TR4000i Folding Treadmill

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Have had this for several years and it works great. Use it every day for about five miles Review by Stephen T
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Have had this for several years and it works great. Use it every day for about five miles. I have had no problems with the machine. It must be plugged into a non ground fault plug or it will not run.
4.5 Stars! STURDY/QUIET Easy assembly + No static with TrippLite Surge Protector Review by Kalebk11
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I would give this treadmill 4.5 stars if I could. My wife and I are very happy with it. Very minor issues. See bottom of review for suggestions on lube, surge protector & pad.

My situation: Upstairs treadmill, limited space, I am a work from home dad with a 4 month old kiddo so lots of short workouts, TV already accessible near treadmill, and it's on carpet. My wife and I both play soccer and go to the gym but use this treadmill as convenience for off days, rainy days and MONDAYS! LOL

After reading and researching for a couple of months I found this to fit what we needed comparing about a dozen treadmills. I specifically wanted a treadmill that was quiet, reliable and sturdy (in other words the handles/console didn't wobble excessively while you run).

Pros:
- Quiet & Sturdy - no wobbling handles/console. We have ours upstairs and it's still VERY quiet below 6.0 running speed. And even at 6+ the sounds you hear are thumping shoes and not the treadmill itself. Solid, stable deck!
- Very easy assembly that I should have probably used my own tools for 'cause the ones provided were a tad awkward.
- Easy console to use. I do manual workouts mostly anyway. Just push a button or two and incline or speed. Easy.
- Great incline - 15!
- LOVE the Speed & Incline Shortcut buttons. You can jump from 0 to 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 or 6.0 speed with one click... no endless up, up, up clicking on the arrow acceleration key. This is also true of the incline with preset option buttons not endless click, click, click... up, up, up.
- Console is simplistic and easy (also a con for some as mentioned below)
- Handlebar quick access buttons are great for incline or speed adjustments (although easily bumped as mentioned in cons)
- Aside from lube, the treadmill was ready to use as soon as assembled which was easy.
- Heart rate handles are quick and easy

Cons (minor to my situation but possible heads up for future owners):
- Heavy to get upstairs (we kept it in the box while moving). It is one solid piece that is not worth disassembling to move. Just find your strongest, most ambitious neighbor. And beer as incentive. :-)
- Console is a little simplistic. I am perfectly fine with it 'cause I don't need much but this is where I believe I should get a little bang for my buck or a lower price. I don't use the speakers or need fans. But the console could use an upgrade considering I spent $1900 and my friend spent $1500 (after tax) for a better console on another brand. Although I like my friend's console I didn't like his treadmill! Its a Proform 4500 I believe.
- Handlebars seem short. At the gym I feel like I can use the handlebars for support or for leaning on hard workouts. With this treadmill I feel like they're about 6 inches short and not as supportive. They are still sturdy however and I manage just fine.
- Handlebar buttons are bumped easily but as mentioned above they're also a pro.
- Deck is slightly narrower than what I'm used to at the gym, but most treadmills in this class were the same or only better by 2 inches.
My son told me it is better than the ones at his gym Review by Bill Landrum
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This is a very quiet, well made treadmill. I can read on my IPad or kindle while I walk. My son told me it is better than the ones at his gym. Delivery was fast and friendly. I would buy it again.
Fantastic! Review by Antonio A
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This is a great product for big guys, lots of features it only needs to talk and GPS.
Shockingly solid treadmill Review by MA-reader
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I would give this treadmill 3.5 stars if I could, so I'm rounding up. I bought this from a retailer, because Amazon doesn't offer delivery and set up, and I wish they would. I replaced another treadmill, similar price, that gave me faithful service for 15 years.

I have a home gym in a very small room, which also includes a stationary bike and an elliptical. My old treadmill was also a fold up. I would keep it folded up, and then wheel it into the center of the room and open it. That was my plan for this one too.

Well, forget that. It is way too heavy to do that. Maybe for a strong man, but not for me. I can manage to close it, but it is nearly impossible to maneuver in a small space, it is much too big, heavy and unwieldy. So if you are looking for something that is really portable, look elsewhere. I rearranged my room, and now I keep it open. The plus side of the heaviness is that it is sturdy, and doesn't slide on my wood floor, like my old treadmill did.

It seems to have lots of cool programs. I just like to get on the thing, plug in my ipod and run, so that's a bit lost on me. There's a display with your age, height and weight which makes the calorie count more accurate, but other than the weight, you have to load the info on a USB from a fitness program and then download it into the display. That's a lot of bother. Mine came preloaded as Age 30, 6'7" and 150 pounds. Not even close.

I like the running bed, it's sturdy, and doesn't have a lot of bounce. I like that it comes with it's own heart rate monitor belt, with a display right on the console. There are metal sensors in the arm rail that are unnecessary, because the belt works great. I compared it to my Polar monitor, and it's close enough, although loses some beats over 140.

