LiveStrong Fitness builds and sells home treadmills, ellipticals and cycles. This brand is owned by Johnson Health Tech North America, Inc., and Asian corporation that also owns Horizon, Matrix, Johnson and Vision.
Lance Armstrong and its foundation are endorsing this brand as part of their campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent cancer. It's one of the factors that has influenced its popularity over the past couple of years.
The first LiveStrong treadmills were launched on the market at the end of 2009, and since then they have had a tremendous success. They are reliable, efficient, well designed and fun to use.
**UPDATE** Johnson Health Tech is no longer selling exercise equipment under the LiveStrong name. For comparable treadmills read our Horizon treadmill reviews.
We've selected some of the LiveStrong treadmills for the RunReviews Best Buy two years in a row because they have outstanding performances for the price paid.
The feature we have appreciated from the beginning is the 'User Profile' functionality. This option allows us to insert our weight and age before starting a workout, which is needed when calculating calories burned with accuracy. This is above what most known brands offer in the $500-$1,500 price range.
Another strong feature launched with the latest models is the LiveTrack Interactive. This is a free USB program that allows the user to transfer workouts for free from the main website. Through the same USB system, you can also export workout results to your free online account for reports and data comparison. We believe this is a great asset as most treadmill users need a professional trainer's assistance to guide them through the most important exercises, and that is exactly what you receive (for free).
The latest innovation, Livestrong Fitness Passport Set Top Box is also worth mentioning. You just need a TV screen to connect this setup box and simulate outdoor routes.
Overall, we love exercising with Livestrong. It may be because they are new and they must have reliable products in order to be noted in such a crowded market. Or perhaps the Lance Armstrong foundation wouldn't approve to represent this brand if it didn't match their reputation.
No matter what the truth may be, we appreciate their models, from the design and functionality point of view, and we warmly recommend