The product in this review, the LiveStrong Pro 1, has a max user weight of 375 pounds. The even heftier Pro 2 has a 400-pound capacity and captivating audio/video workouts.
What We Like:
- 23 Programs: An extra-wide LED screen provides quick access to 23 presets in the following categories: Peak Intervals, Speed Intervals, Weight Loss, Rolling Hills, Foot Hills, Mountain Climb, 5k, 10k, Pacer, THR Zone, HR Intervals, Austin, Spring Classic, Manual, Custom and Livetrack Interactive. Livetrack Interactive lets you download additional workouts designed by a certified personal trainer.
- Heart rate monitoring: Contact grips are included to help you gauge your exertion level and make the most of each exercise session.
- Track: Long strides are supported by a roomy 60”x20” deck and a patented RunnerSoft cushioning system. This track is long enough for people about 6’ tall.
- Incline: Ramp up the calorie burn and toning by using the Pro 1’s automatic incline. The track tilts up to 14% in .5% increments.
- Heavy-duty motor: The LiveStrong Pro 1’s 3.0 CHP motor is backed by a lifetime warranty. Made with runners in mind, it can smoothly power you through interval training and can handle long runs.
- Folding frame: A hydraulic lift system makes folding this treadmill simple. You can quickly save floor space when your daily exercise is completed.
- Warranty package: This product includes LiveStrong’s standard generous warranty: lifetime coverage for the motor and frame, a five-year warranty on other parts, and free labor during the first two years of ownership. Extended warranties are available.
What We Don’t Like:
LiveStrong sales people promote the Livetrack Fitness Journal. This system is built into the console and involves a USB stick. You save your exercise data and then transfer it to your personal computer for uploading to the Livetrack website. In this way, progress toward short-term and long-term goals can be tracked digitally.
We’re not so impressed. Nowadays, other brands’ treadmills connect directly to the Internet. No USB stick is needed. (Are we revealing our laziness? Maybe.)
The LiveStrong Pro 1 treadmill is meant for serious athletes. They will most appreciate the machine’s durability, advanced cushioning and workout tracking. Not-so-serious athletes might have chosen another combination of features, like switching out the extra power for an MP3 player port and speakers. All trainees would probably prefer a wireless heart rate monitor to the less accurate contact grips provided here.
How does the Pro 1 compare with other LiveStrong treadmills? Here’s a quick comparison with two other models:
1) We prefer the LiveStrong 15.0T, which is new for 2013, over the Pro 1. The LiveStrong 15.0T has a 10” touch screen, a music port and a wireless heart rate monitor.
2) The LiveStrong Pro 1 is a simpler version of the Pro 2. The Pro 2 has a wireless pulse monitor, and it feels more like a treadmill for 2013 with its interactive Passport media player. Workouts with Passport take you through the American Southwest and Northern Italy, and they’re complete with video and ambient sound. Now we’re talking!