True Fitness M50 Treadmill

True M50 Treadmill

Overview

The TRUE M50 treadmill is a high-end, gym quality machine built for residential use. It offers a compact, space-saving style with orthopedic belt, up to 15% incline and a generous warranty.

Specifications

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Speed : 0.5 - 12 mph

Incline : 0 - 15%

Motor : 3 HP DC

Belt : Orthopedic, 58" x 20"/ 147 cm x 51 cm, The cushioning system provides a soft landing in the front and a firm foot push off in the rear

Folding options : No

Maximum user weight : 300 lbs/ 136 kg

Step-up height : 6.7"/ 17 cm

Unit dimensions : 74" L x 29" W/ 188 cm L x 74 cm W

Unit weight : 220 lbs/ 100 kg

Power requirements : The treadmill must be connected to a grounded outlet that has the same configuration as the plug. They advise against adapters. The machine can be used on a circuit with a nominal rating more than 120-V.

Warranty : Lifetime for frame, 30 years for motor, 5 years for parts, 1 year for labor.

Best Features

Display info

The 7″ Single Window LCD offers feedback on speed, incline, elapsed time, distance, heart rate and calories.

The console features additional keys such as Quick speed and Quick incline keys, Start key, Incline and Speed keys and Enter key.

True M50 Console

Heart rate info

The TRUE M50 treadmill comes with contact heart rate monitoring and wireless heart rate monitoring with Polar strap compatibility.

Workout Programs

9 preset workouts are available on the M50, including weight loss, performance, speed, hill and HRC Cruise Control.

To select a built-in workout, press Preset workouts until the desired workout appears. Press Enter, adjust weight, time, max speed, level and press Start. To use the custom programs, press Custom Workouts until Custom Workouts is displayed. Press Enter. Adjust time, speed, incline and press Enter.

There are also 2 Heart Rate Control workouts available, which you must use according to instructions: put on the compatible chest strap, adjust weight, target heart rate, time, max speed, max incline and press Start. There is a warm-up period at the beginning of the workout and a cool-down interval at the end.

Heart Rate Cruise Control

During your workout, you can set your current heart rate as your target heart rate by pressing the HRC control key. That way you can stay in your ideal zone.

Lubrication and maintenance

It is recommended to clean the unit before and after each workout with mild soap, water and a damp cloth. Lubrication under the treadbelt is recommended once a year.

Other Great Features

The True M50 also features a reading rack, dual bottle holders, oversized accessory tray and transport wheels.

Conclusions

Pros

Ask any runner about the M50 and you’ll be impressed by all the positive comments you’ll hear. It makes sense, as the M50 is really a great choice. It’s on the expensive side…but you get what you pay for with this one.

As previously mentioned, serious runners and joggers will be thrilled by this unit. TRUE made sure of that and designed a user-friendly treadmill that keeps runners safe and comfortable on the belt with the orthopedic belt, the effective cushioning system and the powerful and sturdy motor. This is always a killer combo and M50 has it.

One of the key features of the M50 is the compact footprint which it shares with the M30 treadmill, that really maximizes the space. Add the modern aesthetics and there you go, no need to hide it behind closed doors.

TRUE Fitness is really trying to keep customers happy, so they invest a lot of sweat into it. Due to the low step-up height, getting on the treadmill is a piece of cake, no matter what condition you are in.

But there’s more to it than can be seen with the naked eye. The aluminum straddle covers and curved pedestals not contribute to the upgraded look of the treadmill but also provide a bonus of reliability.

Of course, the console is equally sleek and smooth. But it’s more than simple aesthetics. The minimalistic feel of the console comes in quite handy during tough workouts. Feedback information is easy to read and follow and navigation tools are user-friendly. Of course, having such a cool kit at your disposal, you want to use it to its maximum.

The built-in workouts offer a good chance to do that. The 7 built-in programs provide an intense and consistent workout. Seven is not a ton, but if you want to create your own programs, you can. Those who are really into cardio, like us, will highly enjoy the two intensive HRC workouts. Not an easy thing to do, but definitely very satisfactory.

The reading rack is cute, although a runner can’t really split between cardio and the latest novel.

It goes without saying that the warranty package is flawless, as it is on all TRUE treadmills.

Main attraction

The TRUE team really focused on making M50 an impressive cardio unit. The Heart Rate Control monitoring and workouts are definitely worth your while, if you’re an enthusiast. Not only will you benefit from hands-free heart rate reading (although you have to purchase the chest strap separately) there is also the Heart Rate Cruise Control option that you can use to set your current heart rate as your target heart rate. Take our word for it, this feature is a buzz among cardio enthusiasts.

Drawbacks

We have none so far. It is expensive, but you’re getting a high-end machine which always comes with a price to match. Also, if you’re very tall or heavy, you might want to opt for one of the other models such as one of the PS or ES Series. They have longer belts and higher max weight capacities.

What's the bottom line?

All in all, the TRUE M50 treadmill is a unit that we warmly recommend to walkers, joggers and runners who want to take a step further in their training. It’s built to last, minimizes stress on your joints and offers enough workouts to keep you satisfied.

Again, as we mentioned, if you’re on the taller or heavier side, check out the other treadmills in the TRUE lineup for more generous belt sizes and weight limits.

2 Responses to True Fitness M50 Treadmill

  1. Belinda says:

    After I read Ron Miller’s review and other consumers review from other sites on Nordictrack 9500, I am having a second thought of purchasing it. At $2000, I would expect the machine to work and not have any problems whatsoever. It seems like a lot of the 9500s the company shipped to the buyers have problems or lemons. Can you suggest a treadmill with the caliber of the 9500 that does not come with the 9500 problems the consumers encountered?

  2. admin says:

    @Belinda – I honestly don’t think that there is a brand you can buy that hasn’t received any complaints. We can recommend Spirit, True and even Livestrong. Livestrong are cheaper and have worked really well for us.

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