This model differs from most models because it has upper body arms for you to hold onto while running/walking/jogging. These allow you to add upper body work to your cardio workout. Resistance is adjustable.
This model does not feature the Space Saver Design, which allows you to store the treadmill vertically when you are not using it.
Most other ProForm models do have this feature, although they don't have the upper body arms featured on this one. I guess you just have to pick which one of the features is more important to you and your needs.
This treadmill uses a 17-inch by 53-inch tread belt with a 2.75 HP Mach Drive System. I like the fact that the caliber elite treadmill comes with a large 53" tread belt and powerful 2.75 motor. However, the width of the treadmill is very narrow and might prove to be a hinderance for larger individuals.
The most interesting aspect about this treadmill is the fact that it has "arms". These are meant to work, in conjunction with the tread belt to provide a total body workout. The arms are fully adjustable in terms of resistance and come with an 8 week workout program, specifically for this type of training. A very interesting feature for the Proform Caliber Elite Treadmill.
Clear View Backlit Console
My Calories Interactive Calorie Center
180 degree viewing angle
The Interactive Calorie Center allows you to punch in your weight to see exactly how many calories you are burning based on your actual workout. The iFit compatibility of this treadmill is also very useful.
This patented technology uses interactive CD's (included with purchase of treadmill) to control the speed of your treadmill. You can also log on to iFIT.com for professional fitness advice and workout plans. Proform provides adequate feed back information with regards to your exercise.
The 2 Personal Trainer programs featured on this unit focus on weight loss and fitness goals.
The 2 High Performance programs are designed to help you reach your high performance goals, such as running a 5K or 10K race for example.
The 2 iFit CD's contain a customizable 8-week weight loss program for the user. You put your information into the CD from your computer, then use the CD with your treadmill. It acts almost like a computerized personal trainer. I'm a little dissapointed that there are only 4 pre-set programs with the calibe elite.
Given the fact that there is a pretty solid motor installed and the frame is faily large, this treadmill should hold up for individuals over 200 pounds.
Extended warranty options:
Here is the bottom line with the Proform Caliber Elite Treadmill, or any other Proform treadmill for that matter. At first, the base price looks very attractive, considering all the "neat" little features that you are getting. However, when you dig a little deeper, you will discover that:
When you add up these costs, they bring the actual price of the product up by almost $400. What most people don't see is that for an extra $400 they can get a much, much better treadmill with a stronger company. As you've seen above, the Proform Caliber Elite is actually priced in the same range as the Smooth 5.25, which was voted one of the best budget treadmills going!
Now, this particular treadmill has two things going for it. One it has a pretty powerful motor at 2.75 HP and a longer tread belt at 53". However, when you take into account the "real" price for this treadmill, it doesn't come close to other treadmills such as Smooth, Sole, or Vision.
All the best,