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A Review of the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill

Updated on November 26, 2012
The LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill
The LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill | Source

The Good

At first glance the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill looks the part of a professional, gym-quality piece of fitness equipment. Not only does it look and feel substantial, but the multicolored LCD console is so feature rich, that you would swear you are at the gym. The TR 1200i is an extremely durable machine with a full 2.5 horsepower motor and 2.5 inch rollers, that can handle the most aggressive runners. However, the treadmill is also a great option for those just beginning a fitness regimen. The large LCD console, the TR 1200i is capable of tracking and managing your fitness goals all along the way.

The “brain” of the treadmill can manage your distance, time, caloric burn, and much, much more. It also offers several preset workout routines to help manage your program from day one. This is perhaps most effective for those who are just beginning their workout efforts and need some guidance along the way.

A heavy duty treadmill, the TR 1200i can hold runners up to 300 pounds with its biomechanical suspension system. For those who are a bit heavier or those putting in extra miles, this comfort feature is incredibly important as it helps reduce the stress on hips, knees, and ankles.

Additional features include built in speakers, an iPod jack, and 15 individual incline levels. Of course the LifeSpan TR 1200i also includes the ability to fold up as a wonderful space saving feature. The TR 1200i includes a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and a 1 year warranty for labor.

The Not so Good

While this is a very nice unit, there are a few issues that keep the TR 1200i from a perfect rating. While the unit tracks well and supports large runners, there can be stability problems for heavy runners as the unit inclines. Runners above 200 lbs. will want to become acquainted with the unit before they begin using the incline feature due to this moderate instability. Additionally, some users have found that the speakers are only of average quality. While this may not be an issue for the home user who can simply use their iPod ear buds, it is a point of contention among some.


In summary, the LifeSpan TR1200i folding treadmill gets a solid 4 of 5 stars for its heavy duty construction and its user friendly LCD console. With prices often below $1,000 USD, this is a treadmill that will work well for just about any runner.


- 20” x 50” belt (2 ply)

- 2.5 horsepower motor

- 800 pound maximum incline lift

- 2.5 inch front roller (2 inch back)

- .5 to 11 mph speed settings

- 33 x 54 x 70 inches (W x H x D)

- 39 x 66 x 33 inches in folded position

- 300 pound maximum capacity

- 3 year parts, 1 year labor warranty


- Heavy duty construction with the ability to fold the unit

- “Smart” LCD console that manages your workouts

- Suspension to protect those joints

- Heavy duty (2.5 HP) motor


- Some instability noticed for heavy runners when the treadmill is in the incline position

- The built-in speakers could be of higher quality


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