Durability and Technology Offered at Low Price Point
While I was at the LifeSpan corporate headquarters I checked out the LifeSpan TR1200i treadmill. This is one of their more popular models, especially after they knocked the price down to a competitive $998. There are two reasons you want to consider buying this model.
First, for the price it is a durable machine, engineered with quality components. Second, it comes from a company known for their outstanding customer service department. With many larger brands, you will find their customer service is extremely lacking. LifeSpan’s department is run by a 15-year veteran in the industry. They are attentive, responsive, and all around top-notch which is a huge plus when purchasing any of their equipment.
LifeSpan is what I call a boutique fitness equipment dealer. They sell primarily through fitness equipment specialty stores and their website. When talking to the president of the company, their strategy was to offer quality products that focus on assisting people in achieving their fitness goals. Their dedication and efforts don’t go unnoticed. Recently, a trusted consumer magazine gave the TR1200i a rating of “Excellent” in the categories of Ergonomics, Construction, Ease of Use, and Exercise Range.
21 Ready-to-Use Programs — These programs are designed by exercise physiologists to accelerate your progress toward your fitness goals. You’ll never having a “boring” treadmill workout with the variety of programs offered on this machine. The exercise programs include 2 heart rate control, 5 healthy living, 7 sports training, 5 weight loss, and 2 user customizable programs.
2.5 Continuous Duty HP Motor — This motor is adequate to handle anything, slow-paced walking to intense running workouts.
20″ x 56″ Running Surface — This is a typical length at this price range. If you are very tall and plan to jog on this treadmill you may want to consider a machine with a 60″ surface.
EZFold Technology — This machine is simple to lift, and easy to lower. LifeSpan’s EZfold technology utilizes a hydraulic shock for assistance in folding and unfolding the treadmill.
Rollers — You get 2.5″ rollers in the front and 2″ in the rear. The 2.5″ roller is bigger than normal for a $998 treadmill. It will help to extend the life of the motor, belt and bearings. It will also reduce noise.
0.5 – 11 MPH Speed — Whether you’re looking for a slow walk or tackling a HIIT workout with higher speeds, you can find the right speed on this treadmill. It also offers 15 levels of incline, so you’re able to get your heart pumping at any speed.
Built-In Bluetooth —Sync your workout results easily through the built-in Bluetooth feature.
Speakers with MP3 Input — You’ll find that the quality of speaker systems can vary dramatically on treadmills. I have a machine where the sound quality is so poor I won’t use it. LifeSpan incorporates some decent speakers and driver, which result in a clarity of sound.
Speed and Incline Controls on Handlebars – Several other manufacturers offer this feature, and the benefit is that you do not need to break your stride by leaning forward towards the console to make adjustments.
7″ Display Screen — Quick load screen with vibrant, full color to display to monitor your time, calories, distance, steps, heart rate, speed, and incline level.
Warranty — Frame: Lifetime, Motor: 5 years, Parts: 2 Years, Labor: 1 Year
LifeSpan sales have grown primarily on their reputation for building quality machines. Several of their products have received “Best Buy” awards from reliable resources. Previously the LifeSpan TR1200i was selling for $1,299, and I felt at that price their were better buys. Since reducing the price to $999 the TR1200i is now one of those “better buys”.
For the price you are getting a machine that is relatively quiet and durable. It also has a deck that is very forgiving to your joints. All that is combined with the ability to track and manage your fitness and health results online.
“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 treadmill and recommend to anyone.”
“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.”
“In regards to the treadmills performance we are equally impressed. You can hardly hear the treadmills motor even at the highest speeds, it has enough incline to be challenging. The suspension is excellent and the treadmill is extremely stable great for walking, jogging and running. The handlebars have a very functional design. They are wide enough that when you are swinging your arms when running you have room to roam, the handlebars also have the speed and incline controls integrated which makes it easier to make adjustments the fly.”
The LifeSpan TR1200i received “Very Good” ratings in all categories by a prominent consumer magazine, whose name I cannot mention.