Proform 2500 Treadmill Review

The Proform 2500 Treadmill is a well designed, high quality performance machine with plenty of useful and intuitive features to enjoy. Just some of the products key features are; a generous 20 x 60 inch treadbelt, iPod compatibility, up to 12 mph maximum speed, 15% maximum incline, an inbuilt fan, a 375 pound weight capacity, a -3 to 0% decline option and FS2 Full Surface Suspension Cushioning.

With such a long list of impressive features and a pretty hefty frame and motor all for under $1500 dollars, is there anything wrong with the Proform 2500 Treadmill?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 80 L x 36 W x 73.5 H inches (203.3 x 91.4 x 186.6 cm)
  • 375 pounds (170.09 kg) maximum weight capacity
  • 20 X 60 inch 2-PLY COMMERCIAL TREADBELT (50.8 x 152.4 cm)
  • 385 pounds (174.6 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

3.5 CHP Motor

TESTED FOR EXCELLENCE

The Commercial Pro uses preventative engineering to keep you safe while you workout. Dynamically spin-balanced and extensively tested for superior performance in vibration and noise, the Commercial Pro is our smoothest, quietest motor available.

30 Workout Apps

A VERSATILE APPROACH

Get the results you want with 30 built-in workout options. Choose from 20 calorie burning workouts and 10 workout routes powered by Google Maps™. Each workout automatically adjusts your speed, incline, and decline to maximize your results.

FS2™ Cushioning

WORKOUT IN COMFORT

Reduce impact on your joints for a more comfortable workout and recovery. This innovative cushioning absorbs impact with every step for a more powerful toe-off.

iFit® Enabled*

INDUSTRY-LEADING TECHNOLOGY

Our industry-leading iFit® technology takes you around the world when you draw a route on the console’s Android™-powered browser. Tapping into Google Maps™, this exclusive ProForm® treadmill automatically simulates every hill and dip. Plus, you can train with a certified personal trainer, run a scenic coastline via high definition video, track your progress automatically, compete with friends, and customize your workout to match your goals. *iFit® wireless built-in. Google Maps™ is a trademark of Google, Inc.

 

Comfort

The Proform 2500 Treadmill is built to give you a comfortable, enjoyable workout over and over again. The machine feels incredibly sturdy underfoot and you’ll feel like you can do anything on it without it moving much at all. The 3.5 CHP motor feels incredibly strong and you barely hear it working and the FS2 Cushioning combined with the generous treadbelt space means you’ll almost feel like you’re walking on air before you’ve even started to use the machine to its full capacity. The belt has a really enjoyable bounce to it and the motorized decline/ incline changes are super smooth. This treadmill really is extremely comfortable to use, you’re really looked after with these well thought out design features.

 

Performance

Without even considering the iFit app you’ve plenty to play with in the way of performance on this exceptional treadmill, features include; 30 workout apps powered by Google Maps, 15% incline, -3 to 0% decline, up to 12 mph maximum speed, heart rate monitor and polar chest strap, quick speed controls and the set-a-goal workout centre.

The comfort of the machine itself means you’re more than likely going to want to use it more and strive to reach those fitness goals faster.

The incline and speed limits are about average for this price range, the decline option is quite a modern feature and certainly adds a fun element to customized workout routines. You can seriously work several different muscle groups in different ways using various combinations of decline, incline and speed. The quick buttons are also a fantastic tool for quick intensifying of a workout or getting up to speed or heart rate quickly if you’re already warmed up.

You have two ways to track your heart rate; the handlebar pulse sensor on the machine tracks your heart rate and the polar chest strap (included) also transmits your heart rate to the console, if you’re looking for real accuracy – use the chest strap.

Your distance, time and calories are also tracked on the machine and the set-a-goal workout centre allows you to input your desired goals so you can track your progress on the machine.

The inbuilt workout options are pretty phenomenal as they truly utilize the various features of the machine. The full colour screen also makes them a little bit more fun than they can be without any visuals.

If you do choose to use iFit you should be aware that without membership it really won’t make much of a difference to the facilities you have on the Proform 2500. If you do choose to purchase the membership, you’ll have access to some pretty cool features including personal trainer workouts that change daily, local and worldwide routes that reflect the incline of the route you’ve chosen and competitions to enable you to see how your performance pitches against other people using the app.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

It is heavy to set up and you may struggle with your WIFI/ iFit connection and programming at first but otherwise the whole treadmill is incredibly user friendly. The troughs for keys/ water bottles/ remotes etc are perfectly large and deep, the programming is simple to use (despite the many options available) and the machine works like a dream. The only slight (and it is very slight) issue is the fact that the volume button can be a little too sensitive and go straight from quiet to loud with no in between, but this issue is most definitely not a deal breaker.

 

Entertainment

You’re not going to fall short of entertainment with this machine. iFit (if you use it), a full 7 inch colour screen, declines, inclines, 30 workout programs and various other features enable you to mix your workout up every single use. However the only true entertainment is the iPod dock and ability to place your tablet on the console.

It is slightly annoying that your tablet can only go in front of the 7 inch screen, however, it’s the most efficient place for it to go so you’d just have to choose between entertainment or feedback which isn’t a huge sacrifice. The speakers work well and only highlight how smooth and quiet the treadmill motor is as you don’t need much volume to blend out the only noise coming from the machine- your footsteps.

 

Warranty

  • Frame and Motor- Lifetime
  • Parts- 5 years
  • Labour- 2 years

 

The Final Verdict

The Proform 2500 Treadmill truly is a dream. Expect a high quality, quiet, robust, all singing all dancing machine for the $1500 dollar price tag. The only downside is the iFit boasting from Proform which should really come with a 1 year premium membership as standard as the free membership is essentially pointless and could be considered a bit of a gimmick. However even without the iFit, this machine really is good value for money and will provide you with endless workout possibilities and a fantastic opportunity to tone up and improve fitness levels with ease and comfort time and time and again.

 

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