EXPERT FITNESS INFORMATION AND TREADMILL REVIEWS
From Simon Clarke
Simon Clarke

What makes the 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill stand-out?

The aim of this review is to inform you of the 3G Cardio’s Pro Runner’s various features and settings in a concise manner. We have done fair bit of research into this machine and found a couple of standout features that distinguish it from other treadmills on the market. The 3G Cardio Pro Runner is primarily a treadmill of convenience with a soft orthopedically friendly running belt and a fold up design that makes it easy to store when not in use. Built by a relatively new brand, the quality of the equipment is very high and comes with a satisfying long warranty (lifetime frame and motor coverage).

Product Description

The 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill is aminimal space occupying, quality running treadmill. The smart fold up feature enables you to store it away when it’s not in use, thereby saving on space. When it is set up for use the 3G Cardio Pro Runner does a tremendous job of ensuring users get a fantastic workout experience. Running, jogging and walking are all possible on the wide 20.5 inch belt, though the length of 58 inches does mean it won’t be suitable for extra tall runners.

  • Predominantly black and silver frame with red accents
  • Symmetrical design with short arm rails on either side and pulse monitors on a front cross bar
  • Phone or iPod dock at the bottom of the head unit
  • Two small accessory compartments for holding water bottles
  • Wheels built in to the bottom of the treadmill for ease of movement

Key Features

The3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill incorporates a lot of features that we’d see in high end non-folding treadmills into it’s nifty fold up design. Our top picks in terms of it’s functions are probably it’s Ortho Flex ShockTM Suspension System, quick touch controls and variety of pre-set workout programs.

Ortho Flex ShockTM Suspension System
The unique tread belt suspension system built into the 3G Cardio Pro Runner treadmill uses an orthopedic belt and 3 inch rollers to provide a smooth exercising surface to any user. It’s important for those who are planning on exercising on their treadmill regularly to get a machine that will be gentle on their joint. This treadmill definitely checks that box.

Automated Incline
The motor powered incline system in this treadmill means you can change your running surface’s angle by just pressing a button! Switching up inclines while using a treadmill will help you to target a variety of different muscle groups during your workout. The 3G Cardio Pro Runner incline goes from 0% – 15% which is the same as most treadmills in the industry excluding those designed specifically for incline training.

Double Accessory Holders
Accessory holders on treadmills are vastly underappreciated by everyone except those people who actually own and use a treadmill. After purchasing a treadmill you’ll quickly discover that having your water bottle, cell phone or towel within arm’s reach is inductive to a good continuous workout. Fortunately, most treadmill designs, including this one have built in accessory holder compartment. The 3G Cardio Pro Runner has two separate ones on either side of the head unit, well within any users reach.

Safety Key
The 3G Cardio Pro Runner has a safety key mechanism attached to the very front of it’s head unit. This key is clipped on to a user’s body and attached with a string to the treadmill. Should the user lose control and start to slide to far down the treadmill the string will be pulled from it’s socket, when this happens the treadmill stops immediately. This is great for ensuring your safety if you have children or pets around that might distract you during your treadmill workouts.

Workout Program Choices
With the 3G Cardio Pro Runner you can choose what workout to do on any given day. This treadmill offers 8 built in programs including three fitness test ones. The programs will vary the speed and incline of the treadmill as a user is exercising in order to simulate a track or help users reach target heart rates. The three fitness tests incorporated into the pre-set programming are:

  • Gherkins
  • BMI
  • Cooper

Quick Touch Controls
There are a few buttons on the head unit console of the 3G Cardio Pro Runner that are specifically designed to give users a quick way of changing the incline or speed of the machine. These one touch controls enable users to continue their workout while changing it’s settings.

Decent Warranty
The 3G Cardio company has decided to stand behind the design of their Pro Runner Treadmill model with a wide ranging warranty. Lifetime coverage on the frame and motor of the machine means users don’t need to worry about it breaking any time soon. Usually when manufacturer’s offer long warranties this signals a high quality product as they clearly have faith in it’s construction and durability.

Easy Fold Design
This is probably the most important feature to note about this treadmill. The 3G Cardo Pro Runner folds up for easy storage when it’s not in use. This feature is most appreciated by those with smaller living areas in which to utilize their treadmill. Fortunately, the 3G team have managed to incorporate all the elements of a decent running treadmill into this smaller fold up form model.

