Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill Review

Pros

  • The treadmill has commercial quality with home warranty
  • Its large running surface (60″ x 20″) and high top speed make it suit many types of trainee, even serious runners.
  • Lots of preset workout programs provide interesting training sessions and motivate trainees to train for longer time.
  • FlexDeck cushioning offers comfortable and supportive strides
  • Go System™ Quick Start can save your favorite walk, jog and run speeds so you can start easily by only at the touch of a button.

Cons

  • The price is very expensive
  • It is designed with large size without foldable feature so you should consider before purchasing the machine if you don’t have wide space to place it
  • There is no "standby" feature on this model
  • The buttons are a hassle

Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill Description

Motor

Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is featured with 4.0 Horsepower AC Commercial-Grade Motor System. AC motor found in most commercial treadmills is rated as the best type of motor available on the market. The motor operates quietly and effectively to offer a top speed of up to 14 MPH equating to about a 5 minute pace per mile. This speed is fast enough for most runners.

Running surface

The 60" x 20" surface area can accommodate the longer strides users take while running versus walking. It is cushioned by a patented FlexDeck system. They are also maintenance-free while the tracks on cheaper treadmills need to be occasionally waxed by the owner.

Incline

To enhance user’s performance, Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill features 15% incline and 0.5% increments. This allows users to mimic hill workout as well as burn more calories than working out on flat surfaces. Moreover, incline training also allows people to stimulate a greater amount of muscle fibers. If you want to have higher incline level, you can look at Star Trac E-TRxi Club with 20% incline or or Woodway 4Front with 25% incline, which have more expensive price.

Flexdeck® Shock Absorption

It is a supportive technology which is used to reduce up to 30% of stress on joint compared to outdoor running and lower the risk of getting unexpected injury for runners. Flexdeck® technology not only absorbs the impact but also absorbs the sound to provide a quiet run.

Console

The deluxe LED console featured with back-lit TouchSensor buttons is the similar display to ones found on Life Fitness' best-selling health club treadmills. It includes the Go System™ Quick Start feature that allows trainee to start quickly. The console provides a workout profile display to show user’s workout progress and workout feedback.

Workout Programs

The machine is loaded with 22 workout programs including heart rate controlled, interval training workouts and more. The treadmill can store up to 6 custom workouts. There are also 5 HeartSync workouts. These automatically adjust the intensity of user’s workout depending on their heart rate feedback via the included Polar wireless chest strap or via the Lifepulse digital contact heart rate sensors on the arms. Generally, these options allow users to set their goals across various workouts.

Heart rate monitoring

A contact heart monitor and wireless heart monitor are included in the treadmill. Moreover, you can use the heart rate monitoring system to create a workout based on your pulse. The numerous HeartSync heartrate-controlled workouts of the Club Series Treadmill can be used with its wireless chest strap.

Size and weight

Its size is measured at 83” x 37” x 63.5” (211cm x 94cm x 161cm) and its weight is about 431 lbs (196 kg). This size and weight are considered to be larger and heavier than other standard machine in the treadmill industry.


Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill Review

Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill

Comfort

When it comes to the comfort, Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill provides me with spacious workout area allowing me to stretch my strides comfortably no matter how tall I am. Additionally, a well-cushioned track provides me with really comfortable strides.

If you still want to look for a treadmill with a wider and longer running surface for your heavy running, I would like to suggest Precor TRM 811, Official Boston Marathon Treadmill 3.0, or Cybex Total Access Treadmill. Besides, another feature make me feel comfortable is the iPod compatibility feature which allows me to play my favorite music while training. This is a good way to maintain me training and forget fatigue even when running for long time.

Support

The high-end shock absorption called Flexdeck® Shock Absorption is equipped on the track of the machine. It supports me well in reducing impact put on my legs and joints during my run to lower the risk of injury and to provide me with smooth and soft strides. As advertised, running on Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is up to 30% gentler than running on asphalt surfaces.

In fact, I have averaged about 40 miles a week on this unit but have never experienced any knee or leg pain. Additionally, this technology also helps reduce the noise caused by my steps to offer a quieter run. Besides, the treadmill can automatically change incline and speed to give me a hill or interval workout. When it comes to safety features, there is a lanyard clip and a stop button on the unit to ensure the safe for users and around people.

Convenience

The unit is easy to use. I can track my heart rate via a wireless chest strap or touch sensors. There is the GoSystem Quick Start feature that is able to remember my preferred speeds for walk, jog and run. Therefore I can quickly start my workout with just a push of a button. The iPod compatibility feature not only creates more motivation for me to workout longer but let me charge my devices while training conveniently as well. Another convenience feature is built-in reading rack as well as oversized, dual accessory trays that help hold my water bottle, remote, or cell phone during my training.

