Best known for their excellent commercial units, Life Fitness treadmills designed for the residential market also offer an exceptional value. They are a dream machine among treadmills; big horsepower, comfortable ride, built for performance, and styled with a sophisticated console and striking profile.
Like any good treadmill nut, you want to know which makers are the best in the biz and why. For high end, club-quality models, the brands you should know are: Matrix, Precor, Landice —and this brand, Life Fitness treadmills.
Life Fitness has a reputation for excellence with its treadmills, ellipticals, and the Lifecycle Stationary Bike which you may have seen in numerous health clubs.
The great thing about the new marketing strategy of the company is that consumers don’t have to pay up to $8,000 for an elite Life Fitness model. Their lower end treadmill models (starting at $2,199) are also up to the task of supporting indoor runners who put in a lot of miles every week.
These are premium treadmills which look expensive, but the good news here is that Life Fitness dropped prices dramatically a few years ago to be more competitive. Whichever price level of treadmill you choose, you are getting full value — especially in the TV models.
Now that Life Fitness models are more affordable, take a look at what you get: a powerful continuous-duty motor that’s paired with a custom motor controller board and is kept in top running condition thanks to an advanced cooling system.
This motor system comes with a lifetime warranty which you may not have need of — the treadmill is low maintenance and well-designed with big rollers and the proper belt type and size to help alleviate strain on the motor.
The current lineup features the affordable F1 and F3 folding treadmills, the T3 and T5 non-folding models, and the upper end Life Fitness Club, Club + and Platinum Club series. Prices span from just over $2000 for the entry level F1 to just under $7,000 for the Platinum Club model.
Life Fitness F1 Smart
This is the entry level, compact model in the series, with the FlexDeck shock absorption system, up to 10 mph, a 2.5 HP motor, incline capability, a 20" x 55" deck and a 300 lb. max weight capacity.
Life Fitness F3
A step up model offering two console choices: Go and Track Connect, tablet rack, a stronger 3.0 HP motor and heavier 350 lb. max weight capacity, in addition to all of the features found on the base F1 Smart model.
Life Fitness T3
Very similar to the F3, except with a longer 20" x 60" running deck and speeds up to 12 mph. Otherwise it is basically the same machine.
Life Fitness T5
A step up from the T3 with FlexDeck Select cushioning, workout recall, an even roomier 22" x 60" deck and a 400 lb. max weight capacity.
This is the home version of the company's most popular health club treadmill. It doesn't offer the console options of some of the other models, but is built strong and durable with a 400 lb. max weight capacity.
Club Series +
The newest Life Fitness treadmill on the market, this one is a modern, sleek version of the regular Club, with an intuitive touch screen console, up to 15% incline, 22" x 60" deck and a nice array of built in workouts. Definitely the best model they currently offer.
This is the cream of the crop, with 4 frame color choices and 3 console options, along with specialized workout programs, 22" x 60" deck, wireless heart rate monitoring and top of the line construction and cushioning.
All of the Life Fitness treadmills are great, so at the end of the day you really can't go wrong with any of them. They do run the gamut as far as price, from $2000 up to $7000+ as we mentioned above, so it makes sense to figure out what your budget is first.
If you need a folding model, it's much easier to narrow down as there are only two to choose from. Of the two we would definitely lean towards the F3 because it has the upgraded touch screen console which gives you more workouts, additional user profiles and the ability to track your results and sync with your favorite fitness apps.
Of the non-folding options, we like the T5 with the larger running deck and step-up cushioning, but the T3 is great as well and is quite similar to the F3 folding treadmill. Either is a good choice.
However our favorite is definitely the new Life Fitness Club Series +, as it's the only modern, sleek-looking treadmill in the entire lineup, and has the best features of all of the models. It's everything we love about their commercial models combined with everything we love about their residential treadmills.
The regular Club Series is great, but it's kind of seen its day, and the Platinum Club Series is fantastic, it's just really expensive, starting at $7000 and moving up to almost $10000 with the most advanced console offering.
Life Fitness treadmills are listed on many of our Best Buy categories and have won numerous awards. Reviewers find the line of models to rate well in terms of a quiet ride, with reliability, power, cushioning, programming, long warranties, and exceptional value for the price.
When you compare high end models, it may be hard to choose a Matrix over a Precor, or a True over one of these Life Fitness treadmills. We can’t say one is better than another; they are just different and thus it becomes a matter of taste and preference.
But Life Fitness has chosen to make things more interesting and more competitive by knocking a few hundred dollars off the price.
Life Fitness F1 Smart- The entry level treadmill with solid cushioning, heart rate monitoring and FlexDeck cushioning.
Life Fitness F3- Just a really nice, solid machine with some of the best programming ever installed. This one leads the pack in stability and reliability for a foldable model.
Life Fitness T3 - Feels solid and it's well-built, but a bit pricey. Longer running deck than the F3.
Life Fitness T5 - Rates well in reviews but despite the quality of components, experts still question the high price. Also has a higher max weight capacity than other models.
Life Fitness Club Series - Rated near perfect for power, cushioning, warranty, reliability, programs, comfort, and overall quality. A ‘Best Buy’ winner for many years.
Life Fitness Club Series Plus - The newest treadmill in the series featuring the large deck of the Platinum Series, a touch screen display and workout tracking capability.
Life Fitness Platinum Club Series - The ultimate gym-quality treadmill with multiple console options as well as internet connectivity, app syncing and a built-in TV.
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