ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill Overview
In the mid-price range for home treadmills, the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill has some added features that you might not expect to see that are not found even in higher priced machines. With built-in resistance cords so that you can work your whole body, and dual grip heart rate monitoring capability, you will be able to get in a full workout and keep track of your progress as you go.
Using both speed and incline allows you vary your workout as you choose, or you can follow one of the included eight workouts to challenge your stamina or speed. The monitor uses the race track style display, so you can watch your laps add up and count down in ¼ mile increments.
- Height: 55”
- Width: 29”
- Length: 69”
- Item weight: 120 lbs
- Max user weight: 300 lbs
- Belt width: 16”
- Belt Length: 50”
- 8 build in workouts plus manual mode lets you have a varied routine every time you step on the treadmill. Built-in resistance bands also let you work your upper body for a full body workout that you may not get with other treadmills.
- Music port lets you plug in your favorite devices for unlimited entertainment options.
- Safety features including a key clip lets you know that small children will not be harmed if they try to turn on your treadmill.
- Ability to choose your speed (0-10 mph) and incline (0-10%).
- LED read out
- Race track display shows your progress in ¼ mile increments. I/4 mile equals 1 lap.
- Shows speed, distance, time remaining.
- Heart rate monitor has dual grip
- Frame: 5 years
- Motor: 5 years
- Parts and labor: 90 days
Shipping and Assembly
Shipping costs will vary depending on where you buy the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill. If you can’t find free shipping, look for options such as ship to store or other ways to bring the cost down as much as possible. At 120 lbs, this is a lighter treadmill, but you are still going to need some help loading and unloading it.
Assembly can be fairly complex, especially regarding the wires that hook up to the monitor. The resistance cords which hook to the side are added last because otherwise they could be in the way. Make sure that all bolts and pieces are lined up or the assembly will be even more difficult.
What We Love About the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill
The resistance cords are an interesting addition to this treadmill and allow trainees to perform upper body exercises while walking or running. Totally body workouts are faster to complete and keep the trainee motivated.
Better Belt Size Than Most
Many treadmills in this price range have short belts that may keep the average height or above trainee from extending in to full stride. At 50” long, the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill works with most trainees, even those who have longer strides.
Plastic Housing for Wires and Motor
Most people understand that the motor of a treadmill in use could become a bit warm. Knowing that this is a possibility, why would you design one that uses plastic housing in this area? Reports of a burning, melting smell and even smoking are concerning.
Customer Service Issues
Good customer service should be the cornerstone of any business. Reports are that ProForm’s customer service has a problem with unanswered calls and complaints. People who do get through are put on hold, have claims denied, or worse—are given the run around about when parts are going to arrive.
Yes, we know that the resistance cords have their advantages, honestly they can be a problem for some people, especially trainees who are not coordinated or may be new to treadmills in general. We highly recommend that trainees get used to the feeling of this treadmill before adding the resistance cords at all. Even when you are familiar with using them, always make sure that they are clearing the belt so that they are not getting snagged or tangled.
How the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill Compares to the ProForm 305CT
Both are in the mid-range, price wise with the ProForm 6.0 being the slightly cheaper model. The ProForm 305 CT does have a better monitor (a 5-inch, multi-color display monitor) plus twice the pre-programmed workouts, but the belt is the same size and all other features are identical. It comes down to whether you want to pay the extra money for more workouts and an upgraded monitor or not. Both are pretty decent treadmills at a fair price.
Final Word on the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill
For beginners to casual or advanced trainees, this is a decent treadmill without tons of bells and whistles and the exaggerated price tag that those will get you. You get the ability to change up your workouts as you improve, and the added ability to watch your progress as you go. The monitor is nothing fancy but it does get the job done, and that may be all that matters to you.
The bonus of attached resistance cords was both a plus and a minus. They are a plus because you can work your upper body while you are walking or running, but a minus because they could pose a danger to some trainees. It is important that you start slowly and that you are always aware of where these cords are while the belt is in motion.
We are pretty satisfied with the speed and the incline available on this model, and the pulse monitor, while not perfect, does work well enough to give us a general range of our heart rate. Hopefully there will be improvements to both customer service and the overall design of the treadmills in this price range from ProForm. Overall though, this is a good but basic machine.