Sturdy and reliable, the Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill is a best-in-class fitness machine. It’s expertly engineered to avoid shortcomings that are common among other folding treadmills.
One highlight is its shock absorption system, which is far superior to the cushioning used by cheap competitors.
The F3’s electronics are higher quality too, and the mechanical parts are under warranty for five years.
Read on for a full review of the Life Fitness F3 with pros and cons to consider.
|Model||Life Fitness F3 Folding|
|Speed||.5 - 10 mph|
|Incline||0 - 12%|
|Motor||3.0 HP DC motor|
|Deck||22" x 55"|
|Belt||Flexdeck Shock Absorption System|
|Max. Weight||350 lbs|
|Heart Rate||Handle grips
Wireless Chest Strap
|Dimensions||78.5" x 34.5" x 58.5"|
|Display||2 Console Options|
|Warranty||Frame and Deck: Lifetime
Motor: 10 Years
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 1 Years
Rating: 93/100. The Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill is an unusual find. Unlike many other folding treadmills, it doesn’t compromise on quality. Key points are its 3.0 HP motor with 6.0 HP peak, an above-average cushioning system, a power incline with range of 0.5% to 12%, wireless heart rate monitoring and a choice of two consoles. Both consoles are preloaded with 13 workout programs. One of the consoles is iPod-compatible and can also connect with a mobile phone or tablet computer to deliver additional workouts and to track fitness data.
Given its 55″ track and top speed of 10 mph, the F3 is ideal for walking and jogging. If your gait isn’t long, then it’s suitable for running too.
The F3 Folding Treadmill has a 78.5″ x 34.5″ footprint when in use. When the treadmill is folded, the deck is positioned vertically to save floor space. Transport wheels are attached.
- Full-sized track for walking (20″ x 55″)
- Top speed 10 mph
- Automated incline (Maximum 12%)
- FlexDeck cushioning
- Smart motor (Output adjusts to user weight)
- Choice of two consoles with preset workouts
- iPod compatible (Depending on console choice)
- Third party app integration (Depending on console choice)
- Quick start mode uses your preferred incline and speed
- Wireless heart rate receiver
- Contact heart rate receiver
- Reading rack/Tablet holder
- Cup holder
- Track isn’t long enough for taller runners
- Treadmill is foldable but has a large footprint when in use
The Life Fitness F3 is a high quality folding treadmill priced at $2,599. The F3 is far superior to typical folding treadmills, and it outperforms plenty of traditional home treadmills too. It has good motor power, comfortable cushioning and helpful workout programming. As described below, the two consoles available with the treadmill have good program variety, and one console can connect with third party apps to expand your workout library and track your fitness data wirelessly. Overall the F3 is a top option for shoppers seeking folding treadmills that don’t compromise on power, cushioning, programming or durability.
Customers have a choice of two Life Fitness treadmill consoles: Go and Track+.
The Go console is the simpler option. It has 13 workout programs: three classic, two advanced, three goal-oriented and five HeartSync™. Two users can save their profiles. A Quick Start button can initiate a workout with a user’s preferred inclines and preferred speeds for walking, jogging and running.
The Track+ console integrates mobile technology for entertainment, fitness tracking and accessing personalized workout programs. It’s iPod compatible and can also connect to Android™ and Apple® devices for use with third party workout apps. Another option is using LFConnect, a Life Fitness app that provides personalized workouts and workout tracking.
Life Fitness F3 Features
FlexDeck cushioning is a top feature on the F3. Compared with outdoor running surfaces, the FlexDeck reduces the impact on a runner’s body by up to 30 percent.
For extra challenge and variety this treadmill has a track incline with maximum 12 percent tilt. The incline is divided into 0.5 degree increments.
Heart rate can be tracked wirelessly and with touch sensors.
A unique feature on Life Fitness treadmills is “smart energy.” The F3 adjusts its motor power to your body weight.
The F3 has a rack for a magazine or tablet computer.
To free up some space after treadmill workouts, you can fold the treadmill’s deck upward. You can also roll it away with help from attached wheels.
Warranty & Guarantee
The Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: 10 years
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 1 year
The Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill is a top option for shoppers seeking a sturdy folding treadmill with the high quality of a non-folding cardio trainer. The cushioning is excellent and the Track+ console is especially impressive. If you’re tall though and want a treadmill for running, then a machine with a longer track could be a better option.