The Pro-Form 495 PI is an in-home, folding treadmill that was manufactured for Sears by Icon Health and Fitness in 2006. You will no longer find the 495 PI available as a new model in retail stores, but you may find used models for sale. This Pro-Form treadmill doesn’t offer a lot of fancy features, and advanced runners may find the top speed and incline lacking, but the 495 PI does offer enough features for a basic running or walking fitness program.
Make a Run At It
Pro-Form recommends setting up the 495 PI treadmill on a level surface with at least 8 feet of clearance behind the machine and 2 feet of clearance on each side. Plug the unit into a single-outlet surge suppressor. Before starting the treadmill, attach the safety clip to your clothing. With the clip in place, if you fall or lose your footing, the walking belt will stop. When you are not using the 495 PI, you can fold it vertically so it takes up less room. Before folding the machine, make sure the incline is at the lowest level. Lift the walking platform and secure the locking mechanism to hold the platform in place. To move the treadmill, tilt it onto the wheels and roll it to the desired location.
On the Run
The Pro-Form 495 PI has a maximum user weight of 250 pounds. This treadmill is capable of speeds up to 10 mph and an incline up to 10 percent. Adjust the speed in 0.1 mph increments by pressing the up or down speed arrow keys on the console. If you hold an arrow key down, the speed adjusts more quickly in 0.5 mph increments. The console also has 10 quick-set speed buttons. Press any of these buttons to quickly adjust the speed setting. Press the up or down incline arrow keys to adjust the incline in 0.5-percent intervals.
Run Circles Around
The Pro-Form 495 PI has an electronic console with a small digital display, which provides an array of feedback during your workout. In the top right of the display is an oval, which visually represents a 1/4-mile track. As you walk or run, the segments light up to visually indicate your progress. The display also shows the elapsed time, distance, current speed, incline and approximate calories burned. To measure your heart rate, grab the silver sensors on the hand grips in front of the console. After 10 to 15 seconds, your heart rate will display. Do not hold the sensors for the entire duration of your workout. Run or walk naturally with your arms by your sides. Pro-Form recommends standing on the foot rails when checking your heart rate.
Run a Tight Ship
You should perform basic maintenance on your machine to keep it running smoothly. If the belt slows, slips or is off-center, adjust the rear roller bolts on the back of the walking platform. If the console doesn’t display correctly, the manual provides information on how to adjust the reed switch. The Pro-Form 495 PI walking belt is pre-lubricated at the factory. ProForm warns against applying silicone or any other substance to the walking belt as it may damage the belt.