Precor TRM 445 Review
This Treadmill Could Be For You If:
- You want lots of workout program variety.
- You want both incline and decline.
- You want a treadmill that doesn’t fold.
- You want a treadmill with options to monitor heart rate.
The Precision Series treadmills from Precor offer top commercial quality performance with personalization options that simply can’t be found at a gym. The entire lineup is worth a look and we’ve done a complete review of the series here. The TRM 445 is the top model in the series, designed with a special shock absorption system for advanced impact control and specialized stride support for a workout experiences tailored to your steps and stride.
Beyond these comfort and performance features, this model comes with more personalized options and a sleek state-of-the-art console that boasts an impressive 23 preset workout programs and four separate personalized user IDs. Intended to deliver the ultimate workout experience from start to finish, the TRM 445 model provides users with performance options like a -2% decline and a 15% incline to work multiple muscles of the body and achieve various goals ranging from muscle toning to interval training for quick calorie burn and fat reduction.
Designed with Integrated Footplant Technology, the engineering is set to reduce running stress on the knees, ankles, and hips, while instantly adjusting belt speed to match the user’s movement. The machine also provides heart rate monitoring by way of grip sensors in the handlebars, telemetry, and an included chest strap transmitter which works with with any Polar-compatible 5KHz unit. With a built-in tablet holder and USB port, users can enjoy a variety of devices while exercising on the Bluetooth-enabled unit. No, the unit does not fold, and with a 358 lbs product weight, it can be a bit difficult to move once set in place. Heavier than many other home treadmills, this needs to be considered when placing it in the home.
Priced at $5,499, the TRM 445 might be a bit pricey for some. Meanwhile, the Precor TRM 425 at $4,999, and the TRM 243 at $3,499, offer a number of comparable features at lower prices and are also worth a look. Whether you use the TRM 445 as a daily source of cardio or as a training machine to build muscle or endurance, this model and its 300 lbs weight capacity is a versatile treadmill that is ideal for users of all ability and skill levels.
See Our Video Review of the Precor TRM 445
Precor TRM 445 Treadmill - Key Specs:
|Incline:||-2 to 15%|
|Running Area:||22" x 56"|
|Top Speed:||12 MPH|
|Weight Capacity:||300 LBS|
|Dimensions:||79" L x 34" W x 59" H|
What We Like:
- Ergonomic Design: The special stride support feature and Ground Effects Impact Control System make for an incredibly smooth and natural experience both running and walking. Precor designed this model to include deck features that adapt to your personal stride while keeping the deck sturdy and centred to reduce stress on the joints and increase safety. The deck is perhaps the most attractive feature of this model, built with a durable 1 inch thick phenolic laminated deck and steel crowned rollers to reduce noise (even at higher speeds).
- Workout Programs: A notable 23 preset workout programs are included on the TRM 445, which includes programs like “Be Fit” (for interval training), “Lose Weight,” “Push Performance,” “Get Toned” (for muscle toning), and “Go the Distance.” There is also an option for a Fitness Test stores your results to set and reach individual fitness goals.
- Console: The new sleek and slim console features a 7-inch color LCD touchscreen that is both attractive and easy to use. Compatible with Apple devices, users can plug-in for full audio control. Users can also download the Preva mobile app to store and track workout information (the Preva app also provides weekly workout statistics). To change your speed or incline/decline, simply tap the lever motion controls located at the base of the console.
- Workout Summary Metrics: The TRM 445 includes 12 workout summary metrics ranging from average pace and speed to VO2 Max.
- Deck: This model features a reversible pre-waxed deck that doesn’t require maintenance.
- Warranty: Precor offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and an impressive 10 years warranty on parts.
What We Don’t Like:
- Speed Adjustments: While the lever motion controls make it easy to change speed or incline, it can be difficult for interval training when you need to reach higher or lower speeds and inclines at a more rapid rate. Many treadmills include a “Quick Key” feature, but this model does not.
- Deck: The running area on this deck is rather short at 56 inches (the average is closer to 60 inches at this price point), but wider at 22 inches (the average is closer to 20 inches). Taller people or people who want to do sprints may not like the shorter running area.
- No Fan: Granted, it’s not a deal-breaker, but more and more comparable units offer some kind of workout fan for comfort.
For $1,000 less, you can get the TRM 425, which has very few differences from this more expensive model. Other than additional personalized user IDs, additional workout programs and a larger LCD screen, there aren’t too many differences between the two machines. However; if you are looking for a durable and reliable treadmill to help you comfortably reach fitness goals, the TRM 445 model is an excellent choice that is both long-lasting and well-designed with attractive comfort features that are hard to beat.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Precor TRM 445 treadmill last?
A good deal of a treadmill's lifespan is dependent on usage and maintenance. That said, with as strong a warranty as this unit has, and the overall weight of the non-folding unit, we feel a solid 10 years or more can be expected given proper care.
Is the Precor TRM 445 treadmill quiet and smooth?
Yes, our experience and that of other reviewers is that this is a relatively smooth and quiet treadmill. All treadmills make some noise, but this unit shouldn't interfere with other members of the household while in use.
What are the main differences between the Precor TRM 445 and the Precor TRM 425?
As a more expensive unit, the Precor TRM 445 comes with 27 workout metrics as opposed to the TRM 425's 13. It also has 39 built-in programs as opposed to 10. The TRM 445 also features a 7" full color LCD screen over the TRM 425's 5" high contrast LCD.
How is Precor Fitness's customer service and support?
Precor Fitness customer service has maintained a strong showing even amidst a global pandemic. Nearly all manufacturers have been criticized with labor shortages and supply chains affected, yet Precor has somehow managed to continue to earn high marks in this area.
Is the Precor TRM 445 treadmill easy to assemble?
The term "easy" is a relative term when assembling a treadmill. Having friends or family help is advised as this is a large, 358-pound, non-folding unit. That said, instructional videos are available online and we've found that the parts do go together quite intuitively.