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TR1200-DT3 Treadmill Desk

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$1,499.00

$999.00

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Very quiet, great for an upstairs apartment for use with an adjustable desk.

Review by EnchantedGal
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I am self employed, working from my top floor apartment at my computer desk for 10 to 16 hours a day. The back problems I was having due to sitting all day motivated me to look into treadmill desks. I had considered getting the Lifespan treadmill WITH the adjustable desk included, but in the end decided on a hand crank adjustable desk from Mod Table (Adjustable Height Desk or Table - Base Frame Only - Sit to Standing Desk Computer Workstation - Modern and Ergonomic and bought a piece of wood from my local hardware store for the table top. The price was similar, but the convenience of moving the table up and down by myself was much better with this hand crank option than the knob/lift up style that Lifespan offers.

The most important quality about this treadmill for me is the near SILENCE. I have this running and can't even hear it over my air purifier fan. I was worried about using it in a bedroom, especially at night above a neighbors bedroom, but if you are going at low speeds it is not a problem at all. The only real noise with this treadmill is the sound of your feet hitting it's hard surface at higher speeds. If you're going a couple miles an hour (or up to 4 mph - jogging) than it's going to be loud for late night apartment use. If this is for your computer/work station and you just want to slowly walk while you work - this is for you!

I find that it has relieved my back stiffness and pain, and also aided in alertness/eliminating lethargy along with improving digestion. I can do nearly all of my daily tasks while walking at low speeds (I prefer the 0.4 to 1 mile an hour range, but this may become faster as I get more used to it.) I am typing this review while walking. I can browse the net, work on my website, do most of my photoshop work (though I haven't tried using a pen tablet to draw in photoshop while walking yet) and I even have enough control over my mouse to play computer games.

I've had this for a few weeks before writing this review and will update if and when any problems arise with the machine. So far the quality, sturdiness and ease of use are excellent. Be sure to buy the silicone lubrication spray for the belt before your first use. It's a little annoying to have to try to spray it under the belt, but it does improve the performance and keep your belt operating silently.

Bought this for health and time savings and we are getting both.

Review by Lorna R.
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We love this! Who knew that you could type while walking. It feels like it has given us hours back in our day. I love this one that I got for my husband so much that I bought a full desk for myself. My husband already had a desk (he is an architect) so he just slipped this treadmill under his existing desk. He then raised the monitor and keyboard to the desired height and he was off to the races. Don't make the mistake he did, however, by walking for four hours the first day. He was exhausted!!!

Pretty good, some small annoyances.

Review by Perry
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I just got it delivered yesterday,and it worked perfectly right out of the box. It's pretty silly that the power switch is at the hard-to-reach end of the treadmill under the desk, it would be better to power off the unit from the console you can reach on your desk. The online app costs an additional 69.99 a year, and there is no purpose to the Bluetooth feature other than that, but I use a Fitbit and just enter the daily walling stats as "activity" there - so all my logging is in one place. The keypress beeps are indeed as annoying as others have said, but not a reason to change your decision. First day, walked over 4 hours and 4.28 miles and 15k+ steps and it was no problem at all to get used to walking slowly and working on the keyboard.

WOW

Review by Doug Addison "Author and speaker"
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I have had a standup desk in my office for years and I have been wanting to add a walking treadmill to it to stay moving during the day. Very easy setup. The motor is quiet but it does have a small noise when the walking belt goes around. It does not bother me. I love the Bluetooth capability and connecting to their website to track your progress each day. Looks really great! Highly recommend.

FIXED - The annoying .5mph starting speed

Review by John West
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So I just chatted with Brant at Lifespan Fitness, asking him when the 2014 model was going to be out. The good news is that it is available now. You can read the full chat synopsis below, but the 2014 model allows the .5 safety feature to be turned off! The unfortunate part is that there's no way to know for sure which one Amazon will send out, so I ordered direct. Brant threw in a starter kit as well, which is a mat and lubricant. I'm looking forward to getting mine next week!

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Brant
We have the 2014 models at our warehouse now.
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There have been a few minor changes. The changes in the safety features are as follows: businesses can now max the unit to 2mph rather than 4 mph. Also, the user can shut off the safety feature that forces the treadmill to start at 0.5mph each time and allows the user to retain the previous speed.
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As far as the desktop models, they now have an attachment for a side desk.
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The software for the Bluetooth is always been improved. The PC widget is fine but their was a new app released to fix all of the bugs for Mac users. Plus, we are developing apps for iPhone and iPad which will be available in the next few months.

