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After years of wasting money on various gym memberships, I decided to bring the gym home with me.
I wanted to set up a home gym, as cheaply as possible, but at the same time didn't want to waste money on dud equipment that would break five minutes after buying. I asked a friend who is a personal trainer to give me some recommendations, and he recommended the Pro Fitness brand.
This machine cost £499 from Argos and came with free home delivery.
It took me less than an hour to set up, it was so easy and the instructions provided were so clear.
The treadmill is sturdy and robust but lalso stores away quickly and easily. It is almost as good as a professional treadmill you would find at the gym
It is very easy to use and provides all the information you would need in a workout, your speed, time, an distance ran. It even has a pulse reader on the handles which is amazing for a product of this price range.
I would definintely recommend the pro fitnes range to others.
I bought this from Argos for £179.99 and have had it since last summer. It's one of the cheaper machines on the market but had served my needs quite well. I am not a super-mad-fitness person (as you can probably tell if you've read any of my reviews on chocolate!), so I do not need an all singing-all dancing machine. This does the basics and thats it.
It is mains powered and beeps rather loudly when you turn it on. It reaches a speed of 12km per hour and although I never use it this fast, other people in my household have tried it out and it works just fine at this speed for as far as I can tell, indefinately (but who would need that?)
The run way is 40cm wide and 120 cm long, but this does include the bit that goes underneath at the front. However, I have had no trouble fitting on this machine, despite my initial worries that it would be a bit on the thin side. My husband, who is somewhat larger than me, also has no trouble using it (other than the motivation to get on it in the first place that is).
The weight limit for the treadmill is 100kg or 15.8st, again, my husband is somewhat more than this and the treadmill hasn't protested, yet...
There are two sets of controls, which I quite like, There are very large blue ones on the central display unit which are easy to use, and then there are the same controls on the two hand grips to the side of the central display. These do 'start/stop' in the centre, 'speed' to the left and 'distance/pulse' to the right. The default for the 'distance/pulse' button is distance, which it only does in kilometers (a fact a find slightly annoying for I can really only think in miles).
If you want to know your pulse you have to grip the metal sensors on the handles either side. This is a weakness of the machine because I don't feel it gives an accurate reading at all. I grabbed it this morning after nearly 20 minutes of walking fast at 6km per hour and it told me my pulse rate was 67 - correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that practically commatose! Then I held it so that my thumb was on both sensors and it slowly went up to about 80. I am sure from all the huffing and puffing I was doing my heart had to be beating faster than that.
Another annoying thing about this machine is that it has no pause button. So when the phone goes you have no choice but to stop the machine and then start over again afterwards, or heavy breathe down the phone at people.
The digital display on the control panel is good with nice big red digits than show your speed, distance and the length of time you have been going for.
There is no adjustment to the gradient of this machine. It is foldable and comes flat packed. On the whole I am quite pleased with it although if you are a gym bunny then this is not the machine for you as it doens't quite do enough and you would probably want it to go faster than 12kmph.