Life Fitness T3 Review

Life Fitness T3
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The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill is “entry level” for its brand, but it’s far superior to other brands’ simplest models. This pop

The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill is “entry level” for its brand, but it’s far superior to other brands’ simplest models. This popular treadmill for 2014 is very similar to the pricier T5. It has a 350-pound capacity, a 60″ track, a 3.0 horsepower motor and a 15% incline. Many trainees could be satisfied without upgrading to the T5’s extras, which are mainly a greater weight capacity and an extra-wide track.

Like other Life Fitness treadmills, this model is available with two consoles: “Go” and “Track.” Basically, the Go console has great “essentials” and the Track console adds variety. The Track console connects with for fitness tracking. Most importantly, it works with third-party apps designed for Apple or Android mobile devices.

The Life Fitness Go console is loaded with 13 workouts including three classic workout programs such as “Hill”, two advanced, three goal-oriented and five HeartSync™. It lets two users each save a custom profile too. A convenient Quick Start feature uses a trainee’s preferred paces for walking, jogging and running.

Additional built-in apps and customization options are offered with the Life Fitness Track console. It connects to Android™ and Apple® devices to let users access personalized workouts, real-time workout tracking, and third-party fitness apps.

What We Like:

  • Track with great cushioning: The T3 treadmill track has the most popular dimensions, 60″ x 20″. A patented FlexDeck cushioning system reduces the impact to joints by up to 30% compared with other treadmills!
  • Incline: T3 treadmills can be inclined by 15% in .5% increments. Incline training can help trainees achieve the benefits of working out over diverse terrains; run up a hill, inside! Exercising at just a 5% grade can dramatically increase your metabolic rate.
  • Heart rate monitors: Contact and wireless heart rate monitors are included. We like how wireless telemetry can be used with heart rate controlled workouts. This helps ensure that the trainee exerts a healthy and effective amount of energy.
  • Overall quality: The T3 home treadmill has a maintenance-free track, above-average rollers and a virtually silent motor. Great cushioning and programming round out an attractive specs list.
  • Energy smart: Designed by energy-conscious engineers, this treadmill automatically reduces its power draw when it’s not in use. Other fitness machines pull more energy when they’re plugged in and idle. Also, motors used by Life Fitness adjust to user weight. Full capacity is only used when needed.
  • Console: The T3 Go console is comprehensive in terms of workout options, and it’s intuitive to use. Whether you’re exercising for weight loss, endurance or speed, you can get excellent training. However, the Track console is best for more serious athletes, and for anybody who wants extra variety from third-party apps. It has 16 built-in workout programs plus manual mode, and you can access fitness tracking through LFConnect. Both Life Fitness T3 Treadmill consoles also have reading racks, accessory trays and dishwasher-friendly cup holders.
  • Motor: Life Fitness treadmills are powered by quiet MagnaDrive™ motors. They have 3 HP and are under warranty for 10 years. This motor supports speeds from .5 to 12 mph.
  • Weight capacity: This machine is approved for up to 350 pounds. It weighs about 250 pounds itself, and the large base ensures stability.
  • Warranties: Life Fitness warranties show that the manufacturer is confident about product quality. With either console, the T3 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and cushioning, a 10-year warranty on the motor, and a five-year warranty on electrical and mechanical parts. Labor is free if needed during the first year of ownership.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Size: Life Fitness treadmills are larger than most. This unit has a footprint of about 79″ x 34″. Another model, the F3, is similarly sized but can be vertically folded when not in use.
  • Assembly: Few treadmills arrive ready-to-use, but some are much easier to assemble than others. The T3 arrives with a 32-page manual, 18 pages of which are devoted to assembly. Life Fitness will assemble the unit if you pay about $180 for White Glove delivery service. We think that paying for assembly is well worth the expense.

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Our Verdict:

The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill is understandably one of the brand’s best sellers. It costs significantly less than the T5 yet boasts most of the same perks. Comparing the T3 and T5 treadmills: The T3 is a better buy unless you want extra weight capacity and extra track width.

As for console choice, it depends on how gung-ho you are about using mobile fitness apps and tracking your progress digitally. The Go console will satisfy most, but advanced trainees might want more variety. The Track console’s compatibility with Android and Apple workout apps helps ensure that treadmill training never gets too routine.