Using a treadmill desk at the office is now a popular trend among officers to reduce the likelihood of developing health risks related to a sedentary lifestyle. Base on tips to choose the best treadmill desk, I would like to recommend the Proform Thinline Pro as one of the best treadmill desks that will help you active while working.
ProForm Thinline Pro Desk Treadmill - Pros & Cons
ProForm Thinline Pro Desk Treadmill Description
The unit has a 3.0 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Plus Motor. This unit uses a thermal cut-off switch, high-grade wiring and insulation. It delivers more than enough power for speed training, interval training or endurance training.
The machine offers a speed range from 0 to 12 MPH. The 12 MPH top speed accommodates walking, jogging and running. The speeds can be adjusted quickly just at the touch of a button thanks to the “Quick control" system.
Incline and decline
In addition to the 15 % of positive inclination, the deck can be declined to - 3 %. This is a great feature often found on expensive or gym quality machines. The deck decline allows activating different muscles and burning more calories. It also can be quickly adjusted by a convenient "Quick control" system.
This treadmill has 40 built-in workout programs divided into four functional groups. Each workout is designed by a certified personal trainer. The user can choose from incline, speed, high-intensity, and calorie-burn workouts. Besides, users can download more personalized workout programs via the iFit enabled console.
This console has 2 modes. In Console Mode, users can access to everything they need during a workout. This includes the controls for navigating the various workout programs tablet holder, 7″ display screen, CoolAire™ workout fan and speed/incline settings. It even includes a set of EKG™ touch sensors designed on the handles for measuring user’s heart rate. In Desk Mode (when rotating the console), it only includes the workout program selection, heart rate monitoring and visibility of any workout feedback. But users can still use in-handle controls to adjust the incline and belt speed.
If you want to have more variation during your cardio workouts, iFit is very useful. Although the iFit module is already built-into the console, user have to purchase a subscription to the service and use a WiFi internet connection to start using iFit. It allows you to create routes using Google Maps™, download personalized workout programs from the online library.
Heart rate monitor
This model is equipped with a dual grip heart rate monitor. The only way users can monitor their heart rate quickly and accurately is by gripping the built-in sensors. It also keeps them to stay within the optimum training zone in order to burn a lot of fat. There is no wireless heart rate monitoring or telemetry chest strap on this treadmill.
The Thinline Pro has two standard safety features including the safety key and safety rails. These are good features that many trainees would expect to present on their treadmills. However, there is not a password protected console found on a very small number of treadmills. This feature will prevent any unexpected movement of the belt until user enters the correct code.
Workout cooling fan
The better feature than many other treadmills is that this machine has a cooling fan. It helps keep the users cool during their workout process. It is incorporated into the control console with multiple speed settings to increase or decrease speeds or turns off the fan completely.
Size and weight
Its footprint is measured about 54.9" x 80.6" x 35. And its weight is 321 lbs. It is rated as a large treadmill desk. If your office is not wide enough for this large treadmill, you should consider a more compact option like the LifeSpan TR800-DT3 under-desk treadmill
ProForm Thinline Pro Desk Treadmill review
I am very interested in a large 22″W x 60″L running surface provided by Proform Thinline Pro treadmill desk. It allows me to stretch my strides more comfortably than a 56″ x 20″ workout area on Lifespan TR1200-DT5 treadmill desk I used to use. In order to keep me stay cool even when walking continuously for several hours, there is a CoolAire workout fan featured on the machine, which isn’t included on my old model.
I also very like the large number of workout programs as well as the iFit technology of this unit. They let me renew my training instead of repeating some workouts to avoid the bore. But if you plan to use this treadmill for only walking and working, I advise you not to waste your money for iFit because the majority of programs loaded from this feature are for running. There are power uprights allowing users to adjust the vertical height of the console in a 14 inch range just with a touch of a button to match the different heights of users.
The feature let me find the perfect height of desk top to my body to read books, or operate a lap top computer while walking on the tread belt comfortably. Lastly, a well-cushioned deck indeed provides me with a comfortable and pain-free walking and running experience.
Thanks to the SpaceSaver® design, I can fold the running deck and console to just 12″ wide to reduce the footprint after finishing my walking. An integrated work desk when rotating the console can serve as a work station. It offers a stable platform to support me work while walking and place my paperwork, books or a laptop computer on it.
However, this work surface is much smaller than one on the TR1200-DT5. Unfortunately, the Thinline Pro design doesn’t feature any kind of wrist support. Therefore, I am afraid that if I type for long periods of time on a regular basis I may get carpal tunnel syndrome. I’ve purchased a desk pad to see if that improves comfort.
It offers all needed features I expect from a good home treadmill. Console allows me to track my workout process including information of speed, distance, heart rate, and number of calories burned but not including a step count or pedometer feature found on LifeSpan Fitness consoles.
Especially, beside main control panel, control switches for regulating the incline and speed of the treadmill are conveniently put on the handrails. This location makes them easily accessible during use. I can speed up or slow down or adjust the elevation of the walking deck without having to lean forward to press the buttons on the control panel.
Another convenient feature is an integrated tablet holder. It allows me to enjoy my favorite music, shows and movies while working out. With wireless connection, I can also use my tablet as the console.
Its 3.0 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Plus Motor has been also widely tested. It was proven to have superior performance in reducing the vibration and noise to offer a smooth and quiet operation. I agree with that idea because with the ProForm Thinline Pro I have never felt any shake or noise even when I do running workouts at higher speeds. This advantage makes me confident to bring it to the office.
