The Life Fitness F3 folding treadmill is a rock steady model with unique one-touch controls offering three popular settings for speed and incline: you can immediately go to a low, medium, or high incline, as well as pick a speed for an 8.5-minute, 12-minute, or 17-minute mile.
The Life Fitness F3 features two console options, the basic Go Console and the upgraded Track Connect Console, which offers the ability to connect your mobile device (smart phone, iPad, etc.) to track your results as well as sync with your favorite workout apps.
The full specs of the Life Fitness F3 folding treadmill are:
The Life Fitness F3 folding treadmill has a 12% incline in 0.5 percent increments, 1" medium density fiberboard deck, and the FlexDeck® Select adjustable shock absorption system that reduces impact on joints up to 30%.
The pre-lubricated multi-ply belt rolls over a 2.6-inch precision crowned front roller and a 2-inch rear roller. The PWM controller for the 3.0 horsepower (stronger than the 2.5HP motor on the F1) continuous duty DC motor system communicates with the console to adjust the power needs depending on the user’s weight.
The advanced Track Connect console has more programming than the basic Life Fitness Go Console model. It features on-the-fly programming, a race mode, goal workouts, HeartSync™ workouts, as well as Android and Apple device syncing capability so you can be entertained while you work out. The Track + console is $400 more than what you pay for the basic console, but for the extra cost you get a lot more workouts and capabilities.
The treadmill reviews have been upbeat about the Life Fitness F3 with the only criticism being the price. However, once shoppers start to look around and realize that prices have risen across the board for all treadmill makers, then the cost increase seems reasonable.
When tested by Runner’s World, their experts found that, as folding treadmills go, this one leads the pack in stability and reliability. The deck is shorter than the 60" length offered on the T3 and other Life Fitness treadmill but that isn’t a big issue for most people.
The Life Fitness F3 folding treadmill is just a really nice, solid machine with some of the best programming ever installed on a treadmill (Life Fitness excels in this category). It you don’t have a lot of room space and must have a fold-up model built for serious running, go with this one.
However, if a folding treadmill isn’t necessary for your needs, take a look at the Life Fitness T3 treadmill which offers a larger running surface as well as similar features and capabilities.
Either one of these is a great choice...you're getting a solid, gym quality machine that will last for years. If you can swing the extra $500 for the Track Connect console it is definitely worth it as it will make your workoutsw that much more enjoyable.