very good treadmillReview by New Moon
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-Easy to put together
-Delivery was AWESOME. The freight company delivered it a day early, and contacted me by phone every step of the way. Excellent customer service from that company.
-Quiet! I love this feature, because I do not have to turn the TV up super loud
-Stable. This treadmill does not wiggle around at all. Unlike my Proform from years back
-Nice readout. However, I have not used all of the features.
-seems almost as good as the treadmills at the gym
-I think it may be at a natural 1% incline, which I am not fond of. I do run at a .2 incline at the gym, but certainly not 1% (or more)? I have to prop up the back wheels with books in order to make it less of an incline when running. Of course I take the books out when I want to walk at an incline. Yes this is a hassle. That's why the 4 stars, instead of 5.
-Don't like the placement of the buttons on the handrails--kind of awkward.
Despite the two "cons", I would certainly purchase this treadmill again. Great product.
We love this treadmill!Review by annie bananie "pinebark"
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Great treadmill with late 1990s technology...Review by Ken H.
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Performance/Design Just OKReview by EMB
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1. I do a lot of interval work where I speed up and slow down frequently. The belt is not responsive to changes and I often get a disconcerting belt slipping sensation when decelerating. Takes too much time to speed up/slow down.
2. The arms of the treadmill are in a bad position. There is a handrail attached to the console. I find the space between the console handrail and outside guardrail arms is tight. I am constantly hitting my forearm on the end of the guardrail arm OR my hand on the console handrail causing pain and bruising.
3. There is no press and hold speed increase/decrease function on the arm guardrail. One must repeatedly press the up/down arrow.
I do like the suspension of the deck - very study but yielding with activity.
Overall would be a great option for walking/running at steady speeds and for people who don't swing their arms.
Solid treadmillReview by Ghandi
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First, I came across this brand thanks to all the reviews posted on Amazon for their various model treadmills. If not for these reviews, I would not have heard of Lifespan. Outside of their official website, there is very little out there on this brand's treadmills. The consistently high reviews are what convinced me to get a Lifespan, and I am glad i did. Otherwise, I would have been stuck with a Sear's Saturday special for my firs treadmill. Yes, this is the first treadmill purchase, mainly for my wife and I to lose some weight and get some regular exercise. We decided to splurge a little up front and get a quality treadmill that lasts a few years rather than have to replace it after 2-3 years. Especially given how heavy they are, its not something we want to do often.
Treadmill itself is well built. I am not sure how sturdy it will be for running, because i have mainly used it for fast walk/jogging. The console design and build reminds me of a medical equipment from the late 90s. While it looks old fashioned, it is bright, easy to read and the large buttons make it very functional. Very basic features, no fancy stuff. I have seen other treadmills that have a built in Android web browser. I am glad this one does not have all that, since the console has a lip in between the top screen and bottom where most of the buttons are to place a book, or hold an iPad. The buttons themselves are quite nice and have a rubbery/grippy feel to them. Lots of treadmills have a completely smooth surface for their consoles and flat touch type buttons. I appreciate that this treadmills consoles has actual/discrete buttons, and they all have backlights. Very handy when you are jogging. And the secondary buttons for speed and incline on the handles are also nice, as they are the two functions that you access the most while running. Clearly the folks at Lifespan concentrated on making a great treadmill rather than throw extraneous entertainment items in to the console. Like others have mentioned, the treadmill is very quiet. I cannot hear the motor working, only sound I hear are my feet hitting the tread and the tread gliding over the running deck.
It has the interactive exercise logging ability, which I have set up the profile for my wife (you only get one per treadmill purchase). But it is too cumbersome to use in my opinion as you have to remember to unplug and upload in to your computer after every run. It saves data as a simple text file, so I "created" a profile for myself on a separate USB stick. Reason I did this is I can simply plug it in on my run and all my profile info (height, weight, age, sex) immediately pops on the treadmill console, so I can get more accurate calorie count estimates on my runs. So when my wife gets on, she just plugs in her USB, an her info immediately pops up. That way neither of us has to bother inputting their data on the console for their runs every time. As far as I can tell, you cannot save separate profile data for users on the treadmill console itself (I could be wrong, but I have not bothered to investigate it much, as the two-USB solution works great for us).
Now, onto the problems I encountered and the reason for the 4.5 stars.
