The TRUE Performance PS300 Non-folding Treadmill is a gym-quality machine from TRUE Fitness. This treadmill is as durable as they come, designed to take a pounding from multiple users without skipping a beat. This model also has an orthopedic belt and large running surface (21″x60″), making it more comfortable to use than most home gym treadmills.
This unit’s 3.0 horsepower motor supports a top speed of 12 mph. The motor has a 30-year warranty. The motorized incline is adjustable up to 15%. Using a slight incline (1%) mimics the effects of outdoor track running. Steeper slopes bring dramatically fast results in terms of toning and calorie burn.
The crisp 8.5″ backlit console screen is easy to use. Workout programs can be adjusted easily with Quick Speed and Quick Incline buttons. The console displays speed, time, distance, calories, and heart rate. A water bottle holder and reading rack complete the package.
Programming on the TRUE Performance PS300 is similar to that of a standard club treadmill. Its nine preset workouts include weight loss, speed training, heart rate control (two programs), rolling hills, and more. There’s room to save four user-designed exercises as well.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: TRUE Performance PS300 Non-folding Treadmill
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor 30 years / Parts 7 years / Labor 1 year
My rating: 8/10
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PS300 Frame and deck
Just as any other commercial-grade treadmill, the TRUE Performance PS300 features a heavy-duty steel frame. The only plastic parts are the covers of the side rails, the framework of the console, and the protection of the motor.
With the frame fully assembled, the unit weighs over 300 lbs. Therefore, stability will never be an issue for it. Plus, its rear base comes with two large adjustable stabilizers with rubber pads, so you can perfectly level it on any flooring.
This TRUE Fitness treadmill doesn’t have a folding design, such as the Nautilus T616, for example. However, its front base features a set of wheels, so relocating the unit shouldn’t be too difficult once the unit is entirely (assembled).
The treadmill’s footprint is approx. 79″L x 31.5″W (200 x 80 cm). Thus, it’s not exactly the best choice for a small room or apartment. Plus, TRUE recommends to leave at least 20″ (51 cm) of clearance on each side and at the front, and at least 79″ (200 cm) of clearance at the rear for safe operation.
The machine’s deck excels in sturdiness. It can support users up to 350 lbs (159 kg). It also integrates the TRUE Soft System and a high-adherence, orthopedic belt for impact reduction during running, and secure overall running experience.
The belt offers a running surface of 60″L x 21″W (152.4 x 53.34 cm). Therefore, the machine can accommodate runners up to 6’5″ (196 cm) comfortably, promoting a healthy, natural stride even when running at maximum speed.
This treadmill uses a set of 3″ rollers, quite a bit larger in diameter than for other similar machines. They feature a crowned design to prolong the lifespan of the belt and deliver better traction. Also, they integrate industrial-grade ball bearings, generating a smooth rotating motion.
Incline and step-up height
The TRUE Performance PS300 treadmill comes with an automatic incline system which consists of a motor and a lift situated at the front of the deck. The incline is only adjustable from the console.
When an incline level is selected from the console, the lift will raise the front of the deck accordingly. The deck doesn’t offer decline, though. It can only rise at the front, providing incline.
The PS300 treadmill offers a maximum incline of 15%, which is approx. 8.5°. The slope is adjustable in 0.5% increments. However, the console also provides quick adjustment keys for the 3%, 5%, 7%, 9%, and 12% settings.
Also, some of the programs in the console’s database involve incline; therefore, if you choose them for your workouts, incline (along with speed) will adjust automatically.
This TRUE fitness treadmill has a lower step-up height than other machines. The surface of the belt is approx. 6.25″ (16 cm) above floor level. However, by setting the incline to maximum, the height of its front part will gain several inches. Thus, it’s best to place and use this machine in a room with a ceiling at least 10″ higher than your town height.
The TRUE Performance 300 treadmill uses a 3.0 CHP, industrial-grade motor. It’s a continuous-duty motor, made to perform well, without overheating or slowing down during prolonged workout sessions.
It also performs excellently even if the user is close to the maximum allowed weight, and engages in workouts at maximum speed. The motor also uses a small flywheel, which also adds to the overall stability of the rolling motion.
Speed is adjusted exclusively from the console. Just as for incline, you’ll find gradual and quick adjustment keys for speed. The rate is adjustable in increments of 0.1 MPH. This gives you the possibility to see the perfectly suited pace for you for each workout.
The machine comes with a standard U.S. 3-prong plug, not an adapter, and has 8′ (2.4 m) of cable. It requires a 120V 15A power circuit. The machine should be connected to a power circuit solely, without other devices connected to the same circuit, to avoid surges.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to use a surge suppressor, to prevent any damage to the motors or console, in case a surge happens.
