The ProForm Pro 7000 treadmill features a large 22″W x 60″L running area, iFit enabled console, and 12 mph maximum belt speed. But as an upgrade to the Pro 5000, is this enough to justify the difference in price?
In this review we’ll be making some important comparisons between the Pro 7000 and other ProForm treadmills, as well as similarly priced treadmills from other ICON Health and Fitness companies, such as the NordicTrack Commercial 2950. This is to help you decide which model offers the best balance of features and affordability, while still supporting your personal fitness goals.
We’ll also take a closer look at the design features, console functions, entertainment options, and provide a quick guide to the onboard and iFit workout programs.
Design and safety features
Since the ProForm Pro 7000 was released, the Pro 5000 treadmill has been updated with a higher specification, which includes a more powerful motor than the Pro 7000. This is why even if you can find a retailer that still has the Pro 7000 or 7500 in stock, we would still recommend buying the Pro 5000 instead.
That being said, it’s still worth taking a closer look at what the Pro 7000 treadmill has to offer, starting with the 3.8 CHP Mach Z Commercial Pro motor. The Mach Z design is something that’s included with all ProForm Pro treadmills, and is accompanied by a lifetime warranty on the motor. Internally it features a very similar combination of high-grade components to the Pro 9000, which helps reduce vibration and create a quieter in-home running experience.
The incline and belt speed are also amongst the best you’ll find on a home treadmill, whether you’re buying from ProForm, Schwinn, Sole, or even Precor. This means a 12 mph maximum belt speed, and incline/decline gradient that ranges from -3% to +15%. This isn’t quite as impressive as on their Boston Marathon treadmills (-6% to +20%), but it’s still enough to emulate the change in terrain that comes from a real-world running route.
As with all ProForm Pro treadmills, the size of the running area is just about the best you can expect, measuring 22″W x 60″L. Although many ProForm treadmills offer a 60″ belt length (Performance 600i, Power 995i, Sport 7.5), it’s the width that’s important here. The treadmills of the Pro series have the widest belt of any ProForm treadmill, even the bestselling Pro 2000, which is the most affordable treadmill in the collection.
Underneath the belt, a ProShox cushioning system has been fitted to reduce the impact of your foot fall on the belt and running deck. This serves to reduce the stress on your feet, ankles, knees, and hips, compared to standard road running.
If you’re running at home without a training partner, it’s important to create a safe environment in which to exercise. This is why ProForm have included the short set of hand rails and plates on either side of the belt, to assist with stability and offer a safe platform on which to step if you need to get off the belt quickly.
You also have the familiar safety key feature, which forms a connection between an item of your clothing and the console. That way, if you were to fall, the clip would be pulled from the console and the belt would quickly come to a stop.
ProForm Pro 7000 Treadmill – Features Summary
- 36 Workout Apps
- -3-0% Quick Decline, 0-15% Quick Incline Control
- 3″ Precision Machined and Balanced Non-Flex Rear Rollers
- iFit Enabled
- Wireless Chest Strap and Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor
- 10″ Oversized Backlit Display
- CoolAire Workout Fan
- Compatible Music Port for iPod
- ProShox Cushioning
- 0-12 MPH Quick Speed Control
- 22 x 60″ 2-Ply Tread belt
- 3.8 CHP Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor
- 375 lbs. User Capacity
Display console design
The Pro 7000 console is a stripped down version of the Pro 9000, with the same size display screen (10-inches), but uses a backlight to highlight important workout feedback, instead of using a full-color touchscreen. This feedback includes speed, time, distance, heart rate, and number of calories burned.
But just because the console features fewer built-in entertainment options, doesn’t mean your workouts have to be any less enjoyable. You still have the integrated tablet holder mounted to the top of the console, positioned closer to your eye line for optimal viewing of TV shows and movies via your smart device.
If you enjoy listening to motivational music while you workout, you still have the built-in Intermix Acoustics sound system, with an iPod compatible port for playing music directly via the console, with no need to wear headphones. ProForm have even kept the CoolAire workout fan and multiple water bottle storage areas, which helps keep you hydrated and running at peak performance.
Heart rate monitoring
Although the onboard workouts don’t include a specific Heart Rate Control (HRC) program, being able to keep track of your pulse is still important, especially if you’re looking to train within a specific zone for medical or fitness reasons. That’s why the ProForm Pro 7000 supports both touch and telemetry heart rate monitoring.
