Life Fitness 2012 F3 (Discontinued)

Overview

UPDATE: This model has been replaced by an updated F3 treadmill. Check that one out for the latest review.

The latest F3 Treadmill with Go Console is in fact a new entry from Life Fitness. The version we reviewed features the latest Go Console launched at the end of 2011. It has the power, the safety, a wide selection of workouts and a nice warranty to back it all up. But is it really worth the $2600?

Check out next a description of the 2012 F3 Treadmill with the Go console and join us for the final Conclusions where you can get a broader look over this treadmill.

Specifications

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Speed : up to 10 mph/ 16 kph

Incline : up to 12%

Motor : 3.0 Continuous Duty DC MagnaDrive

Belt : 55″ x 20″/ 140 cm x 51

Cushioning System : FlexDeck Shock Absorption system

Folding Options : included

Maximum User Weight : 350 lbs/ 159 kg

Unit Dimensions : 78.5″ L x 34.5″ W x 58.5″ H/ 198.5 cm x 87 x 148

Unit Weight : 264 lbs/ 120 kg

Warranty : lifetime for frame and shock absorbers, 10 years for motor, 5 years for electrical and mechanical parts, 1 year for labor. Note that outside the US, the warranty package may vary.

Features

Display Info

For the 2012 F3 treadmill, Life Fitness created 2 different consoles: Track console & Go console. The first provides enhanced customization, tracking options and entertainment features. This console is also available to purchase with the F3 treadmill (for $3000), but we will review it with another model from Life Fitness.

The Go console offers 13 workout programs, a wireless heart rate chest strap, 2 user profiles, 1 custom workout/ user profile, Energy Saver mode and Race mode.

The 4″ x 6″ LCD with blue background and white characters offers feedback on calories, distance, speed, incline, time, heart rate, target heart rate, METs, pace. The Low/ Med/ High button changes the incline to a preset value. The Walk/ Jog/ Run button changes the speed to a preset value.

Heart Rate Info

As all the other treadmills launched by Life Fitness, this treadmill has a built-in heart rate monitoring system, the hand pulse sensors. You also get the wireless telemetry heart rate monitoring system.

Workouts

With the Go console, you’ll be getting Manual, Random, Hill, EZ Incline/ Resistance, Goal workouts, 2 Custom workouts, Time-based Goal training and Distance-based Goal training.

With the Race mode, users can outrun themselves against a computer-simulated pacer. The Cool down mode is based on specific time, incline and heart rate and makes sure you return to a proper heart rate level at the end of the workout. You can also activate the Warm-up mode, 2 user profiles, Go system 1-Touch Quick Start and On-the-Fly programming that allows you to surf between programs without restarting or losing the your current workout info.

Energy Saver Mode

included

Sound System

not included

iPod Compatibility

not included

Workout fan

not included

Conclusions

The 2012 F3 treadmill is a comeback of the former F3. It gathers power, diversity and insured safety, and also it is compatible with 2 different consoles, each of them offering its own share of benefits for light joggers and runners.

And since we’ve been talking about the Go console, I must say its main problem is that there is also a Track console, not much more expensive but definitely more attractive.

Pros

Starting with the motor, it goes without saying that the F3 has the power to move users forward. And it’s fairly quiet, I must say. But even so, it’s not an advanced motor to keep up with ultra runners.

Also average is the running space. Taller users won’t be happy with this treadmill as it cannot sustain a longer stride. But the cushioning works great, which is one of our priorities and I’m sure we’re no rare specimen.

The Go display is easy to read and workout feedback is easy to follow. Plus, it pretty much covers every piece of info you may want to be aware of during your performance. The workouts selection is not dismissible, definitely not. Actually, more than 50% of the users may find themselves satisfied with the Go package.

But thinking about it, I can’t help feeling that spending $300-400 more on the Track console is a much better deal. More workouts, more functionality, more programming options.

But the warranty is OK. It’s satisfying. Definitely not a drawback.

Main attraction

I can’t really say there is a main attraction worth mentioning. It’s more of a list of pros, backed-up by some disadvantages. It’s a matter of choice actually, whether you find this treadmill appropriate for your current needs or not.

Drawbacks

The main drawback of this treadmill is the existence of a more advanced console, the Track console, not much more expensive. After all, what’s $300-400 next to $2600, or maybe $2300 when on sale?

Our conclusion is that we only recommend the 2012 F3 Treadmill with the Go console to users who don’t need any type of entertainment and who are very clear about the maximum of performance they are pursuing.

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