ProForm PRO 2000 Treadmill
|ProForm PRO 2000|
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|350 lbs||3.5 CHP,|
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 2 year
You can’t speak of top-quality treadmills without mentioning ProForm. Even their lowest priced models aren’t cheaply made and can serve you well for many years of use. And if you are on the lookout for a commercial grade treadmill, they offer quite several. The ProForm PRO 2000 is one of them.
As the name of this treadmill suggests, the PRO 2000 was designed to offer indoor running support for pro athletes. It supplies a wide array of features and functions, and on top of that it’s built like a tank. So, let’s have a look at what this ProForm treadmill can offer.
Details and Specs
- Assembled dimensions: 80L x 39.5W x 63H inches (203L x 100W x 160H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 22W inches (152L x 56W cm)
- Product weight: 230 lbs (104 kg)
- Supported weight: 350 lbs (159 kg)
- Motor: 3.5 CHP
- Incline: Automatic, 0-15%
- Decline: Automatic, -3% – 0%
- Deck cushioning: Yes
- Speed levels: 1-12 MPH.
- Training programs: 32
- Pulse sensors: Yes
- Multifunctional console: Yes
- Amenities: Sound system, cooling fan, accessory holders, WiFi connectivity, iFit ready
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 2 years
Deck and running surface
Just as any gym-rated treadmill, the PRO 2000 from ProForm features a cushioned deck, equipped with the ProShox™ cushioning system designed to distribute impact evenly, absorbing a great deal of the shock on your knees, ankles and feet. The running on this treadmil is much more comfortable than running on concrete or asphalt, resulting in longer workouts and considerably less recovery time.
The deck is foldable, equipped with an EasyLift™ assist mechanism, offering the possibility to save space when the machine is not in use. As the deck doesn’t fold in complete vertical position, remaining at an angle of cca 70°. The folded treadmill measures roughly 71″ (180 cm) in height, and about 45″ (114 cm) in length, taking less than 40″ (101.6 cm) floor space, depth-wise. In complete folding position, this treadmill does in fact occupy quite some space, with a 39.5″W x 80″L (100 x 203 cm) footprint.
The overall build of the deck is sturdy enough to support users up to 350 lbs (159 kg). The foot rails on the sides are made of hard plastic, and offer plenty of footrest space.
The tread belt has the standard dimensions as most gym-rated treadmills, 22″W x 60″L (56 x 152 cm). It supplies the adequate running surface for users up to 6’6″-6’7″ (198 – 200 cm). Even though it’s a 1-ply belt, it still is a commercial-grade one, each one being tested for one million cycles at double the user weight, before being equipped on a treadmill. The rollers powering the belt are 2.5-inch precision-machined, non-flex and balanced, minimizing tension and wear and tear.
Incline / Decline
The PRO 2000 treadmill is equipped with an automatic incline system, providing an incline up to 15%. Differently put, the maximum slope supplied by this treadmill is about 11°-12°. The incline increases in increments of 0.5%. Along with the incline, there’s also a decline, down to -3%, offering downhill running possibilities. Evidently both the incline and decling considerably increase the training possibilities offered by this machine.
Also, in case you’ve been wondering, the supplies an 10″ (25.4 cm) elevation from the floor, at 0% incline. At maximum incline, the front part raises up to about 16″ (40 cm) from the floor. So, this particular bit of information should give you a pretty good idea whether this treadmill is fit for you to use it in a specific room.
The PRO 2000 ProForm treadmill is equipped with a 3.5 CHP industrial-grade motor, made to withstand prolonged use, even if used at the highest speed. It’s truly a continuous duty power motor, which won’t overheat, skip or lose speed even if you’re close to the maximum weight limit, and engage in high-intensity workouts.
The motor can generate speeds up to 12 MPH, the required setting for professional athletes. It starts at 1 MPH, but the speed can be adjusted in increments by 0.1 MPH. It’s a quiet motor, its level of noise is pretty much negligible up to speeds of 7-8 MPH. But even above this speed, it still doesn’t produce enough noise to interfere with your TV. Of course, just as for any other treadmill, if you’ll increase the speed, your cadence will intensify and each footstroke will produce more noise.
The motor requires a standard 120V circuit. It also has a standard power cord with a grounding pin, for American-type outlets. It’s recommended the use of a surge suppressor, however this is not supplied with the box. The power cord plugs into the machine at the front base. There’s also an ON/OFF switch function.
The frame is mostly made of steel, with several solid plastic parts. The rear base has two feet, finished with leveling rubber caps, for maximum stability. The front base assembly rests directly on the floor. It has two transport wheels which considerably ease the movement and handling of the treadmill while in folded position. Also, the metallic lateral parts of the front base, have plastic covers, for a more aesthetic look.
Dashboard, accessories and console
When it comes to amenities, this treadmill offers quite several. To begin with, it has a pretty spacious dashboard with two large accessory or water bottle holder compartments. The middle of the dashboard hosts a pretty long tablet holder, great to have if you’re going to browse iFit for your workouts, or just to watch your favorite streams while you run. On top of that, it also has a 5 compartment tray, which comes attached to the main handlebar posts, under the main dashboard. The dashboard has an integrated sound system, along with a port for your iPod or MP3 player. There’s also a built-in 2-speed dual-fan, great to have during intense training.
