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May 13

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill Review – The 2012 Model

The LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill (2012 Model) priced just below $1000 is for those who are serious about getting fit. It comes with a lot of different features and training programs. It is reliable and robust. Comfort is combined with performance and users can customize their workout programs to their own personal requirements.

According to the manufacturers, the membership to LifeSpan Fitness Club lets customers track their fitness progress with online reports on their fitness, calories burnt, heart rate and achievements. Treadmill in this price bracket do tend to have similar online exercise management programs But, is the LifeSpan TR 1200i worth the price?

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill Specifications

RRP: $1499.99
Maximum Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
Top Speed: 11 mph
Incline: 15 levels
Foldable? Yes
Number of Programs: 17
Belt Size: 20 by 56 inches
Drive Motor: 2.5 Horsepower

The Pros  

The control console is an LCD, that is multi-colored to display a wide range of fitness information that includes number of steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, speed, distance covered and time taken.   This allows you to just turn on it on and select the right training programs and get to exercising without having to fiddle around setting up the treadmill for a particular fitness measurement.

The control buttons are big and simple to use which makes it easy to modify setting when running so you don’t miss a step. It also has controls on the handlebars so you don’t have to lift your hands from them to change your settings.

This is a comfortable treadmill to use.  The running are is 20 by 56 inch which means it can accommodate users except for the very tall. From our research it appears the manufacturers claims of it offering a comfotable and smooth exercise platform with its bio-mechanical running belt are justified.

The Lifespan TR1200i comes with 15 incline levels and at it steepest it does not appear to be under any strain. It doesn’t show any movement and there are no indications of it straining at this height.

For those wanting to really push their running to the limit, The 2.5 horsepower motor is more than a capable match for the training programs included.
For the price for this treadmill you would expect it to be comfortable to use, and online reviews do say that it lives up to this expectation.

A free membership is included with the purchase of a LifeSpan TR1200i treadmill. It enables the users to track their health status as well as record their training.

It is set just for you, and this means you can get information specific to your personal fitness and health data. Your information is stored on a USB device as you use the treadmill  which is used to update your fitness records online.

The Fitness Club can be a bit difficult to set up but after that it is thought by most users to be a valuable resource for keeping information on your fitness records and achievements.

The Cons  

There is some assembly required to set up the LifeSpan TR1200i There is not too much construction required and it does come with easy to follow instructions. But, some people have found it a bit more difficult to put together than it really should be. Unfortunately some of screw holes for the handlebar are not quite aligned and this requires a bit of effort to get the treadmill completely assembled.

As with a lot of treadmills, the LifeSpan TR 1200i does not always give the most accurate heart rate readings. They can show a wide variance depending on when taken. It appears to work well when you have your grip in the exact right place. But, if you don’t have the perfect grip over the heart rate sensors, the readings do not accurately show the correct heart rate.

So, should you buy the Lifespan TR1200i Folding Treadmill?

It comes 17 training programs as standard and also gives the ability to personalize training programs. It has a reputation for providing both reliability and variety. it is a treadmill designed to handle lots of energetic use, with an online fitness and health management program where you can get personalized reporting on your progress, it has a lot to offer.

There is some assembly required, so It is a little disappointing that the alignment of the holes for the screws are not completely aligned. Which makes it a little fiddly. But, as soon as you get the LifeSpan TR1200i ready you will be able to spend hours running or walking to your heart’s content.