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TR1200i Folding Treadmill

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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.

Great treadmill for the price - but USB drive not included

Review by Just a Guy
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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.

Hard to find a better treadmill

Review by LAXmom
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I have been using this treadmill religiously since it arrived in May. I log between 25-30 miles per week and am aboslutely in love with what it does for me. If you are reading this you too, like me found that there are more treadmill options out there than imaginable. I was reading a review in Runners World about this company and their treadmill called the 4000 which has a USB/logging/personal trainer feature included in the console. I was excited to buy that unit until I saw it was double my budget but after more reviews found that they just released a new treadmill for $1200 with the same feature. I always seem to be on the go with the kids and have started to monitor and journal my calorie intake and exercise. I have been using the Body Bug which I have been using to monitor my daily activity but now my treadmill also does the same thing for me and more. The console and USB saves your workout data throughout your workout and then you upload it to your account which is GREAT but even better is you fill out information about your family history, exercise preferences, equipment owned, goals and other information and you will receive weekly exercise routines that include "how to" videos for specific exercises, images and the ability to print off and take with you. I find that I waste 20-30 minutes a day waiting for the kids after practices and now I am doing lunges or exercises with the stretch bands that I leave in the car at all times. The program is fantastic and there is NO costs. You only get one account per treadmill so if you and or your husband or if you want your kids to have their own you would need to buy accounts BUT that one time cost is alot cheaper than a personal trainer.

As far as the treadmill goes it feels great when jogging and is extremely quiet. the handlebars have some real nice features like the ability to adjust the speed or incline while you are checking your heart rate. Console is super easy to read and when you plug the USB in it shows your name with your gender, age, height and weight so that you don't have to enter that each time you use the treadmill to get an accurate calorie readout. The treadmill folds and folds easy enough, although we have not done that one time yet.

I could not be more happy with our purchase. The treadmill has a nice design and colors and looks good in the room. It comes with a nice warranty and had all the features that I wanted and more. The fitness club is much more than I thought it would be and can not stop raving about how it has helped me to become more active. This is a great treadmdill and recommend to anyone.

Not bad, pls fix the handle bar screw hole alignment

Review by Lee
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Spent 1.5 hours setup this treadmill. Both handle bar screw hole alignment were off. Luckily I have a round file and fixed the problem in 20 minutes by enlarging the holes.
It was already 1AM after setup, I was tired, however I couldn't resist a run. Turned on machine and ran 2 miles at 5MPH first, then 6MPH, then 6.7MPH. The treadmill runs pretty smooth and sturdy. The screen looks small, little bit large will be better. The heart rate sensor is a joke, it read 180BPM, no way. I use Garmin Forerunner 305 all the time, i know my HR should be around 130 when running 5 MPH. No wireless HR belt, I now the spec didn't see there is one, but it would be really a plus if they could pack it together giving the fact the handle bar HR sensors are a joke.

I will keep you guys updated when I got 50 miles, 100 miles, 200 miles on this machine. I wish it at least last 1000 miles.

[2011-08-09 Update]
14 miles on it. The treadmill is solid. I noticed the power automatically shuts off if you don't use it for a while, which is good. The display area can hold my ipad very well. Feed in ipad audio to the treadmill built-in speaker, the sound is loud and clear. On trails, I usually run about 9:45-10:30pace, I found I enjoy 5.0MPH slow run on this treadmill. Built-in Heart Rate is still a joke :). The safety plug works well, once I accidently unplugged it at 6MPH, the machine stops as expected. But it gives you maybe two seconds to slow down from 6MPH to 0MPH, not a sudden stop.

Great features!

Review by luv2run
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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.

Mine went through the door on it's side!

Review by Norm
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I'm old, fat and out of shape! There's a fitness room in my community, and I have a friend that walks with me, but we never get out the 4 days a week we say we are going to do!

So, I looked around and checked out what is available for professional quality treadmills that won't take me to the bank! The LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill really fit the bill!

Hopefully the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill may take me from the sedentary lifestyle I've lived the past few years or so to at least being able to walk uphill without feeling like I'm having a heart attack! Everyone says I bought a clothes hanger. I hope not!

I've had cheaper treadmills that were 100% manual, so the LifeSpan is a treat! This thing is so automated that I may actually be able to build some stamina and maybe even lose a pound or two!

When it arrived, The 2 guys brought it on the deck. I figured I would unpack it and roll it into its final space. If I had sliding doors, that would have worked out perfectly for me, but I have French doors on my deck, and the treadmill was too big to roll through the door opening.

Plan B

I set it on it's side and manhandled it into the kitchen area where I could put it upright again and roll it into position. I did so much exercise getting the thing into place on Friday, that other than testing it out for a minute, it sat until Saturday.

It's nice, it is not terribly unattractive. We arranged it so it wasn't a hazard, and we could still use it easily. It is built like a rock. Even the plastic pieces go together with a feeling of strength and rigidity. There are a couple of covers that are not rock solid, but they don't have to be. I had one piece that didn't fit properly, but with a bit of coercion, I got it seated and screwed down properly.

The unit claims a 300 lb. maximum, so I will be pushing it to it's limit at my current 274 lbs. After I've had it a while, I'll try to add something to this review.

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OK. It's been only a few days, but on the good side, the treadmill doesn't yell "Hey whale, get off!!!!"

It is dealing with my 274 pounds of sedentary fatness with some serious respect!

I'm still playing with the variable heart rate program that so far does not appear to work correctly, but don't read anything into that. I have a close setting for the upper and lower heart rates, so I need to test maybe a wider range.

My wife is amazed at how quiet the LifeSpan is.

Other than that, this is by far, the best grand I've spent on myself in a long time. I'm kind of hoping I actually lose a pound or two in the mean time. I quit smoking 9 years ago and gained 60 pounds and never could get rid of them!

I'll be back at least one more time to toss in a longer term comment about the unit.

October 15 - After emailing support, it turns out that the variable heart rate program was running correctly. It takes your input a bit "literally". Say you want a high rate of 135 and a low rate of 120 for 20 minutes. If you never hit 135 for 2 minutes, the treadmill will continue to "try" to get you there. Even if it takes the entire 20 minutes. Same thing on the low end. If you never hit the low rate for 2 minutes, it will stay slow until you do, or the time runs out.

This is not ideal, I'd like to see a different algorithm used, but it is easy enough to set a high rate a bit lower than what you want and a low rate a bit higher. It appears to work better that way.

I will probably switch to the constant heart rate program in the future.

This is still one quiet, well built product. I still recommend it highly. The online support wasn't bad for me, but I didn't experience any hardware failures, so I can't comment on how they would be in that situation.

October 23
After a couple of emails, LifeSpan CALLED me at home to discuss my problem. After trying a few different high and low rates on the variable program, it appears that the program is working correctly. I think my ranges were too close or too far apart. I guess experimenting is the best thing to do with that program.

I have to say their support people are really nice! They called me a second time to see how things were going and to tell me what they tested on their end. I probably wasted more of their time than necessary, but they sure delivered top notch service!

October 27
I weigh 266! I haven't been under 270 in a LONG time! I've knocked off 8 pounds doing 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Excellent in all categories!

Review by Stallm50
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I have only had this treadmill for 3 weeks, but the price, ordering experience, delivery, and setup were all top notch! I have used it daily, and it is quiet, smooth, easy to use. The shipping company was so fast, efficient and courteous -- a good reflection on the LifeSpan company! All in all, I am so very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it to anyone! Thank you!

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