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Requires a major commitment to an altered lifestyle

Review by Doctor.Generosity
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As someone who works from home and can sit in front of a computer up to 10 hours a day, I ordered this the same day I read Susan Orlean's article about it in the New Yorker. What convinced me was the research showing how bad it is for your body to sit for hours - and that the negative effects are NOT canceled just because you also get an hour of intense exercise every day! Yikes.

The Lifespan unit gets five stars for design and materials; excellent quality. But it is important to understand that setting this up in your home office is a major commitment to altering your lifestyle. The unit is expensive, heavy, and will take up your floorspace. Once you install it with your main work computer on the platform, there is really no going back. It's a big transition and not everyone is going to find it to their liking.

After walking for several hours a day, or for very fine work, I do need to take a rest and sit down from time to time, especially in the evening, so I set up my second computer on a separate table to be able to sometimes use a computer the old fashioned way! In other words, I found I needed to partially undue the commitment to using the computer only with the treadmill. Also, standing at the computer without running the treadmill, even for short periods, is very uncomfortable for my lower back. Very small adjustments in the height of the monitor and keyboard make a big difference in comfort as hours go by. I finally found that having my laptop on the treadmill desk worked much better than the desktop computer, because one is then looking down at the display, which is easier on the neck. Most of the photos you will see of treadmill desks use a laptop, not a desktop monitor. Be prepared to play around with these variations.

So do I like it or not? Overall, this has been successful in keeping me from sitting like a blob through the working day and putting my daily physiological pattern in a healthier direction. But after several weeks I am still not completely adjusted to it. My advice: If you depend on using a computer to earn a living in your home office, be aware you are committing to a significantly altered daily experience. If at all possible, I recommend finding a way to try it before buying.

Finally, one minor and one major criticism: The manufacturer recommends lubricating the belt before first use but there is not even a small bottle of silicone oil included. And the warranty is ONLY activated if you register the product within 30 days. If you don't notice this unusual requirement in the fine print - which appears to violate consumer protection laws in some states - you may find yourself with an invalid warranty if the motor fails three years later.

Functional, sturdy and well-designed.

Review by S. Frazier
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I recently purchased one of these treadmills and I was so impressed with the design and build quality of the product that I felt compelled to leave a review. First off, the quality of the materials is very good which results in a rock-solid platform for typing even at reasonable walking speeds. As an engineer, I particularly appreciated the amount of thought that went into the assembly. The product ships in two boxes and requires all of eight (8) bolts to assemble. The only thing I would point out is that the desktop itself is a little heavy so unless you have good upper body strength, it's good to have a second person on-hand.

I would definitely recommend purchasing the silicone lubricant Amazon offers in the "treadmill, lubricant, rubber mat" bundle. You'll need it right off the bat and I think the rubber mat is useful as well.

I've put a few hours on it so far and will update my review as I have more experience, but so far it's been stellar. My concerns about stability and my ability to type and use a mouse accurately while walking turned out to be unfounded. I found my sea legs in ~30 seconds and was able to be productive while walking 1.5-2.0 mph.

Greatest innovation ever for telecommuters

Review by A. Mark
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I used to work in a hospital where I logged a lot of hours running around and on my feet. Recently started working from home. I spend a lot of time sitting at the desk, doing conference calls, drinking coffee and click click clicking away. Because of kids, husband, dog, and life I don't get enough exercise (who does?). When I read about this desk I immediately ran (okay, clicked) to purchase it.

It. Is. Awesome.

It came into the house last week and I use it constantly for calls, answering emails, watching videos, light editing, etc. It is set up near my regular desk so I can hop on and off it during the day - still not comfortable writing or doing line-by-line editing while walking. I love that while walking you are not winded but are constantly moving - you hop on and suddenly you look down at the monitor and realize that you've been walking for an hour. I've been walking between 10000 and 20000 steps a day and feel great. I also feel that the low level activity keeps my body occupied so my brain can work better - I actually listen to the call rather than daydream. I have no complaints at all except that the seller (Zoostores) was a bit slow to deliver. I used a taskrabbit (another terrific innovation!) to set it up because it is heavy for one person. If I could do it again, I would have purchased directly from the manufacturer rather than a reseller but that's the only change.

I feel like I am now in some weird religious cult because all I want to do is talk about it and encourage my work-at-home friends to run out and get one for themselves. Enjoy the walking!!

Treadmill Desk Instructions (for Bluetooth enabled desk)

Review by Lloyds
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(I put this together because I wish I had already had this info clearly spelled out before I began, saving myself much annoyance.)

