There is something just downright exhilarating when you complete a track through your running regime. It is that sense of accomplishment and the direct sense that your body is changing for the better with every step you take that make running/jogging such a popular sport. Evident also by the fact that it’s not hard at all to find people of all ages running laps around the city or town early in the morning.
But as always, our hurried and very often busied society rarely gives us the necessary time or convenience to go outdoors and enjoy the run as it should be. Which is why treadmills become such a valuable addition to the household of any health-focused, yet tightly-scheduled people.
Who It’s For
Just like running is fitting for anyone from any age groups, treadmills are likewise compatible with people of all ages and genders. Children (As long as they know how to walk) can run after a while, teenagers can be found running distance on treadmills almost every day since they’re the most active age group. Adults and the elderlies won’t find any problems either getting used to a training programme on a treadmill.
It’s an open door for everyone, you don’t need to be an athlete to begin running.
If you’re worried about the stamina that you think you’re lacking, it is seriously time to dispel that thought. Since the job of treadmills in the first place is to train and improve your stamina and overall strength. As you can see, it is absolutely nothing for you to get into a rut about.
And with that all said, we’re going to talk about the main attractions today being the best treadmills reviews: Particularly those made by ProForm. For treadmills, ProForm is amongst one of the best and reputable manufacturers out there.
The experiences they had had making treadmills and exercise equipment alike for almost 30 years ever since the company’s creation in 1988 gave them a veteran medal as well. The older a company survives on the market, the better they certainly would be at making good products. And if they have been alive this long, you shouldn’t worry at all about making an investment.
But of course, not a lot of people care enough to memorize manufacturer’s names in mundane things such as treadmills. However, the positive reviews that they received for several of their products give them a strong backing to gain the trust of customers.
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
|Quality:||(4.8 / 5)|
|Value of money:||(4.7 / 5)|
|Ease of use:||(4.9 / 5)|
|Average:||(4.8 / 5)|
Like the ‘Pro’ title it boasts, the ProForm Pro 2000 is no doubt cut out to cater to the needs of even the most obsessive runners out there. The machine is meticulously designed to tax down to the last few numbers of calories you would want to be burned from your body. As well as strengthening your muscles, your endurance, and stamina.
Aesthetically and functionally, the Pro 2000 is a finely designed and built machine.
You won’t be really confident running with the best your legs can muster while you’re scampering over a rickety, jiggling, or shaking platform. The Pro 2000 makes sure that that would be far from the case once you step up onto its deck by constructing the entire machine from a solid, high-quality steel frame. The frame can also fold in on itself to save the precious house space that you might need for a lot of more different things.
Not only it can take up all of the punishments you can possibly strain on it, it will also last and be serviceable for a long time without maintenance. This can save you quite a fortune in the long run and be much more convenient for you.
The deck and the motor are also silent working partners. Once they cooperate to get your training started, you probably won’t even notice the extremely low noise of the floor mechanically moving underneath you. And that is even a more impressive feat once you realize that the thing that’s rolling the floor is a 3.5 continuous horsepower motor.
Not hearing it is one thing, it is also another thing not to ‘Feel’ the artificial track. Absorbers are strategically placed all across the deck to give out the smoothest treadmill experience for you after a long run.
No more sore feet!
Besides, if you’re also looking to up the intensity of your training. The deck can be controlled to incline at maximum 15 degrees upward to simulate running uphill. This feature can set your experience with the Pro 2000 out from any other treadmills you see out there.
But the best things about ProForm is that they go to great length to make sure that their treadmills can be considered ‘Smart’ and up to today’s technology standards.
Which is why the highlights of the Pro 2000 aren’t at all the engineering or design aspects (Although they’re great, still). It is the computer suite that can monitor and adjust your heart’s health through a wireless heart rate sensor strap.
Running, in all forms, will get your heart running – but sometimes, taking it beyond its capability can give the complete opposite healthy effect you’re trying to aim for. With this nifty technology, the efficiency of your training, time, and your effort can be maximised without really putting your health at risk.