First, when the treadmill was installed in the game room upstairs, it tripped the fuse in the main control box within 15-20 seconds of starting up. At first I thought the 3.25hp motor was too much. But the main box indicated 20 amps being run to the room where the treadmill was located, and nothing else was hooked up in the room. The treadmill installer suggested moving the treadmill to the living room, closer to the ground in order to avoid the problem. I told him I would research the issue. Going online, i found that my problem was not unique. My home was built in 2009, and the new homes now require AFCI breakers that are much more sensitive to voltage spikes. And the way the motors in treadmills work is they throw an arc, and this is interpreted as an electrical fault by the breaker. Apparently this is an issue common to all treadmills, not just from Lifespan. Doing more research, the solution was to someone "mask" this arc so that it does not trip the AFCI breakers. I purchased a heavy-duty surge protector (http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-ISOBAR6ULTRA-Isobar-Protector/dp/B0000513US/) based on reviews and my research. Problem solved! In fact, if you go to the link and read the reviews, about 10-15% of the reviews are purchasing the surge protector to run their treadmills which are tripping the circuit breakers.
Second problem. Like one other reviewer here, I too experienced static shocks, and they were very irritating. Not as bad as to shut down the treadmill or trip the circuit breaker. But i basically had to remember to touch the treadmill metal area every 30 seconds or so in order to discharge the static charge before it built up and gave a much larger shock. Imagine going on a hour long jog and having to get shocked every 30 seconds. Not very conducive to promoting exercise. In all fairness, i build up static charge just be getting in and out of my car, especially in the winters. Unlike that poster, who switched *to* a pair of Asics to resolve the problem. In my case, it was my Asics that were causing static build up and shocking me. So I switched to Reebok (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008JBPMV4/) and the static charge is significantly lower. It is still there, but unlike previously where the static shock felt like someone had rapped me very sharply with a rubber band, this one feels like putting on a wool sweater. Noticeable, but not painful. Interestingly, my wife has not gotten zapped on any of her runs. She uses Mizuno running shoes.
Overall, I think its a solid, quality treadmill for the price. Lifespan put the money on treadmill portion, rather than extraneous stuff like cooling fans and console web browsers. I would not hesitate to recommend this middle-tier treadmill for folks looking for a solid treadmill. But be aware of the issues I stated above, which are common to just about all treadmills.
intermittent resetReview by mkk
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Smooth RunReview by Jana
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Why I gave it 4-stars: I do wish it had a tiny bit more for options on the council. I like being able to add time onto a workout on the fly or a button for "cool-down" to end a workout sooner, it lacks this ability. I am also used to seeing how fast my running pace is when changing the speed, I really miss this. I don't like how you have to plug in a USB and take it to a computer to keep track of workouts. I wish there was a LifeSpan app and I could connect it to my smartphone instead.
Overall I am happy with my purchase.
Former Fitness Club Manager and Fitness EnthusiastReview by BullsFan
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This is a great treadmill for the money. Here are a few quick pros about the unit:
1. Unit is very sturdy
2. Quality build and easy to assemble
3. Powerful motor
4. Fitness club look and feel
5. Very quiet motor, incline and running surface
6. Easy to read display (not loaded with gimmics that don't work)
7. 60" running surface (4000i model)
The list can go on, but this covers the most important aspects of it. This unit is heavy, but that isn't a bad thing. The run on this treadmill feels comparable to that of the $6,000 Life Fitness units we used at the fitness club I managed. Do yourself a favor; spring for the 4000i if you can. The metal side rails are a high-end finish and the 60" running board is a must if you are over 5'10". I am 6'2" 210 lbs and I wouldn't have had such a good experience with a 54" running surface. It requires only 72" of clearance from front to back.
Whether you are a fitness novice or a fitness enthusiast, take a very serious look at this model. It wins awards for a reason and has a lifetime frame/motor warranty. Well worth the piece of mind in my opinion.
Solid TreadmillReview by S. Patel
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The treadmill has a 20x60" belt with a 3.25 hp motor. Haven't seen any other in this price range with a motor like this one. Although they call the belt orthopedic, I don't think it is particularly thick - but seems fine. Overall, it feels pretty stable and solid (no shaking or motion). The cushioning isn't quite as good as the gym treadmills, but for the $ it's perfectly fine.
I very much like the user-friendliness of the treadmill. It has large well lit buttons, that are very straightforward and easy to use. I like the buttons a lot more than the standard flat buttons you find on most treadmills. My only concern is the durability of the panel. The display is well lit and clear with a lot of nice information - of course it has the standard stuff like incline level, time, heart rate, calories. But it also displays not so standard stuff, like number of steps, age, height, weight (more on this later).