Plus, I often walk and work at the same time on it within continuous 4 hours without any problems. In order to enhance trainee’s performance, it not only includes 15% incline but also includes -3% decline level as well. This feature has improved my performance more than the Lifespan TR1200-DT5 treadmill desk could do when I do jogging or running workouts.
Quality and durability
In the comparison with the LifeSpan models you will not get the same frame strength in the treadmill base. The TR1200 models support up to 350 lbs, and the high-end TR5000 model supports up to 400 lbs while the Thinline Pro only supports 300 lbs capacity. I don’t like the 1.9″ balanced rollers equipped inside the treadmill deck, which are smaller than ones on Yowza Fitness or Precor treadmills. These possibly cause more wear on the belt if you regularly use the machine for running workouts.
However, I often use it at lower speeds for walking and working so there haven’t been any signs of wear or tear after over a year of use. Additionally, thanks to the use of commercial, high-end brushes and bearings, the motor delivers the most powerful drive with the longest longevity possible.
It is an ideal option for multiple user environments thanks to its adjustable height console. Its speed range 0-12 MPH allows user to use the treadmill not only for walking while working but also for jogging or running. And as I mentioned above, the power provided by the motor is enough to be used for speed training, interval training or endurance training. But I only recommend it for users weighing less than 300 lbs.
Being a treadmill designed with a desktop but this doesn’t lose great features. In fact, the treadmill has many the best features found on any good treadmill including superior construction/ quality, tons of workout options, and incline and decline settings. I will never regret for my purchase.
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III. Compare the ProForm Thinline Pro to other treadmill desk models
ProForm Thinline Desk Treadmill
In the comparison with ProForm Thinline Desk Treadmill, two these models have many similar features if I don’t want to say that the Thinline Pro is the upgraded version of the ProForm Thinline. From workout surface, the number of workout programs, incline levels to the footprint, they are totally similar to each other. They only have clear difference in the power of motor.
While ProForm Thinline Desk Treadmill has 2.75 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Plus Motor, the Thinline Pro comes with a 3.0 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Plus Motor. Besides, I also found that the Proform Thinline Pro treadmill desk is designed with a height adjustable console which can rotate to be used as a workstation. This makes the treadmill be able to be used for multi users. But it is not included on ProForm Thinline Desk Treadmill. And that may be a reason why the Thinline Pro has more expensive price.
LifeSpan TR5000-DT7 Treadmill Desk
Considered as a high-end model of LifeSpan, the TR5000-DT7 Treadmill Desk has a heavy-duty 3.0 HP motor for top comfort and durability. In the terms of speed, this motor only offers top speed of 10 MPH while the Thinline Pro’s motor can offer top speed up to 12 MPH. However, when it comes to the quality and strength, this model seems to be better than the ProForm’s treadmill. It is featured a durable workspace surface (1″ thick composite board) mounted on a steel frame, to the 2.5mm thick belt and1″ reversible commercial-grade deck. Its strong frame can withstand users weighing up to 400 lbs instead of 300 lbs like the Thinline Pro.
LifeSpan even equips this model with 6 independent compression shocks to provide user with smooth and soft strides. But the features making me like Thinline Pro treadmill desk than the TR5000-DT7 are its larger workout surface, the -3 to 15% incline and foldable feature. In short, each model has its own strong points.
LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 treadmill desk
Another model of LifeSpan that I want to make comparison with the Thinline Pro is the TR1200-DT7 treadmill desk. It is cheaper than the TR5000-DT7 but still provides many great features for users who are looking for a good treadmill desk to bring to their office. It has the 38-inch wide by 29-inch deep desktop providing spacious working area for officers. This feature is better than the narrow integrated work desk on the Thinline Pro.
An electrically adjust desktop height from 40” to 53” is easy to use just with the push of a button. Plus, 6 impact-absorbing compression shocks allow users to stay respectful of coworkers while they walk for miles each day without impacting office productivity. Another good feature found on this model is its 350 lbs Weight Capacity.
However, when it comes to other main aspects, the TR1200-DT7 is not as good as the Thinline Pro treadmill desk. For example, it only has 2.25 HP Continuous Duty DC which supports lower speed range than the Thinline Pro. The 20" W x 50" L workout surface is much narrower than 22″W x 60″L one of the ProForm’s treadmill desk. This may be a problem for taller users. But I think at not expensive price, the TR1200-DT7 treadmill desk should be highly recommended as one of the good treadmill desks.
NordicTrack Treadmill Desk
In the comparison with the ProForm Thinline Pro, NordicTrack Treadmill Desk has some similar features including an adjustable height desktop, 300 pounds user weight capacity, Spacesaver® design, cushioned deck and iFit technology. The good feature I like is a 38″ wide x 21″ deep work surface. However, with this model iFit wireless module is sold separately instead of being built-into the console like on the ProForm Thinline Pro.
Especially, this treadmill isn’t loaded with preset workouts. Therefore users have to pay money for a subscription to access iFit’s unlimited workout programming. Besides, because of having cheaper price than the Thinline Pro, it only has a 2.6 CHP motor delivering 0 – 6 MPH speed range that is enough for walking not for running. Its track is also narrower which is measured about 20" x 55". It can incline up to 10%.
Generally, NordicTrack Treadmill Desk is also a good option if you are finding a treadmill desk to walk and work at the same time.
8.2 is my rating for the ProForm Thinline Pro treadmill desk. This is indeed an ideal partner for those who want to prevent health risks related to a sedentary lifestyle.
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