Bowflex 5 Series Treadmill Review

Bowflex 5 Series Treadmill review by Treadmill Adviser

This is a larger version of the incredibly popular 3 series and includes all of the features of that model but with a larger (60″) belt and 2.5 HP motor. These are the main points which diferentiate the Bowflex 5 Series treadmill.

This equipment will provide an intense cardio workout and incorporates a fold-up capability for easy storage. The 5 series showcases a 2.5 horsepower continuous-duty motor and offers a variety of twelve motivating workout programs.

Add to this a grip heart rate monitoring system and an LED computer display that tracks your fitness metrics as you exercise. The frame is of a durable construction and designed for rugged use.

A generously sized walking and running belt surface area measures 20 by 60 inches and features Bowflex’s unique Strike Zone deck cushioning system for ultimate support, stability, and comfort during your lift-off and landing motions.

Whether you’re looking for a slow walk or a fast run, the Series 3 has a speed range up to 10 miles per hour and an incline grade up to 12%, allowing you to customize your workout pace and program every time. With a maximum user capacity weight of 300 pounds this machine should accommodate most users.

Here are the main features:

… drive motor

The drive is provided by a powerful 2.5 HP continuous motor. With even more power than the motor on the Series 3 (which has a 1.75 HP unit), the motor allows you to exercise for longer periods of time while maintaining smooth, consistent operation.

… solid feel

Because of their light weight, discount treadmills often rock and sway during brisk walks or runs. With the heavy weight of this model, safety and stability are assured.

… tread belt

A 20″ wide running belt is fitted to this model. Other ‘mills at this price point usually have narrower belts. It is also 60″ in length which is a full 6″ longer than the belt on the sister model the Series 3. You will appreciate the advantages of this larger running space when you come to use it.

… shock absorption

Walking and running are the most natural and enjoyable forms of exercising you can engage in but the continual pounding can take a toll on your joints. Running on some machines can feel like running on concrete.

This model addresses this problem with its patented Strike Zone deck suspension system.This will reduce harmful impact on your ankles, knees, hips and back and ensure that you enjoy the same silky smooth performance gym quality machines.

Some recent research has shown that as your front foot gets a soft landing, while launching your rear foot with a firm push-off. Pressure is relieved on the lower back, muscles and tendons.

… pulse monitor

A Hand Grip Pulse Monitor is used to keep track of your heart rate. Conveniently positioned at the front of the console, your hand grip pulse monitor is more comfortable to use.

bowflex 5 series console

… workout programs

The key to staying motivated and achieving your fitness goals is having a variety of preset programs, This model gives you twelve motivating programs. These include:

Manual, Cardio, Running, Fat Burn, Speed Interval Jogger, Hill Intervals, Heart Strength-Recovery Test, Calorie Goal, Distance Goal, Fat Burn HRC (Heart Rate Calculation), Custom Program 1, Custom Program 2

folding design

This machine has soft drop folding. This SoftDrop technology makes folding the equipment away after use a breeze. The facility allows you to fold the running deck with minimum effort. The deck can then be gently dropped back when it is time for use.

… warranty details

The Bowflex 5 Series treadmill is backed with a 15 year warranty on the frame, 10 years warranty on the motor and 2 years warranty on all other parts and electronic components. Also included is 1 year labor.


  • 12 Workout Programs
  • Incline Quick Key
  • Speed Quick Key
  • Heart Rate Monitoring Grip
  • 4 Window LED display
  • Strike Zone Deck Suspension
  • Space Spacer (Folding) Design
  • SoftDrop Technology
  • Built-In Fan 3-speed fan
  • 2 Bottle/Cup Holders


  • Motor: 2.5 HP Continuous Duty
  • Weight: 249 lbs
  • Speed: 0.5 – 10 mph
  • Incline: 0 – 12%
  • Belt size: 20″ x 60″
  • Folding: YES
  • Rollers: 2.5″
  • Electrical: 120VAC
  • User weight: 300 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (15 yrs)
  • Motor (10 yrs)
  • Parts/Electronics (2 yrs)
  • Labor (1 yr)

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