Reviewed Treadmill: Proform 6.0 RT
The ProForm 6.0 RT is a basic treadmill designed for people who would like to walk or jog on their treadmill. This treadmill is probably less suited for regular high-intensity workouts or people who are looking for a high-end treadmill.
- Easy to assemble
- Well-known brand
- Compact design
- The 18” by 55” treadmill belt isn’t for people with a wide stance
- The LCD display isn’t backlit which makes it harder to read
- It has a 2.5 HP Mach Z motor which is powerful enough for walkers or joggers
- Built-in speakers that can play music by connecting an iPod or MP3-player. This way you can train without having to keep your earbuds in
- Calorie workout apps specifically designed to help you burn calories
REVIEW OF THE PRODUCT
Build Quality: 3.5/5
The build quality of the 6.0 RT is good enough for jogging or walking. It weighs 163 pounds in total, which makes this treadmill especially suitable for low-intensity workouts. Higher intensity workouts require a heavier overall weight of the machine because a heavier machine is usually more stable.
Yet, this treadmill is able to support a maximum weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. Which means that the materials that are used do still offer enough support for a lot of users.
Additionally, parts and labor are warranted for one year. Plus, you’ll get 25 years of warranty on the motor and the frame is warranted for a lifetime. Therefore, you may conclude that ProForm does have confidence in the overall build quality of this treadmill.
Like most treadmills, the 6.0 RT has got its own cushioning system as well. ProForm calls it ‘TreadSoft cushioning’. The functionality of these cushioning systems are usually the same, they are designed to reduce the impact on your joints while you workout. So that’s exactly what you can expect of its cushioning system.
Ease of Use: 3.5/5
The console looks almost looks too easy to operate. Of course, this is mainly because the 6.0 RT hasn’t got a lot of fancy features. That’s why there aren’t a lot of buttons on the display. Which might be a plus for some people.
The options that you can choose via the display are standard, for example; the speed buttons which go up to 10 mph, the incline which goes up to 10 percent and the 8 pre-set workouts.
The 8 workout programs, which are designed by a certified personal trainer, are equally divided in timed workouts and calorie workouts.
By pushing on the calorie workout button you can choose for one of 4 workouts that are designed to help you lose weight. If you push on the timed workout button, it will let you pick one of the 4 different workouts which all take a certain amount of time to finish. Selecting one of the workouts is quite straight-forward.
Lastly, it’s important to realize that the display with your current training stats isn’t backlit. So, you’ll have to make sure that your workout room is light enough or it might be hard for you to read the information on the display.
Ease of Assembly: 4/5
For most people, the assembly of the 6.0 RT won’t be too difficult. There are 12 steps which you’ll have to follow to complete the assembly process. One thing that is helpful to know in advance, is that the assembly does require 2 people.
"HOW DOES IT COMPARE?"
Another entry-level ProForm treadmill is the ProForm 505 CST. This model has got slightly better overall features.
The most important differences are the weight capacity, which is 325 pounds compared to the 300 pounds of the 6.0 RT. Furthermore, the 505 CST has got 18 workout apps. Making it a better choice for people who are going to use the treadmill for jogging (not running).
An unknown model is the XTERRA TR150. The idea behind this model is the same. It’s a basic treadmill meant for low-intensity workouts.
Don’t expect super high quality or high-end features. The downside of this machine is that, compared to the ProForm 505CST, it has a smaller 16-inch by 50-inch treadmill belt. Which will make it a less attractive option for large people.
People who are looking for a possibility to track every step of their workout might be more interested in the Gold’s Gym Trainer 430i.
This treadmill has the possibility to connect with iFit. With the paid iFit program you can track your workout progress and you’ll get additional workout programs.