How to Reset a ProForm Treadmill Console

When you're having problems with home exercise equipment, following the manufacturer's maintenance and troubleshooting steps can help you get back on track. This is often the first step before calling a technician to help you solve an issue such as a ProForm treadmill reset.

Follow the manufacturer's maintenance and troubleshooting steps can help you get back on track. (Image: kovaciclea/iStock/GettyImages)

Tip

To reset a ProForm treadmill console, follow the steps laid out in the users manual that came with your machine.

ProForm Treadmill Reset

The ProForm treadmill comes with a console that features a tablet with a full-color touch screen. While technology is one of the perks of this machine, you may still encounter ProForm treadmill display problems. Before you try to troubleshoot anything, it's important to note that the console functions similarly to other tablets.

One key maintenance tip when having ProForm treadmill display problems is to update the console firmware. The user manual recommends performing this step in order to keep the machine running at its best. If you are connected to a wireless network mode, you should receive notifications that you need to update your firmware. Also, many programs will perform updates automatically as long as you are connected to the internet.

The following guidelines are specific to the ProForm 900, if you have a different model, make sure to check the user's manual before proceeding.

One of the first steps when troubleshooting ProForm treadmill display problems, according to the manual, is to remove the key and unplug the power supply cord. Then, plug in the power cord, insert the key, and carefully walk on the treadmill for a few minutes. If the problem with the console persists, refer to the manual that came with your treadmill or see the detailed instruction sheet online.

Importance of Maintenance

After a certain amount of wear and tear, you will need to perform routine maintenance on home exercise equipment. Many manufacturers will recommend a maintenance schedule to follow that includes monthly tasks to keep your equipment running at top speed. The ProForm website suggests routine checks on cords, motors, the treadmill belt and console.

Making sure your safety clip is properly attached and in working condition is one of the recommendations that you should stay on top of all the time. Another frequent task is cleaning the machine after each use. This includes cleaning the console with the recommended products.

It's also a good idea to vacuum around the treadmill deck every couple of weeks. And once a year, take the time to clean and carefully dust the motor area of the treadmill. The user manual will have detailed instructions on how to clean the treadmill.

Lubricating moving parts on a treadmill that is not self-lubricating is also a necessity, but check the manual for more information on this step. When the walking belt is out of alignment, you need to stop using the machine and make the proper adjustments. Finally, make a point to check the screws before each use, and tighten any loose ones.

Using a Treadmill At Home

Once you fix any ProForm treadmill display problems, it's time to get moving. If you have a newer treadmill, the console will come with pre-programmed workouts or with an option to stream live classes and workouts. These programs will recommend pace and incline based on the level you choose. If you go with a manual setting, you get to decide those features.

For optimal health benefits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. To make this fit into a busy schedule, consider spreading the minutes over the course of a week. For example, use your treadmill for 30 minutes, five days a week or 45 minutes, three to four days a week.

Harvard Health Publications reports that performing aerobic exercise such as walking lowers blood pressure, raises the good HDL cholesterol and lowers the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Plus, including this form of exercise in your daily routine may also help reduce stress levels, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And finally, if you are using the treadmill as part of a weight loss program, you might be wondering how many calories you can burn in a 30-minute session. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 154-pound person can burn about 140 calories walking at a 3.5mph pace or 295 calories running at a 5mph pace in 30 minutes.

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