Currently available for £1249.00 from Sweatband.com
ProForm Pro 2000 Folding Treadmill Review
Proform has an enviable reputation for producing high-spec running machines at sensible prices. We took a close up look at the Proform Pro 2000 treadmill to see how it stacks up against other high-end models in this price bracket. Here’s the low down…
Assembly of the Pro 2000 is like most other treadmills. If you’re handy (and we have built A LOT of treadmills) it’s possible to put this beast together and have it ready for action in about 25 minutes. If you’re not so handy it’ll take you around 45-60 minutes to build. It’s a 2 person job but isn’t particularly complicated and the vast majority of end-users will be able to put this treadmill together without much trouble.
The Pro 2000, as you might expect with it being a model that’s positioned near the top of the range, is a big treadmill. With a footprint of 205cm x 99cm (80.7″ x 38.9″) and a large running area of 55cm x 152cm (21.6’’ x 59.8’’), it both needs plenty of space and also provides plenty too. The deck is large enough for literally any runner, that doesn’t have a special requirement of some sort, to feel safe even when sprinting at the top speed of 22kph (13.7mph). The cushioning under the deck is Proform’s proprietory ProShox™ system that’s tried and tested and there’s a reason that it’s employed here. With a deck this large and a cushioning system that’s up to the task the run that the Pro 2000 delivers is excellent. The incline/decline system, featuring a -3 to +15% incline, further enhances things and when running on hilly terrain on either a Google Maps workout or a personal training video (more on those shortly). It really makes this treadmill feel like a road simulator making it ideal if you’re training for an event or a competition. That huge 15% incline also makes this model a great choice if you’re looking to do hill training or are looking to burn lots and lots of calories fast. It’s a wonderful running deck that wouldn’t look or feel out of place in a commercial setting and actually feels nicer to run on that some commercial machines we’ve encountered on our travels. The 3.5 horsepower motor drives everything in a calm, quiet and serene way adding to the experience by making things smooth and quiet and even when set to the highest possible settings for speed and incline it just keeps pulling away without complaint. Add to deck and motor the large 2.5″ front and rear rollers and what you end up with with a smooth, quiet but very powerful machine that will take anything you can throw at it in any domestic scenario.
There’s a 7″ full-colour touch-screen monitor at the heart of the console, which does a great job of displaying live training data and acts as the main control centre for all the functions, though it’s nice to see that Proform hasn’t ditched the physical keys altogether. The quick access keys for speed and incline remain, as do the stop, start and incremental speed and incline buttons. These are particularly useful if you want to manually change the settings in the middle of a run as they don’t require the same precision needed to use the touch-screen.
In terms of programmes the Pro 2000, like quite a few other Proform treadmills, has ditched the classic built-in workouts replacing them with 50 workout videos that are streamed via WiFi connection directly to the console. Each workout video is led by a professional personal trainer that guides you and motivates you through the workout. The experience is about as far away as you can get from traditional programmes and for the better. If you struggle to stay interested in running (which, let’s face it, can be dull) then these workout videos are likely to remedy that. The videos are categorised in the same way as traditional programmes with videos that focus on weight loss, or cardio improvement and so on so it’s a simple task to pick out the kind of workout you want. It’s worth noting that you can use the manual mode without a WiFi connection but one is required for all and any of the available workout videos. It’s also possible to get access to a huge library of workout videos as well as Google Maps based runs that you can create yourself by signing up to the iFit service (there’s a 30-day subscription to iFit included in the purchase) which also has a myriad of other features including races against other members, dietary and sleep advice and a lot more.
Other features include a Bluetooth wireless heart rate receiver, audio input, stereo speakers, workout fan to keep you cool a tablet holder, water bottle holder and accessories tray. The Proform Pro 2000 comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5-years warranty cover on the motor and 2-years parts and labour cover for everything else.
Since this review was originally published, a new version of this model has been released for 2021. We’ll be getting the new model in soon so we can discover exactly what it’s like and report back to you with the lowdown. In the meantime, it’s worth being aware that there are currently two different models out there available to buy which share the same name but are significantly different. The new 2021 model features a number of significant changes such as a larger 10-inch screen, a smaller motor, a lesser maximum incline level, a narrower running belt, smaller rollers, a lower max user weight, a lighter overall machine weight, the addition of Bluetooth music playback capabilities and a very different updated look. So make sure you check with your retailer exactly which model you’re about to press the buy button on before committing yourself!
The Proform Pro 2000 delivers a great training experience and uses state-of-the-art tech to deliver high-quality training sessions. It's well suited to domestic use, while features such as the decline function and a challenging 15% incline and 55cm wide running deck make this model a very attractive proposition and we're happy to recommend it. If you're into seriously intense runs and don't really care for all the bells and whistles then you should make time to consider our treadmill of the month in this category, the DKN EnduRun which delivers a gym-style running experience and is on offer right now. But if you like the idea of iFit, the Pro 2000 is a great choice.
ProForm Pro 2000 Specifications
- 3.5 HP Commercial Motor
- 0-22kph (0-13.7mph) speed range with Auto stop safety system
- -3% to + 15% incline range with handlebar controls
- 55cm (21.6”) x 152cm (59.8”) running surface
- 7″ Full-color display
- Feedback: Speed, Distance, Time, Incline, Calories, Heart Rate, calories per hour, Pace, Vertical Distance, and Average Heart Rate
- Programs: Manual mode, access to 50+ video workouts and a daily updated map based workout
- iFit® Coach Enabled (30-days Family membership included)
- Bluetooth Compatibility
- Heart Rate Measurement via EKG pulse grips + Chest Belt wireless receiver
- Conveniences: tablet holder, CoolAire workout fan, easy lift assist
- SpaceSaver® folding design
- Audio: Built-in speakers and two 3″ speakers compatible with iPod/ MP3 player
- Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 205cm (80.7”) x 99cm (39”) x 180cm (70.9”)
- Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 97cm (38.2″) x 99cm (39″) x 190cm (74.8″)
- Max. user weight: 135kg (297.6lbs)
- Product weight: 140kg (308.6lbs)
- Warranty: Manufacturer’s 2 year parts and labour guarantee
ProForm Pro 2000 Folding Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £1249.00 from Sweatband.com
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