perfectly centered wheels and roll it to an out-of-the-way spot.

After you roll it back for your next workout, its Safe Drop feature goes to work. Just pull a yellow handle and hand-start the lower process. Your deck will descend smoothly, gently and safely.


Built For The Long Run

After over 30 years of quality-driven engineering, Spirit Fitness puts strength and durability atop its list of priorities. At times, that's created an illusion that their innovation runs contrary to common sense.

For instance, the company opted for cast motor mounts rather than stamped steel. The reasoning was based on an observation that rigid steel-secured mounts could let the drive belt loosen if the motor shifts. This could cause the running belt to slip.

Thorough thinking like that jibes with the ISO 9001 management standards observed by all Spirit factories. Spirit's dedication to quality shows in several of the XT185's features, such as:

  • Commercial-Grade Structural Steel finished with durable powder coat paint
  • Highest-quality components
  • Heavy-duty steel frame supports a maximum user weight of 275 lbs.
  • 6 rear rigid mount cushions
  • Crowned rear rollers to keep running belt centered.
  • Standardized parts across the XT line are easy to find

That dedication to longevity, functionality, convenience, and endurance have produced the XT185's most celebrated feature

Unbeatable Warranty

If you're familiar with the usual run of residential treadmill warranties, the following might boggle your mind:

  • Lifetime frame
  • Lifetime motor
  • Lifetime deck
  • 5 year parts
  • 1 year labor

There's no topping lifetime coverage on the frame and motor, but five years on parts is spectacular in its own right.

It's just one more factor that makes the XT185 a great prospect for users who like their treadmill experience simple, straightforward, challenging, and practical.


See and Try The Spirit XT185 at Flaman Fitness

If you think the XT185 sounds like your kind of treadmill, drop by your nearest Flaman location. Our expert staff can show you this straightforward yet amazing machine and let you step up and try it for yourself. 

If you’d like to know about any of our other equipment or accessories, they’re ready to help you find your ideal fitness solution. Just call or visit and let them know about your goals, fitness level, your budget and available space. Their knowledge of our wide product selection, programs, and features will give you the right start on your fitness journey.




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