Boston Marathon Treadmill 4.0 Review





This sleek, NON-Folding model features an open running platform which by virtue of some highly innovative design elements has made it possible to do away with the traditional motor casing and the support arms that many serious runners feel to be constraining.

The Boston Marathon Treadmill 4.0 has a 20" x 62" tread belt which is driven by a colossal 4.25 CHP commercial motor that propels the running surface at speeds of up to 15 MPH. The running deck has the ability to incline up to 20% of grade and to decline to - 6 % of grade.

The "Runner's Select Impact Control" cushioning system fitted to this model offers complete control over the degree of cushioning. This system is ideally suited to the  performance runner, allowing the feel of the running surface to be adjusted to personal  taste.

This model utilizes iFIT Live technology. This innovative feature provides internet connectivity, allowing you to experience trails all over the world and watch your progress on the display map. The iFIT Live technology automatically adjusts your incline to simulate the physical topography of the terrain.

A 10" Full Color Touch-Screen Display with an internet browser powered by Android technology allows you to get online while you work out. By connecting to your home's wireless network you can check the news, read email, watch sports highlights, or get on Facebook.

It's available at a discounted price from ProForm

Here are the main features:



… drive motor

Driving this machine is a an extremely powerful 4.25 CHP Mach Z  Commercial Pro motor that is able to propel the running surface at speeds of up to 15 MPH.

This motor is made using high-grade wiring and insulation materials. High quality bearings and brushes are used in the construction of the motor and it's dynamically balanced and thoroughly tested for optimum performance in order to minimize vibration and noise.

All of these design elements contribute to making the treadmill's drive motor smooth, quiet and powerful. The maker's confidence in the design and quality of this motor is demonstrated by their Lifetime Warranty cover on the unit.





... color display / web browser

Employing the latest in interactive technology this treadmill utilizes a 10" Full Color Touch-Screen Display with a Web Browser Powered by Android technology.

You can increase your enjoyment and productivity of your workout by getting online while on your treadmill. By connecting to your home's wireless network you are able to check the news, read email, watch sports highlights, or get on Facebook via the 10" touch-screen display.







... iFIT LIVE capability

This model is iFIT Live capable. In essence this is a wireless connection between the Internet and the treadmill. The iFIT Live feature allows you to experience trails all over the globe just as if you were actually running outside.

iFIT Live enables you to customize your own fitness program, receive automatic workout downloads, manage your profile online and work out with Jillian Michaels. You can even add the thrill of competition to your workout with 5k races against your Facebook friends.

Other features include a nutrition and activity tracker, motivating text messages and emails, and workout videos that are available for download. It should be noted that this feature requires that the user has a home wireless internet connection.




… adjustable running platform

"Runner's Select Impact Control" cushioning system is employed on this model. This cushioning system allows you to personalize your comfort to your particular personal preference and offers runners complete control over the cushioning of the running surface.

In the "ON" position the full-length suspension reduces the impact on your joints. With the control in the "OFF" position the running surface provides for a more "road-like" feel. The ability to personalize the feel of the running surface is an indispensable facility for the serious runner.



… wireless heart rate monitor

This model includes a wireless heart rate monitor. Using wireless telemetry, the user's heart rate data is sent from the transmitter mounted in the chest strap to the treadmill's control console.

A continuous reading of the user's heart rate is displayed on the touch screen without the need to lean forward to grip hand sensors which is the case with most heart rate monitors fitted to treadmills. This is an essential tool for people who are serious about running.



... finger swipe controls

Fine control of both the speed and incline can be made using the proprietary "Zip" controls. Using the console mounted touch screen the user is able to make adjustment to both speed and incline merely by swiping their finger across the screen.

Speed can be adjusted within the range 1 to 15 MPH and the deck  incline between the values of - 6 % to 20% of grade.







… cadence training

The treadmill has sensors that are able to detect the user's stride and monitor each separate foot fall. The cadence training feature when enabled sounds an audible tone much like a metronome to assist with fine-tuning your pace. It can be used for a brief period or for the whole duration of your run.

The sensors in the running surface also keeps count of each step where they are displayed on the touch screen in a steps per minute format.




... running efficiency gauge

The built-in sensors are also able to monitor the consistency of the user's steps and stride throughout every run. The data is displayed on the console in a Running Efficiency Gauge. This is presented in a similar fashion to the engine revs gauge on a vehicle dash board.




... incline AND decline

In addition to the 20% of positive inclination that can be adjusted by the simple "Zip touch" system the deck is also able to decline to - 6%. This feature is usually only found on more expensive models and has the benefit of activating different muscles by walking at a decline. This is claimed to burn more calories than walking on a flat surface and stimulate more muscle for faster results.








… marathon training

This model has two inbuilt marathon training programs. The user is able to choose from either a 16 weeks or 20 weeks program. Designed in order to make you fully prepared for your next race the programs become gradually harder as you progress.

The training program includes the ability to track areas essential to success such as nutrition and you can even use Facebook in order to keep your friends updated on your progress.



... HD training videos

This unique equipment includes Boston High Definition Video Workouts that simulate race conditions on the 10" full color display screen. An added dimension of realism is added to this race simulation with the integration of the automatic incline and decline. The running deck changes its angle in accordance with the actual topography of the course in order to simulate true life running conditions.







... core body cooling

Vigorous exercise of any kind can cause the core body temperature to rise leading to feelings of discomfort. This is particularly true during periods of protracted running. This model employs twin 8" workout cooling fans built into the side frame of the treadmill.

Unlike most models were the cooling fans are mounted in the control console and can only deliver air to the head and upper body, the placement of these fans results in cooling air being delivered to your body's core for a more refreshing workout experience.




... bluetooth control (Speed Ring)

A highly innovative feature of this model is the "Speed Ring" bluetooth device. This consists of a small electronic package that can be worn on the finger and can be used to adjust the speed of the treadmill.

The device is able to regulate the speed of the running surface in small 0.1 MPH gradations up to 15 MPH without the need to lean forward to the control panel and possibly lose your stride. This is an ideal training aid with which to make minor adjustments to your pace.







… warranty details

The Boston Marathon Treadmill 4.0 is underwritten by a lifetime frame warranty, a lifetime motor warranty, lifetime deck warranty plus a 6-year parts (including electronics) and 3-years labor warranty.



Features:

  • Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor
  • 10" Full Color Touch Screen with Web Browser
  • iFIT LIVE Technology
  • Runner's Select Impact Control Cushioning
  • Marathon Training  Programs
  • Boston Marathon HD Video Workouts
  • Deck Decline Feature
  • Speed Ring (Bluetooth speed control)
  • Stride Rate Sensor
  • Cadence Training
  • ZipIncline Adjustment
  • ZipSpeed Adjustment
  • Pulse Monitor with Wireless Chest Strap
  • Dual 8" Workout Cooling Fans




Specifications:

  • Motor: 4.25 CHP
  • Speed: 0 to 15 MPH
  • Incline: 0 % to 20 %
  • Decline: 0 % to - 6 %
  • Belt Size: 20" x 62"
  • Folding:NO
  • User Weight: 400 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Motor, Frame, and Deck
  • 6yrs Parts (including electronics)
  • 3yrs Labor




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