Short Summary

Key Specifications

Suitable for Running and all other forms of exercise
Assembled dimensions 74L x 35W x 56H inches (188L x 89W x 142H cm)
Tread belt dimensions 58L x 20.5W inches (147L x 52W cm)
Supported weight 350 lbs (159kg)
Motor 3.0 continuous duty HP
Incline Automatic, 0% – 15%
Deck cushioning Yes, Ortho Flex ShockTM Absorption System
Foldable Yes
Speed levels 0 – 12 MPH (0 – 19km/h)
Workout routines
  • 5standard(including hear rate) programs
  • 3fitness test programs
  • 2 custom programmes
Price Approx. $1,899.00
Weight 216 lbs (98 kg)
Warranty Residential warranty only. Covers:

  •  5 years parts
  • 1 year in-home labor
  • Lifetime motor and frame
Roller 2 inches (5 cm)
Handrails Short side hand rails and frontal crossbar
Tread belt ply (noise indication) 2-ply (somewhat quiet)
Folded Dimensions 40L x 35W x 65H inches (102L x 89W x 165H cm)
Heart rate monitors Contact and Wireless
Head unit Display Digital, small

Pros:

  • Ortho Flex ShockTM Suspension System is kind to user’s joints
  • An automated incline makes convenient adjustments to the running surface angle
  • Double accessory holders give plenty of room to put your stuff
  • A safety key to ensure user safety
  • Popular fitness tests are included in the pre-set workout programs
  • Convenient quick touch controls
  • Decent warranty signalling a quality product
  • Space saving foldable design

Cons:

  • There are no speakers or MP3 player functions on the 3G Cardio Pro Runner so you’ll have to get a small portable speaker or use traditional earphones for your in-workout entertainment.

Reviews From Actual Users

We found it hard to find anybody who had purchased the 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill that wasn’t completely thrilled with their machine. Users of this treadmill seem to have only good things to say about it, which is more of a green light than anything else in the tread mill industry. Modestly priced, this treadmill doesn’t have some of the technology incorporated into fancier options, but it sure does it’s job of facilitating running well. To generalize or research: Consumers are very satisfied with this product.

User Favourites:

It’s conservative small design is a big plus to users with small rooms in apartments or those simply wanting to save on space
The fold up ability is also greatly appreciated by the same space saving group of people.
Delivery of this product is consistently reported by users as being faster than they would have expected.
The treadmill is easy to setup and users found they could do it themselves without needing a second person.

User Negatives:

There is no built in audio system or cooling fans which some users would have appreciated from a treadmill in this price category. We think those users might not be aware of the market prices associated with those add-ons.

Recommendations

We definitely think the 3G Cardio Pro Runner is worth considering if you are looking for a treadmill to use in a smaller space that can facilitate running well. Ultimately that is what this model is best designed to do. We do however have two very specific recommendations for those looking at purchasing the 3G Cardio Pro Runner treadmill:

  • Firstly, we would recommend that you place the treadmill on non-shaggy carpet or rugs if possible, especially if you intend to move it around quite a bit. There are wheels on the underside of the treadmill body to make moving the machine easier, but these can become snagged on furry surfaces and make moving the Pro Runner a real pain for regular users. The best solution would be to exercise in the same space that you intend to store the treadmill when it’s folded up, that way the wheel movement needs will be minimal.
  • We also recommend checking out the free shipping offers often available with treadmill purchases. Paying for shipping for such a large/heavy item can often be quite expensive so you’re bound to save some decent money if you can find a retailer that offers free shipping as a bonus for purchasing the 3G Pro Runner from them.

To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question

As always it comes down to personal preference as to whether the 3G Cardio Pro Runner is right for you. Before buying any treadmill be sure to clarify what it is you want from your treadmill, then look at products that meet those needs. There are a large variety out there and we guarantee there’ll be something to suit your particular situation. This treadmill is perfect for anyone wanting to fold their treadmill up and out of the way when it’s not being used for exercise. The no-bells design is reliable and sturdy with an orthopedically friendly overall approach. For simplicity and quality, this is a treadmill well worth considering. If you are thinking about getting it, the retail page here will have some more information for you.