Good value for the price (Posted on Jan. 13, 2012)Review by Mr. Nibbles "Mr. Nibbles"
- 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.
Talk about Value (Posted on Feb. 12, 2011)Review by Joshua S.
- This has to be one of the best values on the market for $1000. It inclines to 15%, max. speed of 11 mph, handles up to a 300LB runner, and is built sound. I have ran over 30 miles the last three weeks and it has given me no problems. It handles my 200 pounds with ease and has the feel of a high quality gym treadmill. If you are looking for the best valued treadmill out there, this is it!
love it !!! (Posted on Feb. 17, 2011)Review by carmamaze
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 TR 1200i folding treadmill (Posted on Feb. 20, 2011)Review by K. Hand "Challenged Baker"
- I'm one of those guys who reviews everything in order to get the most bang for my buck. I did all the research, and for the money, you cannot beat this treadmill. It was originally $1499 on sale through Amazon @ $999. Great savings and this is one of those gym/rec center/athletic club quality treadmills. I was using a top of the line Precor at the Rec Center and this is comparable quality. It was very easy to set up and I have only had it three weeks and have lost Target Heart Rate zone is the key to losing weight. This machine works with my Polar chest band and continuously monitors my heart rate. It also has the ability for you to use the "Constant Heart Rate" program, whereupon you punch in your desired THR and the machine continuously adjusts itself to keep you there. I am glad I bought this model and would recommend it to my friends.
Reviews on this product are true! (Posted on April 27, 2011)Review by rbhatta "A Dinosaur you can trust!"
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:
[+] 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.
[-] 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!
LifeSpan TR1200i Review -- Pros and Cons (Posted on Oct. 18, 2011)Review by Shaun T
I am an owner of this treadmill and I'd like to share my experience with it. I weigh 210 lbs and the treadmill accommodates 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 traveled. 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.
Good built quality.
USB port excellent for powering devices during workout
Performs well at zero incline.
Good price for quality.
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?
Great treadmill for the price - but USB drive not included (Posted on June 14, 2012)Review by Just a guy
This is a great treadmill. To get anything noticably better, you will need to spend two or three times as much. This is perfect for 99% of people using a treadmill at home.
Delivery through CEVA was great. Be aware of that if you are ordering through Prime. The delivery date you see is the date it gets to the shipper. You then get a call to schedule delivery. You will not get it on the date shown by Amazon. The CEVA delivery is "doorstep" delivery. They leave it outside your house. The guy said he is "not allowed" to go inside. However, a $20 tip and he helped me get this inside, down a flight of stairs, and into my basement home gym.
The box is large and VERY heavy. Do not underestimate that. Check the dimensions against doorways, etc. It is big. Removing it from the box only buys you a couple of inches. It is also VERY heavy. You will need two strong people to lift this. It can be dragged by one. Menuvering the box is very difficult.
Assembly is very easy. Many of the screws and bolts are already in place, so they need to be unscrewed first. The instructions are clear and all necessary tools are included. Just follow the instructions and a fourth grader could put this together. It took me about 15 minutes.
The motor is very quiet when running. Your footsteps make more noise.
The duplicate buttons on the side rails are great.
The heart rate is a gimmic, but works with a Polar heart rate strap. It should also switch the display to HR automatically when you grab the grips. It doesn't.
Two things should have been included but weren't.
1) The USB drive is NOT included. The photos make it look like it is included, but it isn't. They cost less than five bucks and 1gb is more than enough 1GB Red USB2.0 Flash Drive Swivel Design. It is stupid it isn't included. I searched through the packaging for 20 minutes until after calling customer service to confirm it wasn't in there. The USB is needed to tell it your height and weight - which otherwise will always be incorrectly displayed on the screen.
2) There is no lube included. Belt lube is like fifteen bucks. The manual says to apply before first use. Come on. At least a sample should be included. LifeSpan Fitness 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant
So, I really like the treadmill for the most part. The display is nice enough, but I wish it cycled or showed more data on each screen. Keeping your height and weight at the bottom is useless since it isn't weighing me or checking my height. Presumably it is using this for the calorie display, which is not that useful.
The fitness tracking software is nice, I guess, but requires an annual fee once the free trial runs out. Garmin doesn't do that. I'll have to figure out a way to hack the data file to import into my Garmin tracking software.
Not including lube or the USB stick leave a sour taste in my mouth after spending a fair amount on this machine. Those are small items that should have been included.
Awesome Product! (Posted on Nov. 4, 2010)Review by Simster
- 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.
Treadmill Lives up to Amazon Rating (Posted on July 15, 2011)Review by Peter B.
I bought this treadmill for a couple reasons, the first being the Amazon rating - spectacular for the price range: nearly 5 stars from over 40 reviewers. And second, most (if any) of the complaints seemed to do with the shipping company and not the actual treadmill itself. With that said, thank goodness for Amazon ratings and customer feedback. This treadmill lives up to the hype.
About 4 years ago I had bought a treadmill from Sole fitness for about $1,200 and was completely unsatisfied. Long story short, product issues which resulted in phone calls, parts being shipped, and me fumbling about trying to fix the issue myself. I ended up selling the thing for $300 a year later. I am so glad this treadmill experience was so much better. Let me point out some things about my experience:
1) Wanted to put this upstairs but had read from other reviewers that the shipping company only does minimal delivery: right inside the front door or in the garage. So, when the deliver driver came, a quick $20 offer to help me for 5 minutes put it upstairs did the job. So much easier than trying to get a neighbor, family member, or friend come over and haul this thing. Best $20 I've ever spent. *Tip: Have a cold bottled water waiting for the delivery guy after the haul upstairs, along with the $20. It's only nice.
