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Great Buy for the Price!!
on February 9, 2014
So, I just bought myself a treadmill for my 45th birthday because I'd like to see 50, and decided to write the review that I wished I had been able to read while shopping for my purchase. And I did a lot of shopping around. My price range was below $1,000. And because I already have an elliptical with the iFit Card technology, which I enjoy using during my workouts, I wanted to get a treadmill with the same. After A LOT of shopping around, I was torn between Proform Cardio Smart and a Nordic Track and I opted for the Proform. I'm really glad I did.
Delivery. I used my Prime membership to get free shipping from Amazon. The shipping company called me two days ahead of time, gave me a time window, and showed up on time. They don't take it where ever you want, rather just bring it inside the front door. If you're like me and have a basement, you have to figure out how to get it down there yourself. Just a warning...this sucker is pretty heavy. And large. I mean, it's the size of a piece of gym equipment, very nice quality too. I think they said it was 250 pounds. So to get it downstairs we removed it from the box and took it down piece by piece. Much easier that way.
Assembly. I'm a female and I put the treadmill together by myself with the assistance of two chairs (used to prop up parts at various times during assembly). I really made an effort to take my time so I wouldn't make any mistakes. It took me a little over 2 hours. Glad I bought that new tool box, but for the most part all you need, apart from the hex wrench they give you, is scissors, and a Phillips head screwdriver. There aren't a lot of complicated pieces and screws--and it doesn't come in a gazillion pieces. It was pretty simple for the most part. Just take your time and you can get it done.
Operation. So, I finished putting it together and went to operate it. It was in demo mode so none of the buttons would work. I thought it was broken (because I hadn't read the instructions) but it's simple to get it out of demo mode--Just hit the orange power button on the front left side to reset. Then hold the stop button down for a few minutes and it works like a charm. I have to say that I am SUPER excited about this. I love the size of it. I'm 5'9" and it will easily accommodate someone over 6' with a long stride. It's super sturdy and very easy to use. With the exception of the simplistic console display, the frame is as sturdy as any of the high-end $1000+ treadmills I tested at Sears. And it's shockingly quiet--quieter than the Nordic Tracks I tried. I owned a cheaper Proform years ago and when the belt went around it had that louder conveyer belt noise. This one's pretty quiet if you're a power walker. I'm not a runner so I don't know about that.
iFit -- Okay, so there's two kinds of iFit technology that I've seen while shopping--iFit Card and iFit Live. iFit Live is the technology on most of the newer treadmills. It allows you to hook up to your WiFi and get workouts from the Internet. Or they have this device that looks like an iPhone that you can buy for about $90. You can connect it to your treadmill to get the same data. You have to buy a yearly membership with iFit Live. With the iFit cards, you get an SD card (most around $25) and a slot, shove it in there and you can select one of several workouts. I like these cards because they automatically vary the intensity level throughout the workout and there's a voice cheering you on and telling you to keep up your pace when you slack off. This treadmill has the iFit CARD technology and that's plenty for me. You can also update the cards with new workers on the Internet...which I didn't know! So that's pretty cool. I don't need the scenery and high-end crap. But it's nice to have a "program" that gives my workouts more structure. I need that and it's easy to see how you're progressing when you move up intensity levels.
Very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend...so far. I'll come back and post if I have any issues.