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Review by rbhatta "A Dinosaur you can trust!"
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We are middle aged couple who realized that we are not getting any younger, we also learnt over the years that more you exercise and eat healthy food, the less time you will spend with your doctor and blood thirsty insurance companies, and this made us search for some good fitness equipment within a reasonable budget.

The positive reviews on Lifespan TR 1200i on Amazon and elsewhere on the internet made us purchase this Treadmill and we are pleased to say that the reviews on this fitness equipment on Amazon are honest and it is well worth the money spent.

With Lifespan TR 1200 Folding Treadmill we got a strong running surface with whisper quiet 2.5 hp motor, a sleek, attractive looking easy to read Color LCD console, Dual side handrail with speed and incline controls and a super easy folding system to save space wherever you wish to place this.

You also get a USB key device (Small size 128Mb) which you can insert into the console that tracks and records your information. Along with a free membership to the Lifespan Fitness Club online (A $99 Value), you can use this to track your results over time, get new workout routines and reach your fitness goals faster.

Here are our positive experiences [PROS] with this product:

PROS
[+] Very Quiet Operation -The Lifespan TR 1200 treadmill runs extremely quiet even at decent running speeds like 5 miles per hour and still feels solid and shake-free console which is very easy to read.

[+] Intelli-Step Counting feature - With most people's goal is to walk their "5,000 steps a day" to have a healthy body, this is a very helpful tool. Basically, the treadmill works like a pedometer and shows how many steps you've taken during your walking or running routine.
This is an exciting feature that can give you positive feedback from the console to challenge you to go further.

[+] Safety Pause feature - The TR 1200i treadmill has built-in sensor in the belt drive system. It senses and relays that to the console computer on-board when you're no longer stepping on the belt and will automatically stop the treadmill after predefined seconds.
This is a great safety feature to give you some added peace of mind, especially if you have small children in your home who loves to play around the treadmill

[+] Speed and Incline Controls on Arm Bars - We love this feature, especially when you pick up your pace and don't want to reach up to the console which can throw you off balance. However, with this treadmill you can change your speed (Right hand controls) or incline (Left Hand controls) with the touch of an easily accessible buttons on the arm rests instead of reaching up to the console while you are walking or jogging.

[+] Console with Speakers - While this is becoming a fairly standard feature in most treadmills, it's still a nice option to have. In this treadmill you can plug in your iPod or your favorite MP3 player and listen to your workout music through the console speakers.

[+] Free Membership to Lifespan Fitness Club - As mentioned earlier in this review, The Lifespan TR1200 comes with a tiny capacity (128mb) free USB device when plugged into the USB port automatically tracks and stores your workouts. It also holds your personal information (so that don't have to re-enter it when you start up the treadmill every time).

The $99 value membership (Included free with this model from lifespan) to their fitness club will help you by taking into account your preferences and goals. It then sends you weekly exercise routines and even sample videos on how to do certain exercises and work more fitness into your daily routine. The basic idea is to stay accountable and be on track on a daily basis to reach your fitness goals.

[+] Good Warranty on the product from the manufacturer

Frame & Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

This gives you peace of mind and believe me if some manufacturers state this clearly it means that they made effort in making a good equipment and according to our observations, the treadmill is indeed build solid and will last years to come.

CONS

[-] Speakers are not of great sounding, Not very bad but not good either :-)

We hope this review is useful for others just like it has been for us here on Amazon user reviews, and we wish that by making a purchase you will meet your fitness goals in life!

Cheers! And may you have a happy healthy life!

Almost Perfect 4.5

Review by G. Kepnick
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Well the unit came today and it took me quite a while to set it up, as I did it on my own. The packaging was really strong and it came on a pallet. They delivery man helped me get it into my place. And I had to strong arm it into my office. It is quite heavy, but the box is clearly labeled with a "heavy end" so you know where the head of it is.

