One such treatmill is the ProForm Pro 2500.
The ProForm Pro 2500 is a feature-rich treadmill that’s won’t break the bank. In fact, it’s very well priced for what you get.
5 Features that make the ProForm Pro 2500 Treadmill a good buy are:
1. 375 Maximum Weight Capacity
For some reason, many treadmills, I daresay the majority of them, have a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds. That always struck me as just okay. Afterall, if you weigh anywhere near 300 pounds, you probably don’t want a treadmill with that weight capacity.
ProForm with the Pro 2500 responded to this industry-norm that precluded people from buying a 300 pound weight maximum by upping the weight capacity to 375 pounds. Sure, it’s only 75 pounds, but in the home treadmill product offerings, this is significant and wholly welcome as far as I’m concerned.
2. 3.5 Horsepower Motor
Like a 300 pound industry norm for weight capacity, the horsepower norm among residential treadmills is 2.5 to 3 horsepower. ProForm’s Pro 2500 cranks it up a notch with a nice 3.5 horsepower motor.
Now, I know that horsepower can be an imprecise measurement at best, which means one model’s claim of 3.5 horsepower may not be the same power delivery as another treadmill.
I wouldn’t get too concerned about this for one reason: The motor horsepower on treadmills these days is more than sufficient for even demanding runners. Yes, I like the fact the Pro 2500 is a stated 3.5 horsepower motor, and I take ProForm at their word on it (they’re a reputable treadmill company), but this feature alone would not prompt me to buy the treadmill (however, in conjunction with the other 4 features I point out here, the Pro 2500 is a good deal).
You don’t see this on many regular treadmills. I’m talking about a decline gradient, which replicates walking downhill. Untill recently, a decline feature was only available on incline treadmills.
How the incline and decline is super cool:
The ProForm Pro 2500 integrates with iFit technology, which among many features, can be programmed to replicate real-world terrain and courses. In the real-world, you run downhill. Therefore the decline option is great for being able to truly replicate real running courses.
Moreover, and ProForm has offered the following feature for years, the incline and speed can be adjusted with one-touch convenience. What is one-touch speed and incline adjustment? You simply hit the number you want instead of repeatedly hitting arrow buttons to arrive at your desired metric.
For example, if you want to run at 5 mph, you push the “5″ button for speed and it adjusts to 5 mph.
4. The ProForm Pro 2500 Warranty
As you can tell, I’m pretty excited about the Pro 2500 because it’s simply a great value. Moreover, I like the improvements ProForm has made with their new treadmills in recent years.
The warranty is another area where ProForm dramatically improved their offering. The Pro 2500 warranty is lifetime frame warranty, lifetime motor warranty, 5-year parts warranty and 2-year labor warranty. This is pretty much an industry top-shelf warranty and definitely worth mentioning.
The MSRP is $2,499. But at times you can get this treadmill as low as $1,499. For $1,499 the feature set on this treadmill is hard to beat. Seriously, you get a very nice set of premium features for $1,499. If you find it on sale for this price, then this treadmill should be on your treadmill buying shortlist.
If this treadmill is available for $1,499 now (it’s not always), the check it out in more detail and add it to your shortlist if your budget is anywhere near $1,499 for a treadmill.