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Amanda Brooks
Amanda Brooks
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Life Fitness T3 Review

Treadmills Editorial Team | Last Updated - Oct 1, 2020
Editor's Rating: 9.4 /10


The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill is technically an entry level machine from Life Fitness, but far superior to almost every other entry level treadmill on the market. This popular treadmill is quite similar to the pricier T5. With a 350-pound weight capacity, the unit has a 60-inch track, a 3.0 horsepower motor, and a 15% incline. Most trainees will be more than satisfied with this machine and wouldn’t even notice the T3’s upgrades, which are mainly a higher weight capacity and an extra-wide track.

Like other Life Fitness treadmills, this model offers a choice of two consoles: “Go,” and “Track.” Basically, the “Go” console has all the essentials, while the “Track” console adds variety. The “Track” console connects with for fitness tracking. Most importantly, it works with third-party apps designed for Apple or Android mobile devices.

The Life Fitness “Go” console is loaded with 13 workouts, including three classic workout programs, two advanced, three goal-oriented, and five connected to a HeartSync. Two users can custom profiles and a convenient Quick Start feature automatically adjusts to the trainee’s preferred pace for walking, jogging, and running.

Additional built-in apps and customization options are offered with the Life Fitness “Track” console. It connects to Android and Apple devices for personalized workouts, real-time workout tracking, and third-party fitness apps.

What We Like:

  • Cushioning: The T3 treadmill features the patented FlexDeck cushioning system that reduces the impact to joints by up to 30%.
  • Incline: T3 treadmills can incline up to 15% in 0.5% increments. Incline training helps trainees enjoy the benefits of working out over diverse terrains. Exercising at even a 5% grade can dramatically increase your metabolic rate.
  • Heart Rate Monitors: Contact and wireless heart rate monitors are included. This is especially useful in heart rate controlled workouts that ensure trainees exert a healthy and effective amount of energy.
  • Durability: The T3 home treadmill has a maintenance-free track with above-average rollers that will last for many years to come.
  • Power Saving: Designed by energy-conscious engineers, this treadmill automatically reduces its power draw when not in use. Life Fitness motors also adjust to user weight, so that the machine only operates at full capacity when absolutely necessary.
  • Console: The T3 “Go” console offers a comprehensive list of workout options and is intuitive to use. Whether exercising for weight loss, endurance, or speed, user can can expect a solid workout. However, the “Track” console is best for more serious athletes. It has 16 built-in workout programs and fitness tracking through LFConnect. Both Life Fitness T3 Treadmill consoles also include reading racks, accessory trays, and dishwasher-friendly cup holders.
  • Motor: Life Fitness treadmills are powered by silent MagnaDrive motors. They offer 3 HP, support speeds from 0.5-12 mph, and are under warranty for 10 years.
  • Weight Capacity: This machine supports user weights of up to 350 pounds. It weighs about 250 pounds itself with a large base to ensure stability.
  • Warranties: Life Fitness warranties show how confident the manufacturer is in their treadmills. The T3 is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame and cushioning, a 10-year warranty on the motor, and a five-year warranty on electrical and mechanical parts. Labor is free for the first year.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Size: Life Fitness treadmills are larger than most. This unit has a footprint of about 79 inches by 34 inches. Another model, the F3, is similarly sized but can fold vertically when not in use.
  • Assembly: Few treadmills arrive ready-to-use, but some are much easier to assemble than others. The T3 arrives with a 32-page manual, 18 pages of which are devoted to assembly. Life Fitness will assemble the unit if you pay for $180 with the White Glove delivery service. It’s worth the expense.

Check Out Our Video Review Of The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill!

Our Verdict:

The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill is understandably one of the brand’s best sellers. It costs significantly less than the T5, yet boasts most of the same perks. As for console choice, it depends on how gung-ho you are about using mobile fitness apps and tracking your progress digitally. The “Go” console will satisfy most, but advanced trainees might want more variety. The “Track” console’s compatibility with Android and Apple workout apps helps ensure that treadmill training will never gets too routine. This machine remains a strong option for first time treadmill owners and is easily one of the best entry-level treadmills available. The only real downside is the size, so make sure that you have plenty of extra space to accommodate this machine before committing to a purchase.

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