Livestrong LS7.9T

Overview

Johnson Health Tech is no longer selling exercise equipment under the LIVESTRONG name. For comparable treadmills read our Horizon treadmill reviews.

This review is the forth and the last available in the Livestrong treadmills series from 2010. Before this review we tested LiveStrong LS9.9T (a very good treadmill for $1000), then we reviewed LiveStrong LS12.9T (a little more featured but still at an excellent price – $1300) and the LiveStrong LS16.9T (the highest priced in the series and the most featured which you buy for $1700′).

The LS7.9T is the first model and a low-budget treadmill at the same time that incorporates basic, yet worthwhile features.

Read more about the LS7.9T and go to Conclusions to see more about our experience.

Specifications

Click Specifications to see detailed model info

Speed : up to 12 mph There are 12 Quick Buttons available on the console to control speed.

Incline : up to 12% Same as for speed there are 12 Quick Buttons available on the console to control incline.

Motor : 2.5 CHP

Belt : 20 "x 55 "/ 51cm x 140cm The belt is backed by the same 3-zone cushion system as on all the Livestrong treadmills.

Maximum User Weight : 325 lbs/ 147 kg

Unit Dimensions : 70 "Length x 36 "Wide x 60"Height/ 178 cm L x 91 W x 152 H

Unit Weight : 183 lbs/ 83 kg

Warranty : lifetime for motor and frame, 2 years for parts and 1 year in-home labor

Features

Display Info

The display offers the information you need in order to keep track of your workouts: incline, time, calories, heart rate, distance and speed.

In addition, you can keep a fitness journal with the Livetrack Fitness Journal System. This feature can be quite stimulating.

Heart Rate Monitor

Only Contact Grips

Use the contact grips for heart rate readings that the console will display during workouts. There is no wireless chest compatibility, but it’s natural for the price paid.

Workouts

The console offers 9 workouts such as:

* Manual
* Weight Loss
* Power Walk
* Walk/ Run
* Incline

Select your workout by using Increase/ Decrease. Set your goals and start specific workouts in order to reach them. Start the workout and don’t forget to monitor your performance with the display.

The Fitness Journal will be your on-going workout data collection and you’ll soon see its perks.

Fitness Journal

When activated the Fitness Journal stores information about your workout.

For example, you can check the last workout details (average incline, total time, total calories, total distance and average speed). The same information you have for average workout and total workouts.

Fan

Included

Folding Options

Not Included

Sound System

iPOD compatible

The LS7.9T console incorporates a pair of speakers. The sound is loud and clear. Plus it’s iPOD compatible which is what we need from a treadmill as entertainment.

Conclusions

This $800 treadmill is a good treadmill with an attractive pack of features and programs. Still, problems may appear, as it happened to us. We fixed them easy though.

We recommend LS7.9T only for light jogging workouts and walking exercises.

Let’s start with the pros.

It’s worth mentioning that not any user can work out on this machine, only those who weight less than 325 lbs and who feel comfortable on a 20 “x 55 ” belt. This is not an uncomfortable running surface, but those who need more space can go for LiveStrong LS12.9T that has a 60″ long belt. Of course, for more money.

The console is well designed and easy to use. It doesn’t look cheap. It actually looks really good. And it has this really nice advantage, the Fitness Journal. It’s great to be able to track data of your performance and this way, improve your workouts. This is not a common feature for budget treadmills.

You can listen to your favorite music on your MP3 or iPod. This is the basic entertainment and speakers work really well.

You can use maximum 12% maximum incline and 12 MPH speed, as long as you keep them averagely intense. This is not the strongest motorized machine.

As far as disadvantages go, you should know that the belt may go loose. It happened to us and it was quite desolating. It made us doubt our decision, but afterwards we got it fixed and it went smoothly.

Also, the deck is smaller than on other treadmills, such as Livestrong LS16.9T. And the programs selection only gathers 9 workouts, that don’t have some of the important extras, such as inserting weight and age for specific feedback.

For a low-budget machine, this is good equipment that you will find quite enjoyable. For more details you can visit the official page.

7 Responses to Livestrong LS7.9T

  1. Ken says:

    This treadmill is terrible. I had it for a year. The belt is destroyed and the deck is cracking. I use it 5 times a week and weight 200 lbs. I called for support and it would cost me almost $300 for some one to come and fix it. It is for people who are looking to do some casual walking ONLY!!! A waste of money!!!! My previous tradmill lasted years.

  2. admin says:

    @Ken – That is not good news. We didn’t experience your problems, but obviously they know about such issues since they don’t even make this model any more.

  3. Shelley Shane says:

    I love love love my livestrong treadmill, but every time I get on it and touch anything it shocks me…does anyone else have this problem and do you have any suggestions on how I can fix this?

  4. admin says:

    @Shelley – this seems to be a grounding problem. You should fix this right away. This is an article that might help http://www.livestrong.com/article/356408-the-proper-way-to-connect-treadmills/

  5. yunus says:

    Hi Admin

    After 6 months the machine is fine when suddenly it stop working. The start button did not respond but the stop button, the uppersides of speed, program buttons are clickable but not the other buttons. Is this a board problem?

  6. Tom S says:

    Mine was working fine until one day it went full speed and then stopped.
    I tried it again and yet again in mid work out the same results.
    I oiled it per Live Strong Techs advice and that didn’t seem to help.
    I removed the plastic from the front and found that a wire had been rubbing the belt. This I feel is causing the malfunfunction. The wire is worn pretty bad and there are many little broken wires. What can I do?

  7. Godwin Esene says:

    I have spent more money fixing it than the actual cost price.
    It’s on and off machine, bad choice

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