History & Success of The Woodway Treadmills

June 06, 2023 4 min read

History & Success of The Woodway Treadmills

Woodway Curved or Flatbed treadmills use a unique slat belt technology that is designed to reduce impact on the joints. The belt is made up of a series of individual slats that are suspended on springs. This allows the belt to flex and absorb shock, which helps to protect the joints from injury.

Woodway treadmills also have a number of other benefits, including:

  • More natural running gait: The slat belt technology allows for a more natural running gait, which can help to improve running form and reduce the risk of injury.
  • More efficient: Woodway treadmills are more efficient than traditional treadmills, which means that they use less energy to operate.
  • Longer lifespan: Woodway treadmills are built to last, and they are backed by a lifetime warranty.

History of Woodway

1974  - WOODWAY’s history begins in Germany in 1974. A technical director in charge of planning a fitness center noticed that the most important piece of equipment, the treadmill, didn’t meet the most important requirements: a mechanically sound machine that is designed to meet human needs. He envisioned a comfortable surface that didn’t interfere with the natural biomechanics of running or walking. Also, he wanted a transportation system which eliminated the friction associated with conventional (conveyor belt) treadmills. After intensive research, and trial and error (and in cooperation with the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany), he developed and patented a very unique and revolutionary treadmill design.

1975 - In 1975, WOODWAY GmbH was founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The name “WOODWAY” is derived from the German “Waldweg” (Wald = Wood and Weg = Way) – the feel of running on a soft pine needle covered path in the forest.

1983 - In 1983, a manufacturing license was awarded to Sakai Medical, for the use of WOODWAY technology in the Japanese marketplace.

1988 - In 1988, a U.S. license was granted to a small, well-established manufacturing company in Waukesha, Wisconsin. WOODWAY USA was formed when the U.S. incarnation of the WOODWAY was developed and completed in 1990. WOODWAY USA is proud to be the primary manufacturer of WOODWAY Treadmills worldwide, exporting treadmills for international distribution, in addition to serving our domestic customers and clients.

TODAY - Today, WOODWAY’s design and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany and Japan make WOODWAY the largest specialized treadmill manufacturer in the world. Constant enhancements in quality, design and function are shared and implemented by all three WOODWAY manufacturers. As WOODWAY moves forward, attention to product quality, innovation, and customer service are at the forefront of our efforts. Along with our treadmills, other products, services and strategic relationships are being developed so as to keep WOODWAY on the leading edge as we meet fitness training, testing and rehabilitation needs.

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 Woodway's  construction to provide its unique experience.


Woodway treadmill construction


Three of  the Woodway Treadmills from their highly successful range.


Curve LTG article


Woodway CURVE  (LTG)

 The Curve LTG is Woodway's lighter duty version of the original non-motorized treadmill, intended for general fitness users who don't require all the features of the original Curve. Suitable for home gyms, small commercial settings, boutique set-ups, and personal training studios, the Woodway Curve Lite Training Gear (LTG) is an ideal solution.

The nuts and bolts of this product aren’t very different from our performance lineup. The design is still best-in-class and meant to maximize your health. The TPE slat-belt is still softer than the industry average and the curvature reduces joint, muscle, and tendon wear.


Woodway Curve

Take your routine to the next level with the patented WOODWAY Curve. This efficient, self-powered manual treadmill adds a unique twist to your workout - no electricity required! Burn up to 30% more calories than other treadmills while powering the curved running surface with every step. Enjoy the freedom of this totally manual treadmill and take your fitness to the next level.

The Curve quickly fulfills high-velocity and interval exercises, as well as group workouts. There are no buttons to press when selecting or adjusting speed and the transitions between different exercises in group training are painless.

 The Curve is powered by WOODWAY's patented Slat Belt system, featuring a near frictionless running surface. This unique curved surface helps users control their speed and direction, simply by adjusting their body position and taking advantage of gravity. To speed up, start running, and to slow down, let yourself drift down the curve.



Woodway 4Front

The WOODWAY 4Front brings innovation, durability and comfort to your home cardio workouts. Crafted with a patented Slat Belt running surface and 3 different training modes including classic motor, dynamic and resistance, the 4Front allows for a smooth, low-impact workout experience with the feeling of running outdoors. WOODWAY is dedicated to providing users with the best treadmill solution for their fitness needs.

The WOODWAY 4Front features an integrated touchscreen with over 500 workout programs, interval training, and video integration so you can stay entertained and motivated. With adjustable speed settings of 0.5–12 mph and adjustable incline settings of 0–15%, you'll be able to adjust and customize your workouts to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your exercise session.

Dynamic mode offers an unrestricted experience, enabling the user to train and power the belt similarly to a non-motorized treadmill. Through this, users can carry out a variety of exercises, delivering a complete body workout. Resistance mode, meanwhile, offers adjustable levels of resistance, allowing for HIIT exercises and performance techniques.

WOODWAY treadmill belts are constructed with patented Slat Belt Technology that delivers superior cushioning to reduce shock to the user's joints, muscles, and connective tissue. This advanced technology provides a premium running experience unlike any other.

The Woodway 4Front Treadmill with Prosmart Touchscreen Display provides









To explore the different screen variables for the Woodway Curve and 4Front check out our Woodway Collection  we sell them individually or as part of home & commercial gym projects.

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