LifeSpan Fitness offers a full-range of treadmills for every fitness level, including weight loss treadmills and treadmills for the serious runner. For nearly two decades, LifeSpan has been an industry leader in home fitness equipment, and the reviews agree. Consumer Guide, Treadmill Doctor, About.com and Runner’s World have all ranked our products high in their reviews of treadmills year-after-year. Our signature Homes Series line of top treadmills for the home continues that tradition as well as our Pro Series treadmill, the TR5000i, built as a running machine. Which treadmill is best for you? It depends on your goals. But whatever they are, LifeSpan Fitness has the treadmill that is right for you.
Our compact running treadmill is perfect for smaller spaces such as apartments and condos. Our TR200 Compact Treadmill folds to a mere 11 inches and stands vertically or folds horizontally so you can store it under the bed or against a wall.
For more intense workouts, look to our Home Series. These home use folding treadmills are loaded with intelligent features that set them apart from the competition. Our Intelli-Guard, Intelli-Step and Intelli-Key are based on years of research and development to make treadmill workouts safer, easier and more user-friendly. The Home Series has variable treadmill speeds and inclines to increase calories burned on a treadmill. Our built-in deck suspension system reduces impact stress to your joints with compression shocks that provide support and cushioning with each step.
For the most serious runners, we offer the TR5000i, our Pro Series treadmill. The improved treadmill belt, more powerful motor, and aluminum side rails support the most rigorous workouts. The TR5000i is a commercial quality, non-folding treadmill that is an absolute workhorse.
Both our Home and Pro Series come standard with our 17 pre-programed workout routines that were designed by exercise physiologists to improve your workout and make it more effective. So whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your overall health, or training for an upcoming race, LifeSpan has the treadmill program that is right for you. Also with any Home or Pro Series purchase, you get a lifetime membership to the LifeSpan Fitness Club that allows you to upload your workout data from your treadmill to this online health management program using any USB device.
LifeSpan treadmills have been getting some impressive reviews and ratings. And that appears to be driving their sales, as it should. LifeSpan is an up and coming player that is carving out a niche for itself among established brands. Their machines seem to find a nice balance between quality construction, appealing design and attractive features. And their market share will probably expand at the expense of manufacturers that are resting on past laurels.
LifeSpan Treadmill Line-up
Their models start with a small compact treadmill and progress to commercial grade models for the home. Prices range from $600 - $3,500. Few companies have such a wide selection. Within their line-up are some gems and some rough cuts. In particular, the LifeSpan TR3000i and TR4000i are the models that seem to be getting most of the press. They both come with the Fitness Club download feature (See Below). And they have some interesting pre-installed workout programs that are geared for specific fitness goals like weight loss, healthy living and sports training.
One of the benefits of owning one of several LifeSpan treadmills (tr1200i, tr3000i, tr4000i) is a free membership to their Fitness Club. There is an interactive USB port that allows you to transfers information from your treadmill to your computer to track progress. For example, when you purchase the TR4000i you get a free membership to the Fitness Club, which is like an online personal trainer. Not only can you track your progress, the software will set goals, create a customized exercise plan, and compare progress to their goals. This concept is intriguing and may be a direction other manufacturers need to follow.
According to their president, Peter Schenk, "We are dedicated to being a leader in this behavioral shift driving the integration of fitness equipment with the internet and developing features that make our equipment more effective, engaging and entertaining."
In the last couple of years treadmill desks have become very popular. They allow you to walk on a treadmill while you conduct work on an attached desk. LifeSpan, by far, builds the best treadmill desks in the industry. They offer both complete treadmills with desks and also just the base where you provide your own desk. Check out the LifeSpan TR1200-DT review.
Best Buy Ratings
Regarding the various best buy ratings LifeSpan boasts. A couple come from some credible sources, including one from Health Magazine. Health Magazine rated the LifeSpan TR4000i treadmill a "Best Buy". What they appear to like the most was the Interactive Fitness Club Feature. Although they were also impressed with the quality of the machine.
Another "Best Buy" comes from Consumer Guide. This rating is questionable since they often do not test the products. Also the LifeSpan TR1000 and TR2000 received some very average ratings from a leading consumer magazine, whose name I cannot mention.
It should be noted that the customer ratings on Amazon are between 4.5 and 5 stars, which is impressive.
LifeSpan Treadmills Summation
LifeSpan has the potential to be a serious player in the $1,000 - $2,000 price range. Their equipment appears to be durable, there's some thought behind the designs, and features like the Fitness Club could be very appealing. This is exactly what many users to need to get the motivation to actually use their treadmills.
I like the compact design of the TR2000; it has good cushioning and was fairly quiet. The TR3000i is intriguing with the ability to interact with an online web site. The "commercial grade" residential models seem to be a bit pricey for what you get.