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TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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This actually works as advertised, both for fitness/health and as a quality machine

Review by Randy
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I work from home, sitting some 6-8 hours/day, often more. In my mid-50s, I had to do something as my back, posture, and overall health had become increasingly problematic. I tried an Aeron chair, a zero-gravity chair, and finally, a stand-up desk. None worked for more than a couple hours before I felt the same, or new, strains on my body.

Movement, as it turned out, was the only solution. I researched treadmill desks, bought the Lifespan TR1200-DT5, and couldn't be happier. It's transformative, and I don't give superlatives easily. Quite simply, walking works. I log between 2 and 3 hours/day (which is about the max you'll likely do) at about 2.4mph. This is cumulative time, as there are breaks for lunch, bathroom, answering the door, etc, which are mixed in with sitting time. I also use two monitors synched to my laptop with a Splitter Box ($13 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BLZDY6A/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). This makes it easy and seamless to switch between sitting at my desk and walking on the treadmill.

The beauty is, you get massive low-impact exercise benefits (supposedly, walking is about the best cardiovascular exercise you can do) without spending any extra time shoehorning a gym visit or other exercise activity into your schedule. I also adapted quickly to coordinating my walking with computer use. As someone else commented, the mouse can be tricky for fine movements, which some people address with a stationary trackball mouse.

As for the LifeSpan TR1200-DT5, all the reviews I read indicated it was tops in design and quality, which is correct. It is heavy, so although I did assemble it myself (I'm 6'1" - 200lbs), an extra pair of arms would come in handy for lifting. Once assembled, it's very solid and the integration of the treadmill with the desk is complete and well thought out. I'd advise getting the complete set like this, versus cobbling together a conventional treadmill with a separately purchased desk.

Because I'm the only one using it, I never adjust it. Which is a good thing, because the manual adjustments aren't meant for frequent changes. If that's important, LifeSpan does make a motorized desk raising option, but it's pricey.

Again, I'm a big fan and advocate of this approach to solve the sitting problem many of us face. It's not often a product hits all the right marks - functionality, usefulness, and quality - so it's refreshing when one does. Highly recommended!

Life changing product for a keyboard junkie

Review by Dmitri Prozorov
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I almost never write reviews (it's hard to find the time) but I wanted to explain how much of a life changer this has been. I work from home and write software which means I sit on my butt for 8-12 hours a day minimum. I tried losing weight the traditional diet way and it worked for some time but I quickly hit a wall and realized that a large part of the problem was my extreme sedentary lifestyle. I also have 4 small boys and was finding it harder and harder to keep up with them already. As I started tracking my steps I found that my lifestyle was only generating 1200 - 1800 steps a day which is deplorable (the average is about 7k, recommended is 10k+) so I decided to try this desk out. I was skeptical that I would be able to maintain my productivity while walking but I am happy to say that the desk is everything it is advertised to be and more. This has literally been a life changing purchase for me as I now average 20k - 30k steps per day and the weight is coming off quicker then I had ever hopped. As an added bonus I find that I am actually MORE productive with my work because I am less inclined to lay back in my chair as I used to and take a break. Overall this is an excellent product and has allowed me to become the active person I always wanted to be.

Pros: Extremely quiet
Seamlessly melts into my routine
Height adjustment to my ideal height makes it much easier to use
Life changing from a health perspective

Cons: Controls could be a bit easier to use (a quick jump to 2,3,4mph or if it remembered my last speed would be great)
Height adjustment is a bit of a pain. I dont share it with anyone so its fine for me but I couldn't imagine changing it for my wife on a consistent basis

Great investment towards your health!

Review by Shin
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I am a software developer, and work at a desk 8 hours a day, then spend the next 6 hours before bed, surfing the web/playing games, etc. Needless to say, not a very healthy habit.

I've yet to use this while working because my monitor wobbles with each step, which is unavoidable, but coasting at 2mph while surfing the web, throughout the day, without having to head to the gym and back, is great!

I'd give it 5 stars, but the desktop app used to sync your workout data to the cloud is horrible. The Lifespan fitness web portal is horrible (functions of the website doesn't work in Chrome..must use IE). Sometimes the data doesn't sync, and you lose it, although the desktop app says it uploaded the data. If it weren't for the buggy, unreliable workout software, this would be a perfect product.

