Are Pro Form Treadmills Better?

Icon fitness manufactures all pro form treadmills. They are also responsible for many other types of treadmills.

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While most of the icon treadmills are of very good quality, the proform treadmills don't measure up to the rest. They are cheap however, but not as reliable.

The price for this treadmill is a lot lower than most other brands. You can expect to pay anywhere from about $500 to $1800 for one.

The proform treadmills are one of the original icon treadmills and you can find them in almost every exercise equipment store.

Pro form treadmills are very popular because of the high number bought each year. On the surface this alone would make you think they are one of the best values available, but is this really the case?

While you may look at price as the determining factor when purchasing a treadmill, a lower price usually means more problems.

Features Of Pro Form Treadmills

  • Proform treadmills come with what's known as a QuickSpeed™ Control. This is a nice feature because it allows you to increase or decrease your speed, at any time you're on the treadmill, with just a single touch. This is advantageous if you’re doing interval training.

  • Pro form treadmills come with Quick-Incline™ Control. This is similar to the above feature except instead of jumping from one speed to another during your workout, you use this feature to jump to different inclines. Again, this is a good feature.

  • Some proform treadmills are equipped with a built-in interactive disc player and speakers. This allows you to use special interactive workouts that can control your speed, incline, resistance, etc. It uses a persons voice to motivate you. You may find this annoying but a lot of people like it. It comes down to personal taste.

  • Proform treadmills feature a pressure sensitive air shock beneath the running surface that helps take the strain off your knees, ankles, hips, etc. While this is a good feature, a lot of other treadmills have much better and more comfortable systems in place to reduce your workout strain.

  • Proform treadmills have a built in heart rate monitor. While this is an important feature that helps you to stay within your proper heart training zone, it's nothing special or unique because almost every treadmill made has the same thing.

  • Pro form treadmills have a fan to keep you cool while you exercise. You may like this feature because it does work to keep you nice and comfortable, especially if you are using it in a building without air conditioning.

  • Like almost all treadmills over the $500 price range, the proform treadmills come with a number of pre-programmed routines.

  • The speed variation is pretty good. You can workout in a range of 0 to 12 miles per hour.

  • The incline can be adjusted from 0 to 14. This allows for anywhere from a flat exercise session all the way to one that feels like you're walking up a mountain trail.

  • The motor is pretty standard and come in a 3.0 CHP commercial grade. While it's powerful enough for most people, it's not exactly as quiet as you may like.

  • As far as the running surface goes, it's not that great. The 19"x 55" sized running belt is not big enough for taller people.

While the pro form treadmills may seem extremely good from all of the features they have, don't let this fool you. It seems the biggest problem is durability.

It's very cost effective because of the cheap parts. Some reports are that this brand of treadmill is one of the most frustrating because of all the repairs needed.

If you're a serious runner or are really determined to get into good shape you're better off spending a little more money on a more reliable treadmill.

When it comes to treadmills, in most of the cases, cheap is not good.

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