The first issue I had was it should have some leaflet or instructions on how to properly unpack it. It is a big item and quite a few ways to get it out of the box. I am not sure if I did it the easiest way. I ended up cutting away the box around it so that it was just a cardboard pad on floor. Then I lifted the arms/back thing into place and locked it down. Then lifted the belt into the storage position and removed as much cardboard as possible and assembled everything else. This would have been 100x easier with 2 people, but I did not want to wait for help.

The second issue I had is when I raised the bars up I must have pinched the wires. Like the black part peeled away and I could see the wires on the inside. It all seems fine, but that sucks that I had it for a day and now have exposed inner wires. Maybe some sort of cable housing could go on those or they could be pulled to the side when you package it. This one is my fault for not checking before I lifted back into place, but I do not think the wires should have been in that joint. Oh Well. Electrical Tape to the rescue.

Beyond that kink the unit went together well. They put all the screws where they need to go so none are missing, but that means you need to unscrew them first, and then assemble and put the screws back in.

Another issue I have is with the annoying beep. It sounds like a short or something in the speakers. Almost like when a smoke alarm needs a new battery. I would love an option to turn that down or have a more pleasant sound.

The instructions have lots of information, but are pretty bad on the setup as well as getting the features to work. Setting the clock should be in some starting page rather than near the end. Also lubing the belt should have a diagram at least.

It would also be nice if you could get 2 memberships / or a family membership on the LifeSpan Fitness club. Most people who own this will have a couple people using it, but only one person will get to use the software.

Beyond that I am happy with it. It seems well made, has lots of features and seems pretty quiet outside of those terrible beeps when you hit a button.

The walking platform is huge on this. I have not tried running or jogging, but on a walking pace you can really get a long stretch/stride if you like.

I am going to be using it as a "walking desk" so it is nice that it goes from .5-1 in .1 increments.

The included fitness software is actually pretty cool. You put the USB in the treadmill and it logs all of your workout info onto the stick and then you upload it the site and it shows you your progress etc. It worked flawlessly, even with a MAC. Might work w/ linux too as it is web based and runs on Adobe Air.

It is an expensive unit, and when I got it was actually below the 1k so it was eligible to get the 20% savings. At that price I thought it was worth it to move up from a entry level machine and get something that should last.

To sum things up, this thing feels really sturdy. It is not as heavy duty as a gym unit, but it was nicer and sturdier than the ones at my physical therapy office. It is has some great features to help you get more use out of it. There are a few quirks but nothing that should knock off more than a star. I think it is a solid 4.5. I am giving it a 5 to bump up that one ladies irrational 1 star review

best 1000 bucks I've spent in a while

Review by S L Young
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It's not perfect, but you absolutely will not get anything better for the price.

So ok, it doesn't come with the usb drive. to be honest, I couldn't care less - the last thing I need is yet another piece of software to track my runs. I just need a quiet, easy to use treadmill that doesn't require a day to set up.

It's quiet. It's easy to use. It's easy to set up (except for the fact that it is HEAVY). It works exactly as advertised. I don't like that it displays mph instead of minutes per mile, but ok, I can live with that - just made myself a little conversion spreadsheet, laminated it, and stuck it up on the wall.

When you adjust the speed, it increases and decreases gradually enough that it doesn't threaten to throw you off. The programs are reasonably easy to understand and set up. The controls are simple and easy to figure out. It doesn't squeak or creak or make random noises, and the motor is quiet enough that I can watch tv at a reasonable volume while running. The height adjustment goes high enough to suit me. Doesn't do negative elevations, but oh well, I can live with that for a thousand bucks. The speakers aren't awesome, but that's ok too - I'm in my house, after all, I don't need yet another set of speakers. It's padded enough that it doesn't beat up my knees and ankles, which means that I can run more miles, which means better quality training for me, but it's not so padded that it's like running on mush. It's easy to adjust the belt, and easy to lube it as needed, and easy to fold it up. Not easy to move - it doesn't exactly roll around - so put it together where you want it to live, and plan on getting help if you have to move it far.

I've been on more expensive treadmills with more programs and more gadgets and stuff, and they're fun. But for a thousand bucks, this is a great buy and will keep my training miles up where they need to be. If I get a few years out if it, I'll have gotten more than my money's worth, and I don't even have to comb my hair to go out to the gym when the weather is bad.

