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LifeSpan TR 1200i

LifeSpan TR 1200i
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4.3 / 5 stars
231 Real User Reviews
List Price: $1,499.99
Featuring biomechanically correct deck suspension system, powerful motor, multicolor LCD console and it's well known as the best treadmill under $1000.


  • 8.5% VotesIt's spectacular for the price!
  • 1.7% VotesThe treadmill is packaged professionally
  • 8.5% VotesIt has a simple yet intuitive (and attractive) console readouts
  • 3.4% VotesI can run without my calves hurting (Thanks to the shock absorbtion system)
  • 15.3% VotesThis machine is relatively quiet, despite of its strong 2.5 HP motor
  • 11.9% VotesSolid frame and strong deck / running surface that won't wobble when running
  • 10.2% VotesPush-button speed and incline controls on the handrail (automatic inclines)
  • 5.1% VotesEasy Folding Up system for space saving
  • 5.1% VotesUse a USB drive for recording your running statistics
  • 5.1% VotesIt can actually count my foot steps like pedometer! (Thanks to the Intelli-Step Counting feature)
  • 5.1% VotesSafety Pause Feature - it can detect if you are stepping on the treadmill or not before starting
  • 1.7% VotesIt has speaker for playing mp3 songs
  • 5.1% VotesFree membership (one limited trial account) to LifeSpan Fitness Club
  • 3.4% VotesHave a great warranties (lifetime warranty for Frame and Motor)
  • 1.7% VotesDealing good with my 274 pounds weight (max capacity: 300 lbs)
  • 1.7% VotesWide running area at 20-inch x 56-inch
  • 1.7% VotesWorks with Polar chest band for continuous heart rate monitor
  • 1.7% VotesIt has countdown on each start of session - won't catch you off guard and start suddenly
  • 1.7% VotesSpace for water bottle, iPad or book
  • 1.7% VotesYou can use the USB port for charging phone or mobile device


  • 12.5% VotesTook around 2-3 hours for assembling (although some has done it in less than 30 minutes)
  • 6.3% VotesThere is a signal disturbance with AT&T Uverse! It will freeze and lost altogether. (see Tips section for solution)
  • 18.8% VotesAlthough it has a speaker, this speaker is not a great one (but also not good either)
  • 18.8% VotesIt's too heavy to move it alone (you may need the deliveryman's help for a small fee and one cup of cold drink ;) )
  • 6.3% VotesThe USB drive is actually not included - The image is just for demonstration. You have to purchase it separately
  • 12.5% VotesNo lube or lubricant oil included. You have to purchase it separately (see accessories section below for details)
  • 6.3% VotesThe heart rate monitor is not so accurate - get a polar chest band instead
  • 6.3% VotesIt's a bit shaky when the inclines set to max
  • 6.3% VotesMust use USB drive if you want to update your height and weight in the console
  • 6.3% VotesA bit of clumsy interface for advanced users

Lifespan TR 1200i – it’s the well-known treadmill for the “under $1000” class. It’s nonsense that good treadmill have to cost more. Do not take the advice of purchasing expensive machine, unless that machine have the unique feature which you can’t live without.

For me? If it’s a treadmill, I can run on it (not walk or jog), have enough running programs, and it won’t wear down in the next 5-10 years, that’s more than enough! πŸ™‚

If you are like me, I’m sure this machine will fit the bill. It’s neither too cheap with plastic feel, nor too expensive that would break your bank account.

Pricing aside, this machine offer you enough features to play with, and if you can be disciplined enough to use it daily/regularly, losing fat and get lean is not just a dream (if your goal is to lose weight).

Lifespan TR1200i treadmill offers strong 2.5 HP motor that ensures steady speed and you can start walking from 0.5 MPH and running up to 11MPH.

Most of the treadmill in its class only offer up to 10MPH, which is a plus point if you want to run at a higher speed range without spending more.

Expert recommend us to get at 3.0 HP motor or above for optimum running result, but it’s really not necessary for casual runner (If you are an avid runner, you might want to check other models.)

FYI: 3.0 MPH machines are all commercial type, costing at least $2000 or above.

One of the most voted feature is the noise. You can actually run on this machine while watching TV, without disturbed by the noises of the treadmill! A lot of users agreed and they love it. Check out our pros & cons section for more details.

Few users with weight almost to the limit also love the fact that the treadmill won’t wobble around when running. As a reminder, Lifespan TR 1200i is capable of supporting weight up to 300 pounds.

(more update coming soon)

Tips: From Users, To Users

While drilling down through the hundreds of reviews by real users across many online retailers, very often you will find kind reviewers that are not only reviewing the hardware, but they would also offers useful tips to either optimize the usage of this treadmill, or troubleshooting some common problems. Some even come back and update their review after so many years of usage and telling us what’s the real life stuffs that may happen. Really thankful to those kind people. πŸ™‚

So here it is, the collection of tips we have found. Hopefully it’s useful for you:

  • If you want to put the treadmill upstairs and there is no helping hand, you should spend some tips and ask the shipping crews handle it for you. It will be your best spend money!
  • There is a chance that you’ll receive machine with an unmatch screw hole at the base. It’s the most difficult thing when assembling. However, the machine itself is fine! All you have to do is make the hole bigger in the direction of the slant
  • Most treadmill transmits electricity noises, including this treadmill. It’s a fine print for us to equip LifeSpan TR 1200i with surge protector that include noise filtration
  • Some said they did got a USB drive in the box, some didn’t. This is quite strange, we will be emailing the company asking for certainty. Stay tuned for update

What's In The Box?

