F1 Smart Treadmill
LifeFitness F1 Smart Treadmill Review
Life Fitness is one of the leader’s in the commercial and residential cardio machine market which manufactured high quality fitness equipment used in many fitness gyms and clubs around the country for many years. The Life Fitness F1 Treadmill, or commonly name with F1 Smart is a perfect example of gym quality treadmill for home used at an affordable price. It is the least expensive option, starting at about $2200 and can consider as he entry level position in the Life Fitness lineup. F1 smart treadmill was introduced few years ago and continue received great reviews from consumer, journal for its commercial grade machine for their homes.
- Motor : 2.5 HP Continuous Duty DC MagnaDrive
- Belt : 55 x 20 inch multi-ply, pre-lubricated
- Speed : 0.5 – 10 mph (0.8 – 16 kph)
- Incline : 0-12% in 0.5% increments
- Folding : Yes
- Display : LED display with blue lighting
- User Weight Capacity : 300 lbs
- Warranty : Lifetime on frame and Lifespring shock absorbers, 10-year on motor, 5-year on electrical and mechanical parts, 1-year on labor
- Sale Price : $2,298 + Offer
***Lowest Price Always For LifeFitness Treadmill***
Motor – Powered by MagnaDrive motor
LifeFitness F1 Smart treadmill is powered by MagnaDrive™ motors which famous for quite and smooth drive system. With 2.5 horsepower, F1 smart is slightly weaker with support up to 10mph and maximum incline range of 12% which only recommended for jogging and walking. You may go for 3HP of horsepower by choosing Life Fitness F3 treadmill if you wish for more powerful motor. Another drawback for LifeFitness is motors are only under warranty for 10 years.
Frame – SpaceSaver Design
The dimension of F1 Smart treadmill is 77″ L x 34″ W x 59 H footprint. It’s portable and can be vertically folded up after your workout for space saving. It designed to fit virtually any home workout area and making it ideal for smaller spaces. Overall the machine is very solid can withstand up to 300 lbs of user.
Running Surface – FlexDeck Shock Absorption System
The F1 Smart Treadmill track is only 20″ x 55″ which work fine for most user for jogging and tall user might feel the length is too short. However, their known FlexDeck Shock Absorption System can reduce shock on your body by up to 30% which greatly minimizes impact on your knees, protect your joint and preventing injuries. This is the same cushioning that used in Life Fitness’s higher end treadmill. The maintenance free deck has a very solid feel while using it.
Workout Programs and Heart Rate Monitor
The F1 smart treadmill comes with only 7 pre-programmed workouts to simplify training with specific goals for calorie burn, distance and other variables. The “Quick Start” feature helps to remembers your preferred walk, jog and run speeds, as well as three different incline positions. It will stores your preferences and incline levels to let you comes on beat faster.
The unit comes with contact heart rate hand sensors and wireless telemetry heart rate monitoring system. Unlike other treadmill brand with chest strap sold separately, LifeFitness F1 smart comes with wireless chest strap included to save you some money.
The heart rate monitoring can help you exercise in the most efficient heart rate zone at the pre determined level.
Console – Basic LED display with Blue Lighting
The basic console with LED display and blue lighting comes with six selection of treadmill workouts including Hill, Manual, Random, Fat Burn, Cardio and Fit Test. An additional USB offers a virtual trainee which allows you to set-up workouts and access same workouts on Life Fitness treadmills from health clubs or other locations. The console area also has an accessory tray and two dishwasher-friendly cup holders for your convenient.
Extra Accessory – Energy Saver Feature
The F1 smart treadmill is compatible with iPod connectivity including Pod Nano (5th generation and below); iPod Classic; iPod with Video; and iPod Touch (2nd and 1st generations) to stream your music. The “Energy Saver” feature automatically reduces energy consumption up to 90% when treadmill is not in use which help to save on energy.
Warranty – Can Be Better
The F1 smart treadmill is covered with lifetime warranty on the frame and cushioning system, 10-year warranty on the motor, a five-year warranty on the electrical and mechanical parts, and a year of labor. Overall the warranty coverage is not too bad but Lifefitness can do it better by prolong the motor coverage. Majority fitness brand like Proform, Sole, yowza Fitness are generous enough by providing lifetime warranty for their motor.
Price – Cost Little More
Although F1 Smart treadmill is the least expensive model in Life fitness line up, the starting price still cost little more at about $2,200. But this is one of the budget option as you are getting a commercial grade machine for their homes at cheaper price.
Wrap-up – Overprice Treadmill But Promise For Gym Quality
Some may disappointing on LifeFitness F1 Smart treamill due to its weaker specification but still costing well over $2,000. The 2.5 HP motor and shorter 20″ x 55″ running track is not attractive enough to competitive in treadmill industry. But if you are looking for gym like quality treadmill for home used, LifeFitness F1 smart treadmill is one of the prefect example of residential treadmill with commercial gym features and proven it is sturdy enough. The folding capability, great cushioning, maintenance free deck and gym-quality components give you a solid feel and will last for years even with regular usage.