The Life Fitness T5 Treadmill is the succeeding model to the T3 series treadmill. The T5 offers concrete new additions to consumers such as an increased weight capacity of up to 400lbs, wider track space, and a flexible running surface. The T5 is made for various levels of athletic skill and ability.
In this article, we will provide a concise overview of The Life Fitness T5 Treadmill, including its key features, recommendations, and usage information.
Life Fitness T5 Treadmill Main Features
The Life Fitness T5 Treadmill weighs approximately 340 pounds and is 5 feet 22 inches long. It’s running surface is the most expansive of any Life Fitness model at 60″ x 20″. It can also handle up to 400lbs of weight.
The T5 is furnished with a FlexDeck shock absorption system which helps to reduce joint stress up to 30%. This system is also equipped with LifeSprings which create a unique cushioning feel when in use. Users can also choose from standard, firm or hard terrains for their track feel.
Likewise, a quiet 3.0 HP motor acts as the force behind the machine. Some energy-saving features of the motor are also present. The T5 is programmed to run the motor in accordance to the weight detected. Therefore depending on the user the motor will only be utilizing a portion of its full capacity, providing it with a longer run life.
The Life Fitness T5 treadmill also features two consoles to choose from, Go and Track. Its maximum speed is 12mph and has an incline ability of up to 15% in .5% increments
It features wireless and contact heart rate monitors so you know exactly how hard you’re pushing yourself. If you are unsure of how you should workout, there are two customized workouts, theQuick Start option and HeartSync option.
Maintenance for the T5 is pretty simple and straightforward. It requires the user to regularly inspect as well as clean the machine weekly or in accordance with usage. Cleaning consists of wiping down surfaces and vacuuming around the belt. And since this model does require periodic lubrication for the belt, and an indicator light will show when treatment is needed. This is usually after a set amount of hours.
More information can be found in the user manual.
As with other Life Fitness models, the T5 comes with a lifetime warranty on certain parts such as the frame and shock absorption system. The motor comes with a 10-year warranty while there is a 7-year warranty for parts. If service is required there is a limited 1-year warranty that includes labor and service.
The recommended add-on items for the T5 treadmill, similar to other treadmills includes a foam roller and mat. These are available for purchase on the manufacturer’s website. In the box, there is also a wireless heart monitor to measure your BPM. Some nice built-in extras include a dishwasher-safe cup holder, tray for small items, and reading rack.
Interval training is a perfect workout to try with the T5. It will improve your stamina and endurance while burning fat all the while.
A sample 30-minute routine:
- 5 minute warmup 3-4 mph at a 2% incline
- 10 minutes of interval running at 5% incline: first minute, 5mph, second minute 3 mph, 5 minutes at 5mph, 3 minute at 3mph
- Intervals for stamina at 4 mph: 2 minutes at 15% incline, recover for 1 minute at 1% incline, 2 minutes at 10% incline, recover for 1 minute at 1% incline, 4 minutes at 13% incline
- Cool down for 5 minutes
Life Fitness T5 Treadmill PROs and CONs
From what we have covered thus far the T5’s strongest features have already come to light. Primarily the large running surface, terrain options and console options.
Now we will look at the not-so-great aspects of this treadmill while exploring its other useful features.
- FlexDeck comfort: This feature ensures comfort and flexibility with a shock absorption system and terrain options.
- Widest belt: Providing 60″ x 22″ of track space makes for a very comfortable run
- LF Connect: This system connects you directly to the LF website and access to a large library of workouts (only available through the Track+ console)
- Quick Start favorite: Allows you to set your preferred speeds and inclines
- Heart rate monitors: The T5 is equipped with both contact and wireless heart monitors so you can stay in tune with your BPM
- Cheaper version: The Go console runs a little less than the Track+ giving you the same machine but at a lower price
- Energy saving features: There is a power down mode that goes into effect when the machine is plugged in but not in use as well as a weight-sensitive motor system
- Great incline: The machine tilts to a total of 15% and can be done in small increments to add a challenge to your workout
- Limited programs: Unlike most treadmills in this price range the T5 only comes with 13 programs for the Go version and 16 for the Track+ version.
- Technology woes: The phone connect for the Track+ version is not Android-friendly. Androids can only be connected through a USB connection on the platform. And though iPods do connect easily iOS is not compatible with the machine.
- Size: This equipment is quite large with dimensions of 80 x 32 x 60 inches. It is not a quick fold away or easily hidden machine
- Console prices: The price difference between the no-frills basic Go console and the Track+ is quite significant, at around $400. Though the only major difference is the LF connect option which may not even be suitable for everyone because of compatibility.
- Price tag: It must be mentioned that the MSRP price is quite an investment for most people. The features are great but may not be extraordinary enough for most people.
The biggest complement to the T5 appears to be its quality and sturdiness when put to use. Heavier runners are pleased that the machine can easily handle their weight while others comment that it is comparable to being at the gym. The shock absorption cushioning is also mentioned as making runs more enjoyable.
The complaints that are present with users are generally over smaller issues. For instance, incompatibility with certain devices for the LFConnect and the heart rate handles being in a bad place. Overall the attitude seems to be positive and no major concerns over quality or manufacturing.
The Life Fitness T5 Treadmill can handle itself in a league of high-end treadmill machines due to the craftsmanship and features it provides. Though it does fall short in some areas it brings other notable features. Some of these include its two console options, extra wide run space, 3.0 HP motor and high weight capacity for larger individuals.
Considering this we would recommend the T5 to people of varying fitness levels and ones that desire a solid, yet simple piece of equipment.