Life Fitness F3 Treadmill review 2021
Dive into our expert verdict on Life Fitness's foldable F3 with “Go” or “Track Connect” console.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
|Min. speed||1kph (0.5mph)|
|Max. speed||16kph (9.9mph)|
|Running area||0.71m² |
(140cm x 51cm)
|Running deck||1-inch medium density fibreboard with FlexDeck shock absorption system to enhance comfort and reduce knee and joint stress by up to 30%.|
|Incline||0-12% (in increments of 0.5%)|
|Heart rate sensor||Hand grips and telemetry monitoring system|
|Screen||4x6-inch blue LCD|
|Workout programmes||14 (includes 12 pre-set workouts and 2 customisable workouts – 1 per user profile)|
|Size (LxWxH)||198.5cm x 87cm x 148cm|
|Size when folded||86cm x 87cm x 192cm|
|Max. user weight||159kg (351lb)|
|Manufacturer's guarantee||3 years|
|Other features||Reading rack and accessory tray. Energy saver mode.|
Pros and cons
- FlexDeck cushioning: Reduces shock by up to 30%.
- Motorised incline: Up to 12% - rare for a folding treadmill.
- Energy smart: Automatic power-saving tools.
- Handy features: Reading racks, trays and cup holders.
- Wireless heart monitor: Rare for a folding model.
- Expensive: At the higher end of the pricing spectrum.
- 16kph top speed: Slower than you'd expect from the price.
- Deck size: On the small side for taller runners.
- Overall size: Takes up a lot of room even when folded.
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The Life Fitness F3 Treadmill is quite special. It’s foldable for one thing, with FlexDeck shock absorption setting it apart from other similar models. As with any well-built treadmill you can expect a sturdy base, but the choice of two consoles: “Go” and “Track Connect” are what really make us sing here.
The Go console is the most basic of the two, but it has everything the average runner needs. 13 programs are included: three classic, two advanced, three goal-oriented and five HeartSync options. The Track console expands upon the Go’s core, connecting to Android and Apple devices through workout apps for training analysis – pretty nifty, huh? You can also access personalised workouts and real-time tracking via the Life Fitness Track console.
So what are the downsides? If we’re being picky, the model’s track is a little short – it’s a typical size for a walker’s treadmill, but not really long enough for taller runners. We’re also going to be critical of its overall size – you’ll need a good deal of space for this treadmill when it isn’t folded up and even when it is folded, the dimensions are on the larger side.
Overall, the treadmill boasts many more benefits than drawbacks but with a rather hefty price tag, it’s a model we’re going to recommend for the more serious of you athletes out there.