UPDATE: LifeSpan removed this model from their lineup in 2012. Check out the latest treadmills here.
The LifeSpan Fitness Pro5 Treadmill is presented as a residential unit but it acts like a light commercial model. The sturdiness and the motor power make this treadmill a very attractive option. It appears to offer everything an avid athlete needs.
Check out the LifeSpan Pro5 and see if this is the model that can meet your fitness needs. Go to Conclusions to discover more about the pros and cons of the Pro5.
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Speed : up to 12 MPH The treadmill includes quick touch options for speed levels 3, 4,5 and 6.
Incline : up to 15 levels There are quick buttons for incline levels 4,6,8 and 10.
Motor : 3.0 Continuous Duty AC
Belt : 22" x 63"/ 56 x 160 cm
Maximum User Weight : 400 lbs/ 181 kg
Home Use Warranty : lifetime for frame and motor, 5 years for parts and 2 years for labor
Commercial Warranty : lifetime for the frame, 5 years for the motor, 2 years for parts and 1 year for labor (*Up to 6 hours daily usage).
The Pro5 includes a LED program matrix and 15-character LED display panel that display simultaneously feedback on distance, calories, heart rate, incline, speed and mile track.
The LED matrix displays the selected program and your progress during workout.
This display also includes a series of blue lights that show you which button to press next to set-up and use a certain program. There’s also a Red Safety Button that you can use for emergency shut off.
The console includes also readouts for a body mass analysis feature that displays the basal metabolic rate and body fat percentage.
Heart Rate Readings
wireless chest strap and contact handles
Although there are 2 options to read your heart rate, we recommend the wireless chest strap. It offers more accurate results and it allows more freedom during the workout.
The Pro5 includes: 1 Manual workout, 5 Preset Speed Programs, 5 Preset Incline Programs, 5K and 10K and 2 Target Heart Rate Programs. There are also 2 customizable workouts available.
The program setup is easy to perform. Just use the Intelli-Key button system. First select the program, then select the level and finally select the time.
To set up the Target Heart Rate programs, first you have to select the program by pressing “up” and “down” buttons. Secondly, select the time. Do the same for age, target heart rate and maximum speed.
The Pro5 is with no doubt one of the best LifeSpan machines. But it’s not the best machines you can buy with $3,500.
What is different on this treadmill comparing it with other LifeSpan models? It has the longest belt and it supports 400 lbs user weight (maximum possible).
And that is pretty much it. The previous model, LifeSpan Pro 3 is almost identical and costs $1,000 less. This is the first obvious sign LifeSpan Pro5 is certainly not the best you can buy in this price range.
What are the strongest features of this model, although not unique? First off, its motor is powerful and responds well to the treadmills commands.
Second off, the running surface is huge. No matter how tall you are, you can run as fast as you want.
The unit itself is well built. The motor is cooled by an integrated fan, which makes the motor underlay even heavy workouts.
The display is user friendly. And the Intelli-Key is nice. This is the feature that makes the buttons flash in the right sequence in order to start your workout quickly and smoothly.
But what didn’t convince us at all?
First of all is the workouts selection. For a treadmill over $3,000 the workouts are basic and simple. You can find them on cheaper LifeSpan models.
Yes, it’s nice to be able to insert personal details before a workout so results are accurate. But this is what a $1,500 treadmill can include also.
We would definitely expect to have a compensation in return. Maybe a cool sound system, or a powerful fan. None of these are available.
At least the warranty is decent. Lifetime for frame and motor, 5 years for parts and 2 years for labor assure cover possible risks with such a big investment.
Still, in this price range (above $3000) the alternatives are much more attractive and recommended.