The display is big and clear. It has quick change speeds and inclines, which is a nice feature. There are also speed and incline buttons on the arm rails, which I don't care for -- they are in an awkward place and too easy to hit by mistake.

Now to my biggest issue: the static shock problem. I see in these reviews that about 1/3 the reviewers experience it, count me in on that. I can't run more than 2 minutes without feeling a static shock when touching the metal pieces on the machine. And this is in August, when there's humidity in the air. I tried everything the retailer suggested -- made sure it was plugged directly into the wall, a rubber mat on my wood floor, wearing cotton running shorts, even rubbing my shoes with dryer sheets. Nope. Oh, they also told me that running shoes with black soles are better and I should change my shoes. Honestly, I have fussy feet, and to find another pair of shoes I can run in AND have black soles, well, it would be easier to get another treadmill. I have found one thing that works: just keep a towel draped over the metal parts of the hand rail. Simple. It seems to discharge the static without a shock. Works great now, hope it will also work in the dry air of winter. I've read that other treadmills have this problem, too, but not all. I think if I had read these reviews and known this particular model had this issue, I would not have bought it.

But I did, and generally, I'm pleased. Good luck with yours!
very good treadmill Review by New Moon
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Little about me: Female, age forty, been running for twenty years. I belong to a gym, and purchased this treadmill to supplement my workout at home when I simply don't feel like going out (especially really early in the morning). I will probably never use the interactive features of this treadmill, so I am not rating it on that.

Pros:
-Easy to put together
-Delivery was AWESOME. The freight company delivered it a day early, and contacted me by phone every step of the way. Excellent customer service from that company.
-Quiet! I love this feature, because I do not have to turn the TV up super loud
-Stable. This treadmill does not wiggle around at all. Unlike my Proform from years back
-Nice readout. However, I have not used all of the features.
-big treadbelt
-seems almost as good as the treadmills at the gym
Cons:
-I think it may be at a natural 1% incline, which I am not fond of. I do run at a .2 incline at the gym, but certainly not 1% (or more)? I have to prop up the back wheels with books in order to make it less of an incline when running. Of course I take the books out when I want to walk at an incline. Yes this is a hassle. That's why the 4 stars, instead of 5.
-Don't like the placement of the buttons on the handrails--kind of awkward.

Despite the two "cons", I would certainly purchase this treadmill again. Great product.
We love this treadmill! Review by annie bananie "pinebark"
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It was packed well and arrived in good condition. It was heavy, but my husband and a friend were able to carry it into the house. There wasn't quite as much to assemble as we had expected, and my husband had it together and ready to use in an hour. It is as sturdy as the two "professional" models I use at work. The incline and speed changes respond quickly and smoothly. The display and controls are easy to use. I especially appreciate how the console is not as bulky looking as other models we tried out. I have used the speakers once, to listen to the audio for a TV show I watched on my PC. They worked fine. There is also a little shelf that my iPad mini fits on nicely. We ordered the recommended belt lubricant (it does not come with it) and applied it before first use. Because other reviewers have mentioned a static electricity problem, we keep a couple dryer sheets in the cup holders and wipe the bottoms of our indoor-use sneakers before getting on the belt. I don't know if that really helps or not, but we have experienced NO static problems. We've been using it for a few weeks now, and are still happy with it. We're very happy with this purchase!
Great treadmill with late 1990s technology... Review by Ken H.
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Oh how great this treadmill could have been had the development team been resting on there reputation from past reviews. I'm on this treadmill typing on my iPad wishing they had developed an app for it. Wouldn't have cost that much. The web site tracking they advertised when I bought is cumbersome at best. Try to set your height and weight on the treadmills control panel, not possible, haven't figured it out and have read the manual. Intelliguard which supposed to sense when you step off machine and stop the belt has never worked. Other that it does give a good workout if you can deal with user unfriendly setup.
Performance/Design Just OK Review by EMB
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I've been using heavy-duty fitness club treadmills for years and now that I have space for a home gym decided to take the plunge and purchase a treadmill for home use. I decided to hit the middle-price range with the, perhaps erroneous, expectation that I might get close to mimicking performance of industrial equipment. While this treadmill is OK, it is nowhere near the quality of the club treadmills I've used in the past.

Downfalls:
1. I do a lot of interval work where I speed up and slow down frequently. The belt is not responsive to changes and I often get a disconcerting belt slipping sensation when decelerating. Takes too much time to speed up/slow down.
2. The arms of the treadmill are in a bad position. There is a handrail attached to the console. I find the space between the console handrail and outside guardrail arms is tight. I am constantly hitting my forearm on the end of the guardrail arm OR my hand on the console handrail causing pain and bruising.
3. There is no press and hold speed increase/decrease function on the arm guardrail. One must repeatedly press the up/down arrow.

I do like the suspension of the deck - very study but yielding with activity.

Overall would be a great option for walking/running at steady speeds and for people who don't swing their arms.
Solid treadmill Review by Ghandi
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The rating really should be 4.5 stars because of couple issues I have with the treadmill, but which are not entirely the treadmills fault.