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After a couple of months of using this, the plastic housing around the belt began to rattle a bit. Nothing serious, just enough to be slightly annoying. A few rubber washers from Home Depot solved the problem.

I LOVE this treadmill!

Review by Book Lover "I love to read"
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I ordered this treadmill from Amazon.com. We put it together yesterday, it was fairly easy to put together, but it is HEAVY! Be sure you have more than one person to help get it inside and get it out of the box.

I absolutely love it already and I am so glad I made the choice to go with this particular treadmill. I did my research for quite a while before I made my decision. Being that it did not have one single negative review on Amazon, helped to seal the deal for me as I know that the people giving these reviews are the ones actually using it and not just some so-called "expert" giving their opinion, but not really using it.

It is very user-friendly, with good sized digital readouts making it so easy. The thing I love the most about it, is that it is so unbelievably quiet! I kept reading that in other people's reviews, but I didn't really think it would be as quiet as it really is! I have it positioned in front of my big screen TV and I didn't even have to turn the volume up to screaming mode to hear it! Last night I worked out on it for an hour and 15 minutes while I watched some of my DVR'd shows and I hardly even noticed that I was working out because it was so quiet and I was absorbed into my TV show. It is just fabulous! I love the magazine/book holder on the dash too, as that has always been my biggest complaints about other treadmills. I love to read while I am working out and this gives me the opportunity to do so without holding on to anything! I also love the i-pod hookup, that is another nice bonus!

I also LOVE the pause feature! On my old treadmill, if I had to stop for any reason, I lost all my settings (time, speed, etc.) and had to start all over. With this one, you just hit the stop button and it pauses right in the middle of your workout... you go do whatever and come back and hit start and it picks right back up on the time you had already completed and goes right back to the speed you were at.

Another great feature is the countdown. When you start the treadmill, it starts "counting down" to let you know it is going to slowly start. It doesn't just catch you off guard and start suddenly! I love that. This treadmill really has it all for a fabulous price!

The one and only complaint I have about it thus far is that it does not turn off on the dash! This is a bit puzzling to me, I have no clue why the engineers would not put the on/off switch on the dash! That is the first time I have ever seen that on a treadmill. You either have to unplug it or turn it off by the switch on the front of the belt down by the floor. Very odd to me. Overall, I highly recommend this treadmill! I do not think you can go wrong with this purchase!

UPDATE: A year and a half later, I still love this treadmill!! If you are like me, you realize that most people review items within days of receiving it and therefore you do not get the review from "tried and true" usage, so I wanted to add my year and a half later update that it is still wonderful and I have not had one single problem from it!! I still highly recommend it!

Very great treadmill, reviews spot on

Review by Z. Cavaricci
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I bought this treadmill based on the reviews here. I assembled it with a little help from my gf to get it out of the box, and it took me a bit longer than I had planned due to my mistakes and bad luck. I thought I could save time by removing all the screws from the console part at once (they are put there pre-assembled and need to be removed to attach other parts), but didn't realize that not all of them are the same. So don't make that mistake! The little screws are slightly different depending on what they are to be used for. Also be careful not to bungle up the wires between the console and the panel you screw it into on the treadmill.

I ended up not being able to put on the last piece which covers the wiring in the back, not sure but the screws wouldn't go into the holes. I don't think this was my fault this time, must be the holes were not properly drilled through. Anyway, this is purely a cosmetic piece and doesn't affect the functionality.

As for using it, it is pretty straight forward. The display is nice and big, shows all the important metrics. I am not sure how to make it show pace instead of speed since I run based on that as opposed to speed, I'll have to read the manual some more. There are pre-planned programs, but I mostly just like to do my own thing, so that's what I did for the first run. The thing is very quiet, I was very surprised. It is super sturdy, I am of average weight and height for a male (5'10, 155) so I don't foresee it ever breaking down on me due to wear and tear I am hoping. The controls on the handles are a very nice bonus, it is like the really nice treadmills at the gym and allows you to stay more in "the zone" as opposed to trying to reach forward and finding the speed/incline buttons. This way you can run more in the "middle" of the treadmill as opposed to toward the front.