We’ve personally had greater success with the wireless chest strap method, particularly if it’s a long workout. Holding onto the dual-grip EKG touch sensors just seems to take all of the momentum and movement out of the upper body. In comparison, wearing the chest strap (included) means you don’t have to run so close to the console, and have greater freedom to focus on the quality of your workout, instead of maintaining your grip on the handles.
Workout programs and user profiles
If having a varied and challenging workout routine is important to you, the ProForm Pro 7000 could be an excellent option, with its full range of Set-A-Goal programs, onboard workouts, and iFit enabled console.
The console design gives you a slight advantage over the ProForm Pro 5000, as you now have Quick select controls for the iFit workout categories. You can still use the menu controls or the touch screen to navigate to your chosen workout, but having these Quick select options enables faster access to the programs that will help you achieve your fitness goals.
So how does the Pro 7000 treadmill compare to other treadmills in the ProForm Pro collection, such as the Pro 7500 or top-of-the-line Pro 9000?
Workout program categories
In terms of workout experience, this is the same program that you’ll find on any ProForm treadmill. There’s no preset profile of speed and incline settings to follow, giving you complete control over the intensity of your workout.
- Onboard Workouts
Having a more advanced display means there are some differences in how your performance is shown on-screen, compared to earlier ProForm treadmills that use a basic matrix display (ProForm 590 T, 790 T, etc.). But the way in which the onboard programs work doesn’t change much.
Whether you choose the ProForm Pro 7000, Pro 7500, or Pro 9000, you’ll have access to a large number of onboard workouts (36 for the Pro 7000), each of which relies on a preset profile of segments, which store the speed and incline settings.
As the workout progresses the running deck incline and belt speed will automatically adjust to match the settings stored in these segments, leaving you free to concentrate on your performance.
As with the Pro 5000 treadmill, you have access to ProForm’s full range of onboard workout categories, including Calorie, Speed, Incline, Intensity, and Random. The Random category is the key difference here, and isn’t something that’s available on treadmills in their Endurance series, ZLT series, or T series.
Random simply generates a different workout profile each time it’s pressed, which adds important variation to your fitness routine, even without accessing iFit.
- Set-A-Goal Workouts
Having the touch screen is a significant advantage over treadmills that use matrix displays, which can also been seen when you want to customize one of the goal based workouts.
If you like the freedom that the Manual program gives you but are motivated by achieving targets, you can seta calorie, time, distance, or pace goal. The workout will then continue until this goal is reached.
The Set-A-Goal workouts aren’t available on all ProForm treadmills, and even when they are included, it’s rare that you’ll find the Pace option. It’s a feature we’ve only really seen on treadmills in the Pro and Boston Marathon collections.
- iFit Workouts
The console that’s supplied with the ProForm Pro 7000 is classed as iFit enabled, rather than iFit compatible. This means you don’t need to go out and buy the wireless module separately, but you still need to sign up for a paid subscription if you want access to the full features. You’ll also need connectivity to Wi-Fi.
After setting up your account you can login straight from the console and download workouts to your schedule. This is available for any of the preset categories, including Map, Train, Video, and Lose Weight.
There’s also a ‘Compete’ option for challenging other iFit users to a scheduled race, and you have the ability to check past workout performance before you start a new program.
When you’re looking at treadmills from companies like Precor and Schwinn you’ll often see ‘number of user profiles’ in the spec. ProForm handle this through iFit, where a single account supports up to 4 users. This means you can start building up a history of workout performance for multiple users without having to purchase additional subscriptions.
iFit workouts themselves work in a similar way to the onboard programs, where you follow a preset profile of speed and incline settings created by a certified personal trainer. You can even create your own custom running routes in real-world locations via the Google Maps and Street View integration.
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 Pro 7000 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 Pro 7000 is fitted with transport wheels, which make it easier to move between rooms if needed.
For maintenance, the user manual is packed with useful information to keep the treadmill running smoothly. This includes how to setup and manage a wireless network connection, calibrate the incline system, and troubleshoot basic issues.
What’s covered by the warranty?
- Frame: Lifetime
- Motor: Lifetime
- Parts: 5 years
- Labor: 2 years