The Livestrong LS5.0U is the latest exercise bike that Livestrong has released. It is more reasonably priced than the company’s other models, yet seems to be just as well constructed and features just as many technological features.
While it’s not perfect – there are a couple of minor flaws – it is reliable and offers good value for money for anyone who wants to get back into or stay in shape.
The assembly process is relatively straightforward, particularly as you are given all the tools needed for assembly. The instructions are well-written and feature some useful images showing you which parts go where, although you may get confused at a couple of stages. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t take you any longer than 1 hour to fully assembly the LS 5.0U.
Just like the Livestrong LS5.0R, the LS5.0U comes equipped with a generous number of workout programs. There are 11 pre-programmed workouts which do a good job of adding variety to your workout and thus making it more likely that you will stick your workout regime.
However, the best aspect of these programs is Livetrack Interactive Technology. This is a feature that is exclusive to Livestrong and provides enough value to persuade people to opt for one of Livestrong’s machines over others, as it goes a long way in helping users to complete their short term and long term fitness goals.
Before you start your workout you plug a USB device into the console, which then records your workout stats. You then unplug the USB device, attach it to your computer, where you can then see your workout stats and find out which areas you need to improve upon.
You can even visit Livestrong.com to gain access to a number of programs which have been designed by Peter Park, who was Lance Armstrong’s personal strength and conditioning coach, although we don’t think that this is much of a selling point these days!
We were very surprised to find that the LS5.0U comes with 20 levels of magnetic brake resistance, as this is typically reserved for bikes which cost over $1,000.
We are thankful that there are so many resistance settings to choose from though, as it means that whatever your fitness level may be – whether you are a couch potato or professional athlete – you can still find a level of resistance that will be challenging enough to deliver an intensive, effective workout.
The Livestrong LS5.0U is quite comfortable, especially when you consider that it’s an exercise bike, as exercise bikes are renown for having uncomfortable seats.The seat is contoured, oversized and also features a decent amount of padding. It can also be adjusted both vertically and horizontally, allowing you to find a comfortable fit, regardless of your height or body size.
Flywheels on exercise bikes dictate how smooth the pedaling motion is and whether the bike will wobble as you cycle. The LS5.0U ‘s flywheel is actually a little on the light side – 8.8 lbs. However, Livestrong have managed to make sure that the pedaling motion feels both smooth and natural, and that the bike stays in place as you workout.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Livestrong LS5.0U generates a minimal amount of noise when in operation, making it a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to annoy the neighbors, wake up the kids, or for those who simply like to watch TV or listen to music as they work out.
The LCD display is oversized, making it easy to read, and tracks the number of calories burned, distance, time, watts, resistance level and speed. Your pulse can also be tracked through the contact heart rate grips, which give surprisingly accurate readings, although the readings can still be a few beats off at times.
It’s always nice to see exercise equipment come with built-in speakers. However, keep in mind that it’s the norm for these type of speakers to sound less than excellent. Then again, unless you’re an audiophile, you shouldn’t find the sound quality to be too bad.
The Livestrong LS5.0U comes with a 10-year frame and 1-year parts and labor warranty.
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LIVESTRONG LS5.0U USER REVIEWS
As keeping with all of Livestrong’s exercise equipment, the LS5.0U has been rated highly by consumers. Users have pointed to the bike’s smooth pedaling motion, minimal noise heard when in operation, construction quality and effectiveness of the workout as its strengths.
It’s a little annoying that there is no On/Off switch, although it’s certainly not enough to put us off the LS5.0U. You also need to keep in mind that the readings for your heart rate are a little off.