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If you’ve ever been to a YMCA or even a Planet Fitness, you may have seen a Life Fitness treadmill and didn’t even know it. In fact, Life Fitness is the second-largest treadmill manufacturing company based on revenue, only outdone by Icon Health & Fitness. Their cardio machines (and strength equipment, for that matter) are commercial-grade and can be found across the globe.

In an effort to help you see what all of the hype is about, I’ve compiled a few Life Fitness treadmill reviews. I’ll go through the five available treadmill models––being sure to talk about the price, warranty, and specs of each. We’ve also tested a few Life Fitness models ourselves, so we have the full, inside scoop on how they really run (hehe). 

Bring Me to Life (Fitness Treadmills) 

I doubt Evanescence was talking about Life Fitness treadmills when they sang the smash hit “Bring Me to Life,” but a girl can dream. Luckily, I am talking about Life Fitness treadmills. In fact, I’ve carefully evaluated the six machines the brand currently makes in an effort to give you my honest opinion. This opinion is based on industry standards and expertise within the fitness space––after all, I do have a CrossFit L-1 certification and am a former NCAA D1 soccer player who knows a thing or two about treadmills.

And I’m not the only one. At Garage Gym Reviews, our expert product testers and reviewers are certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and competitive weightlifters. This is both our job and our passion all rolled into one, and we can’t wait to share our knowledge with you.

5 Life Fitness Treadmills Available Now

Life Fitness T5 TreadmillLife Fitness Run CXLife Fitness F3 Folding TreadmillLife Fitness T3 TreadmillLife Fitness Club Series+ Treadmill
PriceAround $5,000Around $3,000Around $3,200Around $3,200Around $7,500
Footprint79.5” L x 32” W x 61” H79.5” L x 32” W x 61” H78.5” L x 34.5” W x 58.5” H79.5” L x 34.5” W x 57.5” H82″ L x 36″ W x 56″ H
WarrantyLifetime frame and shock absorbers, 10-year motor, 7-year parts, 3-year console, 1-year labor Lifetime frame and shock absorbers, 10-year motor, 7-year parts, 3-year console, 1-year labor Lifetime frame and shock absorbers, 10-year motor, 5-year parts, 3-year console, 1-year laborLifetime frame and shock absorbers, 10-year motor, 5-year parts, 3-year console, 1-year laborLifetime frame and motor, 10-year parts, 1-year labor, 6 months on cosmetic items
Weight341 lbs341 lbs264 lbs243 lbsN/A
Deck size22” W x 60” L22” W x 60″ L 20″ W x 55″ L 20″ W x 60″ L22” W x 60” L
Horsepower motor3.0 CHP3.0 CHP3.0 CHP3.0 CHP4.0 CHP
FoldableNoNoYesNoNo
Top speed12 MPH12 MPH10 MPH12 MPH12 MPH
Incline0-15%0-15%0-12%0 – 15%0-15%
Weight capacity400 lbs400 lbs350 lbs350 lbs400 lbs

Life Fitness T5 Treadmill

Good for: People with a large, dedicated home gym

Life Fitness T5 Treadmill
Life Fitness T5 Treadmill
Life Fitness T5 Treadmill

If you're looking for a treadmill that will stand the test of time, the Life Fitness T5 treadmill just might do the job for you. This almost $5,000 cardio machine comes with a lifetime frame and shock absorber warranty, so you can feel confident in your purchase for years to come.Whether you enjoy walking, running, jogging, or sprinting, the 3.0 CHP motor of the T5 is ready to support you. Plus, the 22-inch-by-60-inch deck is lengthy enough for exercisers of all heights.It is worth noting that this machine doesn't fold, so you'll need a large space for the T5 to live.

Pros:

  • Large deck 
  • Lifetime frame and shock-absorber warranty
  • 400-lb user weight capacity
  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • 13 preset workout programs
  • 15 levels of incline
  • Financing options are available

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy at 341 lbs
  • Doesn’t fold

If you’re concerned about finding a quality treadmill that will suit your height and weight, the Life Fitness T5 treadmill would like a word. This supersized cardio machine can support users up to 400 pounds, which is 100 pounds above the industry standard. Plus, you can feel confident that the T5 will be able to support all of your running and walking needs––the 22-inch-by-60-inch deck is both lengthy and wide. 

Life Fitness T5 Treadmill
Life Fitness T5 Treadmill

The 3.0 CHP motor will also be able to keep up with sustained and frequent running, which is good news for workout fanatics. Onboard the T5, you’ll also find 15 incline levels, a maximum speed of 12 miles per hour, and 13 preset programs. I’m a big fan of preset programs, as not everyone wants to pay a monthly subscription fee for guidance on the treadmill. With the T5, simply choose your desired workout, press start, and get going right away. 

Unsurprisingly, all of these wonderful features come with an expensive price tag––the T5 starts at almost $5,000 and goes up in cost depending on which display you select. Luckily, Life Fitness does offer financing options to make the cost more palatable. If you qualify, you could pay as little as $138 per month with affirm. 

