Maxima Fitness have worked hard to produce a home use treadmill that will satisfy the more serious runner while offering those who prefer power walking or interval training the options they need, too.
The motor allows for 20 km per hour sprints and there are 20 incline settings to add to the challenge. There are 48 built-in programs that can be used to give you a varied workout, or you can set your workout manually as you go.
The cushioned running deck on the Maxima Fitness MF 2000 Pro FX running machine is mid-sized (1250 x 450 mm) allowing for confidence at higher speeds. The lockable folding mechanism makes storage easy and the machine is supplied with dumbbells, a water-bottle holder and matching water bottle, MP3 input and built-in speakers.
Although this treadmill falls towards the higher end of the ‘budget’ price range, the quality differences and improved functionality are sufficient to warrant the slightly higher price. The running deck on MF-2000 ProFX is a comfortable size and the speed and gradient settings include a wide enough range to cater for a variety of fitness levels.
The looping hand rails are handy for those who need a bit of extra stability, but not intrusive for those who prefer to run with their hands free. The only minor criticism that we have is that there is no way to pause a workout. If you stop, you have to restart completely and try to remember your information.
The construction looks sturdy and robust and should stand up to fairly intensive use. The frame has a lifetime guarantee, the motor is guaranteed for five years and all other parts come with a two year guarantee indicating manufacturer confidence in the quality standards. The metal footplates look sturdy and there is a safety cut off switch that pegs to your clothes, ensuring that the motor will be stopped if you have a fall. The fold and lock mechanism is easy to use and saves space when the treadmill is not being used.
Settings and action
Faster speed settings than most treadmills in this price range and the 20 gradient settings are major advantages for this treadmill. It’s not too noisy and it is easy to service and adjust. Distance runners and those who prefer shorter, more intense runs will both be able to get a quality workout on this unit from Maxima Fitness, but it is also steady, safe and predictable enough for those who are rehabilitating themselves after an injury or for the elderly.
The ability to increase speed and incline by increments of 3, 6, 9 or 12 units at a time is handy for those who prefer interval training. Speed can be adjusted on the hand rails or control panel. Of course, it’s always nice to be able to listen to your favourite music while you train and the built-in speakers give you good sound quality.
The display features a separate mini-screen for each piece of information, so once you get used to the layout, telling speed, distance, time, calories and heart rate can be done at a glance.
Setting it up
Setup takes about 30 minutes, but you may want to use some of your own tools for easier assembly despite the fact that a multi-spanner is provided. The packaging is very neat and it is easy to find all the parts as you need them. Instructions for assembly are easy to follow. The belt is also very easy to adjust and you get full maintenance instructions. Remember to get additional rubber matting to protect your floor.
You won’t find a treadmill with a better reputation in this price range. The MF-2000-ProFX, from Maxima Fitness, offers a few really nice features, particularly the incline adjustment settings. These really help to burn off extra calories, especially if you combine them with the easily accessible dumbbells.
You can get a really intense workout either with a 30 minute pre-programmed workout or your own manual settings and the machine can take the punch thanks to its robust construction.
No matter what your fitness goals, this reliable home treadmill is sure to contribute and continue to offer you a challenge as your fitness improves.