Awesome treadmill

Review by MarkM
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I went the cheap route first and got the $199 Treadmill which blew out in a week, so I stepped up and paid the $999 and so far Im glad I did. The treadmill is great, you can tell its solid and gym quality, meant to be used for up to 6 hours per day. I've been putting on about 7 miles a day regularly at 2.3mph and the treadmill doesnt flinch. You get what you pay for and this is good quality.

Functional, quiet, requires more interaction than i would prefer

Review by Richard B.
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All the 5 star reviews were helpful. I will focus here on things i would like to see improved.

The Bluetooth is nice but requires more interaction than i would like.

Bluetooth is occasionally flaky. Once i tell the treadmill and software I want it to be used, I would like to to perpetually reestablish connections when lost with me knowing. be silent and don't wait for me to confirm it is OK to reconnect. We are not running on battery power and the data begin transferred is not highly sensitive. Bypass the normal standards here and give me a maintenance free way to keep this thing operating. (even a checkbox that says "do not show me this retry dialog in the future: would be better.)

I would prefer to pair once and have the treadmill sync usage data automatically with my computer daily or hourly with the cloud.

I have this treadmill as a habit not as a workout device. I have no use for a distinction between "pause" and "stop" (Press an hold). But the software requires me to "stop" to sync data. Once i stop (rather than pause) the bluetooth disconnects. I suppose this makes sense in a gym, but at home and on a desk it is just a hassle.

This device is sitting on my desk in view of my peripheral vision when I am trying to focus on work. Please consider this in the design and provide mores that will not be constantly flashing LEDs and numbers in front of me. It is distracting.

Offices are often shared environments and beeping alarms noises can be distracting. Please give me a way to disable the beeps.

A suggestion i have for a design principle for this is "Set it and forget it" I am at work to focus on work. This device should help me live healthier without distracting me and forcing me to take more actions daily than is absolutely necessary.

Pretty good for your treadmill desk -- helped me lose 8 pounds so far

Review by Bryant V.
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I made a treadmill desk with this as my treadmill. I go about 3.5 MPH while gaming, and I typically game for 3-4 hours at a stretch. It's been great, aside from having to reset it every now and then because it gets "stuck" if you leave it idle for a number of hours. Resetting it is a fairly easy process (pulling the safety string), but it's annoying that I have to do it at all. The max speed is 4MPH, so this is really a desk only type of treadmill. My wife wanted to jog on it and found that it didn't go as fast as she would like. Nevertheless, if your goal is to lose weight while doing activities that typically make you gain weight, then this thing is all you need, and it's priced affordably. I have had this treadmill since October 2013. I bought the Lifespan lubrication that goes with it, and I recommend that you do that with a purchase:

PROS:
-Well priced
-Nice profile, and desk controller has a nice long cord and is easy to understand
-Has all the metrics you would want via the display (CAL, Speed, distance, steps, etc)
-Decently silent at the right speeds

CONS:
-Sometimes requires a reset when left inactive for a day
-Can be noisy at certain speeds (hasn't gone away with lubrication, 2.2MPH and 3.6MPH for me specifically)
-Bluetooth doesn't seem to work well -- haven't been able to connect
-Top speed is 4MPH, so don't get it if you want something for running as well as speed walking

Upgraded after 5yrs at a standing desk...

Review by Will McDoe
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I've been using standing desks for about 5 years and I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a new desk and treadmill. I picked up a an Edison table from VersaTables and a LifeSpan TR1200-DT3. The desk is fantastic with the treadmill after you remove the cable tray down at the foot of the desk. I was planning on purchasing a GeekDesk but the monitor stands, cable management, and under-the-desk CPU holder were decisive features for me and helped me conceal loose cables.

