Life Fitness T3 Treadmill

Overview

The new Life Fitness T3 treadmill is the replacement of the former T3 model we reviewed several years back.

You now receive more programming, more tracking and more capability. A welcome change. This treadmill takes forward the Life Fitness legacy and backs it all up with a strong warranty.

Let’s look at the specs and some of the best features…

Specifications

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Speed : up to 12 mph

Incline : up to 15%

Motor : 3.0 HP Continuous Duty DC

Belt : 60″ x 20″/ 152 cm x 51 cm

Cushioning System : FlexDeck Shock Absorption System

Folding Options : not included

Maximum User Weight : 350 lbs/ 159 kg

Unit Dimensions : 79.5″ L x 34.5″ W x 57.5″ H/ 202 cm L x 87 cm W x 146 cm H

Unit Weight : 243 lbs/ 110 kg

Warranty : Lifetime for frame and shock absorbers, 10 years for motor, 5 years for electrical and mechanical parts, 1 year for labor

Features

Display Info

The T3 is compatible with the latest 2 consoles, the Go Console and the Track + Console. The Go console is most beneficial to users who want to have on hand a wide array of programming options, prior to starting a fitness program.

The Track + console is focused on high-end customization, tracking options and entertainment features, and connects to your mobile device. As you workout, the console will track the number of calories burned, distance, speed, incline, time, heart rate, target heart rate, pace, METs. The LCD with Blue Background and white characters display also offers info on USB connection, iPod connection and your workout profile. It is compatible with LFConnect, Life Fitness’ custom workout creator.

The workout feedback display is a 16-character message center, which means you’ll have no trouble checking your performance while working out.

The Low/ Med/ High button changes the belt’s incline immediately to a preset value.

The Walk/ Jog/ Run button changes the speed to a preset value.

Heart Rate Info

You can check your heart rate by using the hand sensors or the wireless heart rate monitoring system.

Workouts

The Track console is packed with 14 workout programs: Manual, Hill, Random, EZ Incline/ Resistance, Sport Training, Fit Test, Fat Burn, Cardio, Heart Rate Hill, Heart Rate Interval, Extreme Heart Rate, Calorie Goal, Distance Goal and Heart Rate Goal.

These workouts are grouped by type on four keys for an easy use. Additionally, 4 user profiles allow 4 users to record their performance simultaneously. Each user profile can host up to 3 custom workouts.

Also included are a Cool Down Mode and a Warm Up Mode.

iPod compatibility

included

Rollers

included

Go System Quick Start

This feature remembers walk, jog and run speeds and inclines.

Built-in reading rack and cup holders

included

Conclusions

The Life Fitness T3 is a monster treadmill. This machine was built for users who want to get the most out of their workouts. It’s pricey, especially if you opt for the Track + console, but you do get what you pay for.

Pros

Where should I start? Enhanced programming? Full tracking? Quality entertainment?

First off, walkers, joggers, runners, avid runners, each and every one of them will be satisfied with this machine. A powerful motor, a stable frame, baked up by quality components are the backbone of this treadmill.

Only quality cushioning can stand next to a motor as powerful as the one T3 has. All of us were fully satisfied with our workouts.

This treadmill may as well replace the old saying “No pain, no gain” with “Less pain, more gain”. And to ensure that you continue to benefit from the cushioning, it’s backed up by a lifetime warranty. Convinced yet?

No? Then, let me tell you about the Track + console. This console is ready for any request you may have. It was built for high end programming, tracking and entertainment. A great package that any running enthusiast will appreciate, especially when they will see on their own how smooth everything works and how easy-to-use this console is.

The workouts are not bad either: diversity and challenge, this is what you’ll be getting. And on top of everything, 4 user profiles can be created at the same time, each with the possibility of creating up to 3 custom workouts. Quite a pamper for marathoners.

A nice sound with iPod compatibility will maintain your motivation when the incline reaches 15%. And the wireless heart rate transmitter is always a major plus.

Main attraction

The cushioning is definitely the key attraction to this unit. Then, there is the Virtual Trainer, a tool that helps you track your performance.

Not to mention, the high quality of the components is definitely worthy of highlight.

Drawbacks

The package with the Track Console is just around $3000. Well, “less pain, more $, more gain”. But if you would rather buy a car with the money, you definitely should.

All in all, if you can afford it, the Life Fitness T3 treadmill is a great choice for those who pretty much want a gym machine right in their own home. It’s built to withstand years of heavy use, while offering an impact-reducing running belt and loads of great features.

Keep in mind that it does not fold, so if you are interested in a folding treadmill check out the very similar F3 model.

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