LifeSpan TR4000i Treadmill
Review






An innovative feature of the LifeSpan TR4000i is the USB port which is able to store and then transfer workout data to an online health management system. A full set of detailed reports are then generated to show your exercise results. These can be shared with your physician, fitness coach or family.

This is a space saver or folding treadmill. It is similar to it's stable mate the TR3000i but has a larger (20" x 60") tread belt and is driven by a more powerful 3.25 CHP Continuous Duty motor. The shock absorption is taken care of by 8 variable Density Elastomers.

The treadmill has a variety of in-built workouts that are arranged thematically into five different groups. These themes consist of workouts that are designed for: Weight Loss, Healthy Living, Sports Training, User Customized and Heart Rate Control.

The console incorporates a multi-color LCD display which shows all relevant workout data including: Program Name, Date and Time, Workout Time, Calories, Step Count, Distance, Heart Rate, Speed, Incline in addition to personal data from the USB storage device.  

The console also uses the "Intelli Key" smart lighting system which by by illuminating the control buttons guides the user through the correct operation of the treadmill. The console also contains an Audio Center which can be hooked up to an iPOD or MP3 player.

The product is underwritten by a long and comprehensive warranty that consists of a lifetime warranty on the motor, and frame, with 5 yrs cover on parts and 1 year labor warranty.

Lets explore some of the details:





... motivating workouts

Reaching your fitness goals with a treadmill requires both motivation from the user and having a variety of preset programs. This model benefits from a number of built-in workouts that are grouped together thematically.

Having the workouts grouped together in themes makes it easier for the user to select the appropriate workout for the intended goal they are trying to achieve. There five program groups:

WEIGHT LOSS - this grouping consists of 5 exercise programs that have been contrived to assist the user in weight loss. The user is able to choose from Steady Pace, Long Slow Distance, Cardio Run, Short Interval and Uphill Walk.

HEALTHY LIVING - this program group consists of 5 exercise programs which have the aim of promoting overall health. The user is able to make a selection from either an uphill Climb, Pyramid Climb, Plateau Climb, Ladder or Uphill Interval.

SPORTS TRAINING - this category comprises of 7 exercise programs that are intended to help you improve your sporting prowess or prepare for a sporting event.

USER CUSTOMIZED - this has 2 user setup programs that allow the user to create their own customized programs in order achieve the user's desired workout needs. These programs allow the user to set the speed and incline levels for each of the 20 program sections.

HEART RATE CONTROL - this comprises of two programs. The first HRC program keeps your heart rate at a constant level while the second HRC program allows the user to input a minimum and maximum heart rate. During the workout the resistance automatically adjusts to keep the heart rate of the user at a constant level.

All of the above programs are made up of 20 workout sections. Each workout section can be operated at 3 different levels of intensity. The user has the facility to modify the speed or deck incline while the program is running.








... intelli key prompts

The equipment includes an innovative Intelli-key feature that guides the user through console operations by a series of prompts.

These prompts are made using intelligent lights inside the control buttons that automatically flash when they need to be pressed to continue operation of the treadmill.




... multi color LCD display

A multi-color LCD display mounted on the control console provides the user with simultaneous readouts. These show all essential workout data in an easy to read format.

The information displayed includes: Program Name, Date and Time, Workout Time, Calories, Step Count, Distance, Heart Rate, Speed, Incline in addition to personal data from your LifeSpan USB storage device.








... audio speakers

The equipment has twin audio speakers built into the console together with both input and output jacks. You can enjoy your favorite music through the console mounted speakers while working out.




... USB port facility

A USB port is provided that enables the user to upload their workout data to the "Interactive Health Partner" online health management system via the LifeSpan Fitness Club web site (see below).

By inserting the USB flash drive into the console your personal profile is recognized by the system and then your workout data is saved to the flash drive every 20 seconds.

The workout data that is saved to the USB flash drive includes the user's heart rate, workout start and finish, distance traveled, calories burned and steps taken.

The workout data that has been saved to the USB flash drive can then be uploaded into your IHP account, and used to compare your results with the goals that the user has set for themselves.








… heart rate monitor

This equipment is equipped with a heart rate monitor. This helps you to make the most out of every workout by monitoring your heart rate via sensors that are built into the handlebars. Monitoring your heart rate ensures that you're always in the right training zone for your goals. You can get a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.




... LifeSpan Fitness Club

Included in the purchase of this treadmill is membership to the LifeSpan Fitness Club. The main benefit of this membership is access to an online health management program. The user is able to select various exercise programs, monitor their fitness and health results, in addition to receiving encouragement and support.

