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Life Fitness T5 Review

Quick Summary

Built with high weight capacity, the Life Fitness T5 is the most robust treadmill in its series.

Train in comfort with its extra-wide track and excellent cushioning; the deck reduces joint impact by up to 30%.

Other highlights are a power incline, built-in training programs, and optional integration of iPod and new workouts.

This treadmill has a 400-pound weight capacity and is backed by a long warranty.

Learn more from our full T5 review below.

Specifications

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Model Life Fitness T5
Rating

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88.6%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$3,999
Best Price

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$3,999
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

.5 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.0 HP DC motor
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

22" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Flexdeck Shock Absorption System
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

12
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Handle grips
Wireless Chest Strap
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

79.5" x 32" x 61"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

2 Console Options
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame and Deck: Lifetime
Motor: 10 Years
Parts: 7 Years
Labor: 1 Years

Rating: 88.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 88.6/100. The Life Fitness T5 leads its series. Providing extra weight capacity and extra track width, plus extra customization on its Track+ console, it’s an upgrade to the T3. This treadmill has a 400-pound user weight capacity and a 22″ x 60″ workout area. Like all Life Fitness treadmills, it earns great reviews for comfort and performance. Some specs are a 3.0 HP motor with 6.0 HP peak performance, a power ramp with up to 15% tilt, wireless pulse monitoring and your choice of two consoles, either Go or Track+. Both consoles can use heart rate control. While the Go console is traditional, the Track+ console integrates with mobile devices for entertainment and additional workout options.

Sound like a match? Here are pro and con lists to help you decide.

Pros:

  • Extra-wide and long track (22″ x 60″)
  • High user weight capacity (400 pounds)
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Automated incline (Maximum 15%)
  • FlexDeck cushioning
  • Smart motor avoids wasting energy
  • Choice of two consoles
  • iPod compatible (Track+ console only)
  • Mobile app integration (Track+ console only)
  • Two or four user profiles (Depends on console)
  • Quick start mode uses preferred incline and speed
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Contact heart rate monitor
  • Reading rack/Tablet holder
  • Cup holders
  • Long parts warranty (7 years)

Cons:

  • Assembly isn’t simple (Can pay for setup)
  • Treadmill has a large footprint

Introduction

Life Fitness designed the T5 with larger trainees in mind. This sturdy treadmill is an upgrade to the popular T3 in two ways: extra track width and extra weight capacity. Other key points are a high-powered motor, a very comfortable cushioning system, a power incline and your choice of two consoles. Read on for details about the consoles, other features and treadmill warranty.

Workout Programs

The two available Life Fitness consoles are named Go and Track+. Each has a varied selection of preset workouts, including several that adjust to your heart rate. The Track+ is enhanced with a wireless connection and iPod compatibility.

The Go console has 12 workout programs. Two user profiles can be saved, and each profile can save two customized training programs. Each user can also choose Quick Start. This program applies the user’s speed and incline preferences for walking, jogging and running.

The Track+ console has 16 preset workout programs. It supports four user profiles and each user can save 12 customized routines. Like the Go console, it has Quick Start mode too. Unlike the Go console, the Track+ has digital connectivity. Connect your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android device. You can enjoy your music, download new Life Fitness workouts, and connect the treadmill to other mobile workout apps.

Life Fitness T5 Features

Life Fitness is known for its top-notch cushioning. Its FlexDeck absorbs the harsh impact that running has on your joints, making treadmill running about 30% gentler on your body compared with running on the road.

To support targeted muscle toning and speedier calorie burn, the T5 has a power incline. Train uphill with a slope of up to 15 degrees. The customization is excellent; choose from settings in 0.5 degree increments.

For heart rate monitoring the T5 gives two options: wireless and contact systems. The chest strap for wireless telemetry is sold separately.

This treadmill has a smart 3.0 HP motor. How is it smart? Instead of always recruiting its full energy potential, the treadmill adjusts its output depending on your weight.

To support entertainment the T5 has a reading rack that can hold a magazine or mobile device. You can also connect your iPod if you choose the Track+ console.

Each console has two water bottle holders.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Life Fitness T5 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Deck: Lifetime

– Motor: 10 years

– Parts: 7 Years

– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The T5 Treadmill is a high quality option for larger trainees. While it can support more workout variety compared with the T3, its main advantages are extra track width and higher weight capacity. Overall we recommend the Life Fitness T5 for trainees between 300 and 400 pounds. For those who weigh less, the T3 is a better buy.