The ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill is one of the latest treadmills by ProForm to see an upgrade to its already popular design. The 2014 model still provides iFit compatibility and a full range of preset workout programs, but with some slight changes to the display console.
In this product review we take a look at the treadmill in more detail, including the technology behind iFit, design features, storage options, and an overview of customer reviews from online shopping sites.
Finding the features that are crucial to effective workouts
As with any new piece of fitness equipment, buying a new treadmill can often be the result of making a few compromises in the balance between features and cost.
But it can be difficult to decide which features are crucial to the success and progress of your workouts, and which could be considered more of a ‘nice-to-have’.
This includes the size of the running area, cushioning system under the running deck, quietness of the running belt, and even whether or not the treadmill has a storage shelf for your tablet or phone.
To help clarify exactly what you are getting for your money, these were some of the first features we looked at when reviewing the ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill.
Running deck features
Whether you’re looking for a treadmill purely for your own use or one that can be used by the whole family, the first feature you should look for is the size of the running area.
While having a larger running area will of course give you much more space to run, it’s also often the only option when it comes to choosing a treadmill suitable for taller users (6ft+).
At 60 inches in length and 22 inches wide, the running area for the ProForm Pro 2000 is one of the largest available outside a commercial gym, and amongst the largest in its price range.
Commercial Pro Motor
It’s true that powering this extra large running area up to its top speeds of 12mph at inclines of up to 15% does take a more powerful motor than most treadmills at 3.25 CHP.
But what effect does this have on your workouts?
While on many treadmills this would lead to a much louder running experience, ProForm have used their dynamically spin-balanced Mach Z Commercial Pro motor to reduce vibration and keep noise to a minimum.
Foldable, space-saving design
Another feature that could be considered essential is the ability to fold the running deck away between workouts.
Not only can the running deck be folded away to a near-vertical position, but the ProForm Pro 2000 also uses an EasyLift Assist system.
This patented design feature removes the need for almost any physical lifting, and makes it much softer to lower the deck back to the ground before you start your next workout.
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill – Features Summary
- 3.25 CHP Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor
- 8″ Backlit Display
- 24 Built-In Workouts (6 Calorie-Burn Workouts, 6 Incline Workouts, 6 Intensity Workouts, and 6 Speed Workouts)
- 0-12 MPH QuickSpeed Control
- 0-15% Quick Incline Control
- -3-0% Quick Decline Control
- RaceTrack Display
- Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor with Polar Wireless Chest Strap Included
- FS2 Full Surface Suspension Cushioning
- 3″ Precision Machined and Balanced Non-Flex Rear Roller
- 20″ x 60″ 2-Ply, Commercial Treadbelt
- SpaceSaver Design with EasyLift Assist
- AutoBreeze Workout Fan
- Intermix Acoustics 3.0 Sound System
- Compatible Music Port for iPod
- iFit Live Technology Compatible
- Rated as a ‘Best Buy’ from a leading consumer magazine
Display console design
One of the reasons ProForm treadmills have proven so popular for home gyms is their large display consoles with their wide range of useful functions.
Quick-select incline and speed settings
The ProForm Pro 2000 includes two sets of quick-select settings; one for adjusting the incline and one for the speed of the running belt.
These quick-select options make it much easier to include interval training in your list of treadmill workouts.
It also means you don’t need to be running close to the display console for too long while you wait for the manual adjustment to reach your target setting.
2013 model display console
An important part of ensuring you stick to a regular workout plan is often making sure that you are actually enjoying your workouts.
This is why ProForm have included 3 storage areas; one on either side of the display screen, and a large shelf under the console.
Easy-to-read LCD display
Despite not being as large as the display on some treadmills, the ProForm Pro 2000 still manages to display all your important workout information in a way that makes it quick and easy to find.
This includes your workout time, calories burned, speed, incline, distance travelled, and the option to track how many laps of a virtual running track you complete.
2014 model display console
Keep cool, enjoy your music, and iFit training
Whenever we workout, it’s only natural to want to achieve the best performance so that we can hopefully see the best improvements to our overall fitness.
But did you know that an important part of improving your running performance can actually be as simple as keeping cool?
Studies have shown that a rise in core body temperature can lead to impaired performance over a variety of exercises and workout durations.
While pre cooling is now a popular strategy (can involve the application of cooling clothes or cold water immersion), another excellent way to keep cool is the use of cooling fans.
The ProForm Pro 2000 not only includes a cooling fan with adjustable strength settings, but also a set of speakers so you can listen to your favourite motivational workout music, and a unique training software known as iFit.
iFit Live technology
One of the most common reasons for stopping an exercise program is due to losing interest in the activity you are using to get the exercise.
Possibly the best and most cost efficient ways to make sure this doesn’t stop you from your own fitness program is by ensuring the treadmill you buy has a wide range of pre-programmed workout options.
Although the display console does provide you with over 20 different programs as standard, iFit technology is also available as an upgrade, which is designed to make your running much more interactive.
You can even plan a virtual running route using Google Maps, then follow your progress on your tablet using Street View through a host of locations around the world.
iFit also grants you access to a comprehensive library of training programs that are tailor made with the help of top trainers like Jillian Michaels to help you achieve specific fitness goals.
Another of the reasons to consider opting into the iFit program is the ability to create customer user profiles.
This can be a great benefit if the treadmill will be used by more than one person, as it allows you to store personal workout information and create your own custom workouts.
Something to bear in mind before buying is that the ProForm Pro 2000 is classed as ‘iFit compatible‘ rather than ‘iFit enabled’.
This simply means that you will need to purchase an additional module and yearly subscription (usually costs around $99) if you want to take advantage of these exciting new workout options.
What’s covered by the warranties?
- Frame: Lifetime
- Motor: Lifetime
- Parts: 5 year
- Labor: 2 year
- Running belt remains quiet, even at higher speeds
- Easy-to-follow assembly instructions
- Solid construction
- Sturdy running platform
- Convenient storage areas built into and below the display are ideal for storing water bottles, an mp3 player etc.
- Fan system to keep you cool during your workouts
- Wide range of workout programs, particularly when combined with iFit
- Large running area gives you plenty of room to build up to your natural running stride
- Heavy box weight can make it difficult to move and get out of the packaging when it first arrives
- The running deck does not fold completely vertical. That being said, it does fold up to 70 degrees which can save a significant amount of space
- If you want to use the iFit training options there is an additional cost for the module and membership
- No electronics warranty available