During the course of your session on the treadmill your workout data is automatically stored on the USB flash drive. The user's personalized data (age, gender and weight) is held on the USB device which obviates the need to constantly re-enter this information and helps with the accuracy of calorie counting.

The user is then able to upload their workout data from the USB flash drive to their account on the LifeSpan Fitness Club web site. A full set of detailed reports show your exercise results which can be shared your physician, fitness coach or family.








… deck incline

This treadmill has 15 levels of incline. Most of the in-built workout programs incline the running deck so that you can simulate walking or running uphill. The user also has the facility to adjust the incline level using the buttons on the control console or by using the incline buttons on the handlebars.




... auxiliary controls

Auxiliary controls are conveniently located on the handlebars. These allow the user to safely control both the speed and the incline of the treadmill by use of the switches that are built into the handlebars.

This enables the user to make adjustments to the speed and incline during their workout without having to lean forward and use the main speed and incline controls that are mounted on the console.









... durable running deck

An often underestimated component of an exercise treadmill is the deck. The design and quality of material the deck is made from can radically alter the performance of the treadmill.

With a 350 lbs. weight-capacity this treadmill has the strength and durability you should expect from a mid range treadmill. Built to support the toughest of workouts, this robust deck is built to last.




... folding frame

If you are concerned that you haven't enough room to store an exercise treadmill this model addresses this problem with it's folding design. This facility allows you to fold the treadmill into a near upright position after your workout where it will then occupy a lot smaller floor area.

In order to assist with folding the treadmill into it's storage position there is a hydraulic shock that will help lift and lower the deck.







… warranty details

The LifeSpan TR4000i treadmill is underwritten by a lifetime warranty on the motor, frame, and deck with 5 years on all other parts (including electronics) and 1 year labor warranty.




Features:  

  • 5 Weight Loss Programs
  • 5 Healthy Living Programs
  • 7 Sports Training Programs
  • 2 User Customized Programs
  • 2 Heart Rate Control Programs
  • Twin Heart Rate Sensors
  • Multi Color LCD Display
  • Front Safety Bar
  • Handlebar Controls
  • Aluminum Side Rails
  • Soft Touch Keys
  • Inteli-Key Smart Lighting System
  • USB Port
  • USB Storage Device
  • Audio Center
  • iPOD / MP3 Connectivity
  • Folding Design
  • EZ Drop System




Specifications:

  • Motor: 3.25 CHP
  • Belt size: 20'' x 60''
  • Speed: 0.5 - 12 MPH
  • Incline: 15 levels
  • User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Folding: YES
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, Motor

                         5 yrs Parts

                         1 year Labor












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I will try to keep this review as straight to the point and concise as possible.

This is a great treadmill for the money. Here are a few quick pros about the unit:

1. Unit is very sturdy

2. Quality build and easy to assemble

3. Powerful motor

4. Fitness club look and feel

5. Very quiet motor, incline and running surface

6. Easy to read display (not loaded with gimmics that don't work)

7. 60" running surface (4000i model)

The list can go on, but this covers the most important aspects of it.

This unit is heavy, but that isn't a bad thing. The run on this treadmill feels comparable to that of the $6,000 Life Fitness units we used at the fitness club I managed.

Do yourself a favor; spring for the 4000i if you can. The metal side rails are a high-end finish and the 60" running board is a must if you are over 5'10".

I am 6'2" 210 lbs and I wouldn't have had such a good experience with a 54" running surface. It requires only 72" of clearance from front to back.


Whether you are a fitness novice or a fitness enthusiast, take a very serious look at this model. It wins awards for a reason and has a lifetime frame/motor warranty.

Well worth the piece of mind in my opinion.










My old treadmill died after 10 years of service. I did quite a bit of research and narrowed my choices down to two.

I found the Lifespan product had a better motor and a longer warranty.

I phoned Lifespan and spoke to an associate Bryan, who in turn gave me a great deal on a Lifespan TR4000i.

Delivery was prompt and I chose to set up the unit myself which was a snap.

The TR4000i is a solid piece of equipment the cushioned deck is awesome on my aging knees.

Not only is the unit quiet but it provides a stable platform to get a quality cardio workout.

My wife and I could not be more pleased with our purchase.

Do yourself a favor and purchase a Lifespan product you will not be sorry.











The best model even after 10 years of usage, because it has the life time warranty, so we don't want to spend huge money in replacing the motor.