The information age has brought with it an increasing awareness of general health and wellness. People want to try all sorts of things in order to live long, good quality lives. Advice on how to achieve this pours in from all sides and certainly one message is consistent, mankind needs to exercise more. As a result people have started to shun the couch potato’ lifestyle and have begun to incorporate more exercise in their daily routines, especially walking and running.
Treadmills are a favored exercise tool because the exercise routine can continue even on days when the weather outside is not conducive for exercise. A Utah based company, PCE Health and Fitness, recognized this need for treadmills that could be used for both home and commercial use. In 2001 they launched the Lifespan treadmill range that caters for the whole spectrum, from occasional walkers to professional runners. The Lifespan treadmill range has got something to suit different pockets and different needs. The affordable and portable Lifespan TR200 is great for tight spaces, whereas the Lifespan 4000i requires a bit more room.
Lifespan Manufacturer’s Warranty
All of the Lifespan treadmills have certain features in common. One of the biggest issues that most people will look into almost immediately is warranty. The Lifespan TR200, Lifespan TR 1200i, and Lifespan TR 3000i all have the same amazing manufacturer’s warranty for the frame and motor. The company promises a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty for them, meaning customers need never worry about replacing these components.
All the treadmills also come with a year’s free in home labor in the event that the machine breaks down. So for an entire year of use, customers can have their treadmills fixed in the comfort and security of their homes. The mechanical parts have different warranty time frames. For the TR200 this warranty is for 3 years, while it extends to 5 years for the other treadmills.
All the treadmills come with large soft touch silicone console buttons that make it easier to adjust program settings during a workout. The last thing anyone wants is to lose concentration and fall because they were trying to find tiny buttons on the console. The purpose of the console is to give simultaneous readings of steps taken, heart rate, speed, incline level, distance, time and calories burned during a workout. All this information is saved on a USB device every 20 seconds, ensuring that there is comprehensive data on that particular workout.
The Lifespan TR200 comes with a basic LCD console that has a blue back light. The other models come with a more modern multicolored console. All the treadmills have inbuilt speakers and ports for headphones and iPods or Mp3 players on the console so that customers can exercise to their favorite sound tracks. All of the treadmill models come with preset programs for the convenience of the customer, though these can be personalized at will.
The TR200 has 6 while the other models come with 17 preset programs that target weight loss, cardio and overall fitness. These programs are broken into 20 segments each that are of varying intensities. These programs are designed by physiologists to be safe and effective. Incline levels can also be set and changed at any point during an exercise regime. The TR200 comes with 10 levels to choose from, while the other models come with 15.
Lifespan Intelli features
The Lifespan TR 1200i, Lifespan TR 3000i and Lifespan TR 4000i come equipped with some very handy Intelli features. They come with Intelli Step where the machine counts and records all the steps that you take on it. Intelli Guard is designed to stop when you step off the treadmill even if that is in the middle of a workout.
When a customer buys a Lifespan treadmill, they are given automatic free membership to the Lifespan Fitness Club. During a workout on all the models of the Lifespan treadmills, the data captured from start to finish is saved on to a USB device. This online club gives members access to detailed health results based on this exercise information, as well as alternative exercise programs. Unfortunately this membership is free for only 4 months, after which the customer has to pay to stay connected.
Assembly, storage and ease of use
The treadmills are all described as folding treadmills, which means that they need not consume so much space when they are not in use. The fold dimensions of the 1200i are 39” by 66” by 33”, for the 3000i they are 35” by 52” by 75”. The Lifespan TR200 takes this a step further by being small enough to even fit under the bed or at the back of a cupboard.
This is perfect for those fitness conscious people who are limited in terms of space and cannot really have a fully fledged home gym. This treadmill also comes already assembled. The other models do need assembly, but it is relatively easy to accomplish, especially with manuals and customer care agents close at hand.
The dimensions of the Lifespan TR200 are a petite 30.5” by 51.5” by 60.5”. It comes with a 1.5 horse power motor, which powers the 17” by 48” belt up to speeds of 6 miles per hour. This treadmill can accommodate a person that weighs up to 250 pounds. The TR 1200i is built for comfort and power with a motor that pulls at 2.5 horse power and can go up to speeds of 11 miles per hour. The running surface is 20” by 56” and the bio mechanically sound deck suspension can carry up to 300 pounds.
The Lifespan TR 3000i has the same specs as the 1200i, except that it can carry an extra 50 pounds and can go as fast as 12 miles per hour. The Lifespan TR 4000i is a little more heavy duty than the others, coming with an impressive 3.25 horse power motor. The running surface is a bit bigger at 20” by 60” and comes with a 2.8mm thick orthopedic belt that is designed for traction and added comfort on the joints during a workout. Like the 3000i, this model also carries up to 350 pounds in weight.
Customer care and manuals
Customer care agents for the Lifespan range of treadmills are available during working hours on week days to address any issues that customers may come across. They can be reached on the phone, on email and even on live chat platforms for the convenience of the customers. Pdf versions of the manuals can be downloaded from the internet with minimal hassles, which ensures that everyone concerned reduces their carbon footprint by using less paper. The instructions are generally easy to follow, with customer care agents on hand in the event that anything does not work as it should.
People love the ease with which they can set it up and generally go on to have a good exercise experience for extended periods of time. A few customers have been disgruntled complaining of a foul smell emanating from the machine during workouts which gets progressively worse with use. They have also complained of a mechanical fault that customer care has apparently not really effectively dealt with.
During workouts the machine tends to suddenly stop, which puts people at risk of falling if they are not properly holding on. The console seems to have a few relatively minor issues like being tilted too far forward, which can be resolved by moving it with a few screws. On a positive note, the Lifespan TR 3000i is very quiet, which is great for residential use. The neighbors do not all get alerted when a person starts a workout.
Considering all of the factors, these treadmills are a worthy investment for the exercise conscious person. Anyone can reap the benefits of using these treadmills consistently, regardless of whether the person is a professional runner needing to brush up on their performance or is someone who is just starting their fitness journey.