2) Set-up took me about 2-3 hours. Everything was packaged very solidly, a sign of quality in my eyes. The only issue I had during assembly was a metal screw hole in one of the treamill arms (the left) not aligning correctly. I actually ended up having to get a screw driver, a rubber mallet, and bang the screw driver down and make the whole bigger in one direction. That was really annoying and frustrating, and I think other reviewers had have similar issues. However, once I got the screw to go through my now bigger metal hole, the rest of the setup was fine and easy. **** Take note LifeSpan ****
3) Treadmill use and functionality is simple, easy, and very effective. At first the screen size and overall simplicity of the buttons makes it look like more frills could have been added, but layout and design was well thought out and very effective. Some treadmills try to incorporate all the frills and gadgets into their display, but ended up lacking some of the finer quality elements. I really, really like the rubber buttons that this treadmill has instead of the plastic overlay push buttons that most other treadmills use. This treadmill does not have a fan (which some reviewers complained about), but I kind of glad this one doesn't, again, cause they don't want to sacrifice the effectiveness and simplicity of their display and buttons. Another thing to note on this treadmill that I haven't seen on any other treadmill is that the whole top portion: display, cup holders, front handle - actual rotates away from you. This is actually very useful. For example, I like to watch TV while walking/running, and it's easier to put the remote on the display area where you would put a magazine book, instead of the cup holds. Well since the display panel is on a magazine type angle the remote can easily fall off the little ledge. However, since the whole thing rotates, I simply put my hands on the front handle bar and push up so the console panel flattens back a bit. I can still read everything on the display panel (and my cup holders are still good) but the remote now has a better flat laying position so it doesn't fall down. Really, it's the simply things the count.
4) Like other reviewers, Treadmill is relatively quiet. I'm most impressed with how well I can run on it without my calves hurting. I got the treadmill to get in shape as I am not in shape currently. I was expecting the some "growing pains" with getting back into walking/running as has been my experience in the past. At the gym when I use the treadmill, after only a couple minutes, my calves began to really hurt and I have to go back to walking from merely jogging. No fun. But on the LifeSpan they must have some sort of shock absortion that minimizes the impact of running. The first time I tried the treadmill I started with a brisk walk at speed 3.2 for five minutes. Then I upped it to a slow jog at speed 5.4 (no incline) and WOW - after another five minutes, no pain. I just kept going without problems and it felt great. I slowed it back down to 3.2 after I was jogging for 12 minutes and that was when I truly realized what a great product this was.
5) Now, this is not a reflection of LifeSpan, just a word of caution if you're setting this Treadmill up in your house and you want to watch TV at the same time. I have AT&T Uverse for my TV and found out that as soon as I turned on the Treadmill, my TV signal would freeze and be lost all together. At first, I thought the AT&T guy that came to setup a new box in my new exercise room had installed it incorrectly. Or that the new receiver box was bogus. But then I noticed everything would work fine until I turned on the treadmill. A quick google search immediately came up with tons of other people having Uverse problems with their Treadmill. Talk about annoying - all this work to buy a new treadmill, tv, treadmill mat, tv wall attachment, Uverse install technician - only to have the Uverse wig out when I turn on the treadmill. Long story short apparently the issue is with the electricity noise that all treadmills create that get transmitted through the circuitry of the house. The solution was to buy a surge protector that include noise filtration, in which some persons were saying they spent $50 to get and it worked. Well, I had a huge Monster Surge Protector (PowerBar 2100) behing my plasma screen down stairs that I moved into the new treadmill room. Plugged the Treadmill into that and that into the wall. Good to go. Now, I don't know if this is specific only to AT&T Uverse, but word of caution.
So, to sum-up, super super happy with the purchase and two weeks later I am already feeling better with my exercise, energy, and fitness goals. I haven't used the usb/online plug-in program some other reviewers have raved about, so can't speak to that. All I can say is that I'm really glad I went with LifeSpan and will do so again if I look to get a Elliptical to accompany my Treadmill in my new exercise room.
Great features! (Posted on Nov. 4, 2010)Review by luv2run
- I recently purchased the 1200i model treadmill from Lifespan fitness and I have used this treadmill for about two weeks now. I am very pleased with the treadmill. I particularly enjoy the layout of the treadmill. It has a perfect size console, depicting the information very clearly. It is almost overwhelming that some treadmills have humungous dashboards in front of you when you are running. The LCD screen is very clear and easy to read. I especially enjoy the incline adjustment right on the handles. It doesn't disturb the flow of the workout. The belt and motor are very quiet. The console and handlebars are stable even when I am running. My last treadmill made a belt slapping sound and the console shook like crazy when I ran. The technology on this machine is also very unique. This unit has a program that records steps, like a pedometer which is motivating rather than just staring at the time slowly shave away! Also, you receive another perk when purchasing this unit: a free LifeSpan fitness club membership. I have only begun to use this capability, so I do not know if it's beneficial or not. But, the concept is to record your workouts electronically and manage fitness goals. The treadmill allows for the capability to listen to music while you workout. Surprisingly, the sound quality is very clear, even with the belt running. I look forward to many years of usage with this machine and it comes with my full recommendation.
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