Runners looking for a treadmill with good all-around training capabilities and a host of useful features will appreciate the reasonably priced ProForm Pro 2000 treadmill.
It has a 3.5 horsepower motor, so it can withstand daily use, and it has a treadmill measuring 22 by 60 inches, which is perfect for most runners. If you train for races with hills, you’ll appreciate this treadmill’s ability to achieve a 15% incline and 3% decline, which simulates hills better than most other treadmills – it’s easy to adjust both up and down, even while running.
The ProForm Pro 2000 also has a number of tech features, including a 7-inch screen that streams iFit’s interactive workouts, a music port for iPods, and a built-in fan that works well to keep you (somewhat) cool while you run. Its tread features what the brand calls ProShox Cushioning, which is designed to lessen the impact on your feet and knees while running. While a true long-term test would better judge its viability, even a handful of runs with this device showed that it made a difference.
What really sets this treadmill apart is the inclusion of the aforementioned iFit workouts. Not only are these great ways to stay motivated, but the platform offers some truly unique workouts. One day you can run through France and the next day, Vietnam. This openness to the world adds a level of quality to the workouts that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Another advantage of iFit workouts is that the coaches who run the races have complete control over incline, decline and speed, allowing you to focus solely on the race. This is a great benefit, as it’s not always fun to fumble with the controls of a treadmill in the middle of a stride.