ProForm 980 Audio Trainer
What We Like
- Compact design: Like most other ProForm treadmills, the 980 folds vertically to save space.
- Motor: ProForm takes power seriously. The 980 Audio Trainer boasts a Mach Z 2.25 HP commercial-quality motor.
- Workout programs: The 980 is equipped with 16 iFit workout programs and an iFit card reader. Each iFit card contains eight weeks of personal training. With iFit training programs, users listen to a famous personal trainer and exercise as the treadmill automatically adjusts its incline and decline to support workout goals.
- Audio capability: An iPod-compatible audio port and built-in Intermix Acoustics 2.0 sound system helps to keep exercisers entertained.
- Cushioning: ProStride cushioned tracks can be adjusted by each user to attain the preferred balance between support and cushioning.
- Warranties: This closeout unit comes with a decent warranty package. Buyers get a lifetime warranty on the frame and parts plus one year of coverage for other parts and labor.
What We Don’t Like
- Track length: The 55” track length is best suited to walkers and shorter runners.
The “Audio Trainer” name is a bit misleading; most home treadmills, including entry-level models, now include comparable audio systems. However, the combination of a durable motor, a track with adjustable cushioning, music, and iFit training earn this machine a high rating.