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Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Review

Quick Summary

Train at home like a pro with the ultimate luxury treadmill, the Platinum Club by Life Fitness.

The Platinum Club Series Treadmill is identical to a popular Life Fitness treadmill for clubs but carries a longer warranty for home use.

This elite cardio trainer combines top-notch engineering with a stellar suite of extras: Internet connectivity, TV, a touch screen, virtual reality workout courses and more.

Learn more from the Platinum Club Series Treadmill review below…

Specifications

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Model Life Fitness Platinum Club Series
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

92.2%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$8,999
Best Price

Since prices change daily, this link goes to our preferred retailer for the current best price. Note: MSRP stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.

$8,999
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

.5 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

4.0 HP AC
motor
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

22" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Flexdeck Shock Absorption System
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

yes
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Lifepulse Digital Heart Rate Monitoring
with DSP
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

80" x 37" x 62.25"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Yes
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Parts: 10 Years
Labor: 1 Years

Rating: 92.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.2/100. The elite Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Treadmill is one of the world’s best treadmills. A perfect running partner, it supplies everything from advanced cushioning to advanced electronics. It’s designed exactly like a commercial Life Fitness treadmill: the track is no-maintenance, the motor is commercial, and so forth. It’s available in four colors and with a choice of three consoles. Each console can connect with a Life Fitness app to download workout routines, and two consoles are preloaded with 42 training programs and can be used with interactive video. Some other top features of the Life Fitness Platinum Club are an Internet connection and integrated TV (depending on the console) and a motorized incline. The base price for this luxury treadmill is $8,999. That includes delivery, a wireless chest strap, the Explore Console, and a 10-year parts warranty plus other buyer protections. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • A popular health club model
  • Ten-year parts warranty
  • Limitless user profiles
  • Connects with mobile fitness apps
  • Compatible with iPod, iPad, iPhone and Android
  • Choice of three deluxe consoles
  • Touchscreen (Optional)
  • TV (Optional)
  • Internet browser (Optional)
  • Quick Start mode
  • Up to 42 preset workouts
  • Virtual reality exercise videos (Optional)
  • Spacious running surface (60″ x 22″)
  • Quiet 4.0 HP motor (Peak 8.0 HP)
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Power incline up to 15%
  • FlexDeck shock absorption
  • Smartphone accessory tray
  • Multilingual
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Contact heart rate receiver
  • Manager Mode
  • Reading rack
  • Two cup holders
  • Welded steel frame
  • Handrails
  • High user weight capacity (400 pounds)

Cons:

  • High price
  • Large size (80″ long, weighs 444 pounds)
  • Not easy to assemble

Introduction

The Life Fitness Platinum Club is the ultimate home treadmill for shoppers with higher budgets. It copies the design of a popular Life Fitness club treadmill and is built to endure, carrying a 10-year standard warranty on parts and lifetime warranties on its frame, deck and motor. It’s available in four colors and can be topped with three different consoles, the most advanced being a 19-inch touchscreen with TV and Internet. The consoles include up to 42 preset workouts and can connect with mobile fitness apps for more training programs. Basic specs for this luxury treadmill are a 60″ x 22″ track, a 15% power incline and a 4.0 HP motor (8.0 peak HP). Below are details about the Platinum Club Treadmill’s console programs, other features and long warranty.

Workout Programs

The Platinum Club Series Treadmill is sold with a choice of three consoles. The simplest is the Explore Console, which looks sleek and is intuitive to use. It has a 7-inch LCD and Bluetooth functionality, which you can use to download workout programming. It’s compatible with iPods and iPads, and it also connects with Apple and Android phones. The Explore Console supports unlimited user profiles and lets each user specify Quick Start settings (incline and speed).

The two entertainment-enhanced options are called the Discover SE and Discover SI. These touch screen consoles give access to TV, the Internet, popular mobile apps for fitness, and interactive Lifescape training courses. Each includes 42 preset workouts too. The Discover SE has a 19-inch screen. The Discover SI has a 10” screen. Like the Explore Console, the Discover models have Quick Start for unlimited user profiles and can download treadmill workouts from LFConnect and other apps.

The 42 workout programs on the Discover SE and SI are mostly categorized as Healthy Heart, Performance, and Goal Workouts. Several fitness tests are included too, such as the US Army Physical Fitness Test and a cardio endurance test. Taking the cardio test every month or so is a good way to track your endurance. Each preset workout can be completed with a customized cooldown.

An advanced option with the Discover consoles is to use Lifescape workouts. These are interactive video courses that virtually place you in scenic settings. Hike through New Zealand and be back in time for dinner!

Each console displays step-by-step instructions for setting up your workout. As you exercise it shows calories, calories per hour, distance, elevation climbed, pace in minutes per mile or kilometer, time, incline, speed, METS, Watts and heart rate.

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Treadmill Features

Choose a treadmill that complements your decor. Life Fitness offers the Platinum Club with four frame colors: Arctic silver, black onyx, diamond white and titanium storm.

Depending on the console, the treadmill can have on-board Internet and TV. All versions of the Platinum Club are iPod compatible and can connect with smartphones and iPads. A secondary control panel gives quick access to the most often used functions.

Excellent cushioning is a hallmark of Life Fitness treadmills. FlexDeck cushioning on the Platinum Club makes treadmill running up to 30% gentler on your joints compared with outdoor running.

The tread track is premium quality. For durability it’s multi-layered and moves over 3.5″ rollers, and it requires no lubrication. The workout area is full length at 60″ and is extra wide, measuring 22″ across.

Extra-fast calorie burn and muscle toning are supported with a power incline. Choose ramp settings up to 15% and easily make adjustments as you exercise.

The Platinum Club can track your pulse with a wireless chest strap (included) or with touch sensors. Treadmill programming can use your heart rate info to control the machine’s intensity, helping you maintain a constant heart rate during training.

This machine can run constantly at 4.0 HP and put out 8.0 HP at its peak. For safety a stop button and key are included.

Two cup holders are included. These can be removed for cleaning and are dishwasher-safe.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 10 Years
– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The Platinum Club Series Treadmill is an all-around winner, particularly when topped with a touch screen console. If it doesn’t stress your budget it’s an easy choice for elite training at home. Look forward to years of club-quality workouts from a virtually no-maintenance luxury fitness machine.