The Life Fitness T5i treadmill is the company’s premiere model with interactive heart rate features.
It is similar to the Life Fitness T3i but with bigger running deck and a slightly more powerful motor.
If you’re looking for a heart rate treadmill from a brand you know and trust, then this is one of your better choices. However, compared to the company’s T3i model, I don’t think the slight improvement in power and size is worth the additional $700.
As I’ve mentioned above, this machine is slightly more powerful than its cheaper counterpart. It boasts a 2.75HP continuous duty motor that has a max speed of 12mph and a max incline of 15%.
The longer 58"L x 20"W multi-ply, pre-lubricated running surface is another improvement from the T3i version to give you more space to run. And, it still features the FlexDeck Shock Absorption System that reduces stress on your joints and muscle (by up to 30% compared to non-cushioned treadmills) while running to minimize injuries.
The Life Fitness T5i treadmill also comes with a Polar® Telemetry (wireless chest strap included) that can be used in any of the 6 Heart Rate Zone Training+™ Workouts (Cardio, Fat Burn, Heart Rate Hill™, Heart Rate Interval™, Extreme Heart Rate™).
Other features include a deluxe 16-character LED message center for easy reading of your workout information, an activity zone user console that has large raised buttons to make it easier for you to change your speed and incline, a reading rack to place magazines and an accessory tray to hold your sports bottles.
Although, the console on this machine is more advanced compared to its cheaper counterpart, it is also more complex. People who would use this treadmill might find this console to be too confusing.
And, like other Life Fitness, this model is also overpriced. Expect treadmills from this company to cost more compared to similar models from other brands because you’ll be paying for the name rather than the product.
To conclude, I would not recommend the Life Fitness T5i treadmill. There are other better treadmills out there that would give you more value for your money. Besides, in this price range you’re much better off buying a Landice or a Precor.
Motor: 2.75 HP continuous motor
Speed: 0.5 to 12 mph
User Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
Incline: 0 to 15%
Warranty: Lifetime for frame, 15 years for motor, 3 years for electrical and mechanical parts, 1 year for labor
Belt Size: 58” x 20”
Heart Rate: Yes
If you plan on buying a Life Fitness T5i treadmill, I suggest you buy it at lifefitness.com. They offer the best price around the net. You can get it for just $3,499.