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ProForm PRO 5000 Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm Pro 5000 is a high quality folding treadmill with incline/decline for versatile training. It’s powered for serious workouts, has high tech features to help train and entertain, and makes ownership easy with a maintenance-free tread belt. On sale for less than $1500 the Pro 5000 is a best buy in folding treadmills for 2017, but read our complete review to see if it’s the right machine for you.

High power meets luxury in the ProForm Pro 5000 treadmill for 2017. This treadmill folds for storage but doesn’t skimp on features. Some impressive basics include a 4.0 CHP motor, a spacious 22″ x 60″ running area, and automated ramp settings from -3 percent to 15 percent. The dash has a 7” wide HD touchscreen that’s enabled for iFit Coach and has an Android browser. Get the full picture from our new Pro 5000 treadmill review below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm PRO 5000
Rating

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95.3%
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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$1,499
Speed

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

0 - 12 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).

-3 - 15%
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.

4.0 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).

22" x 60"
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.

ProShox Cushioning
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.

38
Max. Weight

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

300 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.

EKG Heart Rate Monitor
with 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).

77.16" x 39.15" x 70"
2.5" Balanced Rollers
Display

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

7" Full-Color Touchscreen
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: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 95.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 95.3/100. The Pro 5000 treadmill from ProForm Fitness is one of the best folding treadmill deals for 2017. High powered and tech-rich, it’s especially a bargain when the sale price drops to $1499. (Full price is $2499.) In a nutshell the 5000 is a great match for an avid runner or a busy household. For comparison, other choices from the Pro Series are the the top-tier Pro 9000 with even more horsepower and a larger touchscreen, and the entry-level Pro 2000 for walking/jogging/running.

Key specs behind the Pro 5000’s performance potential and durability include a 4.0 CHP motor (one of ProForm’s strongest), a spacious workout surface that lets you stretch your legs, and electronic incline/decline. This model also features a maintenance-free tread belt; it won’t require waxing or recalibrating. All these qualities suit a typical $2499 treadmill but the blend is rare on treadmills under $1500.

Digital features also help the Pro 5000 stand out from competitors. The highlight of the new 2017 treadmill console is a 7” wide touchscreen that has HD display capability for workouts and surfing the web. The touchscreen is enabled for iFit Coach too, so the treadmill’s on-board training variety is potentially infinite and can be highly tailored to each user profile.

Pros:

  • Full color HD touchscreen (7” wide)
  • 4.0 CHP motor with lifetime warranty
  • Long and extra-wide belt surface (22″ x 60”)
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Power ramp (-3% to +15%)
  • iPod-compatible with port and 3” speakers
  • 38 workout programs
  • Enabled for iFit Coach (subscription required)
  • Android web browser
  • Tablet computer holder with adjustable angle
  • SpaceSaver (Foldable)
  • Five-year parts warranty
  • Two-year labor warranty

Cons:

  • Slow customer service
  • Although foldable, is too large for some homes (Unfolded footprint is about 77” long and 39” wide)

Introduction

Fun and sensibility combine in the ProForm Pro 5000, a sturdy folding treadmill for runners and walkers. This 4.0 CHP model is one of ProForm’s leading treadmills (only a few are more advanced) and was enhanced for 2017 with a high-def console screen. Key specs that help make the Pro 5000 a favorite treadmill for runners are the heavy duty motor, a supersized track and a power incline range of -3 percent to 15 percent. The new 7” HD touchscreen gives access to excellent training support as described below, plus it’s a portal to the web. Read on for details.

Workout Programs

Pre-set workout variety is a big benefit of choosing ProForm cardio trainers. The new Pro 5000 console provides 38 training apps to help you maximize your exercise time. These can adjust the tread belt’s speed and incline to support your goals for weight loss, speed and workout intensity.

Literally infinite training guidance is an option too. As a treadmill enabled for iFit Coach, the new Pro 5000 can show customized workout programming on its 7” HD screen. With a monthly iFit Coach membership you can receive customized workout plans and download a new personalized workout every day.

The screen can also show HD videos from iFit’s online library featuring famous personal trainers. Plus, as you’ll see in just about any ProForm treadmill ad, iFit Coach supports interactive training with Google Maps technology. As you walk or run along your mapped route, the Pro 5000 will adjust its incline/decline to simulate the rise and fall of the terrain. If available, a Google Street View will stream with your virtual outdoor tour.

ProForm PRO 5000 Features

New for 2017, a full color 7” touch screen with HD technology serves as the treadmill’s control center. Besides delivering the workout content described above, the touchscreen has an Android web browser.

Practical and boredom-blasting, the electronic incline/decline is one of our favorite features on all the Pro Series treadmills. The ramp has a range from -3 percent to 15 percent to help you simulate outdoor training, boost calorie burn and work your muscles in different ways.

The tread belt is high quality and a noticeable step up from those used on very cheap ProForm treadmills. While cheaper belts need to be regularly waxed and occasionally realigned, the Pro 5000 tread belt is maintenance free. It’s covered for five years along with the machine’s other parts and electronics.

For audio motivation this unit has an MP3 player port and a set of 3” dashboard speakers. For including your mobile apps, the console has a secure holder sized for a tablet computer.

To help you train in your target heart rate zone, the Pro 5000 has grip pulse sensors on its handlebars and arrives with a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring.

For climate control and hydration each Pro Series treadmill has a two-speed workout fan and a water bottle holder.
Foldable with a simple push, the Pro 5000 is easily made compact for upright storage in between workout sessions.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Pro 5000 treadmill warranty package is a generous match for the sale price.

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts & Electronics: 5 Years

– Labor: 2 years

ProForm also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

Luxurious and high performance, the ProForm Pro 5000 Treadmill is designed to satisfy just about anyone. A potential drawback is slow customer service, but this high quality model isn’t likely to trigger many support calls. Keep in mind that waiting for a discount could save you $1000. If the price isn’t currently around $1499, it likely will be soon.

The next step up: The Pro 9000 builds upon the 5000 with extra horsepower and an even wider HD touchscreen (10” in place of 7”).