Here are a list of things learned or questions that I've now answered:

*) The reason I decided to get a treadmill was because my legs and back would ache after a full day of standing. I'm a fit individual, but the stiffness... ugh. I prefer the ache from a good run or some exertion, not standing. Anyway, I finally bit the bullet after pining over a standing desk/treadmill for a few years. When I finally ordered the treadmill I assumed I'd walk at 1.0mph or something reasonably slow so that I could program and/or type with a low error rate. Well, after about four days I settled on 2.0mph because at 1.0mph I find my head moves forward and backward in a rocking motion in order to keep my gaze steady on the monitors. At 2.0mph it's much more natural and I don't have this feeling like I just climbed out of a small boat in choppy water. With time I think I might creep a bit above 2.0mph for the bulk of the day. This surprised me in a very pleasant way.

*) I'm a work-from-home dad who does programming and administration with a toddler running around. I called LifeSpan to ask if there was a way to disable resuming at 0.4mph and it turns out there is. This is huge because last time I almost pulled the trigger on a treadmill was a year ago and back then it wouldn't have been possible. Here's what I learned: Enter "Engineering Mode" by pushing "Stop + Up Arrow" for three seconds and cycle through to option F019 and change the setting from "0" to "1" and you should be good to go. Note, if you're an old user of the model this option doesn't exist. In talking with the sales rep at LifeSpan they added this feature around mid-2013. With the toddler near, it was going to be a deal-breaker if I had to constantly mash the Up Arrow every time I had to step off and tend to ___fill in the blank crisis___.

*) This is important (and obvious) to parents: the treadmill belt is not much different than a belt sander. Put a locked gate up around your treadmill and keep the fingers out. There is a gap to the left of the belt that is about 1 pinky wide for infants (at least on my unit) and I did have a close encounter the day after I set mine up: nice little abrasion and scab. I don't fault the treadmill for this, it was clearly a dumbshit parent moment when I stepped on and didn't fully lock the gate behind me (and oddly enough, he hasn't shown much interest in the treadmill since). Anyway, a bit of caution - I'm pretty diligent as a parent and this spooked me how quick that happened. If applicable, consider yourself warned.

*) Barefoot. Definitely walk barefoot and not in shoes... or socks if it's cold and you know you're going to be standing for an extended period of time on the belt. I switch to socks because my feet will start to perspire on the belt (it doesn't breath terribly well). Under no circumstances do I recommend using shoes, however. If it's a work environment, use Luna Sandals or something, but if you're going to the trouble of walking while working, you probably care about your arches and the worst thing you could do for yourself is put arch supports under your feet while walking. Read "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" if you want an introduction. I have a 0.5" difference in my leg lengths due to an ancient skiing injury and haven't had any issues running barefoot (last 8 years) or walking barefoot. Anyway, barefoot.

*) I didn't see this one coming, but it completely makes sense: my abs were tight and sore for the first few weeks. It makes sense, but I didn't expect that transitioning from a standing desk to a treadmill would result in much, if any, physical discomfort or new aches, etc. Well, my abs. They ached for a while, and in a good way. The reason is pretty simple: my head needs to be stable in order to see what's on the screen, it's your core that stabilizes your upper torso. Anyway, this was something I didn't expect but I appreciated at the time.

*) And lastly, this is for the guys: don't do boxers. I'm not kidding. Briefs? Yes. Boxer briefs? Yes. Boxers? Only if you're a masochist. After a few days I finally changed things around and am happy I did so. I walk to the store frequently or frequently go on day hikes using boxers, but ended up falling back to any form of brief. It's not the same as running in boxers, the slower motion of walking... catches differently. This isn't a hard lesson to learn or figure out on your own, but it wasn't something I saw anyone comment on when I was getting ready to purchase so I figure why not be fully transparent.

*) And lastly,the unit arrived with a bum console that required me to flick the power on and off repeatedly to get the unit to initialize correctly. I called LifeSpan and they did send me a replacement that arrived within two days and I've had no troubles since.

... I think that just about does it. I'm averaging around 15mi per day right now and am very pleased. In hindsight I'm ticked I didn't do this earlier, but the F019 option wasn't available earlier, so earlier would've been maddening. First world problems of the world unite? Good luck in your stationary travels.

INCREDIBLY Quiet, great treadmill

Review by Erik
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Before reviewing the unit itself, a little information for those of you shopping around for a treadmill desk. I don't have a lot of experience with walking treadmills, but I did do a lot of research before getting one for my standing desk. I am normally a very DIY type individual, which combined with my thriftiness (some might say cheapskate-ness) means I would have built my own desk with a treadmill from Craigslist. This purpose-built treadmill is far superior, and I am EXTREMELY glad I bit the bullet and got it instead.

