Is It Really A Good Buy For You?
The Proform Sport 7.5 treadmill is a brand new 2016 model in their Sport Treadmill series.
The Sport series of treadmills are designed to be simple, straightforward with an emphasis on durability, fast-paced workouts and tough motors – not a lot of frills.
The Sport 7.5 treadmill gives you some decent construction like a 2.75 Hp, 12% incline and longer 60 inch belt. However, for some reason Proform has put a completely different console on this treadmill than their other models like the Sport 9.0.
Is the Sport 7.5 a good value for you? Here’s what you need to know:
Price: $1299 + Free Shipping
Motor: 2.75 HP
Belt: 20 x 60″
Weight Capacity: 325 lbs
Built-In Workouts: 24
Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor Warranty, 2-Year Parts Warranty, and 1-Year Labor Warranty
Proform Sport 7.5 Treadmill Review – Pros:
iFit LIVE Compatible
The Proform Sport 7.5 is iFit LIVE compatible – as are most of the newer Proform treadmills these days. iFit LIVE connects your treadmill to the Internet.
From there you can do all sorts of fun things. You can download new workouts from Jillian Michaels where she coaches you through your workout. You can also track and plot your workouts online over time to see how far you’ve come.
One of the coolest things to do is to map out new trails to run all over the world. iFit works with Googlemaps so that you see the actual terrain pass you by in the screen – very cool. (You have to use your tablet to connect to iFit in order to do this).
Built-In Tablet Holder
There’s a sturdy bracket above the console you can use to hold your. So you can surf the net or watch movies as you run or walk. You can also link it up with iFit LIVE (see above) and watch the full-color scenes of the iFit world workouts.
It’s also nice that the tablet doesn’t cover the console window – so you don’t lose track of your workout stats.
Extra Long 60 Inch Belt
You have a little more room to stretch out here with the long 60 inch belt. This is particularly handy for runners or anyone over 6 feet.
You can also plug in your iPod to the console and listen to your favorite tunes or audiobook through the built-in speakers. A nice touch that can make your workouts more enjoyable.
Folding with Shock Assisted Lift
This treadmill folds up easily and locks into place. It comes with a shock-assisted lift mechanism, which saves the strain on your back. Plus there are wheels at the bottom to move the treadmill around.
Proform Sport 7.5 Treadmill Review – Cons:
Unfortunately there are are serious cons here. For some reason, Proform has changed the console on this model – it’s different than the other Sport Treadmills, and in my opinion, it’s inferior (see below).
The console is not backlit and it’s super simple whereas the consoles on the other Sport models (see below) are bright, backlit with scrolling message boards and a lot of your information showing at once.
This would be ok it the Sport 7.5 were an older model – or if it were the cheapest model in the series. But it’s actually new and more expensive (as of this writing) than the Sport 9.0 or the Sport 7.0. While the console might appeal to some buyers, overall it’s inferior for a higher price.
The Sport series of treadmills have done very well. People who want a simple, affordable treadmill without a lot of entertainment “fluff” really like these machines.
However the new Sport 7.5 model, with the new console, and nothing much else to recommend it, is just not the best option.