Life Fitness Treadmill Review

Life Fitness Treadmill
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Company Overview: Life Fitness first earned fame in the late ’70s for being cutting-edge: Shortly after its 1977 founding as Lifecycle, it made

Company Overview: Life Fitness first earned fame in the late ’70s for being cutting-edge: Shortly after its 1977 founding as Lifecycle, it made the world’s first fitness equipment with computerized workout programs. This was a stationary bicycle. The company then expanded to build ergonomic treadmills, stair climbers and other cardio products. Today they also have a Hammer Strength lineup with free weights, incline presses and other durable strength training equipment.

Home Treadmills: Life Fitness features seven home treadmill models for this year. All are high quality and have the feel of health club fitness machines. The least expensive are the folding treadmills, the F1 and F3. These and most of the non-foldable home treadmills are available with a choice of consoles.

The non-foldable Life Fitness treadmills are the T3, T5, Club Series and Platinum Club. The T3 is one of the brand’s bestsellers. The top-of-the-line Platinum Club Treadmill is available with a 19″ TV or a tablet computer console.

What We Like: – Life Fitness Home Treadmills

  • Overall quality: Life Fitness produces commercial treadmills as well as units for in-home use. Their home treadmills include commercial-grade parts such as large track rollers and no-wax tracks. The consoles have advanced yet easy-to-use electronics. Weight capacities are up to 400 pounds and the highest speed supported is 12 mph.
  • Track incline: Most Life Fitness treadmills for 2014 can be inclined by 15% in .5% increments. Incline training can help you 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 and better define your muscles.
  • Track cushioning: Each Life Fitness treadmill, from the folding units to the Platinum Club, provides excellent shock absorption. A patented FlexDeck system reduces the shock of impact by up to 30% compared with other treadmill tracks. On some of the treadmills, this cushioning is also adjustable (three levels).
  • Track sizes: Track sizes vary from 55″ to 60″ long and from 20″ to 22″ wide.
  • Heart rate monitors: Contact and wireless heart rate monitoring systems are included. Most of the Life Fitness treadmills also have built-in HeartSync workout programs.
  • Consoles: Console choices are described in-depth in our reviews of specific treadmill models. One highlight is that the F3 and T Series have a choice of two consoles, the Go and the Track. These have 13 and 16 built-in programs, respectively. The Track console costs more and is compatible with third-party apps for Apple and Android — essentially giving you unlimited workout variety! Platinum Club Series treadmills get fancy with integrated touchscreen TVs and computer tablet consoles. Depending on the model, workout feedback can be unusually extensive.
  • Accessories: Most of the current Life Fitness treadmills have reading racks, cup holders and accessory trays.
  • Motors: Life Fitness treadmills feature quiet, smartly-designed MagnaDrive™ Motor Systems with either 3 or 4 HP. These motors detect user weight and adjust output accordingly. Most are sold with 10-year warranties; lifetime warranties are given for the Club and Platinum Club models.
  • Warranties: Life Fitness warranties show that the manufacturer is confident about product quality. An example: The T5 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and cushioning system, a 10-year warranty on the motor, a seven-year warranty on the electrical and mechanical parts, and a year of labor.
  • Safety: Several Life Fitness treadmill models have electronic safety locks to help keep pets and children safe.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Price: Life Fitness treadmills are not economy-priced machines. The prices are justified given the products’ quality and long warranties, but most models are out of the average buyer’s price range.
  • Size: Life Fitness treadmills are larger than most. For instance, the T3 has a footprint of about 79″ x 34″. The foldable units take up almost as much space when in use but then fold vertically to free up a few feet of floor space.

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Our Verdict:

Life Fitness treadmills can be pricey, but if they suit your budget, they are well worth the investment. Most trainees can expect the treadmills to outlast their 10-year warranties.  Customers and fitness industry experts alike regard Life Fitness treadmills as durable machines with excellent cushioning and an appealing selection of consoles.

Overwhelmed by the choices? The popular Life Fitness T3 is a good starting point for research. It costs less than the T5 but is pretty much the same treadmill.