The Life Fitness F1 Smart - Compact & Strong 

The F1 Smart is Life Fitness' entry level model, bringing a gym quality treadmill to the home at an affordable price.  Compact and foldable, it's a solid machine that will last for years even with regular usage.

The Machine

The Life Fitness F1 features an LCD display that shows your relevant workout information such as incline, speed, time, distance and calories.

Here are the important specs on this machine...

Life Fitness F1 Smart Folding Treadmill
  • 2.5 CHP MagnaDrive™ Motor
  • 0.5-10 mph Speed
  • 0-10% Incline
  • 20" x 55" Running Surface
  • FlexDeck™ Adjustable Cushioning
  • Contact and wireless heart rate
  • iPod compatible
  • 300 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • Folding design
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame & shock absorbers, 10 yrs motor, 5 yrs parts, 1 yr labor

Check out the popular F1 on sale now at the Life Fitness Store!

The Buzz

The Life Fitness F1 Smart treadmill has received great reviews, as it offers a way for consumers without a huge budget to get a commercial grade machine for their homes.

It is the least expensive model in the series, starting at about $2200.  Although it sounds like a lot of money, when you compare it to their top of the line Platinum Club model at $7000+ it's really not so bad.

The F1 has the same high quality components and ergonomic design found in Life Fitness' health club models, but it's portable and can be folded up after your workout, making it ideal for smaller spaces.

You can monitor your heart rate either through the contact grips or wirelessly with a chest strap for more accuracy.  There's a Quick Start function that stores your preferences as well as your preferred incline levels.

Life Fitness is known for their FlexDeck cushioning, which minimizes impact on your knees and joints, preventing injuries.

Unlike the other treadmills, such as the uplevel F3 model, you don't get a choice of consoles here.  But the basic console on the machine gives you everything you need for an enjoyable workout, including iPod connectivity for your music.

Life Fitness F3 Folded

There is also a very solid warranty, as there is on most Life Fitness treadmills, speaking to the confidence the company has in its products.

Any negatives?  Besides the fact that you can't choose your console, the motor is only 2.5HP and the deck only 55" long, so this one is more of a walking/jogging machine that a serious running machine.  

It's perfectly fine for general usage but if you are looking to run or there are multiple users, you might want to look at one of the non-folding models such as the T3.

What We Say About the F1 Smart

Life Fitness is definitely one of the leader's in the commercial and residential cardio machine market, and the F1 is just another example of the quality that the company puts out time and time again.

You get folding capability, great cushioning, incline, a solid warranty and gym-quality components.  For walks and jogs, and even basic runs, the F1 Smart is more than capable...for serious runners look at the T Series or even the Club if that's within your budget.

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