The Lifespan TR3000i is a high-end treadmill with a sleek design, solid motor and lots of useful workout features all for around $1500 dollars. The machine boasts; Intelli-Guard safety feature, Intelli-Step automatic step counter, 17 preset workout programs, 2 customizable user programs and 2 heart programs, a 2.75 HP motor, a folding mechanism, 350 pounds maximum user capacity and pulse sensor and chest strap receiver – just to name a few.
The Lifespan TR3000i is certainly all singing and all dancing; are all the features good quality? Is it solid to use? Is the 2.75 HP motor loud?
Dimensions & Technical Specifications
- 70.5″ L x 33″ W x 55″ H (176.25cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H) Full
- 39″ L x 33″ W x 63″ H (97.5cm L x 82.5cm W x 157.5cm H) Folded
- 20″ W x 56″ L (50cm W x 140cm L) Belt Size
- 350 lbs. (158.7 kg) maximum user weight
- 220.5 pounds (100.01 kg) assembled weight
- 232 pounds (105.2) shipping weight
Intelli-Key Console Lighting System
Intelli-Key™ smart lighting system quickly and easily gets your workout started. Each console button flashes in blue in the proper sequence during the set-up process so you can get moving, faster.
Intelli-Guard Safety Feature
The built-in Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your workout for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them. With the Intelli-Guard™, you no longer have to worry about leaving your treadmill running if you have to step off to take a call. When your foot no longer continuously strikes the belt surface for 20 seconds, your treadmill will automatically pause.
Intelli-Step Automatic Step Counting Feature
Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt. Increasing step count is one of the foundations of the American Heart Association’s recommendations for improving heart and overall health.
17 Preset Treadmill Workouts
Designed by exercise physiologists for optimal safety and effectiveness, our 17 preset treadmill workouts can help you achieve your goal, whether it be weight loss, general health improvement or sports training. The TR3000i also offers two MyZone heart rate control programs and two customizable programs. With the MyZone constant program, you keep your heart rate at a constant level throughout your workout while the MyZone Interval program allows you to enter your own minimum and maximum heart rate. The treadmill automatically adjusts incline and speed to keep you on target.
Large Console Buttons
The soft-touch, oversized silicone buttons make set-up a breeze and are ideal for making changes to your program while you are moving. You don’t have to struggle to hit the correct button.
You’re sure to feel safe on this treadmill with its excellent motor, frame, belt and safety features. The 2.75 HP motor is strong and smooth and you don’t really hear it much at all during workouts. The frame is solid and doesn’t really move at all during workouts which is reassuring and means you don’t hold back on the faster settings.
The Intelli-belt feature is incredibly intuitive and very reassuring, particularly if you’ve ever burnt yourself on a treadmill belt before. The feature means that after 20 seconds of your feet not being in walking, jogging or running contact with the belt it will stop automatically.
Your running area on the machine is 20 x 56 inches which is only 4 inches off the high-end standard of 20 x 60 inches. It is a shame that the machine doesn’t reach the full 60 inches although the space it does provide is more than enough for most users to comfortably use it without coming off the end or worrying about losing contact with the belt.
Although Lifespan claim that the belt suspension system is biomechanically sound, it doesn’t feel as comfortable or springy as some cushioned belts that come in at a lower price range. This is a shame but doesn’t render the machine uncomfortable by any means and you do still feel fully supported while you work out.
You’ve a lot to choose from in the way of performance on this machine. The manufacturer boasts a very intuitive, specific set of features that appear to be able to track your performance and progress in a lot of detail.
In regards to workouts alone you’re sure to enjoy a different workout every day with the customization options on the machine itself and the plethora of inbuilt programs on offer. The programs available are; 2 heart rate programs, 2 customized user programs and 17 preset programs (5 weight management, 5 healthy living, 7 sports training).
You also have the ability to track basic information such as calories, speed and distance and heart rate which can be detected using the inbuilt pulse sensors or the chest strap (check if you need to purchase this separately). If you are looking to make the most of the heart rate programs, which check your heart rate every 5 seconds and alter your program accordingly, it is worth investing in a chest strap as they are much more accurate than pulse sensors.
The heart rate programs on this machine are actually very well designed and incorporate all the machines features well. The programming seems well designed and intuitive offering a wide range of workout options for beginners, intermediate users and professionals. One particularly good feature for beginners in particular is the Intelli-Step counter which counts how many steps you have done on the machine each day. For those that use the machine mainly for walking, this is a fantastic, basic way to log progress.
Aside from the customization options with quick incline and speed buttons, you also have the ability to track your progress using the Lifespan Online Fitness Club. Unfortunately the treadmill itself only has the capability to save the results of 1 user and also doesn’t use many details, this means you can use the Lifespan option to go into more detail but have to pay extra for another membership in order to have 2 people logged. This is a little annoying as comparable (and more modern) apps allow you to input up to 4 users or more on one membership. The Lifespan Online Fitness Club is a little bit of a novelty really, mainly because you have to use the USB to keep transferring information so it’s less convenient than most modern users would like.
Ease Of Use & Convenience
The machine is easy to set up, well labelled and packaged. It is heavy so make sure you set it up where you want to use it and have a friend or family member help you during assembly if possible as it can be a little fiddly.
The reading rack is well placed and holds a tablet easily which means you can watch TV while you workout. The LCD could be a little easier to read with more contrast between background and digits but it can be tilted which helps somewhat to solve this problem. The amount of buttons and programs can be a little overwhelming at first but, once you have a basic idea of how to get around all the different features it is easy enough to use. One very inconvenient feature that unfortunately appears to have been designed to be convenient is the safety pull on the handrail. When you reach for the front handrail it is very easy to disconnect the safety cord which automatically stops the machine. Not a bad thing if you need the machine to stop quickly but very annoying if you’re catching it every time you use the machine.
The machine is well designed to keep you entertained in the way of inbuilt speakers and the access to the online fitness club.
The speakers work fine and aren’t too bad compared to the majority of tinny sound systems on exercise machines. The Lifespan fitness club is not really a useful feature to the majority of users. Beginners may enjoy the novelty of it for a while, but after some time it can become tiresome even remembering to keep moving the USB around. For a modern user who may only have a tablet rather than a laptop or desktop computer the system is completely unusable, although they can easily slot their tablet into the reading rack on the front of the console at least.
As the preset workout programs are so good, you’ll feel less of a need for extras and entertainment on this machine.
- Frame: Lifetime
- Motor: Lifetime
- Parts: 5 Years
- Labour: 1 Year
The Final Verdict
The Lifespan TR3000i is a solid, robust treadmill which is sure to last any buyer a long time. The fact that the Lifespan membership is a little outdated is irrelevant because you get so much from the machine itself you don’t really need the membership anyway. The only slight lack of detail from Lifespan is allowing for the progression of modern technology and providing the ability to input more user details onto the machine itself.
Well worth the $1499 dollar price tag and suits a wide variety of treadmill user, something a lot of treadmills don’t manage to achieve so easily.