The reviews on the ProForm Performance 600C are mixed. TreadmillDoctor gave the Performane 600C a generally negative review due to its overall cheap quality. Others, physician however, were much more positive and had a greater tendency to review it in the context of its low price saying it is a good value for its price. A prominent consumer magazine gave the Performance 600 C the highest rating for any $800 treadmill.
The ProForm Performance 600C treadmill is a good value at $799. It is loaded with features and components that are often found on higher price models. However, it is not without its limitations.
If you are a serious runner or plan to have multiple users, you probably want to spend an additional $500+. But if you fit into the moderate user category, this is a good buy. The Power 600 C falls in the upper end of the budget category and has some limitations. This treadmill is best suited for walkers or light joggers who are of medium height and weight.
ProForm Performance 600C
The problem with exercising on a treadmill is that walking or running in place is a bore. Often, the minutes can drag by. That is why many people watch TV or listen to music. iFit Live is designed to not only alleviate the boredom, but more importantly, to motivate you to achieve your fitness goals. This is how it works...
You log into your iFit.com account and create a profile. Part of your profile is your fitness goals, such as losing a certain amount of weight during a given period. Based on your profile, iFit Live downloads a personalized workout routine designed by a professional fitness trainer. In fact, several are created by Jillian Michaels. The programs control the speed and incline of your treadmill, while providing audio coaching to further motivate you. These workouts are progressive, and when you quit, they pick-up where you left off.
Running Around the World with Google Maps
One of the most interesting features of iFit Live is the ability to Interact with Google Maps. You can simulate exercising on trails or roadways throughout the world. With the use of a laptop or smart phone that you can place on the console, you can define a route on Google Maps, and your treadmill will simulate the terrain by adjusting the incline. There is also a map library with routes from around the world. You can have Jillian Michaels coach you through famous cityscapes, lakeside runs and popular mountain trails. As you run, you get visual photography of your location on your connected laptop or smart phone.
Note: There is an additional charge per year for iFit Live and the module to connect to the Internet.
2.5 Continuous Duty HP Motor — Continuous duty is the rating of a motor that it can run at without straining. That is in comparison to peak Power horsepower. This motor will handle walkers and light joggers without straining.
20" x 58" Walking Surface — Typically at this price you get around a 54" long treadbelt.
Speakers and MP3 Input — The sound is decent and you can control the volume on the console.
Built-in Fan — It targets your core, which is the most important area to cool down.
6" Backlit LCD Display — On the console of the ProForm Power 600 C, you get a LCD display that allows you to view your speed, time, distance, and calories burned simultaneously. In addition,it provides a visual representation of incline training.
22 Workout Applications — The ProForm Power 600 C comes with 16 installed exercise programs including speed, endurance, weight-loss intervals, and calorie-burn accelerator workouts.
Warranty — You get lifetime on the motor, 2 year parts, and 1 year labor coverage. Not great, but not bad for a budget treadmill.
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Our Review — ProForm Performance 600C Treadmill
Every year around this time, ProForm release its new models, and every year it continues to offer more for less. The ProForm Power 600 C is a perfect example. They, along with their sister company NordicTrack, are the very best at packaging treadmills. You get speakers, numerous workout programs, fan, 2-year parts coverage, and LED display, in addition to the iFit Live compatibility. All this for not a lot of money.
However, when it comes to the treadmill itself, it needs to be pointed out that this is not a heavy-duty running machine. It is best designed for moderate use. If you are a serious runner or plan to have multiple users, you probably want to spend an additional $500+. But if you fit into the moderate user category, this is a good buy.