Is it acceptable to ask fitness equipment related questions on Fitness.SE? I'm specifically referring to my treadmill and my question would be along the lines of why does my treadmill do X at certain speeds?

Looking at the FAQ, I see that gear and gadgets used during exercise is fair game but I suspect this question may be off topic.

Obviously I haven't asked it yet on the chance it will be closed as off-topic, hence why I don't have anything to link to.

  • I'd have to see your final questions to really give you a good answer. We've left it somewhat ambiguous, because it hasn't been a problem so far.
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 18:19
  • @IvoFlipse I suppose I'll have to risk it then.. okay will get back after I write it up. Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 18:23
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    Presumably anyone who is asking a question (barring product recommendations) about fitness equipment will use it for or during exercise.
    – user241
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 19:22
  • @Marvin Do you have a lot of knowledge about treadmills? Or do you use other gadgets? If so, that could be a good subject for the Fitness blog.
    – user241
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 18:21
  • @MattChan Unfortunately I don't know a lot about treadmills and admittedly I'm an amateur in the whole F&N area. I'm trying to soak up all the info I can and F&N has been a great resource so far! Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 15:08

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Our faq states "gear and gadgets used during exercise" is on-topic. Presumably, as I said in my comment on your question, a question about fitness equipment should be on-topic. Recommendations are debatable and might be closed as "Not Constructive" but are not entirely off-topic.

Your question of, "Why does my treadmill do X at certain speeds?" sounds like it is fair game for the site. Without knowing what your question exactly is, as Ivo pointed out, (and since you made your meta post, you don't appear to have posted it), it's not as clear as to whether it is on-topic or not.


This question is similar to asking questions on SO related to specific IDEs, rather than the code generated by them. It seems that on SO these questions are acceptable [1][2][3], so I suggest that it would be appropriate here as well. Simply tag them "fitness-equipment" or the like.


Shopping recommendations have typically been off topic. The stackexchange blog post defines how they should be rephrased:

Here’s one way to ask:

Q: What’s the best low light point-and-shoot camera?

A: Canon S90 and Lumix LX3.

Here’s another way to ask:

Q: How do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?

A: I strongly recommend looking for something with

a fast lens (2.0 at least) reasonable ISO handling (at least 400, but preferably 800) the biggest sensor available The sum of these factors are really critical for low light situations.

From: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/

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