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Cybex 525T Review

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Ideal for hotels, workplace gyms and residential fitness centers, the Cybex 525T has the modern engineering and reliable performance you’d expect from a high-end light commercial treadmill.

This solid steel cardio trainer has a quiet 5.0 HP motor, a 60″ track with excellent cushioning and incline, and an optional 15.6″ high definition display.

Learn more from our full Cybex treadmill review below.


Model Cybex 525T

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

0.5 - 12.4 mph

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%

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.

5.0 CHP peak AC motor

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"

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.


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


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

Max. Weight

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

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.

Contact Grips and Wireless

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

82" x 34.5" x 61.5"

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

8 x 5 LED matrix
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.


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).


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: 10 years
Parts: 7 years residential
3 years light commercial
1 year commercial
Labor: 1 year commercial (see Cybex website)

Rating: 94%

Our Rating

Rating: 94/100. The high quality 525T is the lowest-priced Cybex treadmill available and normally costs around $5,800. Sold with commercial, light commercial and residential warranties, it can withstand regular use for several years before requiring maintenance. Key points include a heavy steel frame available in about 200 colors, a commercial 5.0 HP motor, variable cushioning, a 15% incline and wireless heart rate monitoring. This treadmill is paired with a 4.3″ touch screen that gives access to nine workout programs and can control an iPod or iPhone for audio entertainment. The machine can be upgraded with wireless audio channels and a 15.6″ high definition screen that has multiple viewing modes including TV.


  • 5.0 HP motor
  • 60″ x 20″ track
  • Excellent cushioning (IS3 Intelligent Suspension System)
  • Top speed 12.4 mph
  • Speed and incline controls on crossbar
  • Safety rails
  • 15% power incline
  • Preloaded workout programs
  • Cybex FIT app integration
  • iPod/iPhone compatible (On-screen controls)
  • Optional large screen HD entertainment
  • Optional audio receiver
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Contact heart rate monitoring
  • Heart rate control
  • Magazine rack
  • Utility tray
  • Two water bottle holders
  • Safety lanyard
  • High weight capacity (350 pounds)
  • Available in virtually any color
  • Good warranty for parts


  • No cooling fan
  • Parts are expensive when the warranty’s expired


The Cybex 525T is high performance and feature-rich. Trainees can stroll or run at top speed on its 60″ x 20″ track, which is powered by a 5.0 HP motor. An automated incline with up to 15% tilt provides extra challenge and revs up calorie burn. For comfort Cybex treadmills all feature the IS3 Intelligent Suspension System, which has different cushioning zones inspired by the design of the best running shoes. Workout programs for weight loss and heart health are included (ten challenge levels each). Some of the 525T’s special features are iPod/iPhone integration and optional TV with live and on-demand programming. Read on for details about the Cybex 525T treadmill workouts and other features.

Workout Programs

Nine workout programs are loaded into the console: Quick Start (manual mode), weight loss (4) and cardio (4). Workout programs have 10 levels each.

Workout feedback are time elapsed, calories, distance, pace, heart rate and heart rate range. Heart rate range is shown with multi-color lighting. For additional metrics, trainees can use the free Cybex FIT wireless app.

The console offers 10 languages for program navigation and feedback.

Cybex 525T Features

A performance highlight of the Cybex 525T is its power ramp. Walkers and runners can get extra cardio challenge, increase their fat burn and tone their muscles by training on an incline. The incline motor is commercial quality with 1,000 pounds of thrust. The rampl can be controlled automatically by workout programs, with console buttons, or with buttons built into the crossbar.

Heart rate monitoring is supported with wireless and contact receivers. The data can be used to control the treadmill’s speed and incline to help trainees stay in their intended heart rate zones.

The 525T has an industry standard 60″ x 20″ tread track designed for low maintenance ownership. Powered by a 5.0 HP motor it can quietly reach up to 12.4 mph. For safety the treadmill has siderails and an emergency stop lanyard.

Beneath the track is a top-notch impact absorption system, IS3 Intelligent Suspension. Cybex treadmill decks are softest at the landing point, firmer in the middle and most rigid at toe-off to expertly support runners’ comfort and efficiency.

Cybex treadmills are iPhone/iPod compatible and have 30-pin connectors. Users can charge their devices and use the treadmill screen to control volume and make track selections.

Available upgrades are an MYE wireless audio receiver and an E3 View embedded HD monitor.

This treadmill is available in about 200 colors.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Cybex 525T is sold with residential, commercial and light commercial warranties.

– Frame: 10 years

– Parts: 7 years residential, 3 years light commercial, 1 year commercial

– Labor: 1 year commercial; see Cybex website for other options


The Cybex 525T is a reliable and engaging treadmill built especially for light commercial settings and fancier home workout spaces. It’s sized and well-powered for walkers, joggers and runners of most sizes and all skill levels. A smartly cushioned track and tech integration help keep trainees comfortable, motivated and willing to make treadmill training a habit.

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