Running treadmills, unless they are 3hp+ commerical grade units, are generally not designed to be run all day like a walking treadmill. So if you are going to DIY you need a powerful treadmill. I was still going to look for a high powered treadmill on Craigslist, however, there's another problem: the low speeds of walking are usually at the low end of a treadmill's designed speeds, and running at said speeds is apparently very hard on the motor. A purpose built treadmill with high horsepower yet a low top speed will last longer and work better. I was still on the fence, but I'm glad I got this unit (on to the review).

There's something to be said for the "it just works" features of this unit. It slides under whatever raised desk you have, adding about 5 inches of height, and allows you the freedom to set up your workstation as you like. Some have complained about its size, but personally I'd rather have something too big than too small. It could probably shave 4 inches off length wise and 1 or 2 width wise and still be functional, but I think that would feel slightly cramped (I'm 5' 10"). Additionally, the fact that it's new and has a warranty means it's a lot less likely to break down, which would be quite the hassle since I don't have a home office. I also went with LifeSpan over other companies not just for price (better than Steelcase, the same as treaddesk, for instance) but because they also have experience with treadmills, rather than being a start-up or experienced in charging too much for office furniture.

But the number one best feature, the reason I got it and the reason I'm so happy with it, is how quiet this treadmill is. My office has a lot of white noise, but my cubicle neighbors have to strain to hear my treadmill. My footfalls are MUCH louder than the unit itself, and even those are hard to hear. I cannot understate how pleasantly surprised I was, and I had even read that this unit was quiet. (Side note, to keep it that way - make sure to use silicon spray. Don't buy LifeSpan Fitness brand, it's all the same, and you don't need to use it as often as they say, but do it fairly often to keep your belt healthy).

So what are the cons with this unit? No height adjustment is one thing that would be nice. I recall reading once upon a time that a very slight incline was better for you than a flat treadmill, but I'm not complaining. The closed off nature of the Bluetooth functionality is a major bummer, because it would be GREAT if they put an API out and allowed people to write mobile apps to tie it in with your workout logging site of choice. (Note to LifeSpan Fitness - no one is going to use your ridiculous $70 logging website when there are tons of better free options available - strava.com, beginnertriathlete.com, mapmyrun.com, etc).

The biggest cons, and I mean enough to knock a star off, have been fixed though! Unfortunately, the unit beeps EVERY time you hit a button. it also has the annoying default setting of resetting your speed every time you pause the unit, which can happen fairly frequently in an office setting. Luckily, in the new firmware, Lifespan allows you to edit these settings, and I HIGHLY recommend you do so. The full instructions are located here: [...] but I've copied the pertinent points below.

Treadmill Desk Personal Settings

To enter Personal Settings mode, press and hold the Stop/Pause button simultaneously with the Up button. After 3 seconds, F001 should show in the display.

2. To turn the Intelli-Guard feature on or off, press the Down button until F012 shows up in the display. Press enter so on/off appears in the display. Press the Down button to turn Intelli-Guard off, or press the Up button to turn Intelli-Guard on. Press enter and remove and re-install the safety key.
3. To turn the Audible Alert on or off, press the Down button until F015 shows in the display. Press enter so on/off appears in the display. Press the Down button to turn the audible alert off or press the Up button to turn the audible alert on. Press enter and remove and re-install the safety key.
WARNING – The audible alert is turned on from the manufacturer to warn the user that the treadmill desk is starting or the speed is changing. Turning this alert off is done at the sole discretion of the user.
4. To change the allowable maximum speed from 4 mph (6.4 kph) to 2 mph (3.2 kph), press the Down button until F018 appears in the display. Press enter and 4.00 will show by default. Press the Down button and 2.00 will be displayed. Press enter and remove and re-install the safety key.
5. To start the treadmill at the speed it was going prior to pressing the pause button, press the Down button until F019 appears in the display. Press enter and by default the display shows "0". Press the Up button to display a "1" and press enter. Remove and re-install the safety key.

So all in all, I am EXTREMELY satisfied with my treadmill. There are ways that it could be better (mainly the Bluetooth thing, in my opinion), but it's certainly not enough to knock a star off. If you're looking to switch to a walking desk, I'd humbly suggest that you've found your answer.

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