True Fitness Z5.0 Review

True Z5.0 Advanced Compact Treadmill


The TRUE Z 5.0 treadmill is one of the most advanced in the company’s lineup, featuring rock solid design while still keeping the trademark compact frame that the company is known for.

A step up from the Base M and Performance Series models, this one is a great choice if you’re looking for a space friendly machine that will last for years in your home gym.


Click Specifications to see detailed model info

Speed : up to 12 mph

Incline : up to 12%

Motor : 3HP DC

Belt : 54" x 20" Orthopedic

Cushioning system : TRUE Soft System

Maximum user weight : 400 lbs.

Unit dimensions : 68" L x 28.0" W

Unit weight : 260 lbs.

Step-up height : 5.5"

Warranty : Lifetime for frame, 30 years for motor, 10 years for parts, 1 year for labor

TRUE Z5.0 - Best Features

Incredibly Compact

One of the most appealing features of the TRUE Z5.0 is its compact design.

At only 68″ long and 28″ wide, it has a much smaller footprint than most other treadmills on the market today, and the most space friendly of all of the TRUE treadmills.

This makes it the ideal choice for home gyms, especially those that are tight on space.

TRUE's Orthopedic Belt

Another highlight of the TRUE brand, the Z5.0 features the company’s trademark orthopedic belt. It has one of the most advanced cushioning systems you’ll find, reducing impact on your back and joints considerably.

Note that the Performance 300 also has this special treadmill belt.

This allows you to train longer than you normally would be able to, eliminating the post workout pain that you often experience with lesser machines.

Workout Tracking Capability

The Z5.0 has Bluetooth capability, allowing you to keep tabs on your workout and transfer the information through the TRUE app to your favorite fitness apps.

You can also download the information via USB or sync with Nike+ on your iPod.

It’s great to be able to monitor your progress when you train, so you can see what you need to work on and what’s going well for you. It helps keep you motivated to train and succeed.

Large Workout Variety

You get a nice array of workout programs here, including heart rate control, weight loss and performance.

There’s a total of 10 workouts with the ability to save 2. Although not the most extensive programming we have come across, there’s enough here to change things up from one workout to the next.

Other Great Features

The TRUE Z5.0 also gives you wireless heart rate tracking capability, incline up to 15%, two water bottle holders, a high max user weight of 300 lbs. and a very generous warranty.

TRUE Z5.0 Review - Conclusion

The TRUE Z5.0 is a very choice if you’re looking for a compact club-quality treadmill for your home.

Let’s look at the pros and cons….


There are definitely more positives than negatives here. You get a space-friendly machine with incline capability, a strong, quiet motor, orthopedic belt, wireless heart rate monitoring and a nice group of workout options.

You also have a very sturdy 400 lb. maximum user weight capacity, and a strong warranty giving you an impressive 10 years on parts along with lifetime frame and 30 year motor coverage.


There’s not much wrong with the Z5.0, but if we had to nitpick we’d mention the belt size. Because the machine is so compact, the belt is also shorter than you might like.

At only 54″, it may feel a little tight for taller individuals, who may prefer a longer belt to stretch out their legs.

Also, at just under $4,000, we’d expect to get a more advanced display, especially these days when touch screens are much easier to manufacture.

We’ve seen treadmills that are half the price of the TRUE Z5.0 with touch screen capability. Just something to think about. The LCD console is perfectly fine, and shouldn’t stop you from buying this treadmill if you have the budget for it.

Bottom Line

When it comes to build and design, TRUE is definitely in a class by themselves. Each treadmill is engineered to provide the most comfortable, natural experience for the user, and they certainly succeed on most fronts.

If you need something compact, Either this one or the wider Z5.4 is a very good option for you.

We would also look at the PS Series if you want to save a little money, and the Excel 900 if you want a touch screen and all of the extra bells and whistles.

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