LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill
LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill is an excellent mid-range home treadmill with many features that will meet the requirements of most home runners and walkers, advanced trainees included.
Published: June 14, 2016.
LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill is powered by a 2.75 HP Continuous Duty DC motor. Some treadmills with similar prices have stronger motors, but TR3000i comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, a 5-year warranty on parts, and a 1-year warranty on labor.
The running deck is 20" (51 cm) wide and 56" (142 cm) long, and personally could be a little bit larger. Depending on the stride length, most people consider a 20"x56" running deck more than large enough. The author of this article is 6'2" (188 cm) tall and I consider running deck large enough and comfortable for a home treadmill. However, 20-22"x60-65" running decks are simply more roomier.
Anyway, the running deck is positioned on 8 independent compression shock absorbers which decrease the impact on joints and transfer the force to a wider area. The belt is 2-ply and is very durable. Just be sure to center/align the belt properly and to lubricate it from time to time.
Front rollers are 2.5" (~6.4 cm) and rear rollers are 2" (~5.1 cm) in diameter.
LifeSpan TR3000i treadmill has 15 different incline levels, however, no matter how we tried, we couldn't find the information of the actual incline percentage. Nonetheless, the maximum incline is very steep and will make you sweat!
The incline motor is very strong and can lift 800 pounds (362 kg) - very good power reserve.
Speed can be adjusted between 0.5 and 12 mph (0.8 and 19 km/h) - fast enough for most runners, at least for people working out on the treadmills. If you wish to do sprints, don't do them on treadmills - seriously - go to YouTube and search for treadmill accidents ...
Treadmill dimensions are (L x W x H) 71" x 33" x 56" (~181 x 84 x 143 cm) unfolded and 42" x 33" x 56" (107 x 84 x 142 cm) folded and it weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).
Although the unit has transport wheels, it is highly recommended to be positioned on a permanent location and unfolded when in use.
In order to use the treadmill comfortably, it is recommended to leave some additional space around the treadmill - 2 feet (0.61 m) on the sides and 4 feet (1.22 m) behind the treadmill.
This leads to the actual required workout area of 10 x 7 feet (~305 x 213 cm).
TR3000i folding deck is based on LifeSpan's EZfold technology which utilizes a hydraulic shock to assist in folding and unfolding the treadmill. So, although the unit is relatively massive (must be in order to last for a long time), folding and unfolding is done quickly and easily.
The maximum user weight is 350 pounds (158 kg) and if that is not enough, you should check your doctor and find a good nutritionist to help you with your diet :)
Step-up height is 9" (~23 cm) and is not high. However, if you are a tall person and workout on maximum incline, you could have problems if your ceiling is lower than 7'6" (~230 cm).
When the unit is purchased, it must be assembled, which is not difficult. However, if you want, you can order a technician to assemble it for you - it does increase initial costs, but at least you will be sure that the unit is properly assembled and tested by certified personnel.
Before assembling and using the treadmill, be sure to read the manual which explains how to assemble the unit and how to use it.
Like many similar treadmills, TR3000i is equipped with a safety pin/key. Many people don't clip it to the clothes before working out, but if something does happen, the safety key is pulled out and the treadmill stops right away - be sure to attach the safety key every time. Better safe than sorry.
Note: one other safety feature is automatically pausing the belt, 20 seconds after the person steps off the treadmill deck.
Display is 6" (15 cm) backlit blue LCD with simultaneous readouts of time, burned calories, covered distance, number of steps/strides, heart rate, current speed and incline level, exercise program name and profile, and personal data from a USB device.
Two contact heart rate sensors are on the handles in front of the console. The treadmill has a chest strap receiver, but the chest strap is not included. The chest strap is not so expensive, and it is highly recommended not only for people having heart issues for constant monitoring of the heart rate. Bottom line - it should be included in $1000+ treadmills!
LifeSpan TR3000i comes with 2 heart rate programs, 2 customized user programs, and 17 preset programs: 5 weight management, 5 healthy living, 7 sports training.
The unit is equipped with a 3-speed cooling fan which keeps the trainee cool and comfortable to extend workouts. Also, when working out, it is important to wear proper clothes and footwear and to feel comfortable. Built-in speakers and headphone plug-in enable trainees to listen to the favorite music. If you can, use speakers - I really don't like wires hanging off me during walking or running.
The console includes a media holder for a smartphone or tablet just behind the control buttons for easy access and viewing.
The dual-purpose USB port can be used for charging mobile devices (doesn't charge iPad 1, 2, or 3) and for saving exercise results to a USB drive for uploading into the free Club account.
Bluetooth is optional. Note that only the LifeSpan Bluetooth adapter is compatible with the treadmill and it can be purchased separately. It enables one to wirelessly connect the treadmill to an Android or iPad device and to automatically synchronize results with the LifeSpan Club account.
Long story short - LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Treadmill is an excellent home mid-range treadmill with many great features that will last for a long time. The only cons are, IMHO of course: the running deck could be perhaps larger, chest strap heart rate monitor is not included, Bluetooth adapter is not included. And that is all. If you don't need a chest strap monitor and you don't want automatic data sync then feel free to forget my comments regarding them :)
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