Are you considering buying a LifeSpan treadmill but not sure which model to get or even if a treadmill will be right for you?
Having been in this situation myself when I started exercising, I know how difficult choosing exercise equipment can be.
It’s easy to be swayed by appearance and bells and whistles you may not need when the most important things to consider are quality, functionality, and value for money.
Hopefully, this article will help you decide whether a LifeSpan treadmill or indeed any treadmill, will be a good purchase.
Along with general information on the benefits of treadmill workouts, we will look two popular LifeSpan Treadmill models, the Lifespan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill (pictured above) and the LifeSpan TR 4000i (pictured below right).
The LifeSpan Treadmill V Other Brands
Treadmills have long been a popular choice for people who want to experience the health and fitness benefits of exercise. There are a lot of makes and models available, and while many are of excellent quality, some are not so good. Buying the wrong one can prove to be an expensive mistake.
LifeSpan has been a leader in the home fitness equipment field since its inception in 1994. Their offerings continue to rate consistently well with home exercisers. Catering to a variety of budgets, they design treadmills for people of all fitness levels.
Options include basic, compact models that can be folded to store between workouts and larger model with high-tech programs and a variety of accessories. They offer treadmills that accommodate specific fitness needs. For example, dedicated runners who require a treadmill capable of high speed. There are also models for people whose primary goal is weight loss, and the list goes on.
With so many LifeSpan treadmill options, there’s sure to be one that will suit your needs. Whichever you go with, be assured that if you choose one from LifeSpan, your treadmill will be of the highest quality, safe and comfortable, and user-friendly.
Why do Treadmill Workouts?
Along with delivering an excellent cardio workout, treadmills provide a means of achieving weight loss and muscle toning at home. They are suitable for use by adults of almost any age and fitness level. Basically, if you can walk, you can use a treadmill.
As well as walking, you can jog on a treadmill, run on a treadmill, or do both. Treadmill workouts are well-suited to interval training. Walk for a while, jog a little, run a bit; mix things up. Exercising in this manner will burn more calories. It will also decrease the likelihood of you becoming bored with your fitness routine and quitting.
Maybe it’s snowing or too cold, wet or hot to exercise safely and comfortably outdoors. Maybe you’re a busy stay-at-home mom and the only time you have free to exercise is when your kids are asleep, but you can’t leave them at home alone.
You could be a full-time carer of a child with a disability or an elderly parent, so can’t leave the house. The gym might be too far from your home, or you don’t want to commit to the ongoing expense of joining one. You may be out of shape and uncomfortable at the prospect of working out in public, so you keep putting off starting.
You might work the day shift and not want to risk walking or jogging alone at night. Or maybe you just enjoy treadmill running or walking. Whatever the reason, with a reliable treadmill in your home, you will be able to work out any time you feel like it.
Video Overview of the Lifespan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill
Which LifeSpan Treadmill Model Should I Buy?
The quality and durability of the LifeSpan treadmill is without question up there with the best available. The model you choose will depend on your requirements and budget. Though a little more expensive than some other brands, all of LifeSpan’s models, including their most budget-friendly, come with features that would, in most brands, only be available in their top-of-the-line-models.
Below is a brief overview of the LifeSpan TR 4000i Folding Treadmill and the Lifespan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill. These are two of the most popular models in the LifeSpan treadmill range that consistently get excellent feedback.
LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill
Very solid and stable, assembled the TR4000i measures 74″ x 33″ x 54″. Folded, it measures 42″ x 33″ x 66″. Its thickly padded oversized running surface measuring 20″ x 6b”. A generous user weight limit of 350 pounds will accommodate most people.
With its powerful 3.25 HP continuous-duty DC motor, 0.5 to 12 mph speed capability, and 0 to 15 incline level options, the TR 4000i Folding Treadmill would be a great choice for anyone who is serious about exercise.
It has 17 pre-set programs, including 7 for sports training, 5 for weight management, and 5 healthy living programs. Its easy-to-read LCD panel will enable you to view your workout stats. These include your current Program Profile, Incline Level, Time, Speed, Distance Travelled, Step Count, Calories Burned, and Heart Rate.
High-quality speakers and an iPod/headphone jack will allow you to listen to music as you work out.
TR4000i accessories include a water bottle holder, a book rack, and a strap heart rate monitor.
The TR4000i comes with a lifetime warranty for its frame and motor. There’s also 5 years coverage for parts and 1-year for labor.
LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill
If you require something a little smaller with a lower price tag, it would be hard to go past the LifeSpan TR 1200i, which can be folded to fit under a standard-sized bed.
Assembled, this model measures 70″ x 33″ x 54″. Its running surface is 20″ x 56″, and it has a user weight capacity of 300 pounds. One of the most frequently purchased treadmills on the market today, it has some great features for the price. These include a 2.5 HP motor, 15 incline levels, and a speed range from 0.5 to 11 MPH.
Though compact, the TR 1200i is not lacking in features. It has 17 pre-set workout programs and an LCD console that displays useful workout stats. These include Program Profile, Incline Level, Time, Speed, Distance Travelled, Step Count, Calories Burned and Heart Rate.
The LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill has speakers and iPod/headjack integration. Other accessories include a book rack and a water bottle holder. This model comes with a lifetime warranty on its frame and motor, 3 years on parts, and 1-year on labor.
Final Thoughts on Choosing a LifeSpan Treadmill
Buying a high-quality treadmill from a reliable brand such as LifeSpan could be one of the best decisions you make when it comes to your health and fitness. Buy a low-quality treadmill that doesn’t have a smooth action and is uncomfortable to use, and chances are you will use it three or four times tops, before relocating it to its new home in your storage shed.
The LifeSpan treadmill is for anyone who wants to tone up, lose weight and improve their health and fitness. Whether treadmill workouts will be your sole form of exercise or part of an overall workout plan, owning a treadmill will give you the freedom using one at the gym cannot.
Deciding which LifeSpan treadmill is right for you will depend largely on three things, these being your budget, your intended use, and how much room you have to house it.
If you plan on doing long, rigorous and fast workouts and you want a treadmill with “the works,” you will have to spend more. If you envisage lighter use and will be happy with basic features, you can get away with paying less. Either way, there’s sure to be a LifeSpan treadmill that will be perfect for the type of treadmill workouts you want to do.
Need advice on how to choose the right treadmill? Click the link to the right to read my Treadmill Buying Guide – 14 Tips on Buying a Treadmill.