Assumptions
1. You wish to keep track of your walking on your computer and also to upload it to your account online to track your progress.
2. Your computer is Bluetooth enabled (natively or by plugged-in Bluetooth USB).
3. You have already installed the software for the Treadmill Desk App on your computer.
4. You have already set up the desk by entering your weight in the console.
5. You have already enrolled in the Lifespan Fitness Club online and set up your account for your goals, etc.

Operation
1. Click on Treadmill Desk App icon on desk and log in ("use this to view your treadmill results on your computer").
2. Click on the button on the app window that connects via Bluetooth to your console and press the Bluetooth button on your console. The console button will flash blue until it connects.
3. Press ON/START and adjust speed.
4. Log into your Lifespan Fitness Club membership and leave it alone in the background (this will make sure you don't forget to do this later and then lose your data, as I have done several times).
5. When finished for the day or particular period, press STOP/PAUSE.
6. If you've been walking for some time, REFRESH Lifespan Fitness Club BEFORE attempting to upload to make sure you are still logged in or you won't be able to upload and you will lose all that data(!).
7. Make sure you are still logged into your Desk App (if not, you can log in now and walk a little which will make all your data current, then stop), then press and hold STOP.
8. Click "Account Sync" in the App (it will upload to your logged-into account online).
9. To see results online go to Lifespan Fitness, see "Reports" (bottom left of screen) and click on "Exercise History" and they will pop up. Click on the week, and details of each day will show (it updates the info if you do this more than once in a day). Strangely, it defaults to whatever is "yesterday," at least for me, so go to the current day.

A dream came true

Review by Y. YE
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I've thought of getting a treadmill for a good while. When I first learned about treadmill desk, I brushed it off as novelty. However, after looking at my lifestyle, trying out conventional treadmill, and carefully considering what's realistic, I decided treadmill desk is actually ideal for me and my wife. We are terribly busy, and it's really hard to find a dedicated time slot to exercise and stick with it. Treadmill desk allows us to exercise while doing what we have to do anyhow - working on computers.

After doing lots of research, we found and really liked TR1200-DT5. However, the difficulty to adjust table height is a major problem to us, since we have multiple family members needing to use the treadmill desk, and we need to be able to adjust the table height quickly and easily. Eventually we decided to go with TR1200-DT3, and got the ModTable base ($470) plus a table top from IKEA ($20). This combination costs almost exactly the same as TR1200-DT5, but enjoys the benefit of a table with easily adjustable height that even my 5 year old daughter can operate.

The 2013 version of TR1200 solved the annoying beeping sound problem (you can disable it now in Engineering mode), added a blue tooth connection (which I found quite useless mostly due to the desktop app poorly designed). The TR1200-DT3 is very easy to assemble, quiet when operating. Lubricating the belt isn't too bad after a bit of practicing, and cleaning the motor assembly is very easy. I lean my ModTable against the wall, and have a very stable working surface. I can work quite well while walking at 1.5 mph. You do need a few days of practice to get used to it though. I still can't say that I can do all the precise and intensive office app work as well as sitting at my desk, but I can do probably 95% of what I need to do at work on TR1200. I found the most enjoyable use of the treadmill desk is surfing the Internet (the iReader extension on Chrome really helps), having conference call, or watching Netflix. Writing emails is quite a breeze as well.

The only thing I'm unhappy about the unit is the control (as pointed out by other reviews). Speed adjustment, pause and resume, scrolling thru display, the bluetooth app, the overall button response, are all tedious and should be made a lot easier and crisper.

It has been almost 2 months since I got the unit, and I was able to average about 3-4 miles per day, even with my hectic schedule. This isn't a whole lot, but still way better than the mostly sedentary lifestyle that I had before. I have definitely felt a lot better, and my weight is coming down. I'm very glad with the purchase. I look forward to walking many miles on my TR1200, and getting a whole lot healthier along the way! This really looks like a life changing purchase for me.

Good product- a few suggestions for improvement,

Review by Firedrake
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I have been using my treadmill desk for about a week (purchased in Jan 2013) and overall I have been really happy with it. I have been a long distance walker in the past (10-15 miles/day) and I was looking for a way to incorporate excercise while working. Originally I was going to make a DIY treadmill desk by buying a used treadmill and adjustable desk. After a lot of research though, I decided to buy the TR1200-DT because it was designed to be used for long hours on a daily basis and the whole setup was just neater and cleaner looking. I use it when I am on the internet, watching videos, reading, talking on the phone, etc. So far I have been using it for 3.5-4.5 hours per day and I have noticed that I am more alert and can focus better while working.