It is also worth noting that this machine isn’t lightweight. At a whopping 341 pounds, the T5 will require multiple sets of hands to move between floors or homes. Plus, the T5 doesn’t fold, which may not work for individuals in smaller spaces.

Life Fitness Run CX Treadmill

Good for: Heavier folks who want a comfortable treadmill

Life Fitness Run CX Treadmill
Life Fitness Run CX Treadmill
Life Fitness Run CX Treadmill

Want an inclusive treadmill that will work for the whole family? Consider checking out the Life Fitness Run CX treadmill! This cardio machine is made by commercial giant Life Fitness, who supplies durable and long-lasting machines for gyms across the globe.  The Run CX is made for users up to 400 pounds, so it is a great option for heavier individuals. Plus, the 22-inch-by-60-inch deck is lengthy enough for runners and walkers of various heights. 

Pros:

  • Has transport wheels
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • 400-lb user weight capacity
  • Shock-absorbing deck
  • Comes with a heart-rate strap

Cons:

  • 341-lb machine
  • Doesn’t fold
  • No touchscreen

The Life Fitness Run CX may be the least expensive option currently offered by the brand, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. This sturdy home treadmill can support users up to 400 pounds and has a variety of features you’d find on other commercial models. 

You’ll find a 3.0 CHP motor, which can support all types of cardio with ease. Plus, you’ll note speed options up to 12 MPH and a maximum 15-percent incline. Whether you’re into completing the popular 12-3-30 or your own interval workout, the Run CX will be ready to assist. 

life fitness run cx treadmill

Similarly to the Life Fitness T5, the Run CX doesn’t fold and it is quite heavy at 341 pounds. Although this means the Run CX will require assistance when moving it up or down a flight of stairs, the weightiness does speak to the durability. Reviewers mention how comfortable the deck is and how unmoving the machine is as a whole. Consider me a believer. 

If you’re looking for a high-end treadmill that has a TV screen, you won’t find it on the Run CX. While some of the Life Fitness machines have the option to upgrade the console to one with an HD screen, the Run CX does not. However, it does feature a user-friendly display with easy-to-read metrics. 

Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill

Good for: Someone who wants the durability of a commercial treadmill with an added feature of foldability

Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill
Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill
Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill

The Life Fitness F3 is a treadmill that starts at around $3,200 and goes up depending upon which display you choose. This foldable treadmill offers an excellent lifetime frame warranty, a 3.0 CHP motor, and a deck with shock absorption. I'm also personally a fan of the 350-pound user weight capacity. This makes the F3 an inclusive option for more people.

Pros:

  • Foldable
  • 350-lb user capacity
  • Lifetime warranty on frame and shock absorbers
  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • Comfortable cushioning

Cons:

  • Deck could be slightly longer
  • Heavy machine
  • Max speed of 10 MPH is average

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Not the Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill, which offers everything you could ask for in a commercial treadmill (and more) while still giving you the convenience of being able to fold it away when it’s not in use. We love versatility around here. 

Starting off with the basics, you get a durable 3.0 CHP motor, a cushioned deck to reduce noise and impact to your knees, a 350-pound weight capacity, and a lifetime frame warranty. The 55-inch running surface length is five inches short of the 60-inch industry standard, but that won’t make too much of a difference unless you’ve got a particularly long stride. 

life fitness f3 folding treadmill

If you’re an avid runner who likes to test their agility, then this might not be the best choice for you as the speed maxes out at 10 miles per hour. 

But if you’re someone who’s looking for a treadmill that’s loaded with pre-programmed workouts, then boy do we have some good news for you. The Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill comes with three console options: Go Console, Track Connect, and Track Connect 2.0. 

The Go Console is the simplest of the three but still comes with two user profiles and 13 pre-programmed workouts.The Track Connect 2.0 gives you four user profiles, 15 pre-programmed workouts, Bluetooth compatibility, and an integrated smartphone/tablet holder.  If you want the basic Track Connect, you’ll still be able to view a variety of metrics, enjoy Bluetooth connectivity, and take advantage of a few different user profiles.

Life Fitness T3 Treadmill

Good for: People who want a reliable treadmill with a variety of features

Life Fitness T3 Treadmill
Life Fitness T3 Treadmill
Life Fitness T3 Treadmill

The Life Fitness T3 treadmill is a cardio machine with some impressive stats. If this treadmill was an NBA player, they would be an All-Star. Consider the 3.0 CHP motor, which is ideal for sustained running. Couple that with the expansive deck, variety of incline options, and an awesome warranty, and you have a treadmill most people will love. The only real drawbacks? The lack of foldability––and the expensive price tag. However, Life Fitness does offer financing options (you do have to qualify), which can make the cost easier to swallow.

Pros:

  • Large running belt 
  • Comfortable deck
  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • 350-lb user weight capacity
  • 12 MPH max speed
  • Dual cup holders
  • 15 incline levels

Cons:

  • Doesn’t fold
  • Reviews state that customer service is lacking

The Life Fitness T3 treadmill is a sleek-looking cardio machine that could be a good option for your home gym. Everything about this treadmill hits the expected industry standards, which is no easy feat. The machine maxes out at 12 miles per hour, while the incline goes up to a level 15. You can easily practice for your next hill run in the comfort of your home (thanks, A/C) and enjoy the well-cushioned deck in the process.

