ProForm 505 CST Treadmill Review
ProForm is a company that is well-known in the fitness and home equipment world. They have developed a good name for themselves with various machines like the Proform Pro 2000 and the Proform Sport 6.0 treadmill. Have they managed to keep their streak running with this particular Proform treadmill?
Below, information on the machine has been compiled, reviews have been looked at and read, as have manufacturer information, promises and specifications, so that you don't have to do it for yourself.
The Proform treadmill comes with a 2.5 chp Mach Z commercial motor, which is a relatively good size for the machine itself. It allows for smooth running, and has enough juice to make sure you get a good work out every time. You'll be much more exhausted than the motor will by the time that you step off the machine.
It also comes with a heart monitor, good for those that rely on getting their heart rate a certain percentage higher to know they're getting the most out of their work out, and that they're pushing themselves. It's also good for people who practice HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), as a large part of that is pushing yourself to the max, raising your heart beat and then letting it come right back down. It also allows for users to increase their incline to help with that goal, giving a more intense work out and adding a little variation.
The treadmill isn't just designed for those already in shape, it's made for those who want a good start at it too. The maximum weight that the machine can hold is 325lb, and still be safe to use. If you're looking for something to introduce you to the exercise world, a treadmill can be a good place to start – they can be used for low impact exercises as well as high impact, and is a nice way to begin moving.
The maximum size for this machine is 61L x 36.5W x 73.5H in inches, which should nicely fit into a spare corner.
If you don't know where to start with a treadmill, other than hopping on and taking it casually (which is fine if that's your comfort level!), the machine comes with 18 pre-programmed work out apps that you can select from and choose one best for your current ability level.
The LED screen is iFit enabled, which means you can link your account and rather than walking in the same space in your apartment or home every day, you can pick new scenery with Google Maps, and set your own routes without leaving the comfort of your home.
There's a tablet holder just above the LED display so that you can opt to catch up with your favourite shows or movies as you work out, giving you something other than the monotonous exercise to focus on and keep you motivated and not staring at the time display.
If you're not a TV person, there's also capability for music to be played – the machine has iPod connections, so that you can hook your own music up and get moving to whatever tunes motivate you the most.
Once you've had your work out for the day, the frame can be folded up to save space and keep it out of the way making it even more compact and suitable for home use. It can then be brought out again when you're ready to use it.
The ProForm 505 CST is designed to get people moving – it has different levels of speeds and inclines, and works wonderfully in the home environment. It isn't designed to be fancy and special, although the frame work is appealing. This is for people who want to exercise at their own speed, and want a non-complicated machine.
It comes with an option for assembly, meaning that it will be put together by an expert who will make sure it is safe and secure, for a little extra cost, or it can be put together by the buyer. It comes with full instructions to make it just that little easier.
Even with other treadmills out there, like the Nordictrack treadmill line, the Welso treadmill – such as the Welso Cadence r 5.2 treadmill, this one stands out for it's ease of use. There isn't any complicated features and it sets you up for an easy, stress-free work out every time.
The machine is covered under ProForm's warranty, meaning you don't have to worry about issues. Upon purchase, you'll receive a lifetime warranty for the frame, a twenty-five year warranty for the motor, and a one year warranty for parts and labour, meaning that it's well worth the money and break downs are covered without extra charge. It also shows there is definitely trust in their product and that it's designed to last you a long time.
While this treadmill doesn't have all the bells and whistles that have come to be expected, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Especially for those who just want to hop on and start moving. There are certain features, such as fans designed to keep the user cool, missing but it's not a major downfall. Workouts are supposed to be hot and sweaty anyway!
It's a nice machine that folds up to give you more room at the end of it and can be brought out when needed. It's got all the features that you would expect from a machine like this; wide track belts, a good motor, speed and incline results, and the ability to listen to music or watch films while using it. There isn't much more needed to ensure a good and effective work out. The price tag reflects the fact it's a simple to use machine too, coming in under $1000.
There are no real disadvantages to the treadmill, and definitely nothing that should make you think twice about purchasing if you're just looking for a run of the mill machine that will get your heart pumping.