The performance monitor features a 7-inch, (blue) backlit display, to ensure maximum readability even if it’s dark. It can display the most important values that a runner should know during their exercising routines, such as time, distance, calories burned, also indicating the current speed and incline. Pulse is also a value that this console can indicate, via the EKG grip sensors incorporated in the console’s main bar, or via the included Polar HR chest strap.
The console offers 32 built-in workout apps, which automatically adjust the speed and incline of the treadmill. Depending on the selected workout, you can focus on cardio, strength, stamina development, muscle toning and weight loss. However, you can always use manual mode and customize your own workout, by adjusting incline and speed as you desire. Goal setting functions for calories, speed and time are available with this console. Also, there is a trail function which displays distance in laps of 1/4 mile (400 m), excellent feature if you want to train as a professional runner.
Of coures, one of the best features of the console supplied with the ProForm PRO 2000 is the iFit connectivity. Via an iFit module, you can connect to iFit.com, import just about any workout program in the online database, customize your own training programs, analyze your workout data on a superior level, being able to count each calorie if you want. iFit gives you the possibility to select a track from GoogleMaps and your treadmill will adjust incline automatically, according to that particular trail. Also, it gives you the possibility to compare your training data with other members, and even join online competitions.
The iFit module connects to your tablet, or laptop wirelessly. However it’s an optional purchase, with the cost of $99. But with the purchase of one, you benefit from one year of iFit free membership.
The console offers direct keys for some of the built-in programs, as well as direct keys for speed and incline. Speed and incline however, can be adjusted gradually via the arrow keys. Pause and Start buttons are available for when you must interrupt your workout, keeping you from resetting any current workout data. Also, a safety key function is available on the dashboard.
Assembly and Maintenance
The assembly process of this treadmill is not complicated. It’s problematic however. Transport, unpacking and at least several steps of the assembly require two or more people, as the machine is heavy. The deck is already assembled and connected to the front base. You will have to add its wheels, pass the wires through the handlebar posts, connect the posts to the frame, add the frame of the console, the dashboard with the console, and the folding mechanism. The box contains the users manual and the tools for the assembly. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes.
For maintenance, the tread belt will require lubrication at times. Even if it’s specified that it’s embedded with high-performance lubricant, after several hundreds of hours of use, it will require lubrication. For that, you should only use lubricant available from ProForm. Other than that, the belt may require re-tightening or realignment from time to time. Also, you should periodically clean the treadmill and prevent water or other liquids to spill on the motor’s case or on the console.
One last aspect to be mentioned here, is that you must register your product with ProForm within 30 days after the purchase, in order to benefit from the full warranty specified.
Most of what’s been said so far it’s a plus, regarding the PRO 2000 treadmill. However, here’s a summary of all the pluses.
- Solid frame and deck, professional design.
- Supports heavy users, up to 350 lbs.
- Foldable deck, space savvy machine.
- ProShox deck cushioning system.
- Standard dimension running surface of 22″ x 60″, accommodating tall users.
- Solid, heavy-duty, no-stretch tread belt.
- Industrial grade, 3.5 CHP motor, supplying speeds up to 12 MPH.
- Quiet machine.
- Automatic incline, offering a slope up to 15%, with increments of 0.5%.
- Automatic decline, -3%, also with increments of 0.5%.
- Advanced console with goal tracking, race trail function, and 32 built-in workout programs.
- iFit ready, with WiFi connectivity.
- Integrated 2-speed, dual fan.
- Integrated sound system.
- iPod or MP3 port.
- Tablet holder.
- Multiple accessory compartment holders.
- EKG grip sensors for monitoring pulse.
- HR chest strap included.
- Easy to put together.
- Low maintenance.
- Super warranty package.
Considering that this treadmill is a top-shelf item, there are several aspects about it that can be regarded as drawbacks. So, you if you’re going to buy it, you deserve to be aware of them.
- There console doesn’t allow you to insert data such as weight, gender or age, in order to calculate the calories burned as accurately as possible. This is only possible via iFit.
- The iFit module is not included, and you’ll have to pay for it separately if you want this feature. However, it comes with a one year of free membership.
- Even though it’s a really solid belt, it’s only a 1-ply belt. Most gym-rated treadmills feature at least a 2-ply belt, which should resist longer. Nonetheless, this belt should last for a minimum of 5 years, even with heavy use. And it falls under the 5-year warranty for parts.
Since it has several drawbacks, the ProForm Pro 2000 isn’t exactly a 5-star one, but it definitely is a 4.5 star one. It’s a seriously sturdy machine, supports heavy-set users, and offers the training setting for all user levels, from beginner to professional, along with a wide array of training programs and options. It’s made only from top-quality parts, and comes with a consistent warranty pack. And evidently, it’s a remarkable exercising machine for cardio, muscle toning, stamina building, and weight loss.