I did a 3 mile run, around 7 speed, and since I'm a heavy sweater, I know I will now need to invest in some heavy duty fans. The speakers were actually not as bad as I thought they would be based on some other reviewers. I couldn't find any volume buttons though, had to use the volume on my iphone, I'll have to read the manual some more. I haven't tried the online club that comes with the treadmill, I am letting my gf use it since she has goals of losing weight whereas I am just doing it to get in shape. It comes with a usb device that will record all your data and let you upload it, from what I hear.

The treadmill folds up very nicely after use, and isn't too heavy on that side; the hydraulic release is a nice touch. All in all, this is a great purchase, and I look forward to running on it, as will my gf.

PROS:
Very sturdy, well-built
Buttons on the rails are very useful
Easy to read display
Extremely quiet
Good warranty
A good value
1 Free membership to online tracker

CONS:
No fans
Very heavy

NOT SURE:
No volume control?
Show pace instead of speed?

Good value for the price

Review by Mr. Nibbles
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I've had the treadmill for 3 weeks and run 3 miles on average per day on it. I've had no issues with it at all. I spent a lot of time reviewing treadmills and ended up buying this one due to the price and the overwhelmingly positive reviews. It arrived faster than estimated and assembly wasn't too difficult, though some of the holes for the screws weren't exactly clean and needed some work before the screws would correctly go into them. I can see what some of the other reviewers were saying about the plastic seeming a little cheap but for the price I really can't complain. I don't use the preset programs so I can't really comment on them. I connect my iphone to the audio port to listen to music as I run and haven't had any issues with the speakers like some reviewers have commented. I'm a bigger runner at 6'3 and haven't had any issues with the treadmill accommodating my size. If you're someone who just likes to get on the treadmill and run 3 or so miles, you'll be happy with this product. I absolutely have no problem recommending it.

love it !!!

Review by carmamaze
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I love this treadmill. I originally picked it because reviewers said that it was easy to put together. It is. It took less han 30 minutes. Make sure you look at the pieces on the instructions to put it together. It's heavy but one muscular person could move it and assemble it(but probably better with two). In addition it is quiet. It's smooth. The motorized incline functions are fabulous. My knees don't hurt as they had on previous treadmills. I only walk on it,but my 17 year old son jogs on it (216#s). The hand grips are nice too.
and he loves it. I've had it a month. I haven't tried the MP3 connections. It has a ledge to place a book to read while walking. I haven't tried to fold it. I have it on carpet with no problem. It cost more than a lot of the others but I didn't want any problems. Oh yes,the deliveryman helped my husband carry it into the room in the house that we wanted it to sit.

LifeSpan TR1200i Review -- Pros and Cons

Review by Shaun T
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I am an owner of this treadmill and I'd like to share my experience with it. I weigh 210 lbs and the treadmill accomodates my running with very little shaking at zero incline. As the incline approaches its maximum setting the frame and console increasingly shakes side to side. This isn't something that troubles me because I rarely run at inclines higher than eight out of fifteen -- however you definitely want to be aware of this.

An unexpected positive feature of the treadmill is its built-in USB port. The intended use of the port is enable you to store running telemetry on a USB drive, such as steps, heart rate, and distance travelled. However, I find the USB drive more useful as a mobile charger for my phone and other mobile devices I use while running.

The built-in speakers are lackluster and the line-out jack introduces a loud hissing noise. If you are buying this unit for its speaker and sound capabilities you will want to take a pass.

The construction and build-quality of the treadmill is overall very good. Setup was straight-forward and easy.

The console user interface for the treadmill could definitely use some work. There is no way to update your height or gender without using the included USB key-chain. This can be frustrating if you want the treadmill console to show accurate information but you don't care or want to use the software contained on the USB drive. The console user interface is not friendly to use -- when you hit 'start' you cannot change settings in preparation for running. For example, when I hit start I want to set a 6 MPH pace but the console will not let me until the timer is finished. So in effect I am forced to wait three seconds after deciding to run before I can customize the run.

