The ProForm Endurance S7 is one of the best home treadmills on the market, and an upgraded version of the Endurance M7. This means a larger LCD screen for clear workout feedback and an 8-week weight loss program, in addition to the 18 onboard workout apps.
But given the price, is this really a better option than one of ProForm’s iFit compatible or iFit enabled treadmills?
In this review we’ll be providing you with an in-depth guide to the workout apps, entertainment options, design features, warranty, and assembly process. We’ll also be making important comparisons between the S7 and other Endurance series treadmills, including the S7.5 and M8i (only ProForm Endurance treadmill to have an iFit compatible console) to help you decide if this is the best treadmill for your own home gym.
Note: The Endurance S7 forms part of ProForm’s UK treadmill collection. The equivalent treadmill from their US collection would be the Sport 5.0 or Performance 400i, which have the same size running area, incline, motor power, and ProShox™ cushioning system.
Design and safety features
In terms of physical design features, the Endurance S7 treadmill is virtually identical to the S7.5, M8i, and M7 models of the same collection. By this we mean the maximum incline setting is the same (10%), maximum belt speed is the same (11 mph), and the size of running area is the same, measuring 20″W x 55″L.
The 2.5 CHP motor that’s fitted to the S7 treadmill is also the same power, which should come as no surprise given that there’s no difference in incline, belt speed, or weight capacity (275 lbs). Constructed from high-grade components, the motor uses an internal cooling system to reduce vibration as well as wear on parts, creating a quieter indoor running environment.
So how do you know which Endurance series treadmill is best suited to your fitness goals? The difference between these treadmills lies in the style of workout they support, with an 8-week weight loss program included with the S7, compared to a much more varied collection of 16 personal trainer workouts with the M8i (more on this later in the review).
But we want to make it clear we’re not downplaying the design features., and they’re actually excellent for a treadmill of this price. We’re simply saying that there isn’t much difference across the collection. The Endurance S9 is the only model that stands out from this perspective, with a slightly faster 12.4 mph maximum belt speed.
As for the cushioning, ProForm have opted for their ProShox™ impact absorption system, which runs throughout the treadmill deck. This is designed to reduce the impact of your foot striking the tread belt and limit the stress placed on your feet and joints when running. Unfortunately it can’t be disabled like you can with the Boston Marathon 4.0, but by reducing the stress placed on your leg muscles, allows you to recover much quicker and workout more frequently.
As part of ProForm’s Endurance series, the S7 treadmill is fitted with all of the most important safety features, including the hand rails for balance assistance and the safety key to stop the tread belt if you were to fall during a workout.
Unfortunately you don’t have ability to set a 4-digit child-safety passcode for disabling/enabling the console like you do with treadmills in their Pro series, Premier series, and Boston Marathon series. You’re also missing the safety screen timeout, which resets the console if no buttons are pressed and the belt doesn’t move for a set amount of time, which is another feature unique to the same collections.
ProForm Endurance S7 – Features Summary
- 2.5 CHP Motor
- 0 – 11 mph Quick Speed™ range
- 0 – 10% Quick Incline™
- Spacious 20″W x 55″L running area
- ProShox Cushioning system
- Backlit LCD display
- iPod / mp3 compatible with Intermix Acoustics 2.0 audio
- CoolAire™ Workout fan
- 18 pre-programmed workouts
- Dual-Grip EKG™ Heart Rate Monitor
- 275 lb Weight capacity
Display console design
As an upgrade to the M7 model, the ProForm Endurance S7 has a number of useful extra features added to the console, including Quick controls for the workout fan and Weight Loss program.
Apart from a different button layout, the console for the Endurance S7 is identical to that of the ProForm 730 ZLT treadmill. You’re given the same 4 categories of workout programs (Calorie, Intensity, Speed, Incline), have controls for the 8-week weight-loss program, and Quick controls for the running deck incline and tread belt speed.
The backlit LCD screen is also a similar size, which is used to display important workout feedback, such as time, distance, speed, incline level, heart rate, and number of calories burned.
There’s even controls for adjusting the speed of the CoolAire™ workout fan, which is designed to keep you cool during longer workouts.
As for the entertainment options, the Endurance S7 features an iPod and MP3 compatible console port, which connects your device to a built-in Intermix Acoustics™ 2.0 sound system. This allows you to listen to your favorite motivational workout music via the two 2-inch speakers.
It’s a similar sound system to the one built into ProForm’s LT and ZLT series treadmills. There’s really only one upgrade to this which is the Intermix Acoustics™ 3.0 system, although that’s only available on their top-of-the-line treadmills, including the ProForm Pro 5000 and Premier 1300.
Heart rate monitoring
As part of ProForm’s Endurance series, the ProForm S7 treadmill has a receiver built into the console capable of receiving signals from wireless heart rate monitor chest straps. This is a significant advantage over treadmills in their T, LT, and ZLT series’, where only top-of-the-line models have this feature.
Wireless heart rate monitoring is available through a Polar T34 chest belt, or if you prefer, you can also track your heart rate by holding the dual-grip EKG™ touch sensors which have built into the handles.