Life Fitness T3 Treadmill

Oh yeah, did we mention the deck? This 60-inch-by-20-inch belt is ideal for runners of all heights. You won’t be worried about falling off the machine due to a short deck. Plus, with a 350-pound user weight capacity, this machine can hold an additional 50 pounds more than what we’d traditionally expect.

There isn’t much to dislike about the Life Fitness T3. If we’re being nitpicky, it would be nice if the machine folded, but it isn’t a necessity. It is just worth nothing that you’ll need a spot to leave the treadmill out 24/7.

I also noticed a few reviewers mentioned customer service was slow to respond to complaints. This shouldn’t necessarily deter you from purchasing the T3, but you should know you may have to wait a bit for any assistance. 

Life Fitness Club Series+ Treadmill

Good for: Those who want a treadmill with a variety of preset program options

Life Fitness Club Series+ Treadmill
Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill
Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill

Looking for a club-quality treadmill? The Life Fitness Club Series is one you have likely seen in gyms as it is one of Life Fitness’ best selling models. This tank of a treadmill comes equipped with a 4.0 horsepower motor that supports speeds from 0.5 to 12 miles per hour and incline ranges from 0% to 30%. While there is no decline option, these ranges offer plenty of variability to get in some intense training.The console features intuitive controls with a “Go System Quick Start” feature that remembers your preferred speed with the click of a button. The large running surface has the patented FlexDeck shock absorption system, which is claimed to reduce impact to joints by nearly 30% when compared to other treadmills. But, it will support weights up to 500 pounds, impressive by any measure.This treadmill is large and heavy so will need a space carved out for its use. It comes equipped with the capability of saving six personalized workouts, however, there is no information on other programmed workouts. Compared to similarly priced treadmills, the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill falls short. The monitor is basic and you can not connect with any immersive training platforms.

Pros:

  • 4.0 CHP motor
  • 400-lb user weight capacity
  • Different consoles are available
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 22 preset workouts
  • Lifetime frame and motor warranty
  • Large deck

Cons:

  • High price tag
  • Non-folding
  • High step-up height

We’ll be honest with you: There’s no reason to get the Life Fitness Club Series+ Treadmill unless you own a training studio or you truly want a commercial-grade treadmill for home use. For those who fall into either of those categories, allow us to explain why your investment will be rewarded. 

The 4.0 CHP motor is powerful and will support even the fastest runners. I’m also impressed by the eight shock absorbers and the lifetime warranty on the frame and motor. The running deck meets the industry standard of 22 inches in width and 60 inches in length, though the eight-inch step-up height is steeper than most treadmills. 

Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill

It’s also a very sleek-looking treadmill thanks to the brushed stainless steel detailing along with corrosion-, stain-, and chemical-resistant coating throughout the black onyx frame. 

When it comes to the console, you can go for the basic SL console that just displays your running metrics or the SE3 HD touchscreen console that you can watch Netflix and on-demand workout classes on. Every console option comes with Bluetooth connectivity and easily pairs with your Apple Watch

One of the reasons we only recommend this for training studio owners is that it’s expensive, starting at $7,500 and going up to $10,000 (that’s a lot of cheese!). But again, it’s an investment and one we think could be a worthwhile one if you plan on using it a lot for yourself or your clients. 

Notable Discontinued/Sold Out Life Fitness Treadmills

Life Fitness CLST Integrity Series Treadmill: Although this machine is no longer sold on the Life Fitness website, you can still find it used on other websites. Fair warning: This machine is especially heavy, with one website listing the weight at 494 pounds.

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Treadmill: The Club Series treadmill is still on the Life Fitness website, but it is out of stock without any noted date of return. This cardio machine is almost $11,000, so you may be better off purchasing it secondhand anyway to save some cash.

Life Fitness Treadmills FAQs

Are Life Fitness treadmills good?

Yes, Life Fitness treadmills are good. They generally have solid warranties, great deck lengths, and powerful motors. They are a brand known for their durability, so provided you can afford one, it is a good buy.

Is Life Fitness a good brand?

Yes! Life Fitness is a great strength and cardio brand geared towards those who want commercial fitness equipment. You’ll find a variety of their products in gyms across the country because they are known for their durability. The brand makes treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and rowers.

How long will a Life Fitness treadmill last?

This will likely be based on the warranty. If the Life Fitness treadmill you chose has a lifetime frame and motor warranty, you can feel good about the longevity of your machine. When something breaks down, you’ll be able to contact customer service for applicable replacement parts.

What are some of the best treadmill brands?

Besides Life Fitness, Sole Fitness and NordicTrack are two other good treadmill brands for home use. However, if you’re looking for a high-quality option for a commercial gym/health club, you may want to consider spending the money for a Life Fitness, Cybex, or Precor machine.

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