Not really stopping to take a breath there, the Pro 2000’s compatibility with technologies also comes in the form of iFit. iFit includes an entire library filled with pre-set training regimes for you to follow to get you up and running as soon as you step onto the track.
iFit can also simulate terrains through Google Maps that you can set to your liking in the comp hill With the motivations that you’re running across Europe with every slopes and hill simulated through the adjustable deck. You would find yourself in an immersion rather than a simple run.
- Well-engineered and designed.
- Rugged with a purpose, the steel frame is made to stay put and strong for a long time.
- The motor and the deck work in perfect, quiet harmony.
- Rotatable and shock-absorbent deck.
- Technologically-backed (i.e. Smart).
- You may have troubles assembling the final machine, as some parts may be a little puzzling if you’re not a handy-person.
- Really big, it’s going to arrive at your home on a pallet.
- Expensive, as well, for an entry-level treadmill.
If you have the budget to back up the investment, in all honesty, go for this one. There’s really nothing that can go wrong once you decide to get into the hobby of running with this treadmill. Equipped for all of your needs ever in such a machine, a little bit pricey, but nonetheless, for everything it is, it’s definitely worth the branded price tag.
ProForm 505 CST Treadmill
|Quality:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Value of money:||(4.1 / 5)|
|Ease of use:||(4.2 / 5)|
|Average:||(4.1 / 5)|
The 505 CST can’t really compare to the Pro 2000 in term of features or quality. But it still carries some of the finest essences that ProForm put into Pro 2000 for it to become a distinctive treadmill all by itself.
Even though the 505 CST is no doubt a much more inferior version of the Pro 2000, ProForm still packaged and designed it brilliantly and with as much care as they did with the Pro 2000. The machine is built from strong steel with a rigid frame – rigid enough to stand up to everything that you have to live with your feet. Conscious of the large space that it takes up, ProForm doesn’t forget to design it so that it can be folded and transported easily across the house.
The deck, much like the previous, much more expensive machine can also be rotated. However, it, of course, won’t incline as much as the former, and can only reach up to 10 degrees at its best. But in all honesty, that’s all you’re going to ever need to make a difference in your training regime without going to specialized, more higher-end treadmills.
The shock absorbers supporting the deck to keep the stress of running from your joints also make an appearance. And they make a huge difference between stiffness, soreness after a while of running to a much more pleasant buzz after working out.
The motor that gives conveyance to the belt is, of course, underpowered compared to the latter. Still, the new 2.5 continuous horsepower motor can still give you as much as 10 mph top. Enough to satisfy an intense jog against time should you wish to have one and try your self out.
Sticking to the company’s mantra, ProForm doesn’t forget to integrate technologies into the treadmill once again. In a much more subtler form this time, but you can still work with it to great effects. Instead of an entire separate heart monitoring strap, the handlebars are equipped with sensors that would do the job of listening to your heartbeats once you grab on.
On the control panel, the first thing that you’re going to notice is an assortment of numbered buttons. From there, you can easily change the incline of the deck to fit what you need as well as the speed that you want to break sweats on.
Right above the speed – incline control row is the workout preset. From these buttons, you set the challenge for yourself from 18 workout apps that had been filtered with ProForm to test anything willing to take them up.
What’s going to help you navigate the multitude of options is going to be the wide, backlit LCD screen. From there, you can view your settings, your heart-rate, speed,… and everything that you might need to know to make a difference in your health.
Not too bad for what is considered to be an inferior model to the Pro 2000!
- For the price range and legacy, doesn’t sacrifice or leave out much compared to the more expensive model.
- Durable, rigid, and space saving frame.
- Motor and deck still work in great tandem.
- Integration of technology makes it a worthy investment.
- If you’re hoping for some music while running, you’d better get yourself audio from an iPod or a separate speaker. Because the add-on speakers are the definition of disappointments.
- It fell into the same trap as everything else that required assembly did: Instructions unclear, and you can really get things really wrong somewhere.