Workout programs and user profiles
With their unique combination of speed and incline settings, treadmills are often considered the best fitness equipment for workout variation in home and commercial gyms.
But not all treadmills are created equal, and it’s not difficult to find models costing thousands of dollars that still only offer a handful of workout programs.
If you’re looking for an affordable treadmill with a high number of workout programs, NordicTrack and ProForm are currently the best in the industry, even if you buy a model that doesn’t include iFit.
So how does the ProForm Endurance S7 compare to other treadmills in the Endurance series, and will the workout programs be enough to help you achieve your personal fitness goals?
Workout program categories
This is the standard program that’s included with practically every motorized treadmill, and becomes active as soon as you connect the safety key to the console. Unlike the onboard workouts it follows no preset profile of speed and incline settings, leaving you free to create your own walking, jogging, or running experience.
Unfortunately most ProForm treadmills don’t allow you to create custom workouts, and the Endurance S7 is no different. This means that any combination of speed and incline settings used in Manual mode will have to be recalled from memory if you want to repeat a specific routine in the future.
- Onboard Workouts
The selection of 18 onboard workouts built into the Endurance S7 is split across 4 categories; Calorie, Intensity, Speed, and Incline. These are the same categories that feature on the Endurance M7, 730 ZLT, and ZT8 treadmills, also from ProForm.
Each of these programs follows a preset profile of segments that was designed by a certified personal trainer. An incline level and belt speed setting were stored against each of these segments, so that as the workout progresses, the treadmill automatically adjusts to add variation to your training.
The Endurance S7 has more of these onboard workouts than the upgraded S7.5 (15 programs), and the same number as the top-of-the-line Endurance S9.
- 8-Week Weight-Loss Program
This is a feature that has proven popular with many of ProForm’s modern treadmills, and it’s something we first noticed when reviewing the ProForm 730 ZLT treadmill, but it’s also available on the S7.5, and in a slightly different variation on the Endurance M8i.
It’s one thing to actually go out and buy a treadmill, but it can be difficult to create a routine that helps you achieve your goals at a realistic and manageable pace. That’s why ProForm created a structured 8-week weight-loss plan to walk you a series of carefully curated and professionally designed workout programs.
While the onboard workouts do offer this to some degree, this weight-loss program has been organised into the specific programs that you have to follow on specific days across the 8 weeks.
Within seconds you can select the week and day number that you need, then hit the Start button and start running. There’s even the option to input your body weight for a more accurate display of the number of calories you’re burning.
- iFit Workouts
Unfortunately unless you’re able to increase your budget to include the ProForm Endurance M8i, you won’t be able to experience any of the training benefits of iFit. This includes access to their online workout library, with personalized programs and Google Maps routes that can be downloaded straight to the console.
But the M8i has drawbacks of its own, such as having no onboard workouts and being iFit compatible rather than iFit enabled. This means that you would still have to purchase the iFit wireless module separately, and sign up for the paid subscription. You do have unique access to ProForm’s Weight Loss workout center, but this is entirely based around burning calories, which may not be the best option for your fitness goals.
Ease of assembly and maintenance
ProForm continue to be one of the best fitness companies in the industry for designing cardio equipment that’s quick to assemble, with clear setup instructions that are easy to follow. Although it’s probably not something you want to base your buying decision around, knowing what to expect from the assembly process can help you get started with your new fitness routine as soon as possible.
Fortunately, the ProForm Endurance S7 user manual includes clear step-by-step written instructions, accompanied by exploded diagrams with parts references to show how each part fits together. ProForm even include most of the tools you need, including a hex key that can adjust the walking belt.
It’s important to bear in mind that ProForm recommends two people for this assembly. That’s because having most of the treadmill pre-assembled cuts down on the setup time, but does mean you’re moving heavier parts around, such as the running deck.
If this isn’t possible, an alternative to self-assembly is the ProForm professional assembly service.
Professional assembly services
Many modern fitness companies now offer an in-home assembly service, which is often a more convenient option than assembling the equipment yourself.
ProForm only guarantee curbside delivery, but as part of the initial purchase they do offer an in-home assembly service, depending on your location. As an alternative, Amazon have also started offering their own home assembly service for treadmills.
With Amazon, your options very much depend on your location, but it’s an excellent way to find highly rated local companies that can setup the treadmill for an affordable price. Moving the treadmill to a new room isn’t included, so you’ll need to have the boxes in the location you plan on using the machine. If Amazon don’t have service providers in your area, you can sign up to be emailed when they become available.
Transport and maintenance
As with most of their treadmills, the ProForm Endurance S7 is fitted with transport wheels, which make it easier to move between rooms if needed. You can also benefit from the folding SpaceSaver® design, which is fitted with a powerful shock (EasyLift Assist) for reducing the effort needed to raise the deck to its vertical storage position, creating a compact footprint.
For maintenance, the user manual is packed with useful information to keep the treadmill running smoothly. This includes how to update the console firmware, calibrate the incline system, and troubleshoot basic issues.
What’s covered by the warranty?
- Frame: Lifetime
- Motor: 5 years
- Parts: 2 years
- Labor: 2 years