Life Fitness treadmills are among the best residential machines on the market today, bringing the high quality their commercial models are known for into the home gym. There are very few companies that can compete with them.
Life Fitness started as Lifecycle, Inc. at the beginning of the 1970’s. The first equipment sold was the Lifecycle exercise bike, a very popular machine.
In the 80’s, the company was bought by Bally Manufacturing, and the name was changed to Life Fitness, Inc. This is when they launched two successful gym products, the Life Fitness Rower and Life Fitness Stairclimber.
In the early 90’s, the first Life Fitness treadmill was introduced. At the same time, they started to invest massively in research to improve and build new equipment dedicated to commercial use.
In 1997 they became a division of Brunswick Corporation, a lifestyle company with fitness brands such as Hammer Strength, inmovement and SciFit in addition to marine boat and engine companies and of course, the eponymous billiards company that we are all familiar with.
Life Fitness builds excellent treadmills for beginners and professional athletes alike. There are technologies common to all models, which are patented by Life Fitness and you can find them only on their machines.
For example, all Life Fitness treadmills come with the Flex Deck cushion system. The quality of the belt will always be the same, no matter what model interests you or how expensive it is. The cushioning is backed by another unique and strong feature, the Lifespring shock absorbers, which they install on each treadmill. These are made of a particular material, guaranteed to last a lifetime.
They have also their own Life Pulse monitoring system which offers accurate results because they read data, but remove the signals that don’t come from the heart muscles. This reading system (called digital reading processing) is found on all Life Fitness cardio equipment (not only treadmills).
A detail worth mentioning is that you can choose what console to buy and place it on the frame you want. This gives you more choice when purchasing or upgrading your treadmill.
The optional consoles include one of the most reliable TV systems installed on cardio equipment. The TV consoles are usually multi functional (for entertainment but also for easier control of workouts with an advanced graphical interface).
And the options don’t stop here. The preset workouts include all fields possible: military workouts, athletes workouts, beginner workouts and anything in between.
Life Fitness offers the most durable treadmills we have had the chance to test. Frame, motor, belt, all components are of the best quality.
Some treadmills have Port USB compatibility to download workout results and send them to the Virtual Trainer site, which is a free account that can be used to track fitness progress. It’s easy to use, fun and useful.
Advanced Preset Workouts:
The advanced consoles include all the workouts range you could ever want to have on a treadmill (from basic training, to advanced workouts, like military).
Quality comes with a price. In this case, the start point is $2,000.
They offer a 10 year warranty for motor, while the other brands usually offer lifetime warranty.
Life Fitness Treadmill Buying Tips
The price starts at minimum $2,000 and it can go up to $7,000, or more. Yes, this is an unusually high price, we know. But if you have the money to spend, you shouldn’t overlook a Life Fitness treadmill, no matter if you consider purchasing one for your home or for commercial use.
You also need to know that Life Fitness builds heavy and large equipment, so you must have enough storing space. Don’t count on moving the treadmill after exercising, because it’s almost an impossible mission. Some models do fold however.