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ProForm Pro 2000 Folding Treadmill Review
Proform has been building cardio fitness equipment for decades and its machines are well known to deliver a lot of bang for your buck, even at the lower end of the range. Here we’re looking at one of the treadmills that’s to be found in the higher end of the current range, the new Proform Pro 2000 (model PFTL12820-INT), to find out what kind of a running experience the latest version of this well-seasoned model delivers.
Assembly of the 2021 Pro 2000 is, unsurprisingly, very much the same as the previous version. The instructions are clear, the steps easy to follow and with two people, once you’ve got it out of the packaging, this heavy-duty running machine can be fully assembled in as little as 25 minutes. In our opinion, getting this machine built and ready to use is easier and less frustrating than constructing a set of drawers obtained from a well-known flat-pack furniture retailer and other similar flat pack projects.
Once assembled this iteration of the Pro 2000 is rather more good looking than all of its predecessors. With a mainly black body and some grey/silver parts, it doesn’t differ much in colour, but the lines and the angles are radically different from previous versions. It’s quite a jump in aesthetics from a sort of clunky, industrial look to something much more modern and mid 21st century. Design is subjective of course, but we really like the look of this machine.
With the Pro 2000 positioned near the top of the range, it’s not unexpected that this is a fairly large treadmill. Yet, with a footprint of 196cm x 89cm (77″ x35″) it’s 9cm shorter than its predecessor and 10cm narrower. Having a slightly smaller footprint than the previous version means that this model will fit into a wider range of settings than before but given the dimensions, this is still very much an oversized treadmill. This smaller overall footprint does not mean a shorter running area either which remains at 152cm (60″) so even the tallest of runners are going to be able to stretch their legs properly on this runner. At 51cm (20″) wide the running area is a bit narrower than before but once again, at this sort of size, this is by no means any kind of handicap. On the contrary, a deck this size provides ample room to safely move around during your run making this machine feel every bit as comfortable to run on as before, and even at the top speed of 22kph (13.7mph) the Pro 2000 feels secure with plenty of room to move around which tends to happen as session runs on.
Cushioning on this 2021 model comes in the form of Proform’s proprietory Rebound Pro™ cushioning system. This is different to the ProShox™ cushioning in name and design but the end result is very much the same as before and that’s no bad thing. The cushioning system here offers plenty of joint protection while at the same time ensuring that it’s not bouncy or energy-sapping as you push off for the next stride. It’s a good balance between soft and hard and should be a good fit for a very wide range of runners.
The incline/decline system, featuring a -3 to +12% incline, further enhances the number of training options and when running on hilly terrain on either a Google Maps based run or a video being led by a qualified personal trainer the Pro 2000 turns into something of a road simulator. Whether you’re training for an event or competition, or just out to get fit, this set up helps to work different muscles and makes the whole experience quite a bit more interesting than your average treadmill session into the bargain. Overall this is a great platform that would look and feel very much at home in a commercial setting. The 3.25 horsepower motor also drives everything in a quiet and seemingly effortless way. All these elements combine tidily (this is a clearly well thought through running machine) and the result is a smooth, quiet, powerful and comfortable treadmill that will quite easily handle just about anything you can throw at it in any domestic setting. This is definitely more than your once or twice a week sort of machine. It’s more your family of five with 3 teenagers and we all like running sort of treadmill.
There’s an upgraded 10″ full-colour touch-screen monitor at the heart of the console, which does a great job of displaying live training data and workout videos and acts as the main control centre for all the functions, though it’s nice to see that Proform retained quite a few of the physical keys as these are easier to operate when in full sweat mode than a touchscreen. The quick access keys for speed and incline remain, as do the stop, start and incremental speed and incline buttons. In addition to the larger screen there’s improved WiFi, Bluetooth and HD graphics, which aren’t things you immediately notice, but are elements that make a positive difference to overall performance, collectively making the whole user experience that much better than the previous version.
In terms of programmes the Pro 2000 is like the other high-end models in the range in that the classic built-in workouts that you’ll find on a classic treadmill have been ditched and replaced with a manual mode, a daily updated map workout, and a selection of streamed video-based workouts via a 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 and the resulting experience is about as far away as you can get from traditional programmes which by comparison can be boring., and if you’re the sort of person that struggles to stay interested in running (which, let’s face it, can be very, very dull) then these workout videos are a gerat way to change 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 videos. It’s also possible to get access to a vast library of workout videos by signing up to the iFit service (there’s a 30-day subscription to iFit included in the purchase so you can check out all the features before committing to it) which also has a myriad of other features including races against other members, dietary and sleep advice and quite a few other interesting bits of functionality.
Other features include a Bluetooth wireless heart rate receiver, Bluetooth audio, stereo speakers, fan, 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.
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 seriously heavy domestic use, while features such as the incline/decline function and an oversized running deck mean that the Pro 2000 is a model that we're very happy to recommend. But before you go any further it's worth pausing for thought to consider the Bowflex 18 which benefits from a build so good that it comes with warranty cover for use in commercial environments, and will also save you a good amount of cash into the bargain. And, if you'd prefer to live a subscription-free running life then take a look at the excellent DKN EnduRun which offers a superb running experience and a host of onboard workouts that don't require an internet connection.
ProForm Pro 2000 Specifications
- 3.25 CHP motor
- 0-22kph (0-13.7mph) speed range with Quick Speed™ controls
- -3% to + 12% incline range with Quick Incline™ controls
- 51cm (20’’) x 152cm (60’’) running surface
- 1.9” precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
- Rebound Pro™ cushioning
- 10″ full-colour touchscreen display
- Feedback: Incline, time, calories, distance, speed, pulse
- Included workouts: Manual mode, daily updated map workout. Selection of streamed video-based workouts.
- iFit® Coach Enabled, 30-day Free iFit trial included (Verified payment details required for iFit sign up. Auto-renews at the end of the trial period unless cancelled)
- iFit workouts: Thousands of on-demand video workouts streamed via iFit (subscription required).
- Bluetooth Compatibility
- Heart Rate Measurement via Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest belt optional)
- Conveniences: dual water bottle holder, CoolAire workout fan, transportation wheels
- SpaceSaver® folding design with EasyLift™ Assist
- Audio: iPod®/mp3 compatible Bluetooth audio and dual 2” speakers
- Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 196cm (77″) x 89cm (35″) x 151cm (59″)
- Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 114cm (45″) x 89cm (35″) x 176cm (69″)
- Max. user weight: 136kg (300lbs)
- Product weight: 100kg (220lbs)
- Power Supply: Mains
- Warranty: Lifetime frame warranty; 5 years for the motor, and 2 years for parts and labour (must register within 28 days of purchase to get 2nd year of coverage)
ProForm Pro 2000 Folding Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
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