Despite being the oldest machines that have ever been made for exercising purposes, treadmills are still wildly popular. Of course, manufacturers recognize the popular demand and produce a massive variety of products to suit any taste. There are treadmills that will keep any CrossFit pros happy and then there are treadmills good for elderly people and people going through physical rehab.
As an undeniable leader in the fitness equipment market, Proform offers a wide range of treadmills for any purpose, taste, or budget. From powerful marathon-worthy machines to low-end basic treadmills, they can be quite different. However, there is something in common for all Proform treadmills that makes them stand out.
Both high-end and basic models offer a set of features you rarely see in machines made for other brands, especially those with lower price tags.
When it makes sense to buy a cheaper treadmill
Let’s admit it: not everyone can spend a few thousand dollars to buy a treadmill. Moreover, not everyone needs an expensive high-end commercial-grade workout machine. Some people only use their treadmills occasionally and just for walking, after all.
To avoid any misunderstandings, I by no means recommend opting for cheaper treadmills. There is a good reason why they cost less, for example, they incorporate low-quality components and materials. This can make your treadmill’s lifespan significantly shorter, especially if you use it daily.
But on the other hand, if there is just no way you can spend over $1000 but buying a treadmill is necessary, cheaper machines are a lifesaver. And when it comes to buying a low-end treadmill,
Proform Trainer 8.0 Treadmill overview
For an entry-level treadmill, Proform Trainer 8.0 is a rather solid-looking machine. It’s fairly large and rather heavy, which means it will remain stable even during intense workouts. At the same time, it has a folding mode and folds up and comes down smoothly and quietly without much effort thanks to the smart EasyLift system.
When you think of its low price tag it’s surprising how much it has to offer. What’s particularly great about this treadmill is a large number of adjustable features. You can change the cushioning level, the cooling fans angle, speed and incline values. What’s more, you can do all this just by pushing a button and without ever distracting from your workout.
Unlike many other treadmills, this one doesn’t have a bottle holder but offers a few other features for your convenience. For example, a shelf where you can store and easily reach your things when you are o the tread belt. There’s also an adjustable tablet holder. It allows connecting your device to the iFit service via Bluetooth and follow instructions of professional trainers for maximum workout effect.
Like the majority of other Proform treadmills, Proform Trainer 8.0 has heat rate sensors built into handlebar grips.
However, the treadmill isn’t compatible with wireless heart sensors and using grip sensors isn’t always convenient during a workout.
Console & features
The console is arguably one of the best things about this treadmill. No doubt, many buyers will be tempted by the console alone, in combination with the affordable price. First of all, the 7-inch high-contrast screen really stands out. All the displayed stats (time, distance, calories, heart rate, etc.) are clearly visible in any lighting. Second, it’s amazing one-touch control buttons that allow adjusting any settings without interrupting your exercising for a second. Finally, it’s two cooling fans (there’s a control button to adjust their angle too).
There are 32 pre-programmed workouts to choose from. Taking into account the availability of the iFit service, it’s safe to say users won’t get bored with this treadmill in a long time.
Proform Trainer 8.0 might not be the best treadmill on the market but it still offers decent quality and amount of features for this money. If you are on a tight budget but want to get the best value for your money, this treadmill might be an option to consider.
Great value for money
Sturdy and stable
Lots of adjustable features
Adjustable cushioning system
Dual cooling fans
Tread belt large enough for running
Very heavy and cumbersome
Challenging assembly might take a few hours
Low tread belt durability
While Proform Trainer 8.0 treadmill is not a bad exercise machine by many standards, it’s worth noting that as of now it’s unavailable for purchase from the manufacturer. This might mean certain troubles with getting proper technical support or buying original replacement or extra parts. If this is something that troubles you, but you still want to get a decent Proform treadmill in the same price category, let me suggest ProForm 905 CST Treadmill.
The reason why it might be a great substitute option for the Proform Trainer 8.0 machine is that it’s quite similar to its discontinued counterpart, from the overall design to features provided.
With ProForm 905 CST Treadmill, you get the same 3.0 CHP motor, 20 x 60 inches read belt, adjustable cushioning and foldable design. Speed and incline caps are the same as well.
Unlike Proform Trainer 8.0 treadmill, this one is compatible with a wireless heart rate sensors and even comes with a wireless chest strap.
There are some differences, of course. For example, ProForm 905 CST Treadmill has a single cooling fan that’s not adjustable, 30 preset workouts and a smaller 5-inch LCD screen. However, taking into account the fact that it’s still available from the manufacturer, these things don’t look like a deal-breaker to me.