The Proform 505 CST is a budget elliptical with no bells or whistles, just basic components that are designed to provide you with a decent quality treadmill for under $600 dollars.
Just some of the machines features are; a 300 pounds user capacity, up to 10% incline, up to 10 mph maximum speed, ProShox lite 3 cushioning, iPod music port, compatibility with iFit and 15 workout programs. It’s a budget machine by a company well known for its high quality designs and impeccable engineering. So do you get comparable quality for this low price?
Dimensions and Technical Specifications
- 70 L x 34 W x 59.5 H inches (177.8 L x 86.3 W 151.13 H cm)
- 20 x 55 inches Belt (50.8 x 139.7)
- 300 pounds (136.07 kg) maximum user capacity
- 195 pounds (88.45 kg) shipping weight
ProShox Lite 3 Cushioning
Maximize your joint protection with the comfort and innovation of ProShox Lite 3.
Space Saver Design
To give you more room to stretch, or to stretch the room you have, the deck folds vertically for storage.
Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor
Make the most out of every workout by monitoring your heart rate with these built-in handlebar sensors to ensure you’re in the right training zone for your goals.
iFit Live Technology Compatible
Get smarter workouts and faster results with iFit Live Technology (requires iFit Live wireless adapter–sold separately). Featuring workouts powered by Google Maps, training with Jillian Michaels, and automatic speed and incline controls. Customize your own fitness program, draw a map, or select an online course to get started. As you workout, your results are uploaded to iFit.com, helping you manage your online profile. This cool feature provides exciting new opportunities for you to tour the world, run and train for races and compete with others, right from your own home iFit Live Technology picks up the wireless network in your home and is the only connection between the Internet and home fitness equipment.
6-inch Backlit Display
Perfectly clear and easy to read, this 6-inch display has a large viewing angle so no matter how tall or short you are, you can always keep track of your workout progress.
15 Workout Apps
Get the workout you want with the 15 built-in workout apps, created by a certified personal yrainer. Choose from time, distance, or calorie-goal workouts to get the results you want. The simple navigation of the apps makes it quick and easy to pick up your workout and get going.
Compatible Music Port for iPod
Move to the beat of your favorite music with this built-in sound system. Plug your iPod or MP3 Player into the Interplay music port for unbeatable sound quality. With the iPod resting on the console shelf, it’s within easy reach and leaves the controls right at your fingertips.
Intermix Acoustics 2.0 Sound System
Enjoy your favorite media with this built-in sound system that produces a broad range of frequencies and rich, equalized sound.
2.25 CHP Mach Z Motor
Experience expanded power with this quiet, self-cooling drive system. Employing an axial fan, this motor reduces noise as it cools internal components and enhances your workout environment and extending the motor’s life.
0 to 10 percent Quick Incline Control
The best and most convenient incline adjustment, the Quick Incline control allows you to change the incline with the single touch of a button instead of tediously scrolling through options as you would with traditional incline controls.
A vital component of the drive system, this 20- by 50-inch treadmill belt is designed to operate both smoother and quieter than the average treadmill belt.
0 to 10 MPH QuickSpeed Control
Instead of tediously scrolling through options, the QuickSpeed control allows you to instantly change the speed of the treadmill between 0 to 10 miles per hour with the single touch of a button.
At this price you may not expect a particularly robust treadmill. However, you may be surprised at exactly how safe and comfortable this machine feels. Despite its lightweight frame and design, it actually feels relatively sturdy during use.
The ProShox Lite adds a particularly pleasant underfoot feeling which you don’t often get at this price point. You won’t feel as though you’re walking on air, but you’ll certainly feel like you’re walking on something that cost a little more than $600 dollars.
The belt dimensions are 22 inches by 55 inches, which is only 5 inches more lengthways than a lot of the higher priced models. This is a really useful feature because the more movement space you have on the belt, the safer you feel.
The Proform 505 CST can only really be rated as an entry level machine in the way of performance. If you’re recovering from an injury, or struggling to exercise with a long term illness or injury, or you simply haven’t applied yourself to activity in a while then this really is the ideal machine for you. However, if you’re already at a good fitness level and require an all singing all dancing treadmill that can take a beating, this simply isn’t a match made in heaven.
The programs are all fairly adequate and you can track basic feedback like pulse, calories and speed and the machine has pulse pads for you to track your heart rate although, these can be fairly inaccurate.
It is a little disappointing that the iFit console is not included in the price (expect to pay around another $150 dollars) although not surprising at this ‘no frills’ level of exercise machine.
If you do choose to purchase the iFit console as well you’ll find your exercise options and progress tracking will become a lot more interactive and entertaining as it has calorie counting facilities, a 2 user capacity and the ability to enjoy various other workout experiences.
Ease Of Use & Convenience
Once your treadmill is set up it is incredibly easy to use and has a good layout with the exception of the cup holders which are far too shallow for most people’s water bottles.
Unfortunately setting the machine up is a little bit more difficult and you may find you start to burn off more calories than you thought you would before even stepping on the machine.
The manual doesn’t clearly explain exactly how to set the machine up and you have to assemble every single component. The most inadequately labelled parts being the nuts and bolts which are all mixed up together with no labelling. The assembly is the worst part of the process as the manual is misleading and the labelling on the parts is inadequate.
If you choose to purchase the iFit you’ll discover a lot more entertainment on your Proform 505 CST, however as the standard treadmill doesn’t come with the console it can’t be counted as part of the machines basic entertainment elements.
In the way of entertainment you only really have the music system to enjoy alongside your workout. The port is iPod compatible and the correct wiring should come with the machine as part of the package. The sound produced by the speakers is below par, however you get a similar experience with the majority of mid range and even top range machines so, it’s not completely unexpected. It’s a nice alternative to headphones during a workout.
- Parts- 1 year
- Labour- 1 year
- Motor- 25 years
- Frame- lifetime
The Final Verdict
For under $600 dollars, the Proform 505 CST is good value for money as long as you understand what you are getting. You simply cannot expect a high performance treadmill at this price point, but you still have every right to expect a machine that works properly and works well.
If you’re new to fitness or simply want an easy way to incorporate gentle exercise into your day to day life this machine is perfect for you. If you’re in need of bells, whistles and more and want to bust several moves, several hours, every day on your treadmill, you’ll need to keep saving as the Proform 505 CST is simply not for you.