The PS300 treadmill features multi-function console equipped with a sizeable 8.5″ LCD which has a blue LED backlight. The display shows the current speed and incline, and tracks time, distance, heart rate, pace, and calories burned.
At the end of the workout, it will provide you with a summary consisting of elapsed time, distance, calories, average heart rate, max heart rate, and average speed.
You can export your workout data on a USB flash drive to upload it online to the Wahoo Fitness App and keep track of your progress.
The console unit also has a Bluetooth feature, being compatible with Polar HR chest straps for wireless pulse monitoring. An HR chest strap accessory is also (included). However, if you don’t want to use it, you can still track your pulse via the EKG grips integrated into the front handles.
There are four user profiles on the console, so you can save various program settings from choosing between them quickly. Or, in case multiple persons use the machine, each person can have their workout settings. For each profile, you can input your weight so that the unit can calculate the number of calories burned more accurately.
In terms of extras, the console offers a tablet holder (or reading rack), two large bottle holders, and an accessory holder in the middle. A TRUE water bottle is also (included) with the machine.
PS300 Pre-set Programs
In terms of programs, the PS300 treadmill offers 1 Quick Start, 1 Manual, and nine preset programs. The preset programs are Hill Intervals, Rolling Hills, Cardio Challenge, Walk and Run Intervals, Speed Intervals, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon (13.1 mi/21.1 K), and Cruise Control.
There’s also the HRC Cruise Control program which has its special window section on the unit’s display. This program allows you to lock in on your targeted heart rate. One-touch HRC Cruise Control will adjust your workout automatically to maintain your target heart rate for the duration of your workout.
There’s a downside with regards to the console workouts. The preset programs cap at 6 MPH speed, so, if you’re a professional runner, this speed setting most definitely won’t suffice. Therefore, you will always have to improvise and use the manual speed/incline adjustment settings.
PS300 Assembly and Maintenance
First of all, this treadmill is weighty, so it is recommended to be carried and assembled by two people. The deck with the rollers, belt, and motors comes already assembled.
So, the assembly only requires you to add the console masts and the console, a task which shouldn’t take longer than 20-30 minutes. The manual provides step-by-step instructions for it, and several essential tools are also (included).
For maintenance, periodic belt lubrication is necessary. A bottle of lubricant is (included). It’s also recommended to periodically vacuum under the deck and keep the running belt clean, to prevent the motor’s vents to become clogged with dust or other objects.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 79L x 31.5W x 55.9H inches (200L x 80W x 142H cm)
- Belt dimensions: 60L x 21W inches (152.4L x 53.34W cm)
- Assembled weight: 308 lbs (140 kg)
- Weight capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)
- Deck cushioning: True Soft System
- Motor: 3.0 CHP
- Speed levels: 0.5-12 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, 0-15%
- Console: 9 preset workouts, HRC target, four user profiles, USB port, Bluetooth
- Accessories: Accessory trays, tablet holder, Polar HR strap, water bottle
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor 30 years / Parts 7 years / Labor 1 year
- Commercial-grade construction – the unit can hold users up to 350 lbs (159 kg);
- True Soft deck cushioning system;
- Large, 3″ rollers for superior traction and a long belt lifespan;
- Motorized incline, 0% – 15%;
- 3.0 CHP motor, speeds up to 12 MPH;
- The unit’s speed can be adjusted increments of 0.1 MPH, allowing you to find the perfect pace for your workout;
- Quick keys for speed and incline selection;
- Motor equipped with a large flywheel, for extra-smooth performance;
- The PS300 has nine preset workout programs, covering most training requirements;
- HRC Cruise program which automatically adjusts the speed to help you remain in your selected HR interval;
- 4 user profiles;
- A USB port for workout data transfer;
- Workout summary function;
- Bluetooth function and Polar HR chest strap capability;
- Polar chest strap included;
- Bottle trays, accessory tray, tablet holder, and TRUE water bottle;
- It provides a quiet operation;
- Fairly easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- No sound system;
- No cooling fan;
- The maximum speed for the preset workout programs is only 6 MPH, but you can still adjust the speed manually, up to 12 MPH.
TRUE Performance PS300 Summary
The TRUE Performance PS300 is a commercial-grade treadmill equipped with a 3 CHP motor (0.5-12 MPH speed), and motorized incline (0%-15%). It offers a sizeable 60″ x 21″ running surface and an orthopedic deck with the TRUE Soft-cushioning system. Additionally, it’s a heavy-duty machine which can withstand users up to 350 lbs.
It’s perfect for interval training, intense cardio training, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. It’s not exactly an affordable machine, but considering that it offers commercial quality and comes with an excellent warranty, it stands up to the price and the test of time.
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