Good treadmill with some annoyancesReview by Michael
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Very quiet - night and day compared to my 15 year old Proform from Sears.
Nice feature set for the most part
Ability to log runs via USB and Online Fitness Club Membership (included) is nice
Turns out to be compatible with my Polar Wearlink heart rate strap - an unexpected plus. Didn't have to buy one from Lifespan.
As others have noted, there is a definite issue with alignment of holes for bolts during setup. And similar to others I had to grind slightly larger holes and really torque the bolts in to get through, possibly damaging threads. I can't imagine why Lifespan hasn't fixed this given the number of reviews complaining about it. Frankly, if I hadn't had a good ratchet wrench, a power screwdriver, and a rotary tool with grinding bit, it would have been a big problem. A real shame given that it seems to be a high quality unit otherwise.
The assembly instructions were just fair - there was some confusion about where to find some of the screws (you have to unscrew them first from the pieces - this is noted in some cases, but not in others). Assembly took twice as long as it should have due to the issues. Once together though it's nice.
The built-in programs are all very similar to each other. There are three sets of programs - Sports training, general health and weight loss. Each of these groups has very similar programs with barely any difference that I can detect - unless there are differences that are not explained in the manual. Which is a shame again because it would have been really helpful to have some true variety and greater range of challenge. But you do still have a couple custom programs you can create.
The USB logging with the online club isn't very well explained - in general, the online fitness club has a lot of potential and some nice features, but again, it's very hard to figure it out - the interface is awkward and not very intuitive.
Strangely, even though Lifespan sells an indoor rowing machine with the Online Fitness club membership, the online fitness club does not have a way to log that kind of exercise. Hopefully they will improve it.
One general complaint that is not just about Lifespan - I have several pieces of equipment that have various forms of online logging, including a polar heart rate monitor. I wish there was way to import/export data from them so I could pick one online logging/planning system rather than having my data scattered. But that isn't just a lifespan issue.
Overall - I still give it 4 stars because in the end, it's the treadmill hardware that matters most and that seems to be very good. I would certainly buy it again (so far). Most of the complaints could be fairly easily addressed by Lifespan - I hope they will do that.
Solid ChoiceReview by Misha Harris
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1) The ProForm Power 995c @ S.A. - $999.00
2) The NordicTrack C900 Pro @ Sears - $979.88
3) The Sole f63 @ Sears - $999.88
I believe all the above treadmills were rated pretty strongly by consumer reports and treadmill dr. But, after trying them out in person I wasn't really impressed. My wife is going to be the primary user and, due to needing a soft running surface, we were leaning toward the NordickTrack. But, it almost seemed too spongy. Hard to imagine getting used to the almost buoyant feeling it creates.
A kind gentlemen delivered the treadmill. He wheeled it in to our garage and that was about it. The sucker is heavy so I didn't even try to move it in the house on my own.
My father-in-law came over and helped me move the treadmill to our guest room. Thank God, because it was heavy and unwieldy. I found the assembly to be simple and the directions easy to follow. Everything fit together pretty well and I'm happy with the finished result. It looks nicer in person than in some of the pictures and feels really sturdy. Everything works (the console, speed and incline buttons, etc.). All-in, it took about an hour to install.
This will definitely be sturdy enough for my wife (5'4" and 106lb) and, based upon the other reviews, should be plenty sturdy for me too (6'1" and 180lb). We haven't had a chance to actually give it a good test run. After we've tried it out for a couple months I'll try to update my review and provide more hands-on feedback. But, overall, this looks like it was a good purchase.
Other Misc. Items:
- I think the running deck on this unit is a little smaller (20"X56") than its competitors. But, first impressions leave me thinking this won't be an issue.
- It also appears the motor is 2.5HP, or about .5HP less than it's competitors. Because my petite wife will be the primary user, that doesn't really concern me.
- The competitor units try to entice you with some gimmickry (e.g. fans, speakers, big consoles). I like that LifeSpan appears to compete by providing what I was really looking for-a quality frame and motor without the bells and whistles.
- I like that the edges of the belt fit just under the plastic guards along the running deck. This is a clean look and way better than the Proform (the belt almost looked frayed and the edge was basically exposed).
- I like that this unit is fairly streamlined. Most of it's competitors have huge displays and consoles. They make the treadmill dominate a small room. This one is much more to my liking. It's just aesthetic. But I noticed it so I figured I'd mention it.
That's about all for now. Initially very pleased. Will update the review once we've had a chance to really give it a test over the next 2-3 months.
I am shocked at how great this treadmill is! Very little, if any difference from an industrial one.Review by RW
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I looked around some and was able to find Lifefitness and other top brand refurbished treadmills for about $2,000 to $2,500. These are the large ones you find in the gym. Note that these are supposedly around $7000-$7500 new! The reason I was looking at these is because they are a known quantity and I was worried about something like a treadmill being cheap and not lasting or feeling rickety. I looked at Costco and locally at a few fitness stores and $1,000 was about the best price I could find for something that at least appeared decent. After looking at the many helpful reviews of this product, I decided I would go for it as this was a price point I was comfortable with.
I had read that the delivery date they give you when you order online will not be accurate, but that was not my experience. Immediately when I ordered it took my personal information and gave me a date and a 4 hour time window for delivery. They send me at least one email reminding me of the delivery window so that process was very seamless. I could be different for rural areas, but this part was great as I could plan to ensure I would be home ahead of time and just all done through the ordering process.