Here is a snapshot of what’s in the box:

LifeSpan TR 1200i unbox

Unlike Confidence treadmill, you are required to assembly all the separated parts into one. Some took 1-2 hours before they can start using, but it’s well worth it. Looking from built-aspect, LifeSpan is definitely much stronger. The frame is solid, and the running zone is wide as well.

As for the parts, there are 16 parts, 4 types of wrench, and 2 types of screws.

LifeSpan TR 1200i Part List
(It’s in the manual book on page 9)

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

[Click on the questions below to see their corresponding answers.]

Can I move this treadmill around?

Yes, absolutely. LifeSpan TR 1200i have wheels and you can roll it easily to your desired location. You can also move it when it’s in folded condition.

Does it wobble if a 200lb person is running?

No, I don’t think you can feel wobble at all with this 204 pounds machine. Plus, the maximum capacity for this treadmill is 300 lbs. As long as you are placing the treadmill on a flat surface, and you are not exceeding the maximum weight capacity, you are good to go.

One advise from user: buy a exclusive treadmill mat for this machine to protect your floor from unwanted scratch. Something that is so heavy (including user’s weight) bound to damage the flooring.

Should I buy a treadmill mat for it?

Yes, if you want to protect your floor, a treadmill mat is a great choice. See accessories section below for some recommendations.

How long is the power cord? Do I have to use an extension?

LifeSpan TR 1200i have a 6 feet long cable. It should be pretty lengthy if you place this machine near the wall with outlet nearby.

However, you can always use an extension cord. Make sure to use a quality one because this treadmill require 1875 Watts to run.

Is it dificult to assemble LifeSpan TR 1200i treadmill?

One of the most difficult thing to do is moving this stuff when it arrive at your home. It’s HEAVY. The machine alone is 204 pounds, plus the packaging stuffs, you are facing a 220 pounds item.

Now, can you move it around easily? I don’t think so. That’s why you’ll need someone to help you moving, and assemble it.

There are some users who avoid asking help from friends, and spent some fees for the shipping crew to help with the move.

Once moved into your house, or into your second floor (or anywhere else), you can expect about 1-2 hours of assembling time before you can start using this machine.

It takes a bit of time, but the result will be pretty rewarding πŸ™‚

Warranty & Manual Books

Manual Book

Here is the PDF manual book for LifeSpan TR 1200i treadmill:


This treadmill comes with a residential warranty, covering four aspects: The frame, motor, parts, and labor. Here are the details:

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Motor: Lifetime
  • Parts: 3 Years
  • Labor: 1 Year

Now, this is reasonable. Unlike Both Weslo Cadence G 5.9 and Confidence Power Plus, this treadmill actually have a LIFETIME warranties. This is absolutely cool as you are covered for the entire life (hopefully!).

As for the limited warranty for Parts and Labor, LifeSpan also offering you an extended warranty option. They allow you to add another 3 years or 5 years extra warranty, IF YOU would like to add another $150 – $200 to your bill.

This covers 100% of the parts and labor for services related to: no lemon guarantee, manufacturer defect, mechanical failure, electrical failure, power surge and failure resulting from normal use.

You can learn more about this extended warranty at LifeSpan website.

General Information


LifeSpan Fitness


TR 1200i


$1,499.99 - Click here to find latest price



Machine Weight

204 pounds

Shipping Weight

Between 220 - 230 pounds


2.5 HP Power Motor
Comfortable bio-mechanical deck suspension system
Folding design for easy storage
Compact Design with simple console interface

Technical Specs

Weight Capacity

300 lbs / 136 kg

Horse Power

2.5 HP (Continuous Duty DC)

Speed Range

0.5 to 11 MPH / 0.8 - 16.1 KPH

Belt Size (W x L)

20-inch x 56-inch (50cm x 140cm)

Belt Type



15 levels

Incline Motor

650 pounds (295 kg) maximum lift

Rollers Size

2.5" (6.24cm) Front, 2" (5cm) Rear

Power Consumption

Approx. 1875 Watts

Dimension (L x W x H)

> Full: 70.25" L x 33" W x 55" H (175.63cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H)
> Folded: 39" L x 33" W x 66" H (97.5cm L x 82.5 W x 165cm H)

Step-Up Height

7.5" (about 18.75 cm)

Console Features

Multi-color LCD with simultaneous readouts: Time, Calories, Distance, Steps, Heart Rate, Speed and Incline Level
Large Soft-touch keys
USB Data Port: Save your statistic and share it in your club profile (online)
Multiple Health Program Presets: Heart Rates, Weight Managements, Healthy Livings and Sports Training)
Intelli-Stepβ„’ : Counting every steps you've taken and display it in the console
Audio Center: Allow you to plug your headphone or speakers
Heart Rate Monitoring using sensors and chest strap receiver

Manufacturer Details


LifeSpan Fitness

Official Website


LifeSpan Fitness
785 West 1700 South Ste. 1
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Live Map

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Other Information Best Sellers Rank

#2 in Treadmills (was #4)

Release Date

May, 2010

Written by

Hardware Sphere

Last Update

Oct 05, 2014 at 07:12 AM

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