The ProForm 505 CST is a mid-range treadmill. Though the official website lists it at $999, Amazon is currently selling it at a little over $600. It is not one of those super-cheap treadmills that cost less than $300 nor is it like the high end ProForm Pro treadmills that cost over $1,200. It comes with just enough features for a fun and effective workout without hurting your pocket. It includes all the basics of a treadmill such as incline settings, speed range and deck cushioning while adding a few extra ones like inbuilt workouts and iPod compatibility.
Straightforward and Affordable
For people looking for a quality in-home workout machine, the search can be quite challenging. Getting something sturdy, effective and long lasting is quite a task. Thankfully, you do not have to search anymore. ProForm 505 CST Treadmill ticks all the right boxes; sturdy, long-lasting, comfortable, affordable and most importantly, actually effective at helping you lose weight and stay fit.
While it lacks the fancy features of other treadmills, it is straightforward in fulfilling its core function; helping you get fit.
The Best Features
- Powerful commercial motor
Treadmills take a lot of punishment. They are often put to work every day, sometimes for hours when there are multiple users. The ProForm 505 CST is built to withstand all this and more. In addition to the heavy duty structure of the body, the motor has been designed for top performance.The 2.5 CHP Commercial Motor works to produce a smooth and powerful operation whether you are taking a leisurely walk or sprinting away at 10 mph. The manufacturer offers a lifetime motor warranty as a show of the trust they have in its quality and durability.
- Preset professional workouts
The ProForm 505 CST aims to help you maximize each workout session. One way it does this is by providing a range of professionally-designed workouts to get the most out of your sessions. These programs automatically control the speed and incline. Different workouts focus on different areas. Some are designed to help you train in speed, others are aimed at getting a maximum calorie burn while others are designed for intensity.
- 0-10 mph speed range
To warm up, you can start out on a slow walk and then slowly increase the speed to a casual jog. To get your heart pumping and calories burning, you can crank the speed up to the maximum 10 mph. The 0 to 10 mph speed range allows for a variety of workouts, depending on the users goals.While the 10 mph maximum setting may be inadequate for professional athletes, it is good enough for most people seeking an effective workout.
- 0-10 percent incline range
It is not just the speed you can adjust; the incline can be changed too. Increasing the incline of the running deck allows you to burn more calories because of the extra effort required. It is the same way you would use more energy going uphill.The deck easily adjusts from 0 percent incline to the maximum 10 percent incline. Throughout this range, your body learns to develop endurance. At the same time, you benefit from a higher calorie burn and better muscle training.
- LCD display
To stay aware of your performance, the treadmill comes with an LCD display showing calories burned, distance, duration, heart rate and speed. The display is positioned right in front of you for easy viewing even when you are running at top speed.
- Heart rate monitor
The treadmill has built-in sensors on both handgrips to take an accurate reading of your heart rate. This will give you an idea of how intensive your workout is and whether you are achieving your target heart rate zone.
- Space saving design
This is a feature that has been appearing in most of ProForm’s treadmills. To save space, the treadmill can be folded upwards for easy and compact storage. This allows you to set up the treadmill anywhere in the house and then fold it out of the way when you are done.
Concerns to Note
The treadmill weighs almost two hundred pounds. You most likely will not be able to move it inside on your own. Have an extra set or two of helping hands available at the time of delivery. Additionally, assembling it can take more than an hour and some extra help from a friend or family member.
- 2.5 CHP (continuous-duty horsepower) motor.
- 18 preset workout programs.
- 0-10 percent incline range.
- 0-10 mph speed range.
- 20 inch wide and 55 inch long tread belt.
An Affordable Entry Level Treadmill
The ProForm 505 CST treadmill is aimed at anyone looking for a mid-range entry level treadmill for home workouts. If your budget ranges between $600 and $900, try the ProForma 505 CST.