This is ‘s Lifespan TR1200-DT3 review. We got a good look at the treadmill, spending time walking on the treadmill with and without a standing table to see how it compares to the rest of the best under table treadmills.
Let’s save you some time and let you know that yes, this is the best treadmill we’ve tested so far. However, it’s not for everyone: Someone who just wants a low-cost, easy-storage treadmill to help them take steps while watching TV might be better off with a thinner, less cumbersome walking mat like the Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0. .
This treadmill is heavier: it has wheels for easy transport, but also Christian Bale’s Batmobile. It is a larger mat than most walking pads and is suitable for those with medium to large standing desks and most office spaces, whether at home or in the workplace. It’s a little too heavy for small spaces and convenient home storage in a closet or behind the sofa.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that this is a great treadmill. It’s expensive, but not as expensive as its older cousin, the TR5000. It has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. It’s quiet. It has smart-step technology. The Bluetooth console is extremely easy to use, especially from a standing desk. If you have a large standing desk available to you, this under desk mat is the perfect accompaniment if you are an advanced user or a heavier walker.
TR1200-DT3 table mat with lifetime: price and availability
The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 treadmill is priced at $1,199 in the US and £1,099 in the UK, with no Australian pricing currently available. Unfortunately, Amazon is currently out of stock, but there are a few units available on the Lifespan website. (opens in new tab) globally.
TR1200-DT3 table mat with lifetime: Design
Project score: 5/5
The aesthetics of the TR1200 are quite undefined. Measuring 160 cm long, 72 cm wide and 18 cm high, it is a matte machine with two front mounted wheels. It comes almost ready to come out of the box, so you can just take it to the designated station and there it is. In addition to connecting the console to the treadmill, there is no assembly required.
However, the thickness and weight of the machine mean it is more difficult to store in, say, a closet or behind a sofa. Unless you have a lot of storage space, it’s a very permanent addition to your office.
The belt is wide and long at 127cm x 51cm, so it’s big enough to ride very comfortably and marked so you can clearly tell when the treadmill is running, which is essential when you have a particularly quiet treadmill. as it claims to be. There is no hand or side rail to turn the treadmill into a “running mode”: this is specifically a walking machine.
The deck itself is made from phenolic thermoset plastic, while more plastic makes up the casing. Six independent compression dampers provide suspension on the belt, reducing any impact when walking. The treadmill is built for heavy users, with a maximum weight of up to 350lbs, or 159kgs. In terms of design, the TR1200 has almost everything you’d want in a walking-specific treadmill.
Lifetime TR1200-DT3 Table Mat: Features
Resource score: 3/5
Like other under-table mats, the TR1200 isn’t exactly packed with content. It’s built to do one thing, and one thing well: let you walk while you work in comfort.
There is no incline because, according to Lifespan, “walking at an angle while working is not recommended by ergonomists as it takes the body out of a neutral position and puts extra strain on the back and joints.” Its top speed is up to six kilometers per hour, enough for a brisk walk or run, but there are no real race modes.
However, it has a number of really cool features that we want to highlight here, most of which are featured in the controls console. For starters, the console can be connected to the treadmill, but it should primarily operate over Bluetooth, allowing you the freedom to place it wherever you are comfortable. However, it is designed to be supported on a table or other unit, which emphasizes how this machine is supposed to work. If you just want the treadmill as a standalone unit to use in the front room, then the console is not an ergonomic remote.
The console has a built-in step counter, allowing you to check how far you’ve walked and whether you’ve reached the magic 10,000 today. The usual metrics including time, calories and distance are all tracked, and you can enter your height and weight for more accurate tracking of calories and steps.
The console is also where the safety key is contained: clip it to your clothing, and when you jump (or fall) off the treadmill, away from your desk, the key will be pulled and the console will send a Bluetooth signal to the treadmill to stop. .
TR1200-DT3 table mat with lifetime: performance
Performance Score: 5/5
Lifespan is comfortable to ride. The wide belt gives you plenty of floor space and those six shock absorbers pull your weight, making every step remarkably comfortable whether you’re in dedicated gym shoes or flats.
We tested it with both traditional running shoes and relatively unsupported Vans shoes, and it was a pleasant experience in both. I felt like I didn’t need to look where I was going on the treadmill when I did my work meeting on it, and I could look at my screen in comfort.
The unit claims the treadmill is quiet, which is a bit of a misnomer: there’s a clear hum from the 2.25hp continuous-duty motor, but it’s quiet enough to focus on your tasks, especially if you’re wearing headphones. in the office. However, the dampers do a good job of masking your steps as you get into the groove.
The safety switch was nice and responsive as we jumped off the treadmill to test it out, stopping the treadmill in a second. You can enter a specific time or goal you’d like to walk through via the console, and the numerical readings will count down before you start, giving you time to prepare. You can also pause for breaks without losing your progress.