Treadmill Fails That Are As Hilarious As They Are Alarming

by Caitlin H,

Nov 6, 2023

Treadmill Fails

Ah, the treadmill — this stationary piece of equipment gives fitness enthusiasts the ability to walk or run anytime — rain, snow, or shine.

It certainly can be a valuable part of your exercise repertoire, offering a reliable way to boost cardiovascular health, strengthen leg muscles, boost stamina, and maybe even lose weight.

But let’s face it. The treadmill can be pretty damn boring. Add in that its functionality clearly baffles some people, and you have a recipe for some hilarious blunders.

We scoured the web to find the 10 funniest treadmill fails, from crashing into weight sets to Taylor Swift’s epic slip to an unexpected flashing — and everything in between. Enjoy!


The Bubble-Trouble

We’re truly, truly trying to understand how he thought this was a good idea. Like, the science just doesn’t support it. But hey, that’s one way to maximize your use of equipment!


The Nobody-Noticed

She definitely didn’t notice your epic fall, but she did notice your biceps. We’re actually pretty astounded at how smoothly he pulled that off, and if he was trying to show off to land a date, it just might have worked!


The Double-Whammy

When you’re trying to run way faster than you should on a treadmill, it’s probably a good idea NOT to have a weight set waiting in the wind. Hopefully, he was already too dazed from whacking his head on the way down to feel the effect of the full 400 pounds crashing down on him.


The Rocket-Launcher

See! This is why treadmills have an age requirement — they’re meant for walking and running, not launching yourself across the room.


The Who-Knew

While we’re on the topic of age requirements, this kid clearly wasn’t prepared for a moving platform connected to a stationary object — and the pain that came with it. This one is probably going into the core memory bank.


The Flash-Dash

We’re betting this wasn’t exactly the kind of “showing off” he had in mind when he ambitiously set the treadmill speed to 10.0. Next time, bud.


The Selfie-Spill

You know how it can be kind of obnoxious when people are distracted with their phones, posting selfies, and not paying attention to their surroundings? Karma.


The Jean-Drop

Hopping on a treadmill in jeans and clogs could be at the center of odd or dedicated. Either way, keep the speed under 2.0 — there’s a reason running shoes and workout clothes are a thing.


The Cheese-Chug

We’re never a huge fan of using a treadmill for something other than its intended application, but this guy gets some serious creativity points. Sometimes, you just need to get that snack in quickly.


The Taylor-Tumble

Swifties everywhere gasped in horror at this one. Thankfully, the epic, mid-celebration collapse didn’t impact her ability to continue creating the platinum albums her fans adore.





Author: Caitlin H

Diet-to-Go Community Manager

Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.


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