A distinguished mid-range treadmill, even if it doesn’t have all the glitz and glamours the Pro 2000 had to offer, it’s still a worthy purchase. It has its own strength and its shares of weaknesses. But there’s still something undeniable is that it is a good choice if you have an average budget to spend on getting a quality treadmill.
ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill
|Quality:||(3.7 / 5)|
|Value of money:||(3.7 / 5)|
|Ease of use:||(3.7 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.7 / 5)|
Short on a budget? No problems, either, ProForm also offers competitive models that aim at those who are much more interested in treadmills within the lower cost spectrum. One of which is the ProForm 6.0 RT – a mid-range machine that is no less qualified to be in a health-oriented household than the two previous siblings.
Even though it has considerably fewer dollar signs in its name, ProForm (Thankfully) still hasn’t reduced quality in trade of the reduced quality. The frame is still solidly built from steel and can withstand user up to 300 lbs, a testament overall design strength. The ‘SpaceSaver’ design made a recurring appearance in the 6.0 RT, and likewise, would be extremely useful for those who have too little space to spare for such a bulky machine.
Among some of the cool features that ProForm hasn’t forgone to bestow upon the machine’s deck is the shock absorbers. They are still there to prevent you from over-exerting your joints to their breaking points, and thus, your time on the track can be just as pleasurable as the two others.
Incline control still exists, with a maximum angle of 10 degrees. The motor that runs the deck is less powerful than the 505 CST, however. Instead of 2.5 continuous horsepower, the 6.0 RT only runs at 2. Still, that is enough for most people to work with, after all, 10 mph is all you would need on an endurance run. So generally, this power reduction isn’t really something you should freak about.
You can still see a few technological marks on the machine: Not as cutting-edge nor plentiful as more expensive models, but it would certainly pass for a modern treadmill. Included in the complete computer suite is the heart-rate sensors built into the handlebar in pretty much the same fashion as the 505 CST. These handlebars slash sensors aren’t most widely known to be accurate, but they would fair good just for reference usage.
There is 8 workout presets that you can choose directly from the control panel to your likings. All of the preferences, including the heart-rate, racetrack display, and the most vital information is displayed uniformly on the wide LCD screen right to the top of the panel.
While working out, you can’t forget to put some good tunes in. Which is why an iPod docking port is also available for you to run your favorite playlist while scoring a few miles through your training day.
- More affordable.
- Hasn’t sacrificed much in the name of cost reduction.
- Quality, durable, and space-saving frame.
- Shock-absorbent deck, working along with a passable motor.
- Has all of the most important integrated techs.
- The auto-calibration mode is known to easily malfunction.
- It can be obnoxiously loud to run on – a deal breaker for those with sensitive hearings.
The lower down the cost spectrum, of course, we have to expect more problems and difficulties. But for the price range it is at and all of the things that it offers, the 6.0 RT isn’t at all a bad treadmill. And the problems that it has are quite subjective and different from users to users – you can say that it’s more ‘Rough around the edges’.
ProForm 415 Crosswalk Treadmill
|Quality:||(3.8 / 5)|
|Value of money:||(3.7 / 5)|
|Ease of use:||(3.9 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.8 / 5)|
When people think about treadmills, all they think about is legs. After all, it’s what treadmills are specifically made for in the first place. But ProForm did quite a good job in changing that school of thought with the 415 Crosswalk.
You see, this machine not only can tone your lower body and whisk away the unwanted fats there, it can also augment your upper body section considerably. Sure, the methods employed may not work as well as weights and dumb-bells, but a little is much better than nothing at all.
But first, let’s talk about the overall machine, first. ProForm was still sticking to their motto for a reliable and durable treadmill even with the extra bullet points in the new treadmill’s mission. You can expect nothing but solidness and rigidity from the frame that’s so familiar a sight to ProForm’s machines by now. The deck can fold in on itself, as always, something that can definitely be said about ProForm is that they’re quite space conscious.
With nothing new compared to the three previous models we’ve talked about, and this is a good sight. The 415 Crosswalk still retains the pros of the aforementioned models, what with the shock absorbers, rotatable deck, and the 2+ continuous horsepower motor.
