Life Fitness F3 Treadmill Review
The Life Fitness F3 is one of the most popular treadmills from this well-regarded company, offering a gym-quality workout in a compact, foldable machine. It gives you all of the comforts of a commercial unit with the convenience features of a residential model.
Let’s take a look at some of the best features…
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Speed : 0. 5- 10 mph (0. 8- 16 kph)
Incline : 0- 12% You change incline with 0. 5 increments when using the up/down arrows (but only 0. 1% increments during heart rate controlled workouts)
Motor : 3.0 HP with Manga Drive
Belt : 20" x 55" multi-ply (51 cm x 140 cm) The belt has an advanced cushion system to reduce impact over joints and ankles.
Supported User Weight : 350 Ibs/ 159 kg
Technical Dimensions : Length: 78.5 inches (198.5 cm), Width: 34.5 inches (87 cm), Height 58.5 inches (148 cm), Assembled weight: 264 Ibs/ 120 kg
Warranty : This treadmill offers a lifetime warranty on frame and Lifespring shock absorbers, 10 year warranty on motor, 5 years on electrical and mechanical parts and 1 year on labor.
Life Fitness F3 Treadmill - Features
Commercial Quality Construction
With Life Fitness you get the same quality construction their commercial treadmills are famous for in a residential machine. Simply put, the F3 is extremely well-made and well-designed, so it feels like you are working out in a high end health club.
FlexDeck Cushioning is advanced, minimizing impact on the knees and joints up to 30%, and it feels solid and sturdy even at the highest speeds and incline levels.
Two Console Choices
The F3 gives you the option of two console choices: the standard Go Console and the advanced Track+ Console.
The Go Console is rectangular and features a blue LCD display showing all of the relevant workout stats, plus easy touch buttons with various functions.
You get 12 built-in workouts, 2 custom workouts and 2 user profiles.
The Track+ Console, which adds about $400 to the price, is rectangular with rounded off edges and adds connectivity to your smart phone or tablet, syncs with various popular apps, and gives you 14 workouts, 12 custom workouts and 4 user profiles.
Foldable and Compact
The F3 is very similar to the Life Fitness T3 model, except that this one is foldable which makes it much more convenient for those with limited space or those who just want to get the machine out of the way after a workout.
It’s about 5 inches shorter and a little narrower than a typical commercial treadmill which is very helpful.
Heart Rate Monitoring
You get heart rate hand sensors as well as wireless heart rate monitoring, although the chest strap is not included on the F3 folding model.
Other Appealing Features
The Life Fitness F3 also has a Quick Start function that remembers your preferred speeds, two cup holders, a tablet holder and a max user weight of 350 lbs. as well as a very solid warranty.
Life Fitness F3 Review - Conclusion
For those looking for a high quality workout on a solid machine that will last for years to come, the F3 is a very good choice.
You get the advanced cushioning, console choices, incline capability, heart rate monitoring and a nice amount of built-in workouts to reach your fitness goals.
It will run you about $2,599, or $2,999 with the Track + console which is worth the extra $400 for what you are getting.
The only drawback is the fact that the deck might not accommodate very tall users, as it’s only 55″ long. If you are on the taller side you might want to take a look at the up-level T5 model, which offers a more generous 60″ x 22″ running deck.
Otherwise, the F3 is one of the best folding treadmills you can buy, and one that will be with you for years with very little or no maintenance required.