With today’s saturated treadmill market, athletic and non-athletic runners alike are faced with confusion when shopping for the most affordable and reliable treadmill. But thanks to companies like Proform Fitness, it’s still possible to take home a quality machine without shelling out a ton of cash.
The Proform ZT8 treadmill exemplifies this point, as it comes with powerful features, innovative technologies, and premium comfort in a reasonable price. It’s equipped with the new 2.75 CHP Mach Z motor for more intensity, while the increased incline control adds further variety to your routine.
There are over 20 pre-programmed workouts to choose from, including intervals, endurance, and speed training. And since this model is iFit-compatible, you can even map your own race course, customize your workout, and track your progress automatically from anywhere in the world.
A closer look at the Proform ZT8 treadmill
The 2.75 continuous horsepower motor of the ZT8 makes it a decent entry-level machine for home gyms. This provides incredible power and response to meet any training preference, while reducing noise so the internal components stay cool as you go.
If you want to shake things up a bit, the treadmill also features Quick-Speed and Quick Incline controls that will let you adjust the pace from 0 to 12 mph and slope from 0 to 12%, respectively.
At the heart of the machine is an oversized console with 6-inch backlit display that shows essential training stats like speed, distance, time, and calories burned for easy monitoring. It will also let you choose from a total of 22 workout apps, complete with their own preset time, incline, and speed settings.
Another good thing about the console is the integrated workout fan that will help you stay cool and comfy throughout the exercise. And if you happen to have an iPod, simply plug it into the Intermix Acoustics sound system and enjoy your favorite tunes while you run.
Spacious stride, cushy ride
Despite the economical price tag, Proform didn’t go cheap on the ZT8’s design. The tread belt is two-ply for added durability, and measures 20 inches wide and 60 inches long to accommodate users of all heights.
The extra-long deck will not only let you stretch out your stride, but cushion your every step as well. This is made possible by the ProShox cushioning technology that absorbs shock and reduces impact on the joints upon landing. Now you can focus on your weight loss or other fitness goals instead of worrying about training strains and injuries.
Terrain mapping, pro-training, and more
As an iFit-compatible treadmill, the Proform ZT8 will let you tap into today’s hottest interactive training program (wireless module sold separately). Some of its benefits include race course mapping via Google Maps, training with award-winning coach Jillian Michaels, automatic progress monitoring, and workout customization.
If you’re in for some friendly competition, iFit Live will also let you compete with your buddies from other parts of the globe. And once you’re done working out, the treadmill can be folded vertically with a simple push, thanks to the revolutionary EasyLift Assist technology.
The Proform ZT8 measures 72.25 by 33.75 by 57 inches (L x W x H) and weighs approximately 210 pounds. Built to perform, the treadmill can accommodate users up to 325 pounds and comes with a grip-pulse heart rate monitor. It is covered by the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 2 years on parts, and 1-year on labor.