I have a 42" flat panel TV as a monitor sitting on a pine board shelf that I made for it. The large monitor is a big help- one of the problems I had at the gym was the walking motion made it difficult to read or use the tiny TVs attached to the treadmills. I use a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse with a unifying receiver. I have a "sitting desk" right next to the treadmill desk and each desk has a separate monitor, keyboard and mouse so I can easily switch back and forth as needed. The unifying receiver allows up to 6 devices to be connected to a single receiver that is plugged into the computer (so far 1 wireless keyboard and 2 wireless mice) so you won't have to use all your USB ports. The keyboard does not have a wrist rest which allows it to be placed against the padded edge of the treadmill desk. This stabilizes my hands (palms are resting on the padded edge) so I can easily type at 2 mph. I haven't tried increasing the speed beyond that because mouse control degrades rapidly. At this speed I misclick occassionally (I am not doing anything requiring a high degree of precision, just clicking links, etc.). In the future I may add a wireless touchpad which has been highly recommended by several other users to improve mouse accuracy while walking. I can just barely write short notes at 2 mph (they are usually sloppy but readable) but I can write fine at 1 mph.

I also have a small LG blu-ray player on the desk. The treadmill is very quiet, which was especially important to me because I have a small hearing loss and background noise causes me a lot of problems. I have been able to watch videos at 2 mph without headphones with no problem and I have also had no problems talking on the phone with or without the bluetooth headset.

The desk is very stable and since it sits on the floor it is isolated from the treadmill vibrations. Keep in mind though, that if you lean on the desk (which you shouldn't since it is bad posture) the desk will move a bit - so be careful placing things near the edges or stacking too high. My monitor shelf has to sit very near to the back edge of the desk due to the cord management disk, so I used a couple blocks to make sure it doesn't slide off. Since the desk is so stable you really don't need cup holders, in fact I think they would be a waste of desk space. It would be nice to have some accessories that clip onto the sides of the desk to hold office supplies (especially a paper/book holder that could be adjusted both horizontally and vertically).

In general I like the console upfront where I can easily see everything and it isn't really in the way but I have found that occassionally I will knock the key off causing an emergency stop. Most treadmills have this problem but it is a little more likely when you are close to the console because it is attached to the desk you are using. I finally ended up taping the cord to the underside of the treadmill to keep it out of the way.

There are a few things that I think need some improvement:

1. Unlike alot of people I actually read the manual/instructions and I was very surprised to read that the warranty was only valid if you register your product within 30 days of purchase. This is very unusual and to be quite honest comes across as a little shady since it was buried in the "Warranty" text. This needs to be put in large, bolded print in numerous places.

2. As others have mentioned, this treadmill accelerates and decelerates very slowly. However after decelerating very slowly for a prolonged period of time, it jerks to a complete stop very suddenly. I didn't notice this at first because the deceleration was so slow that I often hopped off without waiting for the belt to come to a complete stop. It is not a huge problem for me because I have good balance but it does startle me. However this could be dangerous for older people or those without good balance. The belt should decelerate more quickly with a smoother transition to a complete stop. The way it currently operates gives the false impression that the belt will come to a smooth gentle stop and it takes so long that most people will probably not be paying attention by the time the complete stop occurs.

3. The instructions need some improvement. I learned more about how to use the bluetooth feature from another reviewer on Amazon than I did from LifeSpan. I was very frustrated in the beginning and lost data for the first 2 days since "Account sync" apparently deletes the data from the counters on the treadmill app even if it doesn't successfully transfer it. It was also not clear that the data uploaded through the bluetooth link only shows up when you click on the "Exercise History" link under Reports in the lower left corner of the LifeSpan Fitness Club window but you can only see the individual manually entered data when you click the "Update" link under "Exercise Results" in the middle of the screen (you can see total minutes/steps/distance, etc. manually entered for the week in "Exercise History" but not the individual entries). This was very confusing while first trying to set up the bluetooth functionality.

4. It would be very useful to have some actual photos showing a properly aligned belt. This is my first treadmill and mine arrived off center (or at least the gaps on the two sides were not equal so I am assuming it was not properly centered). The directions to align the belt were not as clear as they should be. The drawing in the manual showed a single hole/adjustment bolt on each side in the rear of the treadmill, however there are actually 2 bolts or screws on each side and the adjustment bolts are the lower ones. A couple of high quality videos on the website demonstrating how to align the belt and lubricate it would be a big improvement.

5. When you accidentally knock the key off the console, resulting in an E-stop, you lose your data. If the treadmill app was running before the E-stop, the numbers are still displayed but when you start up again everything is set back to zero. Other than writing down the numbers before starting up again and manually entering them, is there no other way to save your data? Can you add an option to have the desktop app continue the count instead of starting over?

