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ProForm Sport 5.0 Review

Quick Summary

Updated for 2016, the Sport 5.0 is one of ProForm’s newest treadmills with a low, low price. It now sells for just $599 (formerly $999) including delivery.

The Sport 5.0 is especially appealing as a starter treadmill for lighter workouts. Key points are the 55″ track, 10% incline, 20 preset workouts and iFit compatibility.

For extra motivation it’s iPod compatible and has a tablet holder.

Learn more from our unbiased treadmill review below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm Sport 5.0
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

65.1%
List Price

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

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Speed

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

0 - 10 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 - 10%
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.

2.5 CHP
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).

20" x 55"
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.

ProShox Cushioning
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.

20
Max. Weight

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

300 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.

Dual-Grip EKG Monitor
Dimensions

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

72.3" x 35.74" x 56.4"
1.9" Rollers
Display

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

Round Watts LED Display
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: Lifetime
Motor: 25 Years
Parts: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 65.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 65.1/100. The $599 ProForm Sport 5.0 is the entry level treadmill in an economy-priced series. It starts a lineup that stretches up to the ProForm 12.0 ST, which costs about four times more and is made for runners. The low priced ProForm Sport 5.0 is primarily a walker’s treadmill. Its key points are a 2.5 CHP motor and a 55″ track with maximum 10 percent incline — plus it has Bluetooth for iFit! iFit brings literally unlimited treadmill workout programming, online data tracking and other benefits.
Is this the best buy for your home gym? Here are FitRated’s lists of pros and cons to consider about bringing the Sport 5.0 home.

Pros:

  • Standard sized track for walking (20″ x 55″)
  • Top speed 10 mph
  • Power incline with 10 percent maximum
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Tablet computer holder
  • 20 workout apps
  • Backlit data screen
  • iFit compatible
  • Grip heart rate monitor with quick readout
  • SpaceSaver (Foldable)

Cons:

  • Thin track
  • Small track rollers
  • Slow customer service

Introduction

The ProForm Sport 5.0 is an affordable home treadmill built for light cardio training and muscle toning. It gives an extra kick to treadmill training with its power incline; you can tilt the track up to 10 percent for extra calorie burn and targeted muscle toning! To make the most of exercise time 20 workout programs are included. These streamline your workout sessions:

They have preset durations and control the Sport 5.0’s incline and speed… And for unlimited workout programs, this treadmill is iFit enabled  Connect your tablet computer and enjoy virtual reality Google Maps workouts along with iFit’s other benefits. This treadmill sells for $599 including delivery and a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

Workout Programs

Lots of workout variety is possible with this budget treadmill. The Sport 5.0 is loaded with 20 workout programs designed by a certified personal trainer. Their categories are Calorie Burn, Incline, Intensity and Speed. Each program can automatically alter the treadmill’s speed and incline.

For endless options you can use this treadmill with iFit, although that requires purchasing an iFit monitor. (Other ProForm treadmills can use your own tablet computer as the iFit display.) As an iFit member you can download customized workouts every day, stream iFit’s high definition video workouts, and experience around-the-world training with Google Maps™. iFit’s Google Maps™ feature lets you specify any route and walk it with an immersive Google Street View! The ProForm Sport 5.0 will adjust its incline to copy the terrain.

Treadmill Features

Our favorite feature on the Sport 5.0 Treadmill is its power ramp. With a maximum incline of 10 percent, the automated ramp enables faster calorie burn and extra muscle definition.

The steeper the incline, the stronger your burn!

The treadmill track isn’t especially thick but is the industry’s standard length and width for walking (55″ long x 20″ wide ). It’s supported by the same ProShox™ cushioning that’s used on ProForm’s best treadmills.

Exercise data are displayed on a backlit 6-inch LCD.

A two-speed cooling fan is built into the console.

For extra motivation an iPod-compatible jack and 2″ speaker set are built into the console. The ProForm Sport 5.0 also has a holder for your tablet computer.

After exercise you can easily make the treadmill compact for storage. Folding the treadmill is made easy with help from SpaceSaver EasyLift™ Assist. Just push on the treadmill’s deck and it will fold upward.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Sport 5.0 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 1 Year
– Labor: 1 year

ProForm provides a 30-day money back guarantee on its treadmills.

Conclusion

The Sport 5.0 is ProForm’s affordable solution for budget-conscious shoppers. By spending about $200 more you could get a treadmill with more reliable components and richer features… But the Sport 5.0 is the cheapest ProForm treadmill available with iFit, which is a big selling point. This treadmill is built with some lower quality components but serves well for lighter training.