The treadmill programs work a little differently than most of the gym treadmills I have used. They several programs grouped in several areas (e.g. weight loss, sports training, healthy living, etc.). You can select "incline" program or "speed" program for any of the programs. In terms of speed/incline variability - the treadmill pretty much works like any standard gym treadmill - e.g. If you select incline program, the incline will adjust (up and down), while your speed remains constant. Selecting "speed program" adjusts the speed up and down while the incline remains constant. Also, adjusting the incline during the incline program will increase or decrease ALL of the incline levels for the entire workout. The equivalent is true for the speed programs as well. Some treadmills only adjust the bar or "time period" that you are currently in.. I actually like this feature on the 4000i.
I am not sure how these programs were chosen to be in a particular group (e.g. I would like what makes "pyramid climb" healthy living vs. cardio run for weight loss. All of the programs are clearly explained in the manual - i.e. you can see the duration and the level of incline (for incline programs) for each minute of the program (a nice touch!) and the equivalent for the speed programs.
The user defined programs are pretty standard and easy to setup. You can go thru each minute/bar, and change it to the level/speed that you want. The heart rate monitor works really well! The accuracy seems good and it doesn't take a lot of fiddling.
One item that I miss from the gym treadmills is the random feature. It would be nice if it could generate some random incline and/or speed programs.
Another item that I noticed was missing (or at least I can't figure it out) is a way to change the duration/time in the middle of a program?! You can set the duration at the start, but once the program start, you can't change the time/duration of your workout. It seems a little bizarre to me that you can't do this, but it's not a deal breaker.
Ok, one of the big selling points for me was the ability to record and track my work outs and upload them to their system via the USB drive. You can record, the date and time of your workout, with frequent sampling (every 20 seconds, I think), of your heart rate, minutes, calories, distance, steps. I think the concept is terrific - and I like that they were able to include this feature in a cost effective treadmill. However, the implementation is lacking. So, uploading the data, and it does work. However, the website is user-unfriendly, and poorly implemented. Firefox support? nope! you have to use IE. It was developed using 1990's web technology and navigation. So much so, that I am wondering if any of their customers actually use it?? I am a web guy so I guess my standards are higher... The site very much needs an overhaul and update. I won't go into a lot of detail, but here are a couple of quick things about it.
1. Clicking on any of the links (e.g. Weekly View, Today's Workout,USB Update,Manually Log Exercise,Update Vital Stats) gives you a pop up. You wait several seconds for each popup to occur, then you can do whatever function you are looking to do - Totally unncessary and annoying.
2. The "analyze my exercise" is just not formatted well and therefore not easy to follow - the info is all there, just not user friendly and clean. It would be pretty easy to make this graphical and easy to use.
3. Dates - For the life of me, I can not figure out how to set the current date on the tread?! The default date on the treadmill display is always some date in May?? Is the factory set date? When I plug in the usb drive into the treadmill, my weight and height changes correctly, however, the date does not change. It always records that random May date on my usb drive. I just do a global replace manually on the dates using my PC before uploading the myexercise site - there must be something I'm not doing right.
4. My exercise profile. I am assuming since I filled all of this out, that it would create some customized workout for me. It would be nice to have some kind of intelligent recommendations based on all of the stats, supplements, health history that I put in. I still haven't been able to figure it out.
Again, great idea for the website, poor implementation. My thought that this was done more for marketing purposes than to actually serve their client needs. - i.e. mostly vaporware. Thus, don't make a decision to buy this treadmill based on this feature. The good news is that the treadmill works quite well, with other great features.
The speakers are average, but they are what I would expect for any treadmill. The arms have both incline and speed control - (another nice touch) - however, the buttons on the arms are easy to bump and change if you are the kind that likes to rest your hands on them (for heart rate, etc.).
So far, I am pleased overall with the treadmill.
The biggest concerns I have -
- durability (not a lot of reviews on lifespan treadmills, folding treadmill - what tradeoffs were made to make it folding.
- We'll see in a few years. Ideally, I would like to have it last at least 5 years. I am planning on silicone lubing the belt every 50 hours of use and cleaning around the motor and electronics as the manual indicates. I am assuming that this is standard? for most treadmills in this categories.
Excellent Product.Review by PMA, NY
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