Watch this brief video review for the Proform Pro 2000 below to see it in action!
UP AND RUNNING
At a whopping 291 pounds in weight, this is decidedly not a lightweight item.
In fact, the work out definitely starts with the assembly and installation. If you were thinking maybe you could move this on your own, then think again. You will need a second person to shift this about and preferably some sort of athlete too.
So, okay, you have procured a small, but keen, team of crack weight lifters to get this from your front door to the basement or bedroom or wherever you are going to morph into Usain Bolt. So what’s the next thing that you need to know?
Ah – what about the actual assembly? Is this going to be one of those experiences where there are merely some baffling squiggles drawn by a sadistic engineer, laughing at you, making you feel like you failed some sort of IQ test? Are you going to spend the next fifteen hours of your life screaming at everyone, as the cat cowers in fear?
Hopefully, no. One of the positives about this treadmill seems to be that it is fairly straightforward to put together. This doesn’t mean that it is going to be necessarily quick – this is still some serious piece of machinery that isn’t going to be erected in a heartbeat. It will need to be coaxed lovingly to its climax, but we do feel as if it will be an ultimately satisfying experience, that won’t drive you utterly insane.
Watch this Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill assembly video to get some assistance with that aspect of things…
Now that you have got it all assembled, and in working order, let’s look at the Proform Pro 2000’s main features.
This treadmill comes with 32 different program functions. So you can choose from a selection of inclines, runs, sprints, marathons, jogs and walks. One thing, you should not get bored, as there is plenty of variety.
Naturally, you can keep an eye on your calories, speed and distance and more besides on the – rather impressive looking – 7” console.
What else? Well it is ‘Ifit’ compatible, comes with speakers, fans – not all treadmills do, so this is worth mentioning- and has somewhere you can handily affix your tablet, in order to keep yourself entertained as you jog along.
Additionally, this folds up – which is just as well really, because as we have already mentioned, this really is no toy. At 80 inches long, you might feel as if you have a miniature runway, never mind a running machine in your room!
The fans are a welcome addition to this, as the blast of cool air helps chill things down a bit as you are heating up on the treadmill.
We like having somewhere to hang our tablets and devices onto, where they can be easily accessed, and of course the speakers do what it says on the box for providing the musical accompaniment.
ANY BUMPS IN THE ROAD?
By all accounts, this is a comfortable, smooth running experience that will not make you feel like you have just been riding a Penny Farthing for the last ten hours. With four shock absorbers and Pro-Shox cushioning, you should be fairly amply insulated from any jolts and bumps that may occur with other, less solid models.
One of the things we like about this treadmill is that it feels solid and sturdy. At 291 pounds, it does not feel as if it is imminently going to fall apart and it will take people of all weights pretty comfortably, up to 350 pounds in fact, so that’s fairly accommodating in our book!
Speed wise this can go from 0-12 mph at the flick of a button and as well as being able to go uphill – with a 0-15% incline, it can also go down, with a 0-3% decline.
HOW MUCH NOISE DOES THIS MAKE?
While we aren’t expecting that a treadmill of these proportions will be whisper quiet, it would be nice if it didn’t feature on the Richter Scale either. So how loud exactly is the Proform PRO 2000 when it is in operation?
Well, the good news is that it ranks fairly well on the overall quietness spectrum. Even when it is in running mode, you might still be able to hear yourself think. It is not going to be totally silent though, so spare a thought to others in the vicinity, and maybe think about laying down a mat underneath it to absorb any excess sounds.
Oddly enough, there have been more comments about the noise from the fan on this treadmill than on the actual motor itself.
ARE THERE ANY ISSUES WITH THIS TREADMILL?
Retailing at just above the $1000 mark, this is not the cheapest treadmill out there, although we feel that it could cost a lot more than this, considering the impressive range of features that this model has.
But are there any things that people think could be improved at all?
Well, aside from the – small number- of items that simply arrive broken or without the right parts in them, and we do think that this is something that can happen to anything – there don’t seem to be any significant issues with any particular part of this machine more than any other treadmill.
This is good news, and it seems to be a very solid treadmill, with a good guarantee to boot.
The only thing that is not such great news is the reportedly variable customer services experience that some customers have received. It does not happen in every case, but it would seem that they could be slightly better.
OVERALL WHAT IS THE VERDICT?
The overall verdict is a very good one, with the Proform PRO 2000 scoring well on customer feedback ratings.
We think this is a hard wearing, hard-working treadmill that should go the extra mile, literally, on the road to fitness.