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Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill Review

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Good and recognizable brand

Life Fitness makes good treadmills from the T5.0 model and up. Sub par stability in the F1 and F3 models.

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Life Fitness is a brand name associated with top-quality commercial fitness equipment. Indeed, many local fitness gyms and clubs use Life Fitness treadmills. When shopping for a Life Fitness treadmill for your home it’s important to know that their residential line isn’t nearly as great as their commercial equipment. You’ll be getting a treadmill manufactured using completely different parts and components with different support and service if anything goes wrong. Unfortunately, these parts, components and service are of far lower-quality.

As such, it’s important to remember that when shopping for a Life Fitness residential treadmill, what you’re buying is not the quality of the treadmill, but the brand name. That’s why Life Fitness home treadmills are often overpriced for what they offer.

We realize this may not steer you away from Life Fitness as the brand is reputable. That’s why we conducted an in-depth review of the advantages and disadvantages of the Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill to see if it lives up to its great brand name.

Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill – PROS

  • Hand grip and heart rate monitors
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • iPod compatible
  • Shock absorption running deck

Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill – CONS

  • WAY OVERPRICED
  • 2.5 CHP motor
  • Only 10 mph maximum running speed
  • Only 12% maximum incline range
  • Lack of pre-programmed workouts
  • Lacking quality
  • Short 20” x 55” running area

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What We Think On Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill

When it comes to the Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill, we have only one thing to say: stay away. It was tough even coming up with advantages for this treadmill as everything from the hardware specs, to the workout features, to the quality of the machine were well below what we’d expect for a treadmill costing well over $2000.

When it comes to the hardware specs, the F1 comes with a weaker than average 2.5 CHP motor which is likely the reason for the subpar maximum running speed of 10 mph and the lacklustre maximum incline range of 12%. Indeed, with other treadmills in this price range you can expect a higher than 3.0 CHP motor with 12 mph maximum running speed and 15% incline range. Add to this the fact that the running deck is far shorter than the average 60” length you’d find at this price point and it’s easy to see why we recommend staying away from this treadmill.

For individuals serious about getting fit and staying fit, you’ll find the short track will be prohibitive when it comes to running at faster paces using longer strides (particularly for taller runners). In addition, the maximum running speed of 10 mph will severely limit individuals who want to get the most out of their treadmill. If you’re going to be investing this much in a treadmill, we’d recommend putting the money towards the True ES900. Although its price range is higher than the Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill, you’ll be glad you invested the money in a unit you won’t soon outgrow.

Another disadvantage of the F1 is that it comes with only 7 pre-programmed workouts. Indeed, even treadmills in the $500 price range often come with more workout features than the F1. For less than the price of the F1 we’d recommend going with the AFG 7.1AT that comes equipped with the latest treadmill technology including virtual passport and a wide variety of great workout features. If you’re willing to spend the extra money, the True PS300 is an even better choice and is by far the best treadmill on the market today.

Perhaps the greatest disadvantage of the Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill is that it lacks the overall quality you’d expect from a treadmill in this class. When running at its top speed of 10 mph you can easily feel the motor struggling to keep up and the overall unit feels quite unstable. This will be especially true for larger runners nearing the maximum capacity of the unit.

In conclusion, one thing is for certain – stay away from Life Fitness’ F1 Smart Treadmill. Essentially you’re paying for a brand and unfortunately, the treadmill doesn’t live up to its name. For a quality, award-winning treadmill backed by superior service, go for the True ES900 – a purchase you won’t regret.

Life Fitness F1 Smart Treadmill – Key Specs:

Frame Type: Standard
Drive Motor: 2.5 CHP
Speed Range: 0.5 – 10 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 15%
Running Area: 20×55
User Capacity: 300lbs
Warranty – Frame: Lifetime
Warranty – Motor: 10 Years
Warranty – Labor: 1 Years
Warranty – Parts: 5 Years

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