Life Fitness treadmills are among the best residential machines on the market today, bringing the high quality that 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.
Which Life Fitness Treadmill Should You Buy?
Life Fitness builds excellent treadmills for beginners, intermediates and professional athletes alike. So no matter what your fitness level is, there’s a model for you.
If you want a treadmill that folds, you have two options: the F1 Smart and the F3. The F1 is the entry level model. It’s compact in size as well, and is a great choice for beginners. The F3 is a step up model with two console choices, a stronger motor and a tablet rack.
The rest of the Life Fitness treadmills are non-folding, and there are a lot of options here.
The T3 is priced the same as the F3, but adds a slightly longer deck. So if you want a bit more room to spread out, the T3 is a good choice. Even better is the T5, with an even longer and wider deck, enhanced cushioning and the ability to “remember” your workouts.
If you want something that is more like what you find in the gym, there’s the Club Series, the Club Series + and the Platinum Club Series. The Club Series + is the newest model, and our favorite of the three. You get 15% incline, a large 22″ x 60″ deck, and a nice assortment of built in workouts. It’s the most advanced of the Club treadmills in terms of design and technology.
All Life Fitness treadmills come with the patented FlexDeck Shock Absorption cushion system, which reduces impact on knees and joints up to 30%. The belts are of the highest quality and virtually maintenance free.
All models offer both grip and wireless heart rate monitoring, incline capability, strong motors, rock-solid construction and industry leading warranties.
Life Fitness Treadmill Buying Tips
The lowest priced model in the series is the F1 Smart at around $2199, and the price increases as you move up in the lineup. The highest priced model is the Platinum Club, which can cost up to $8999 with the advanced console.
So these are definitely high end machines. But if you have the budget for it, you really can’t go wrong with a Life Fitness treadmill.
Most users will be just fine with one of the F folding series or T non-folding models, but if you want something even more commercial-grade, look at the Club Series Life Fitness treadmills.
The company has sales throughout the year as well as free shipping from time to time, so look for those special offers before you buy.