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ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 Review

Quick Summary

Designed with input from advanced athletes, the Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill with power incline/decline caters to serious runners.

It includes video marathon training programs for different skill levels and is loaded with extras that help make treadmill exercise motivating, entertaining and comfortable.

Read about its many strengths and a few potential drawbacks in FitRated’s full review of the ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0
Rating

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89.6%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,499
Best Price

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$2,499
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 15 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

- 6 - 20%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

4.25 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 62"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Non-Stretch, 2-Ply, Commercial Tread Belt
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

Yes
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

no
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

64" x 37" x 74"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

10-inch Full-Color Touch Screen
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 6 Years
Electronics: 6 Years
Labor: 3 Years

Rating: 89.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.6/100. Get pro marathon training at home! The highly rated ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 is part of ProForm’s most advanced treadmill series and is specially designed to help you prepare for races. Key points are a 4.25 CHP motor, a long track with incline and decline, and a 10-inch color touchscreen with integrated web browser. High definition video marathon training programs are included – plus the Boston treadmill console is iFit-enabled to help you prepare for any outdoor race with tailored Google Maps™ workouts. Data and the Internet are accessible with a 10” touch screen, which has an Android browser.

Pros:

  • Assembly included with purchase price
  • 4.25 CHP motor
  • Top speed 15 mph
  • Extra-long track (62″ x 20″)
  • On/off cushioning
  • Power incline/decline (-6% to 20%)
  • Marathon workouts designed with the Boston Athletic Association
  • iFit-enabled
  • Cadence coaching
  • 10” full color touch screen
  • Web browser
  • iPod-compatible (3” speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Large cooling fans
  • Durable construction

Cons:

  • Non-foldable
  • Not inexpensive
  • Slow customer service from ProForm

Introduction

The ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill is a top-notch marathon trainer that consistently earns positive customer reviews. It was developed with input from the Boston Athletic Association and features HD video workouts with footage of the Boston Marathon.

Whether you’re training for your first marathon or are more experienced, this treadmill can help you reach higher levels of performance. It has a web price of $2,499 (full price $2,999) and is backed by a six-year parts warranty plus three years of labor.

Workout Programs

Two marathon training programs are included. You can choose from a four-month or five-month program and select from three skill levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). These programs feature high definition video from the Boston Marathon race route.

The Boston Marathon 3.0 is iFit-enabled too. You can access iFit’s unlimited workouts (standard, video and Google Maps™) by using the 10-inch touch screen or your own mobile device. iFit is ideal for runners who are preparing for outdoor competition because it lets you download a Google Maps™ workout that simulates any actual route.

Each workout can deliver a Google Street View while also adjusting the treadmill’s incline/decline to replicate landscape. Some other benefits: iFit lets you download new personalized workouts every day, choose from hundreds of HD video workouts, race against friends online and automatically track your stats.

ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 Features

Tailor your training to the race route! A top feature on the Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill is its power ramp. With a maximum incline of 20% and a max decline of 6% percent, the ramp enables faster calorie burn, lets you focus on different muscle groups and helps replicate actual race conditions.

To help you work out efficiently, this marathon treadmill supports wireless heart rate monitoring and has a cadence coach. The cadence coach is a metronome with an audible tone to help you keep your desired rhythm.

For entertainment an iPod-compatible port and 3-inch speakers are integrated with the console. You can also access the Internet by using the 10″ touchscreen or (if you prefer an eye level view) with your own tablet computer attached to the console.

Two 8″ CoolAire™ workout fans are installed beneath the touch screen.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 6 Years
– Labor: 3 years

ProForm provides a 30-day money back guarantee on its treadmills.

Conclusion

For marathon training and all the benefits of iFit, the ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill is a top-choice treadmill under $2,500. From its high quality components to its engaging workouts, this treadmill is built to please advanced athletes while also supporting the training needs of novice long-distance runners.