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Gold’s Gym GG480 Review

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If price really is everything, you cannot go wrong with the Gold’s Gym GG480.

Retailed at under $400, the GG480 is insanely cheap, but it does show in the quality of the treadmill. Sure, it’s serviceable and really compact, but like anything in life: you get what you pay for.

The CG480 includes only a 90-day warranty on parts and labor because many of the treadmill’s components are made with cheap material and no warranty on frame. This treadmill is truly designed for light (small size) walkers, even though it boasts users up to 300 pound capability. Learn more by reading our full Gold’s Gym GG480 treadmill review below…


Model Gold's Gym GG480

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Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

1 - 10 mph

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 10%

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

1.5 CHP (2.5 HP Peak)

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

18" x 50"

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

AirStride Plus

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.


Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

Pre-Defined: 4
User-Defined: 4
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Club-Design PowerPulse

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

70" x 33" x 53"
Folded: 68" x 43"
Weight: 250 lbs
Rollers: 2.75"

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Motor: 5 Years
Parts: 90 Days
Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 58.0%

Our Rating

Rating: 58.0/100. Folding, 2.5 HP motor, 18″ x 50″ running deck, AirStride Plus Cushioning, 1lb. weights included, 300 lbs. max user weight, 0-10 mph, 10 percent incline, 8 workout programs, RaceTrack blue-tinted display, QuickSelect controls


  • Ideal for walkers and light joggers
  • Compact, folding treadmill
  • AirStride Plus Cushioning for joints
  • Heart rate monitor to stay on pace
  • 1lb hand weights included w/ purchase
  • LED display with exercise readouts


  • Very small running surface for larger users
  • Few additional accessories or extras
  • Poor warranty coverage


The Gold’s Gym GG480 is a Walmart exclusive and appropriately priced.

It’s always nice to have a budget option on the market and the GG480 represents that to its core.

The motor is average for the price (2.5 HP Peak, 1.5 Continuous), although we are hesitant to think that its tiny running surface (18″x50″) will suffice for most users.

As noted above, the 300 lbs. weight limit is a little generous. Users should probably be 200 lbs. or under because even if the frame does support your frame, the walking/running surface will not.

Workout Programs

The CG480 treadmill offers four performance and four weight-loss workouts.

While the weight-loss exercises help you reach your weight loss goals, the two 1lb. hand weights sculpt your arms, back, and shoulder muscles.

These weights accessories are incorporated into the workouts with an indicator light for use.

Gold’s Gym GG480 Treadmill Features

The CG480 fits nicely into even the smallest apartments and although this is a compact treadmill.

The AirStride Plus Cushioning helps reduce impacts on knees, back, and joints.

The RaceTrack feature is designed to keep you motivated and reach your fitness goals quickly.

The CG480 also has a blue-tinted display that tracks time, distance, pulse, speed and burned calories. Be aware though that the display has no backlight and can be hard to read, if not placed in the correct spot.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Gold’s Gym GG480 treadmill warranty and guarantee includes:

– Motor: 5 Years
– Parts: 90 Days
– Labor: 90 Days

Return Policy: 6 weeks, 100% money-back. Call (800) 675-9973 and ship back for refund of purchase price.


The Gold’s Gym GG480 is an opportunity to work out from home on a tight budget. If you are a small size user with limited house space and don’t intent to pound the deck for long periods of time every day, the Gold’s Gym CG480 is a decent buy.

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