6. I have used the treadmill for about a week and a few times a day one of my sneakers briefly comes in contact with one of the siderails (hardly an excessive amount since this treadmill is designed to be used up to 6 hours a day and I do 4-5 hours). I have already noticed that the edges of the plastic siderails are roughened. This makes me question their durability. A hardened plastic or metal strip should prevent or greatly reduce this problem. Part of the reason I bought this treadmill desk was because it looks better than something I could make myself so if it starts to look bad quickly that defeats the purpose.

So far I really like it and being able to work while exercising has finally allowed me to get back on track with my fitness goals.

Nice idea and execution

Review by Michael R
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The treadmill is a nice sturdy, bare-bones treadmill. It doesn't have extemporaneous things to get in the way, i.e. hand rails. The sturdy desk takes the place of needing handrails. I was concerned how this would work, but I like it better than I think I would if it had rails. The desktop is HUGE. You can put a great my things on it and still have room left. I can have my computer, phone, and legal size note pad or book from which I am typing; and I would still have room to eat dinner without getting any of the items messy. The simple workout information is nice to know: time, distance, steps, calories.

Treadmill and Desk are both Very Solid!

Review by dbd
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I tossed around the idea of hacking together my own treadmill desk for awhile, but finally decided to purchase this after reading all of the positive reviews. I'm glad I did - this is one of those rare purchases where I received a product that exceeded my expectations.

I've used a stand-up desk for a number of years, and there was surprisingly little to get used to in order to walk and work at the same time. I had planned on easing into the walking slowly, but ended up doing 5 hours the first day and 6 hours the second without any ill-effects.

Assembly:

The product arrived quickly and well packaged. Assembly was a breeze - in fact, it took longer to get the stuff out of the boxes and to the recycling bin than actually putting the treadmill desk together. The instructions are easy to read and it isn't that complex of an item to get together. I was able to assemble it by myself, but it is probably advisable to have two people do the assembly. Also, I would suggest grabbing a socket wrench for the bolts that connect the tabletop to the desk legs - the flat wrench provided can get a bit annoying and take too much time.

Build Quality:

The desk and treadmill are VERY solid. The desk uses high quality hardware and is extremely stable.

Design:

When considering the purchase, I really didn't like that the desk was curved and had built-in pads and treadmill display. The product designers knew better - the pads are very comfortable and the curved design just works well.

The treadmill itself has a large deck. I'm 6' 3" and usually feel like I'm in danger of hitting the sides or back of treadmills - not so on this one. The motor also seems to be very quiet - It's certainly not silent, but is a reasonable level to use in an office even with my door open to the hallway.

I've only had it a couple of days, so I can't yet comment on reliability. I hope the build quality also translates into a long lasting product.

Although I would recommend this desk to anybody, I'd like to point out the few items that I consider to be minor problems:

Aesthetics - while the desk isn't ugly, it looks like a piece of hospital equipment. While I don't think it's possible for a treadmill desk NOT to stick out in an office environment, It would have been great if it could have been made to look a little less clinical. Though, of course, some people may love that look.

Beeping - The unit beeps on starting, stopping, and when making any adjustments. This can be very frequently in an office environment and the beeping itself is quite loud. It would be nice if this could be deactivated.

Resume - Whenever you pause or stop walking and then restart it, you have to reset your speed (which is also accompanied by beeping).

Though there are a couple of minor annoyances, I am extremely happy with this desk and recommend it very highly!

So easy to assemble- very pleased so far

Review by Alex Constable
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It arrived today and went together really fast (I am not mechanically inclined). In fact I am typing while walking. I'm looking forward to using it often.

Update: now have 15 miles and 42,000 steps and 2,300 calories. Very quiet and sturdy (I am 6'7" and 250+ pounds).

Another update- Just hit 30,000 calories burned having walked 550,000+ steps and 216 miles. Am still very pleased. It continues to operate smoothly. The only thing I do is follow recommended silicone spray on the belt. Have lost 25 pounds (35 pounds if I can count the 10 pounds I lost twice at Christmas!). Resting heart-rate down as is blood pressure.

Great for working mom!

Review by Laura
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I have 2 young children so any moment I am not working is spent with them. This has revolutionized my ability to finally get some exercise in while working. I can write docs and make phone calls all while walking. I agree with another reviewer that I am more focused with work when I am on the treadmill. My husband fixed it so it no longer beeps all the time, which was my only complaint. It's footprint is also smaller than I had expected, which is yet another bonus. Only downside was that we paid for the service to set it up, and the company to whom it was outsourced it had no idea what they were doing (had never put one together before and did not even know they were supposed to put it together!). My husband ended up fixing their mistakes - minor mistakes, but when you pay $200 for that service there should be NO mistakes. That aside, the product is fantastic.

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