How To Turn On Horizon Treadmill?

Horizon is one of the most popular fitness brands in North America, well-known for building quality treadmills. 

If you have never used a Horizon treadmill before, chances are you don’t know how to operate it.

Well, the process is so easy and only takes less than a minute.  

Follow this step by step guide on how to turn on Horizon treadmill and safely start using it for the first time.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

How To Turn On Horizon Treadmill? – Step by Step Guide

Horizon treadmill in my garage gym

The first step to turn on the Horizon tread is to,

1. Plug in the power cord

Before committing this step it’s worth mentioning that this product must be grounded. 

If it should malfunction or break down, grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current, reducing the risk of electric shock.

Your Horizon treadmill, like other electronic equipment, can be damaged by sudden voltage changes in your home power.

Plug the power cord into a surge suppressor, and plug the surge suppressor into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded accordingly.

2. Turn on the ON/OFF switch

The next step is to turn on your treadmill is to switch the power button to the ON position. You can locate the power switch on the treadmill frame near the power cord.

When the power is turned on, you will hear a beep and all the lights on the display will light for a short time. Then the Time and Distance windows will display Odometer readings for a short time. 

Horizon treadmill picture

3. Attach the safety key into place

Before you can start using your tread, locate the clip attached to the safety key and and slide the clip securely onto the waistband of your clothes.

Next, make sure it is fully inserted into the safety key port as it is necessary to turn on the tread. 

The key usually has a clip that allows you to attach the key to your activewear during the workout for safety purposes. 

If the safety key is detached, the treadmill will stop immediately.

4. Start walking/running

Do not start the tread before stepping onto the running surface. Step onto it from the rear, using handrails for balance. Avoid leaning in and putting your full weight on the handrails.

Press and release the Start Button to wake the tread (if not already on) and begin the belt movement at 1MPH.

You adjust the tread to the desired speed using the Increase/Decrease buttons.

Each time you press one of those buttons, the speed setting will change by 0.1 mph. But if you hold down the button, the speed setting will change in increments of 0.5 mph.

Horizon treadmill in my living room

You can also adjust the tread to the desired incline level by pressing the Incline increase and decrease buttons or one of the Incline buttons numbered 0 to 15.

Each time you press one of the buttons, the incline will gradually change until it reaches the selected incline setting.

How To Connect Horizon Treadmill To Bluetooth?

How to pair Bluetooth speakers to a Horizon treadmill?

In order to connect a Horizon treadmill to Bluetooth speakers, do the following:

Go into your device’s Bluetooth settings and scan for devices. Next, locate the Bluetooth device list and select your Horizon treadmill unit that appears on this list. Wait for your device to finish pairing with the unit.

You will know when pairing is successful when your device shows the treadmill or as now being a paired device.

2. How to connect a smart device to Horizon treadmill?

Horizon treadmill is Apps ready, allowing you to use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect your smart phone or tablet to your treadmill.

The Apps can be downloaded from either the iTunes store for IOS devices or from the Google store for Android devices.

Available APPs include fitDisplay, Kinomap and Zwift.

Here is how to connect your smart device to your Horizon tread via Zwift app:

  1. On your treadmill, press down and hold the Bluetooth button until “Tablet enabled” appears on the screen.
  2. On your smart device, open the Zwift App. Then enter your user profile.
  3. At the paired devices screen, select “Run“. The screen should auto-populate with your Treadmill.

Once your devices are paired, you can use your tread to listen to music, send or receive phone calls, or use other apps on your device. 

You can also use your smart phone or tablet to track your progress, calories burned, and other information about your workout.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a number of steps to take in order to successfully and safely turn on Horizon Treadmill for the first time.

You just need to follow these basic rules, and in just a couple of minutes, you can start using it:

  1. Plug the power cord properly into your treadmill.
  2. Make sure you have your Safety key in place.
  3. Select your workout parameters.
  4. Walk, jog, or run at your desired pace.


Where is the power button on Horizon treadmill?

Horizon Treadmill power button is located on the front of the machine next to the power cord.

is there an app for Horizon treadmill?

You can connect your Horizon treadmill with the AtZone app, to start tracking your workouts.

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