It was delivered my Ceva Logistics which delivers a lot of large shipments, but was done so about 2 hours outside of the window. They did call that morning just to confirm I was going to be there, but did not make mention of being late. The man who delivered it does not have another person with him, so my father in law who is in his early 60's had to help him lug it out of the truck and in to the garage. Not ideal, but please keep that in mind if you are going to purchase. Others have said that they asked the delivery man to help them take it to it's landing spot in the house with no success, and others have said that they tipped the guy $20 and he helped them take it wherevery they wanted. It's tough to know what you are going to get here.
The box is as long as the treadmill with the upright portion folded on top. It's generally impossibly for one person to really move this box, no matter how strong as it is just so long. I recommend keeping the item in the box and moving it in to the spot you will use it so you can slide the box on the carpet or floor. Possibly put towels or something underneath to help it slide. My wife who is 120 lbs and I amazingly were able to drag it out of the garage and in to the main room and down stairs and in to the basement. It wasn't easy but we were able to maneuver normal corners, etc. Certainly two normal sized men could do this a bit easier but it takes some effort.
We cut it out of the box and I must say the instructions were excellent and left no room for error. By myself it took me maybe 1 hour 15 minutes to set everything up. It's not complicated at all as I am the furthest thing from being handy so I believe anyone could do it. It's also not physically demanding.
There is a power switch in the back lower part of the unit to turn it on and off and after being on, there is a brief set-up of the time and date, etc. The unit includes everything you would expect out of a treadmill you would see at a gym. You hit Start and it just begins to move at a .5 MPH pace. There are buttons to automatically go at certain speeds such as 4 or 6 MPH or of course you can just arrow up or down in tenths like others. Of course there is an incline that can be set as well and the incline only goes in whole numbers, so no halts there. I think that is normal. There is a USB function where you can track how much you are running, but really the only function my wife and I have used is just turning it on and running for however long and changing the speed and incline.
There are two large spaces for water bottles (one on each side) that are well thought out and very deep and the actual monitor has little slats at the bottom so you could place an iPad or a Book on the front without it sliding down. Again, very well thought-out.
Upon going for my first run, I was shocked at the stability and experience being the same as on the Lifefitness treadmills at the gym! The cushion was something I wasn't sure about, but it is excellent with this unit and it is also very quiet. Much more quiet than I anticipated. The speeds all appear to be very accurate, although the 1 incline seems more like a .75, but that's not a big deal as you can always adjust up to compensate. So far, I have run approximately 30 miles on this treadmill and my wife about the same. So 60 miles in and it's functioning just as planned. What a great running experience!
It's much slimmer than an industrial treadmill and actually does not take up that much space. Although we do not use the folding function, I did test it and it folds VERY easily creating very little footprint. You would not want to consistently move this unit, but if you wanted to fold it up every day I can't imagine that would be a problem.
If you are on the fence of whether or not to buy a treadmill, I can't recommend it highly enough. In the Pacific NW where I am and the weather being so unpredictable, I know I can get a run in any time, any day. It feels great to get in even just a mile or a mile and a half if that's all the time I have. I take my iPad with my and use my Slingbox app so I can watch all my TV's shows on my DVR, or I just listen to music. I have been shocked at how for $1,000 you can get an awesome in home treadmill. My wife has run marathon's and is as thrilled as I am to have this. Durability will be a question moving forward, but I have no reason to believe that will be a problem. We did buy the Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant and it's a must to do that. I wish this were included with the unit, but I had seen it in enough reviews to know it should be purchased along with the unit.
Had problems with assembly. Console plastic could be better..!!Review by Emron
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The quality of the plastic on the console could have been better. It has some marks which I was told are from factory molding machines. They are more visible if the light is falling on the console from an angle (e.g. if you have a window on your side and light is coming through it).
I gave it 3 stars because of the hassle I had to go through due to screw problems and relatively cheaper looking plastic of the console. However, LCD looks good.
Adding volume control and displaying heart rate on the same screen is something that can be done to improve the current features.
Excellent Value.....Great QualityReview by Hal A. Pena
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The Amazon reviews are very accurate. In my opinion, you will not regret purchasing this product.
So far so goodReview by E. Mitchell
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Pros: Treadmill is quiet, steady, and comfortable. I walked four miles on it this morning and it was enjoyable. I did not use the speakers or a program, just the treadmill in manual mode, and there weren't any distractions or issues that annoyed me.
The treadmill was also easy to put together. My husband and I did it last night and it took less than an hour and there weren't any confusing or unworkable steps.
Cons: I cannot figure out how to enter my weight, height, age, etc. I've used dozens of treadmills in my life in fitness clubs and hotels and never had an issue with this. The console controls are more than a little confusing. I consulted the manual and eventually was able to enter the time and date after about a half-dozen tries.
Amazon Prime delivery was most definitely NOT two days. I ordered on a Saturday, and was told by Amazon that it would be delivered on Wednesday (which would have been fine). However, I received a call on Wednesday (I had stayed home that day to accept delivery) and was told the truck with the treadmill would be at the nearest depot on Thursday and that they would bring it to my home the following Monday - nine days after ordering. Had I know this I would have 1. ordered sooner and 2. not waited at home on Wednesday.
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