ProForm 415 CT Treadmill Review
While there are many different pieces of equipment you could fit in your home gym, like the Bowflex Max, Max trainer, rowing machine or a recumbent exercise bike, we believe finding the best treadmill would do the trick. We’ve reviewed many different treadmills, like the Proform 505 cst treadmill, Weslo cadence r 5.2 treadmill and the Schwinn 170 upright bike, but we believe a really good one (with a nice price tag on it that is affordable for most), would be the Proform 415 Crosswalk Treadmill.
Who is the 4150 Crosswalk Treadmill Suitable for?
The 415 Crosswalk Treadmill is great for people who want to do fitness at home but don’t want complex equipment. The Crosswalk is both basic and also inexpensive manufactured by ProForm. It is best bought from retailers like Sears. This one has a folding frame and makes use of the patented SpaceSaver design that lets you fold up the machine vertically with one simple step. In addition to the folding frame, this model is quite compact with a running area of 18” wide and 50” long (the average is usually 20” wide by 60” long). The total weight is 170 pounds and because it is a lightweight model the rollers are small at 1.9”.
Not Your Traditional Treadmill
The Crosswalk is not like traditional treadmills because it features the Crosswalk arms design that lets users work the upper body while simultaneously working on the lower body while walking. The motor is a 2.0 CHP Mach Z motor that can withstand user weights of up to 300 pounds. It also has a protective cushioning deck that has been designed with ProShox Cushioning support. This model is great for workouts on an incline as it has an incline of up to 10%. The speed capabilities of this model top out at 10 MPH. If you want you can make speed or incline changes with quick keys on the console in addition to the regular up/down arrows.
The Display Screen is Easy to Read
You can display your workout readouts of time, distance and calories burned on the 5” x 7” LCD display screen. The console area is quite simple and features basics like cup holders and an MP3 compatible sound system however it doesn’t have a cooling fan. There are 16 built-in workout programs you can choose from and in order to keep track of heart rate, there is a built-in dual-grip EKG heart rate monitor pulse grip sensor. The warranty on this model includes 5 year coverage on the frame and motor and 90 days on parts and labor.
- With the Crosswalk Arms design you have the ability to work the upper and lower body at the same time up thus making for better calorie burning potential. The Crosswalk arms also allow for more variety in the workouts.
- This particular model uses the patented SpaceSaver Design making for easy vertical folding in just one easy step. This folding design is great if you have limited space.
- This model is easy on the budget and can be bought from retailers like Sears for $391. Just remember at this price you do give up some features and quality parts.
- There are 16 built-in workout programs which is great for a model at such a low price. You can choose from a number of options to meet your personal fitness goals.
- The display screen is very small and narrow. The readouts also are small.
- It has one of the worst warranties.
- People have been complaining about the assembly which is a time consuming process.
In all the Proform 415 Crosswalk Treadmill is a cheaply made treadmill that is not really worth the price. You can do quite well with this one but if you have the opportunity to spend some more than take a look at other kinds of models.
One consumer states that they used the Proform 415 Crosswalk Treadmill for several weeks and found that it provided a good cardio session. However sprinting at full speed wasn’t an option. The highest speed level is 10 and once the incline was adjusted the consumer was able to make up for the lack of speed with an intense workout. They found that the adjustable handles came in handy when warming up for upper body exercises. The handles provided great blood flow to the muscles which let them eliminate some warm-up sets without sacrificing safety. They were impressed with the shock absorption of the deck. The consumer noted that they could jog or run for an hour and not feel any discomfort in their knees. The only issue they had with the treadmill it that the hand sensor readings were all over the place. Otherwise they would recommend this treadmill especially for its low price.
Another consumer says that when his treadmill was less than a year old they noticed a strong electrical smell after four month of use. Using the treadmill about 60 minutes per day in 2-30 minute sessions the motor would quit and the treadmill wouldn’t move. They replaced the motor and the motor controller and the treadmill worked. However the strong electrical smell returned and they noticed that the motor and controller got warm/hot after only ten minutes of use. They are seeking solutions as the treadmill works between 30-55 seconds and then shuts down.
Add a Treadmill to Your Home
Adding a treadmill to your home can be a great way to improve your overall fitness and give you the opportunity to exercise at any time during the day or night. If you happen to purchase a Proform treadmill like the Crosswalk from Sears there are many common problems that you can troubleshoot yourself.
- Take a look at the power cord if the Proform treadmill won’t turn on. Check that it is firmly plugged into the socket or surge suppressor. Make sure that the surge suppressor isn’t switched off if the machine doesn’t turn on. If you have done all this and your treadmill still doesn’t turn on check to see if the key is properly inserted in the console and if the power switch on the frame is pushed in to the right. If the switch protrudes on the right, wait for five minutes and then press down on the right side of the switch.
- Make sure to check the power switch if the treadmill stops working during a workout. If the switch is off, wait for five minutes and then press down on the right. You can also check to see if the power cord hasn’t come loose or remove and then reinsert the key.
- If the console is till lit after you remove the key from the machine hold the “stop” button down for several seconds.
- If the console display malfunctions remove the motor hood on the bottom front of the treadmill. Remove the key from the machine and unplug the cord. Use a screwdriver to remove the five screws around the hood and then lift it off. Turn the pulley at the top of the motor until the magnet on the side of the pulley is next to the reed switch which protrudes from the middle of the motor. Put back the hood, fasten the screws, plug the cord back in and insert the key.
- If it’s too tight, too loose or out of alignment adjust the walking belt by using the hex wrench that is supplied with the treadmill. You’ll want to remove the console key and unplug the machine. Use the hex wrench to rotate both idler roller screws on the back end of the treadmill about one-quarter turn to tighten the belt. Rotate the left roller screw about one-half turn clockwise if the belt is too far to the left. Rotate the right screw one-half turn if the belt has veered to the right.
If troubleshooting tips fail then look at the owner’s manual and make sure that you’re using the treadmill correctly. Remember that when you have purchase a treadmill you have purchased a machine which needs to be used correctly for your own safety. So follow along with all the right steps and if you find you run into some problems see if you can manage to correct the problems on your own just never compromise your won safety and never force anything or you can break the machine. Machine like this always have to be used with safety procedures in mind because it is an electrical machine and anything to do with electricity must be approached with care. Always remember that a treadmill purchase is a purchase for improving your health through fitness so it is a worthwhile investment for improving your life.
If you’re looking for a good piece of equipment to put in your home gym, then we highly recommend the Proform 415 Crosswalk Treadmill for all of the above reasons. This treadmill isn’t going to let you down when it comes time to workout.