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TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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One-person adjustments are no problem, at least if the desk is empty

Review by Geek
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Since there are already a lot of great reviews, I'll keep this short:

1. It's as great as everyone says. It's good quality, works great, easy to setup, etc.

2. A lot of the comments talk about how it takes two people to adjust the height - I don't think that's true. I'm able to adjust the height on my own by lifting one side at a time. I can't go up or down more than 1-2 clicks, but it's really no big deal.

3. The instructions talk about needing two people for assembly too. While it would have been nice to have a helper, I managed the whole thing on my own. I'm not a "big and strong" type either - 5'11", haven't lifted weights in years, but I carried everything in the house myself (the treadmill rolls, which is nice).

If you can't get someone to help you, you can still manage.

4. One of the reviewers talks about the fact that you have to wait for the thing to restart, and when it starts it's going slow. It's not a big deal. Takes 10 seconds (max) and you're doing what you were. I find myself stopping every 45 minutes or so to do something (grab a drink, bathroom break, whatever) and it's no big deal.

5. Speaking of drinking, that's by far the hardest thing I do while using the desk treadmill. Typing is easy (a few more typos, but no problem), navigating the web is no big deal, etc. But taking a drink of water or coffee without spilling isn't as easy as I'd like.

Overall, very happy with this purchase. I have officially figured out how to mix work with exercise, and it's fantastic. I don't have to choose between the two any longer.

Good product, but worried about reliability

Review by Nick
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I've had my treadmill desk for a couple of months. I average about 5 miles a day. It works fine if used at speeds under 2 mph. However, at speeds above 2mph, I experience the 'hiccups' in the belt (when I step on the belt, I feel more friction than expected - a very unnatural and disorienting feeling). The problem is somewhat alleviated when the belt warms up, but it does not go away completely. I've done all the recommended maintenance - including lubricating the belt with LifeSpan brand silicone solution every 40 miles, and it did not help. This issue doesn't bother me too much now, since I don't use the treadmill at high speeds. However, I'm concerned that this problem will get worse as time goes by.
Another annoyance is that the belt sheds little particles quite a bit. They deposit at the end of the belt. Nothing that vacuuming can't take care of though.

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!

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