Is it really one of the best compact treadmills of 2020?
ProForm makes awesome treadmills. From lightweight compact home units to heavy-duty commercial treadmills, they make some of the best machines in the business. In this article, we’ll review the Proform 505 CST treadmill, one of the most compact machines from ProForm.
We’ll outline some of the key features of the ProForm 505 CST treadmill, break down its specs, as well as look at its pros and cons. We’ll touch on some frequently asked questions, and finish up by giving our recommendation on whether or not the 505 CST really lives up to its reputation.
Key Features of the ProForm 505 CST
● Solid Motor
The ProForm 505 CST is powered by a compact Mach Z DC 2.5 CHP motor that can easily deliver speeds of up to 10 mph. Even at top speed, the motor runs smoothly and quietly, and it never feels like you’re stressing the machine beyond its limit.
With a 0.5mph to just over 10 mph range, the speed of the treadmill is easily controlled by buttons on the console. One of the features we really like about the 505 CST is that it comes with 10 Quick Speed Controls, which makes it nice and easy to vary your workouts while you’re running.
● LCD Display
ProForm has upgraded the console display on the 505 CST, which is a real improvement from the previous model. A 5” two-color backlit LCD is nice and clear and easy to read in almost all indoor lighting conditions.
The ProForm 505 CST display gives you access to multiple different tabs and display modes which give you the power to focus on and analyze your specific workout. There’s the Incline tab, Speed tab, My Trail tab (a virtual 400m track), Calorie Burn tab, and an intensity indicator bar. The tabs are great features for making it easier to track your progress.
● Entertainment Compatibility
The ProForm 505 CST treadmill has a bunch of features that make it compatible with many of your entertainment options. There is a port for your iPod and other mp3 players so you can pump yourself up with your favorite tunes.
The dual 2” speakers housed in the console give great sound and can get really loud if you need some extra motivation. The tablet holder on top of the console is a nice feature which means you can stream your favorite shows or movies on Netflix or Apple TV and can be connect with ifit coach.
● Workout Programs
Another great feature of the ProForm 505 CST is that it comes fully stocked with preprogrammed workout routines. With 19 programs in total, including a manual setting, the 505 CST has something for everyone.
The workout programs are grouped into different categories, including calorie burn, intensity training, speed training, and incline training workouts. Each category has several programs you can choose from, each with a different intensity.
If things get a little too intense while you’re running to one of the pre-set workout programs, you can opt-out easily by pushing either the incline or the speed button. Once you’ve caught your breath, you can resume the program with another simple push of a button.
Weighing only 192lbs, the ProForm 505 is actually pretty light for a treadmill, which makes it easy to maneuver into position or if you have to move it when it’s not being used. We would definitely advise getting someone to help you set it up during the initial assembly, as the separate components are big and heavy.
Once it is assembled, the 505 CST feels solid and sturdy. ProForm put a lot of quality into their treadmills’ components, and the 505 CST is no different. So, even though it’s a relatively light machine, it is sturdy enough to feel safe while you run.
● Adjustable Incline
The maximum incline of the 505 CST is 10%, and it’s digitally controlled, which is definitely superior to the manual incline adjustment on some of the competitors’ models. There are also 11 Quick Incline settings preprogrammed into the 505 CST, which makes it easy to learn how to vary your workouts.
Combined with the 0 – 10 mph speed range, the 0-10% incline offers a great range of running workouts from a gentle walk to high-intensity hill sprints.
● Heart Rate Monitor
You can keep track of your heart rate while you’re running on the ProForm 505 by using the integrated dual KG heart rate monitoring handgrip sensors. You can also use the iFit Smart Cardio App on compatible devices, though this is subscription-based and requires further payments.
● ProShox Cushioning
ProForm’s treadmills are some of the most comfortable treadmills in the business to run on. Their Pro Shox Cushioning technology is an air-based absorption system which responds to a runner’s specific movements, reducing impact up to 33%
With its Space Saver design, the 505 CST treadmill comes with EasyLift technology as is super easy to fold and store. It’s also relatively lightweight and compact for a treadmill, which makes the 505 CST a great treadmill if space is an issue for you.
● Limited Warranty
You want to get the most out of your treadmill, and it’s worth checking out the warranties before you purchase one. Most treadmills’ warranties are separated into their different components – the frame, motor, parts, and labor.
One of the best features of the ProForm 505 is the fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame. This is pretty unusual for treadmills in this price range and makes the 505 CST stand out from the crowd. Check out the warranties:
- Frame: Lifetime
- Drive Motor: 5 years
- Parts: 2 years
- Labor: 2 years
By properly setting up and maintaining your treadmill, it should be able to last you for up to ten years or 10k miles, depending on use. This is well designed and well built, and if you take care of it, it will have no problem withstanding the miles.
- Motor 5CHP
- Running area 20” x 55.1”
- Top speed 10 MPH
- Incline 0 – 10%
- Foldability Yes
- User Weight capacity 325lbs
- Workout programs 19 (including manual)
- Dimensions in use 74″ L x 37″ W x 60.6″ H
- Dimensions folded 7″ L x 37″ W x 67.3″ H
- Item weight 192lbs
- Transport wheels Yes
How much incline does the ProForm 505 CST treadmill have?
The ProForm 505 CST has an incline range of 0 – 10%.
How do consumer reports rate the ProForm 505 CST ?
Consumer reports rate the 505 CST well. It’s often featured on top 10 treadmills and normally comes in the top 3 best lightweight or compact treadmills.
How much does the ProForm 505 CST weigh?
The 505 CST weighs 192lbs.
What are the ProForm 505 treadmill’s dimensions when folded?
The folded dimensions of the ProForm 505 CST are 37.7″ L x 37″ W x 67.3″ H.
Where can I buy the ProForm 505 CST treadmill?
The ProForm 505 CST is available on Amazon as well as other internet trading sites that sell exercise equipment. It’s also available on the ProForm website.
How to unfold a ProForm 505 CST treadmill?
Hold the upper end of the treadmill frame with one hand. On the other hand, pull the latch knob to the left. Swing the frame down a few inches and release the latch knob then lower the metal frame to the floor with both hands.
How to use the ProForm 505 CST without iFit?
Turn the machine on and press the Bluetooth button on the console for 30 seconds.
Proform 505 CST Review
After reviewing the ProForm 505 CST, we're definitely impressed. For a compact treadmill at an affordable price, the 505 CST will stand up to most runner's requirements. Even though it's light it doesn't feel flimsy, and when you're running on it, you always feel safe. We would definitely recommend the ProForm 505 CST if you're looking for a high quality, compact treadmill.
- Competitive Price
- Folding design
- Comfortable running surface
- 19 programs (including manual)
- Entertainment capabilities
- Adjustable incline
- Long-lasting and quiet motor
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
- Small running area (20'' x 55'')
- Relatively low max. speed of only 10mph – similar models go to 12mph
- LCD screen is relatively basic
- No wireless heart rate monitoring