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The best selling ProForm Pro 2000 treadmill is built by Icon Fitness, which also builds NordicTrack treadmills. It’s a great machine loaded with features, yet sells for a relatively low price.
The company excels in giving you the best value for your money. In fact, in their recent ratings a leading consumer magazine gave the ProForm Pro 2000 a “Best Buy” rating. It was rated “Excellent” for ergonomics and exercise range, which is impressive.
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The ProForm Pro 2000 is designed for walkers, joggers and runners, although we would suggest that fanatical runners consider upgrading to the Pro 5000 or Pro 9000 model with their 4.0 CHP motors. You will find that when selling for $1,299, the Pro 2000 generally will out specs the competition in regards to the major components. It also is iFit Live Ready, which offers some very innovative features designed to motivate you to achieve your fitness goals.
In particular, we like the fact that you can incline and decline the ProForm Pro 2000 deck from -3% to 15%, giving you the sensation that you are running up and down hills. It also offers the benefit of targeting additional lower body muscles.
3.5 Continuous Duty HP Motor — This is a larger motor than you will find on other treadmills at this price range. It will run effortlessly during your workouts, even at higher speeds or with heavier individuals. ProForm designs their motors to run cooler and to use less energy than the competition.
Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitor – This machine works with various brands of heart rate monitors and a wireless chest strap is even included with your purchase. This type of heart monitoring is more accurate than hand grips and will help you better analyze your workout and achieve the best results.
Declines and Inclines — The ProForm Pro 2000 treadmill has a deck that both inclines to heart racing 15% and declines to 3%. This allows you to simulate running up and down hills, and lets you target additional lower body muscles.
22″ x 60″ Running Surface — When we were out to visit the company they made it a point to tell us that the 60″ is the actual running surface. They mentioned that other companies advertising a 60″ treadbelt may have a running surface as much as 4″ shorter because part of the belt is covered by shrouds. This is an excellent length for speed and interval training. The 22″ width is impressive for this price range. The belt is only a 1-ply belt instead of a 2-ply belt used by other machines. This is one sacrifice for the price.
iFit Ready — iFit Live allows for 2-way communication between your ProForm Pro 2000 treadmill and the Internet. This is how it works: You create a profile and define your fitness goals on iFit.com. Through your Wi-Fi connection, iFit will download personalized workouts programs that cover an eight week duration. They are designed by fitness trainers like Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser fame and include audio coaching. Your stats are recorded in real time and are downloaded to your iFit.com account, allowing you to track your progress. There are also a series of training routines for 5K, 10K, and marathon races. Here are some more benefits of iFit Live:
Sync with Google Maps: In addition, through Google Maps, you can simulate exercising on trails and roadways throughout the world. With the use of a smart device that you can place on the console, you can define a route on Google Maps, and your treadmill will simulate the terrain by adjusting the incline or decline. In addition, you can see a street, satellite, or earth view as you run the route. There is also a library of existing routes through famous city-scapes or national parks. We tried it when we were at their corporate headquarters and were able to virtually run down our local streets 2000 miles away.
Virtual Competitions: With iFit Live you can also compete in sponsored races. There are a series of scheduled races through predetermined routes. As you race you can view your progress in relation to the leader and the pack. One of their recent race had 2,000 competitors.
Things to Know about iFit on the Pro 2000: The main downer for this program is that iFit Live does require an additional subscription cost. Fitness tracking programs from some of the competition offer similar features for free. This machine is listed as iFit Ready. This means the Bluetooth capability is already built into the machine. You will just need to link a smart device like your smart phone or tablet in order to view your virtual running routes. If you’d rather view the running route directly on your treadmill, check out the HD Smart Touchscreens on the ProForm Pro 9000 or Pro 5000 models. Read more about iFit Live here.
32 Installed Workout Programs — If you don’t want to spend the money for iFit Live the ProForm Pro 2000 treadmill has a generous selection of workout programs that let you choose from high intensity, speed, incline or calorie-burn workout routines. The programs control the speed and incline of the treadmill.
Service Coverage — The ProForm Pro 2000 comes with a lifetime frame/motor, five year parts and two year labor warranty. Most treadmills in this price range come with 3 year parts and 1 year labor coverage.
Speaker System with iPod/MP3 Player — You get two 3″ high-excursion drivers (speakers) that have impressive sound clarity considering they are built into a treadmill console. You can plug in your iPod or MP3 player and rock out as you burn off those calories.
If you have read some of our other ProForm and NordicTrack treadmill reviews, you will find them repetitious because many of the components and features are similar. However, the overriding theme on most of these reviews is that fact that both brands offer you some of the best value for your money. The ProForm Pro 2000 is no exception when it is for sale at $1,299. For the price, you are getting some impressive components. In addition, you get a decent sound system, iFit Live compatibility, and the ability to decline the deck. It is all covered with a generous warranty.
Our only suggestion is this – if you are a fanatical runner you will probably want to upgrade to a treadmill in the $2,000+ range. The ProForm Pro 9000 or the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 would be good ones to check out. That said, for your typical treadmill user the ProForm Pro 2000 is an excellent choice, and apparently a leading consumer magazine, whose name we cannot mention, agrees.
Go to www.proform.com/treadmills to learn more.