What’s new this time around is the thing that has to do with the new objective of the machine: To fit upper body exercise to the experience with the treadmill, there’s a resistance system to the arm swings. Normally, you would find arm swings quite easy to push, but 415 Crosswalk made it a little harder for you to swing it around, thus, forcing you to exercise your arms more. In the long run, the added motions can be greatly beneficial to your arms strength.
The control panel is a more compact, and somewhat limited version of previous models. It’s been narrowed down considerably down to the most needed necessities. The heart-rate sensor grips are still there and the quick-action buttons are still available, however, if you’re looking for something more – you’d be in for a disappointment.
- Inexpensive – on the lower end of the spectrum.
- The upper-lower body combined exercise it provides.
- The build quality is great for the price point.
- Has all of the necessary techs to keep the user running.
- The display screen is super tiny, about the size of a thumb.
- Once again, the assembly crisis hits the machine: People get assembly problems with the machine all over.
The price and the promise of well-rounded exercise are the two brightest highlights of the machine. It has its sets of problems, most linked to the dirt cheap cost that it’s at. But for a treadmill of the price range, you can’t really ask ProForm to fit anything more into the machine without raising the price further. So as for this one: A good entry treadmill for those who are interested but not wanting to spend a fortune on a professional one just yet.
ProForm Performance 600i Treadmill
|Quality:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Value of money:||(4.6 / 5)|
|Ease of use:||(4.4 / 5)|
|Average:||(4.5 / 5)|
Jumping back up the cost line and to the area where the better machines that ProForm offers are in, we have the Performance 600i somewhere within.
At first glance only, you can judge for yourself that the machine is pretty ‘Up there’ in term of price – and it is. Not as expensive as the Pro 2000 that we’ve started with, but it stands a second place in this list here. And ProForm has made it good enough that, as far as I can see, worth down to the last penny of the expensive price tag that the Performance 600i is carrying.
If you’ve been sticking with us since the beginning of the article, this is the old drill for you by now: The frame is absolutely nothing to complain or talk more about. Mostly because we’ve been milling this for four – now five – consecutive products. That’s the one thing that stays consistent across all of the products that ProForm put onto the market. From the steel construction down to the folding design, everything is the same.
This is the same for the deck and the motor. You can easily spot the shock absorbers cushioning your footfalls. With the cheapest model on the list being the 415 Crosswalk still has a rotatable deck and an acceptably powered motor, you bet this more expensive and advanced version would have them both and buff up at that. The deck can be inclined 12% and the motor can run the track up to 12 mph, thus, can accommodate all kinds of needs as well as users.
Returning to probably the most exciting thing that these treadmills had, the main control panel sure is diverse in features. Just like the Pro 2000, Performance 600i is iFit compatible, and from there you can access hundreds of training schedules and settings, as well as using Google Maps to simulate running terrains. Besides all that, displayed on the large LCD screen smack-dab right in the middle of the console would be your heart-rate monitored through the EKG grips.
And from that control interface, you can access your music, should you want some tunes during your run as well.
There’s also a nice addition: A cooling fan. Just in case the A/C or some chilly weather doesn’t seem to be enough, it can give you a much-needed relief.
- Mid/Near-High range machine that has fulfilled all that is expected for its price tag.
- Can’t really complain about the build quality.
- The deck and motor are also among the few things that, really, have nothing to complain about in the Performance 600i.
- Integrated techs that increase immersion and training effectiveness.
- Instructions really unclear – it’s going to take a while to assemble, especially if you’re on your own.
For this list, this is the most balanced model of quality and cost. It has all of the feels of higher ending models, yet have a much more breathable price than those. The Performance 600i surely is going to be the perfect alternative for those who are in needs of a lot more than a budget machine while at the same time not having much to spare in the bank balance.
If there’s one thing that the years of experience ProForm had had under their belt can tell, is that they do know how to make good products. The lines of treadmills and equipment that they have under their name are plentiful. But the positive reviews they have received made ProForm a trustworthy company to put your money into when you have doubts about the market’s integrity.
Originally posted 2018-01-02 09:33:06.