First, I came across this brand thanks to all the reviews posted on Amazon for their various model treadmills. If not for these reviews, I would not have heard of Lifespan. Outside of their official website, there is very little out there on this brand's treadmills. The consistently high reviews are what convinced me to get a Lifespan, and I am glad i did. Otherwise, I would have been stuck with a Sear's Saturday special for my firs treadmill. Yes, this is the first treadmill purchase, mainly for my wife and I to lose some weight and get some regular exercise. We decided to splurge a little up front and get a quality treadmill that lasts a few years rather than have to replace it after 2-3 years. Especially given how heavy they are, its not something we want to do often.

Treadmill itself is well built. I am not sure how sturdy it will be for running, because i have mainly used it for fast walk/jogging. The console design and build reminds me of a medical equipment from the late 90s. While it looks old fashioned, it is bright, easy to read and the large buttons make it very functional. Very basic features, no fancy stuff. I have seen other treadmills that have a built in Android web browser. I am glad this one does not have all that, since the console has a lip in between the top screen and bottom where most of the buttons are to place a book, or hold an iPad. The buttons themselves are quite nice and have a rubbery/grippy feel to them. Lots of treadmills have a completely smooth surface for their consoles and flat touch type buttons. I appreciate that this treadmills consoles has actual/discrete buttons, and they all have backlights. Very handy when you are jogging. And the secondary buttons for speed and incline on the handles are also nice, as they are the two functions that you access the most while running. Clearly the folks at Lifespan concentrated on making a great treadmill rather than throw extraneous entertainment items in to the console. Like others have mentioned, the treadmill is very quiet. I cannot hear the motor working, only sound I hear are my feet hitting the tread and the tread gliding over the running deck.

It has the interactive exercise logging ability, which I have set up the profile for my wife (you only get one per treadmill purchase). But it is too cumbersome to use in my opinion as you have to remember to unplug and upload in to your computer after every run. It saves data as a simple text file, so I "created" a profile for myself on a separate USB stick. Reason I did this is I can simply plug it in on my run and all my profile info (height, weight, age, sex) immediately pops on the treadmill console, so I can get more accurate calorie count estimates on my runs. So when my wife gets on, she just plugs in her USB, an her info immediately pops up. That way neither of us has to bother inputting their data on the console for their runs every time. As far as I can tell, you cannot save separate profile data for users on the treadmill console itself (I could be wrong, but I have not bothered to investigate it much, as the two-USB solution works great for us).

Now, onto the problems I encountered and the reason for the 4.5 stars.

First, when the treadmill was installed in the game room upstairs, it tripped the fuse in the main control box within 15-20 seconds of starting up. At first I thought the 3.25hp motor was too much. But the main box indicated 20 amps being run to the room where the treadmill was located, and nothing else was hooked up in the room. The treadmill installer suggested moving the treadmill to the living room, closer to the ground in order to avoid the problem. I told him I would research the issue. Going online, i found that my problem was not unique. My home was built in 2009, and the new homes now require AFCI breakers that are much more sensitive to voltage spikes. And the way the motors in treadmills work is they throw an arc, and this is interpreted as an electrical fault by the breaker. Apparently this is an issue common to all treadmills, not just from Lifespan. Doing more research, the solution was to someone "mask" this arc so that it does not trip the AFCI breakers. I purchased a heavy-duty surge protector (http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-ISOBAR6ULTRA-Isobar-Protector/dp/B0000513US/) based on reviews and my research. Problem solved! In fact, if you go to the link and read the reviews, about 10-15% of the reviews are purchasing the surge protector to run their treadmills which are tripping the circuit breakers.

Second problem. Like one other reviewer here, I too experienced static shocks, and they were very irritating. Not as bad as to shut down the treadmill or trip the circuit breaker. But i basically had to remember to touch the treadmill metal area every 30 seconds or so in order to discharge the static charge before it built up and gave a much larger shock. Imagine going on a hour long jog and having to get shocked every 30 seconds. Not very conducive to promoting exercise. In all fairness, i build up static charge just be getting in and out of my car, especially in the winters. Unlike that poster, who switched *to* a pair of Asics to resolve the problem. In my case, it was my Asics that were causing static build up and shocking me. So I switched to Reebok (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008JBPMV4/) and the static charge is significantly lower. It is still there, but unlike previously where the static shock felt like someone had rapped me very sharply with a rubber band, this one feels like putting on a wool sweater. Noticeable, but not painful. Interestingly, my wife has not gotten zapped on any of her runs. She uses Mizuno running shoes.

Overall, I think its a solid, quality treadmill for the price. Lifespan put the money on treadmill portion, rather than extraneous stuff like cooling fans and console web browsers. I would not hesitate to recommend this middle-tier treadmill for folks looking for a solid treadmill. But be aware of the issues I stated above, which are common to just about all treadmills.

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