A Great Price for a Smartly Designed Machine
The ProForm Performance Sport is the lowest model in the Performance line which also includes the Performance 400i and the Performance 600i. All three models offer very cost effective treadmills with iFit Live programming and large treadmill running surfaces. With the Performance Sport, at $599, you will get an iFit Compatible machine with a 2.25 CHP motor, and 20×55″ running surface.
This treadmill comes from parent company Icon Fitness, who are also the makers of NordicTrack machines. What we like about these brands is their ability to offer high spec machines at a lower price. With the Performance Sport model, this advantage shows itself mainly in the iFit Live technology. Budget treadmills from other companies do not always offer as many high tech and interactive features.
Still, this is a lower spec model for ProForm, so you may find the motor size and deck length confining. Be sure to check out the ProForm Performance 600i for a longer treadbelt.
20″x 55″ Treadbelt — This is a fine length for a treadmill in this price range, but taller individuals may prefer a 60″ deck. Consider the ProForm Performance 600i especially if you plan to use this machine for more than walking.
SpaceSaver Design- This treadmill folds up for easier storage and cleaning. It’s a handy feature to have and the EasyLift feature helps you avoid injury while lifting the deck.
Multi-Window LED Display – All of your workout stats are displayed right in front of you while you exercise. It’s a pretty standard design, but we do like the quick incline and speed buttons.
iFit Compatible – This technology allows you to download or create your own running route using Google Maps. The incline on the Performance Sport will adjust automatically to sync with the real-life terrain. This is a great feature if you have a favorite outdoor route that is inaccessible due to weather or time constraints. View your workout route on your connected Smart Device. You can customize your training with unlimited workouts designed by certified personal trainers like Jillian Michaels. Track your progress with your online account. The iFit Live technology is one of our favorite benefits of the ProForm and NordicTrack machines. Be aware that it does involve an additional subscription cost.
2.25 Continuous Duty HP Motor — This motor will work well for walking or some light jogging, but more serious runners should consider something with a bit more oomph.
Compatible Music Port for iPod — It’s pretty nice to just plug in your iPod and have your favorite tunes come out through the treadmill speakers! The sound system isn’t home entertainment quality, but it gets the job done nicely.
15 Workout Programs — Just press “start” and you can be on your way to a great workout. These programs help add interest to running in place.
Warranty — The Performance Sport comes with a lifetime frame, 25 year motor, 1 year parts and labor. This is a decent warranty for a lower cost machine from ProForm. Spend $200 more for the Performance 600i to get a larger 2.75 CHP motor with a Lifetime warranty.
The ProForm Performance Sport is rated to accommodate users up to 300 lbs so those who approach or exceed this weight may want to consider a machine with a bit more power.
We like the Performance Sport if you are looking for a basic machine at a great price. It will give you a reliable walking or light jogging workout. The iFit Live technology and 55″ length will work well for many users. Again, if you are taller than 6 ft, you should definitely look towards a model that comes with a longer deck. For instance, check out the ProForm Performance 600i, ProForm Power 995i or PRO 2000 models.
Check out a comparison chart of all ProForm treadmills here.
Go to www.proform.com/treadmills to learn more.