I purchased the ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LRCBWAQ) as a family Christmas present. To ‘activate’ the treadmill I had to use the ifit.com web site, provide a credit card, and sign up for a 30 day trial of one of their applications. That seemed a bit extreme to let me use the treadmill sitting in my basement. The treadmill did nothing but beep when I pushed any buttons on it.
I did go through their process, handed over my address and credit card information, and will share the information because that’s a lot of information to ask for to use a treadmill.
You do need to have the safety magnet in place before you do this. There is probably a slightly different process for the touch-screen models but I don’t imagine it is very different.
Other than this the treadmill is great. Very well constructed and I expect to use it often. The package weight is correct – this thing is heavy. Carrying and assembling is not a single person job.