Performance

I am a rather big guy and run a lot. This unit is very reliable and it works exactly like the commercial treadmills I used to use at the club. Its powerful motor and strong frame can withstand my heavy weight up to over 350 lbs (its maximum weight capacity is 400 pounds). In the comparison with my old Precor TRM 946i Commercial Series Treadmill, Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill seems to operate with more noise. However, it is quiet enough for me to run on this treadmill in the early morning without making my family wake up.

Especially, the machine operates with rock-solid stability even at highest speed. The speed eases up sensibly and smoothly. It never jerks. Similarly, the incline is also never abrupt. Diverse workout programs and a power incline feature help improve as well as enhance my running performance too. In order to simulate uphill training, the track can incline up to 15 degrees. In short, the unit indeed brings the quality of health club training to my home gyms.

Quality and durability

After more than 10 months of use, I have been impressed by extremely high quality and durable components used to build up this machine. With its high price, the treadmill comes with commercial quality so it looks very solid. It’s expected to last for ten years or more with regular use.

A well-constructed deck and belt will support user to run better and last the longevity of the treadmill longer. At the first look, you can see the belt has multi-ply that will perform well at fast paces and even under high usage with the support of the 3.5″ crowned rollers. And its FlexDeck is virtually unbreakable. Plus, a huge 4.0 horsepower AC motor equipped on the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is proven to be more durable and offer more power than the DC drive motors found on most home treadmill models.

Especially, the good and long warranties (a lifetime warranty for its frame, motor and Lifespring shock absorbers, 10 years for electrical and mechanical parts, and a year for labor) offered by manufacturer also make me believe more in the quality of the product.

Use

The Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is a commercial-quality trainer especially designed for home gyms. Equipped with a 4.0 HP motor (8.0 HP peak) and 60″ track, this unit is suitable to be used for even serious runners. I often use it for long run or weight loss. In any type of workouts, the machine still works effectively for me.

To conclude,

I wish it had a few more programs and cooling fan to make my workout more comfortable but anyway The Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is an excellent treadmill that provides commercial-quality technology for home use. Although, it is expensive I still highly recommend.


Compare Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill to other models

Precor TRM 946i Commercial Series Treadmill

The first model I want to make comparison with the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is Precor TRM 946i Commercial Series Treadmill. This is also a commercial-grade treadmill equipped with Ground Effects Impact Control System and Integrated Foot plant Technology (IFT) to help reduce joint stress and fatigue and prevent injury. In the terms of quality and durability, this model of Precor comes with the thick belt and deck that requires no lubrication or maintenance with the support of steel tapered rollers.

At a little bit higher price than Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill, the unit only has a 4 HP peak duty AC induction motor that offers speed range 1-12 mph and 13 preset programs. The running surface of this unit is also shorter than the treadmill of Life Fitness at 22 x 56 inches. But this can still incline up to 15% to enhance the trainee’ performance.

Although the machine has a lighter weight than Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill, it can also withstand user weighing up to 400 lbs. Because of its higher price, Precor TRM 946i Commercial Series treadmill is rated to be more durable and operate more smoothly than the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill. If you are not big serious runner, you should consider it too.

Cybex 525T treadmill

Like Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill, the Cybex 525T is a long-lasting comercial treadmill for use in clubs and home gyms. The Cybex 525T comes with a high-powered but quiet 5 HP motor. The motor can support the top speed of up to 12.4 MPH. this is a little lower than the top speed of Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill but is still suitable for serious runners.

This model also has a 60" x 20" spacious workout surface with 15% incline to provide trainee with comfortable and effective workout as of Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill could do. At a smaller size and lighter weight, the 525T of Cybex can’t withstand user weight up to 400 lbs like the treadmill of Life Fitness. I just highly recommend it for users weighing less than 350 LBS. Generally, this unit can be considered as the similar model to of Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill.

True ES900 Treadmill

The last model is compared to the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is True ES900 Treadmill. It is the most advanced True Fitness Treadmill. Like the treadmill of Life Fitness, this model is also an ideal option for serious runners with a roomy 60″ x 22″ workout surface, a strong but quiet 4.0 HP motor supporting speeds from 0.5 to 12 MPH and a 400 pound capacity.

In addition to 15% incline feature found on Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill, this treadmill features 3% decline for toning muscles as well as helps user burn more calories. The feature I found better compared to the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill is that it has more preset workout programs. According to my knowledge, it includes 40 preset workout programs. These diverse programs help users get their fitness goals easier.

And of course, this expensive machine is featured with cushioning system for comfortable and smooth strides. Especially, the advanced cushioning system on the machine is adjustable to give user’s body better protection against shock or let them mimic road running to train for competitions. However, despite having better features than the Life Fitness Club Series Treadmill, True treadmill owners have to be responsible for lubricating the tracks.

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