PROS:
Good built quality.
USB port excellent for powering devices during workout
Performs well at zero incline.
Good price for quality.

CONS:
Shakes side to side at high incline.
Line-out channel for audio introduces hiss.
User interface clumsy

Overall, I'd recommend this treadmill to others -- I am a tough reviewer. For LifeSpan I recommend you drop the speaker/audio support -- why add a feature if it is too poorly executed to be usable?

Awesome Product!

Review by Simster
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Overall I have been very pleased with what the TR1200i has done for my cardio workouts. Purchasing a treadmill always has been an afterthought of mine because I felt as though they were unnecessary. As I have gotten older, I did not like how my energy level has started to deteriorate. I wanted something in my home I can have unlimited access to and was comfortable to use. The LifeSpan TR1200i has not disappointed me one bit. I did enjoy the fact that it came with virtually no assembly required. I had the assistance of my family to lug it down the basement and set it up. Within the hour it was all set up and ready to go. The belt is 20" x 56" long and has shocks built into the deck. I noticed how stable the unit really is. Other pros from my runs are the fact that the belt and motor do not make a lot of noise and I was able to adjust the incline levels with a press of a button on the handlebar or the direct buttons on the console. There are also heart rate control features, if you need to access your heart rate when exercising. I feel as though if you can stay motivated, this machine will yield great results. Safety was another issue I had, having two toddler boys. You never know what things they will do to a machine. It has the traditional safety key BUT it also has a feature that will pause the treadmill if you get off to get a drink, answer the door or phone. The other feature I like is the step counting. Pretty cool how the treadmill counts the steps while you are working out. It makes cardio fun to play your music through the built in speakers while taking advantage of the interesting features the console provides.

Mostly satisfied but real difficulties getting service. Cheap hood over motor.

Review by ttrucano
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The first two times I tried to use this treadmill it ran smoothly and quietly. The third time it squeaked and creeked like crazy. Because I don't live in an urban area. it took a month to get service for this and to get someome to come and see what the problem was. Service was great but 3-4 days later it was doing the same thing. The company gave me instructions to give to my husband to do what the service men did. He took the hood/shield off the motor parts and there were cracks and broken parts in that hood and it is made out of very cheap plastic. He reinforced it with washers and screws and some super bonding glue and then it was running quietly again for this past week. It sounds like the creaking is coming back and I am pretty sure I am going to have to ask for an entre new hood. I really like this treadmill for its features but this has been an ongoing struggle. Additionally, on the initial assembly, the screw holes on the handle bars did not match up well and the holes had to be bored out more. Thank goodness I have a spouse with all the tools and knowhow.

I love the Lifespanfitness program and how it tracks all of my sessions and I also love that this treadmill counts steps, somthing I have always done and I think the milage feature is not quite accurate for me. The speakers are worthless so I either just use headphones with my ipod or I have a little speaker system near my treadmill that my ipod plugs into.

The company people I dealt with were very good and it is easy to get a real live person. Took over a month though to get a service representive to my small town in western south dakota. If you live in a rural area you might want to think twice about ordering this treamill.

The company should replace the hood material with somthing more durable than cheap plasic that breaks and cracks easily. The treadmill under that seems solid and durable. Many nice features on the console like the buttons to immediately go to 3, 4, 5, 6 miles an hour without having to do all that scrolling. Ditto for bottons to pop to different inclines. Than handle bar buttons for increasing speed and incline can be a little sensitive and I often hit them when I don't mean to and then the speed and incline changes erratically, but it can be changed back pretty easily. Those buttons can be a nice feature when using the reading rack without having to move the reading material. Really nice deep cup holders to hold all kinds of things.

This treadmill would get a 5 from me if service hadn't been so hard to get, if assembly went a little smoother and screw holes lined up right, and especially if the hool was not of such cheap construction.

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