If you’re looking for a compact, folding treadmill that is reasonably priced and puts more of an emphasis on the workout experience instead of technological features, then the LifeSpan TR100 Compact Treadmill is certainly worth a look at (if you’re looking for the opposite, check out theLifeSpan TR1200i).
However, that isn’t to say that the treadmill doesn’t come with a few bells and whistles, because it certainly does. For example, there are built-in speakers and a headphone port for your MP3 player.
Due to its design – the folded frame only measures 11 inches thick – the TR100 collapses quickly and fits under a bed, behind a door, or in a closet. Another benefit of its design is how it comes fully assembled and is ready to use right out of the box, which is a pleasant surprise considering that treadmills usually take a couple of hours to assemble.
The TR 100 runs on a 1.5-horsepower continuous-duty motor, enabling it to reach speeds of 0.5 to 8 miles per hour and making it suitable for walking, jogging and running on. There are also 5 built-in workout programs to choose from, which all do a good job at mixing up your workout.
The running deck measures 17 x 48 inches, which is a bit on the small side, although this is expected considering that the TR100 is designed for those looking for a compact treadmill.
The computer console can be considered to be basic in its functionality, if you compare it to some of the higher-priced treadmills on the market. However, it provides you with feedback on all the important stats, including time, distance, calories, speeds, steps, and heart rate – recorded via the built-in sensors found in the hand grips.
The console is also easy to use, as it features a quick-start option, up/down arrow keys, and a speed option with buttons to skip directly to 3, 4, 5, or 6 miles per hour – much appreciated, considering that some treadmills only allow you to adjust the speed in 0.1 mph increments.
The TR 100 has a maximum user weight capacity of 250 pounds, is backed by a lifetime frame, 5-year motor, and 1-year parts and labor warranty, and measures 60 x 31 x 52 inches.
LifeSpan Fitness TR100 User Reviews
The LifeSpan Fitness TR100 currently has an average rating of 3.6 out of 5.0 from over 20 reviews.
Users say that they like how easy the TR100 is to setup: “virtually no assembly required,” “It was very easy to unpack and set up,” “it came completely assembled,” “take it out of the packaging and unfold it, simple as that.”
The treadmill’s design is well-liked: “It is so space friendly,” “easy to fold up and put away,” “VERY easy to fold, move and then store.”
Users also feel that the TR100 is “very quiet,” has a “very easy to read” display, and appreciate the user experience it offers: “this machine has everything we need and nothing we do not,” “the most user-friendly equipment I’ve ever seen.”
However, users also say that the treadmill is “a little heavy,” don’t like how there isn’t a cup holder, and feel that there is an issue with the heart rate monitor.
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