Lifespan TR1200 DT3 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The best value unit if you are going to supply your own desk. Solid treadmill designed for almost the entire workday.
This is a machine that provides just the basic treadmill deck while you bring in an independent Desk Table to integrate office work and your daily workout.
The plus points...
An average motor assures a comfortable walk
This treadmill enables you to multi-task office jobs on a desk table while you walk the tread, and for that purpose a 2.25 HP motor is more than adequate for the job. The motor handles the shorter belt smoothly enabling a relatively noise free workout which is ideal for office spaces.
Spacious walking belt and supportive cushioning
A tread surface measuring 20" x 56" can accommodate users with a wider stance as well as taller individuals with a lengthier walking action. While such a surface serves runners better, walkers will welcome the comfort of a spacious deck.
The cushioning provides a reasonably forgiving surface for the walker; leg and back muscles suffer least strain and 6 hour workouts will not be stressful.
Advantages of using a desk table
Instead of being tied down to your office chair all day, bringing this treadmill base underneath a desk table allows you to synergize office work and a smooth workout routine that will be healthier for you in the long run.
The motor won't support runners
If you use this machine for even mild jogging you may find the noise levels increasing along with increasing wear and tear of components resulting in expensive part replacements and maintenance jobs.
Pricing may worry budget buyers
The average Joe may cringe at pricing his treadmill as high as $1,000 and that too for a machine that is essentially a walker. Serious runners or infrequent users with an inclination for running would be better of choosing a treadmill with a more powerful motor designed for running, at a price they can afford. Having said that we must also admit that it is next to impossible getting a good runner's treadmill below the $1,000 price point.
Treadmill needs frequent rest between sessions
The warranty stipulates maximum six hours daily use. If you overuse the machine or step on the pedal bringing the treadmill to 4 mph speeds, you must be prepared for a noisier workout and systems breakdowns that may prove to be costlier for you in the long run.
Warranty not up to the mark
Lifetime on frame, 3 years for the motor, 2 years for parts and just 1 year for labor doesn't speak highly of the manufacturer's confidence in his product. The least users can do is to use the machine sparingly, maintain it lovingly and avoid frequent breakdowns.
Contrary to public perception short intense workouts do not damage the system as much as long uninterrupted sessions on a treadmill that wear out parts faster. So your immediate priority would be to use the treadmill for sessions of a half an hour at the most and give reasonably long breaks in between.
The final diagnosis
The Lifespan TR1200 DT3 allows you to merge office work with tread work. It's almost the same as the TR1200 DT5, the difference being that you have to bring in an independent desk table. The user has to decide whether it is worth spending $1,000 to acquire a treadmill exclusively designed for perking up your office ambiance.
With usage of 6 hours per day, our guess is this is going to be the core model for Lifespan.