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ProForm Boston Marathon 4.0 Review

Quick Summary

ProForm’s top treadmill for runners is the Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill.

Featuring a cadence coach, hands-free speed control and a top speed of 15 mph, it’s built for serious training.

Built-in video marathon training programs can help runners at all ability levels enjoy success on race day.

Check out the long list of treadmill features in the complete Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill review below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm Boston Marathon 3.0
Rating

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89.2%
List Price

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

$2,999
Best Price

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$2,999
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.

Wireless Chest Strap
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: 89.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.2/100. For runners at all fitness levels, the Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill can be a wonderfully rewarding trainer. It’s the top model in ProForm’s Boston Series and combines high quality components with great electronics. One highlight is its video workouts tailored for marathon preparation. You can choose from three training levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and program lengths of 16 and 20 weeks. Some other perks are hands-free speed control, a 10” color touch screen with integrated web browser, and a console that’s enabled for iFit.

Pros:

  • Assembly included with purchase price
  • 4.25 CHP motor
  • Top speed 15 mph
  • SpeedRing® wireless speed control
  • Wireless chest strap included
  • Extra-long track (62″ x 20″)
  • On/off RunnersFlex™ cushioning
  • Power incline/decline (-6% to 20%)
  • Marathon workouts designed with the Boston Athletic Association
  • iFit-enabled
  • Tablet computer holder
  • Cadence coaching
  • 10″ full color touchscreen
  • Web browser
  • iPod-compatible (3″ speakers)
  • 8″ cooling fans
  • Durable construction (e.g., a two-ply track)

Cons:

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

A lower-priced alternative is the Boston Marathon 3.0 Treadmill. It’s nearly the same machine but doesn’t include SpeedRing™ or a wireless chest strap.

Introduction

The Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill is ProForm’s top treadmill and gets excellent customer reviews. It has the basics you’d expect of a $2,999 treadmill, such as a heavy-duty motor and thick tread track, plus it’s enhanced with HD video marathon training workouts, iFit connectivity, a web browser and other enticing features.

The ProForm Boston Marathon 4.0 has a web price of $2999 (full price $3999) and is backed by ProForm’s longest warranties for parts and labor.

Workout Programs

Boston Marathon Treadmills have built-in training programs and can also be used with iFit’s wireless programming.
The built-in programs are especially for marathon training. You can choose from a 16-week or 20-week prep course and three skill levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). Each training course features high definition video filmed along the Boston Marathon route.

The Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill is iFit-enabled; a special iFit monitor isn’t required. You can access iFit’s unlimited workouts by using the integrated 10″ touch screen or your own mobile device, which can be securely docked on the console. iFit lets you simulate any running route with help from Google Maps™; you’ll get a Google Street View as the track is automatically tilted up and down to replicate the landscape. Some other iFit benefits: Download new personalized workouts every day, choose from hundreds of HD video workouts, compete in online races and use advanced automated stats tracking.

Boston Marathon 4.0 Features

The Boston Marathon 4.0 is the only ProForm treadmill offering wireless speed control. Wearing a SpeedRing™ on your finger, you can adjust the track speed without breaking your stride.

Another top feature on the Boston 4.0 is its power incline/decline. With a range of -6% to 20%, the ramp helps to simulate actual terrain while giving you an extra training boost.

Adjustable cushioning is another feature that many outdoor runners appreciate. You can leave the cushioning activated to reduce the physical impact of running, but you can turn it off for a better approximation of running on the road.

To help maximize your efficiency this marathon treadmill arrives with a wireless chest strap and also has Cadence Coach technology. The Cadence Coach is a metronome with audio to help you maintain a consistent pace.

For entertainment the console has a sound system (an iPod-compatible port and 3-inch speakers) and an Internet browser.

The same 10″ full color touch screen that’s used for the HD video marathon workouts can be used for surfing the web.

Two 8-inch CoolAire™ workout fans are integrated with the console too.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill carries the brand’s best warranty:

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

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

Conclusion

For marathon runners at all levels, the ProForm Boston Marathon 4.0 Treadmill can be a fantastic training tool. From its high quality track and motor to its engaging built-in video workouts and Google Maps™ option, this treadmill is built to impress and endure. A FitRated favorite!