Such easy assembly

Review by Tee
Hello Lifespan - thank you for making this assembly truly easy as pie. I bought this for myself for Christmas and my husband was dreading helping me assemble it. Especially since the Treadmill doctors on Amazon wanted $250 for assembly. Totally unnecessary expense. Setup was a breeze. If I didn't need someone to help be take the treadmill out of the box and lift the desk onto the stand, I could have done it all by myself. I'm looking forward to doing less sitting in my home office in 2014. I'll be back to review the treadmill desk from actual use but was so excited about setup, I just had to post this review.

Great product and service!

Review by Sharlyn
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Both my husband and I work from home. It's so easy to look up, realize the day is almost over and we never left the house! So we knew we needed to make some changes.

After reading so many positive reviews about this treadmill desk, we decided to make the investment. We did have some challenges with the white glove service, but LifeSpan took care of everything!

Working and walking is much easier than we expected. We're very happy with the product and look forward to getting lots of use out of it.

Great treadmill but Skip the bluetooth

Review by George
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I've had my TR1200-DT5 for about 3 weeks and absolutely love the treadmill and workstation, but have thrown in the towel with getting the bluetooth to work. The durability of the workstation desk can probably withstand a nuclear attack. The treadmill is pretty quiet, at least no one on my business calls can tell I'm walking the whole time. The Bluetooth is another matter altogether. I've read other reviews on this site about similar problems with getting the bluetooth to connect to the computer, so I'm sure it's not an isolated issue. I've called Lifespan Technical Support, who had me uninstall and reinstall the Treadmill Desk App Software, but the bluetooth works for a day, then stops working. I spent an average of 30 minutes every morning rebooting the treadmill, rebooting my computer, following precise steps supplied by Customer Support for establishing a connection, and finally decided it wasn't worth the effort. Instead, I purchased a Fitbit One which will track my steps and upload the data seamlessly via my iphone or computer. Fitbit's manual activity logging is far superior to the lifespan site. I can't imagine anyone actually paying for this service after their trial runs out. So sorry guys, you make great hardware, but your software could use some serious improvements.

Love it!

Review by Zoe Nick
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I LOVE my treadmill desk. I tell everyone about it. I had been thinking about something like this for several years. Did a bunch of research, figured out how it would fit in my tiny home office and finally decided on the LifeSpan. I work on average 10 hours a day and many days more. I work weekdays and weekends. Always, found it hard to make the time for a little exercise.

I usually walk my dog about 2 – 2.5 miles in the morning, then hop on my treadmill desk for about 3 - 4 hours. I do mostly computer/phone work and I’m averaging about 2.8 miles per hour, and still being able to type/talk with no problems. When I’m on a conference call, that I only have to listen in on, I ramp it up to 3.5 mph. If I’m going to have to do any talking on the call, I usually keep it about 3 mph. My goal is to just keep moving during the day. I’ve had a “desk job” for about 8 years and I feel like it really takes its toll in a number of ways.

I work from home, so the concerns of some about sweating throughout the day, don’t really apply. My dog doesn’t care as long as she gets her walk first 

I haven’t “retro fitted” it with anything special like a lot of posts I read. I work off a laptop and just move it from the treadmill to my docking station and back as needed. Really need to convince my company to get me a wireless printer!

That’s about it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Worth every penny!
Thank you!

Highly Recommended!

Review by Elaine
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I have had my TR1200-DT5 treadmill desk for 41 days and absolutely LOVE it! It's very sturdy/well-made. I have a sedentary job, sitting in front of a computer, 10+ hours a day, working from home. I have always struggled with making time to exercise. And I have tried all sorts of things to motivate myself. One round involved using a pedometer to try get to 10,000 steps walked / day. I couldn't get close. Now, I walk 10,000 steps at least 5 days/week. I've lost 5 pounds and feel great. Just what this 49 year old needed!

Should have done this years ago!

Review by Dawn
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I am completing month 1 with my tread desk and love it. I bought a monitor arm and almost immediately was able to type efficiently. I do make more mistakes than before so I have to check myself carefully and my speed is not what it is at a sit down desk, but getting better.

My typical day is about 6 hours at the tread desk averaging 2.3 for typing and about 2.8 for conference calls or research. I use a headset and I have asked all my colleagues and no one can hear the tread desk. It does however make a rythmic thumping sound for the tenant in the suite below me, but she hasn't complained (and she does complain about the high heels on the hardwood in the common area). I have a pad under my desk and it is on carpeting also. I average about 40-50 miles a week and I am typically in the office 3-4 days a week. I am losing a pound a week without effort at all and my goal is to complete 2 "marathons" a week eventually. I also supplement it with fast walking outside at lunch sometimes and get an extra 4 miles in those days. Truly everyone should try this. I have offered everyone in my company one if they will commit to 3 hours a day. No one has taken me up yet due to the newness. I think they want to make sure I stay committed and I know I will! Stay tuned, a lot of orders might be coming in soon.

The only technical issue I have is my tread seems to drift to the right often and I have to adjust it. I do lubricate it every week, but not sure how to keep it from drifting. I also can't get the bluetooth to work (like the other reviewers).

By the way, I have never done a product review; but they are the reason I finally bought a tread desk so I thought I should also share my experiences.

Great treadmill desk but not so useful bluetooth feature

Review by Barb
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I have been using my treadmill desk for about 2 weeks (Feb 2013). I purchased the 2013 model with the bluetooth capability. So far I really like it, I previously used the treadmills at the gym but I found myself getting frustrated thinking of everything I needed to do. Now I can get as much exercise as I want while doing other things.

The desk is very stable, although not perfectly still (I have a large flat screen TV on a shelf sitting on top of the desktop and it shakes a tiny bit when I am walking. Most of the time I use it at 1.5 or 2 mph and it is very quiet at these speeds. When I walk at 3 mph though, there seem to be more noises (sqeaks, etc. not just an increase in the hum present at the lower speeds). Overall though it seems to be solidly built.

The biggest problem I have is with the bluetooth functionality, treadmill desk app and LifeSpan Fitness Club. I purchased a bluetooth adapter for my computer so that it could communicate with the treadmill and to be honest I am very disappointed. First the instructions for how to make this work are almost non-existent. To use this feature you need to register for a LifeSpan Fitness Club account (you get a 4 month trial free with purchase of the treadmill desk) and once you are logged in, download the treadmill app. Once you have installed the treadmill app, start it and press the Bluetooth button on the treadmill to connect the treadmill to your computer. The app will then display your stats from the treadmill (which the display on the treadmill is already doing). The only thing this app can really do is transmit the numbers to your LifeSpan Fitness Club account- if you don't sync the app with your fitness club account (which transfers the data), it will lose the data the next time you connect to the treadmill after resetting the treadmill counters. Unfortunately the transfer from the app to the Fitness Club is not very reliable. The calories and distance are usually correct but I have found the number of steps to be off and the time seems to be a completely random number (I must be a superhero to be able to walk 8 miles in 40 seconds). Recently I synced the app with my account after midnight so the data were entered for the following day. When I tried to sync the following evening (technically the same day as the prior sync) it never transfered the data so I had to enter it manually in the Fitness Club account. While you can edit the data that you enter manually, you cannot edit the synced data- so even though I knew the actual times, I could not correct them or change the day for the data uploaded after midnight. The treadmill app does have some historical data on it (displayed as a bar chart) but it is only for one week and apparently it gets this data from your LifeSpan Fitness Club account because even though the original numbers shown on the app were correct, the historical numbers are the incorrect ones.

Basically if you don't purchase a LifeSpan Fitness Club membership after your 4 month trial ends, the bluetooth feature is totally worthless. Since the data transfer is inaccurate/unreliable and there is no way to manually fix it, even if you have a membership it is not worth much at this point. It is safer to just manually enter the data and if you have to manually enter it anyway, there are a number of websites that will track your progress for free. However, if you are someone who will use the other features, like the exercise library, you may find the fitness club to be more useful.

To be honest, I was expecting this feature to automatically load and store my daily data in a stand-alone program on my computer (a program that I expected to be included with the treadmill purchase). I am also not happy with all the personal information that was required to open an account so that I could get the treadmill app, only to discover it was not very useful. Why do they need my exact date of birth, name, address, phone number, email, sex, height and weight just to enroll in the fitness club?

Overall, I really like the treadmill desk but I'm not sure the bluetooth feature and treadmill app really provide any additional benefit. Whether the fitness club is valuable or not depends on the individual and how much they will use it's various features. It appears that the fitness club website is still under development so it may become more useful over time.

***Warning: Read the warranty section of your user manual. It states that the warranty is only valid if you REGISTER the product within 30 days of PURCHASE.***

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