The slim design of the Lifespan TR100 compact treadmill makes this a top choice for people who need a handy cardio machine that can be slipped under a bed or sofa and brought out when its time to get the heart pumping.
The Lifespan TR100 compact treadmill has an easy-to-read blue LCD display showing time, calories, distance, steps and more. It has quick speed buttons of 3, 4, 5 or 6 mph, and 5 pre-set programs.
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UPDATE: The Lifespan TR100 has been discontinued. Check out the similar TR200 model for a comparable treadmill.
The Lifespan TR100 compact treadmill is a “Fold n’ Store” model that comes fully assembled so once you get it out of the box you are ready to start exercising. This is a walker’s machine that is powered by a 1.5 horsepower continuous duty motor that pulls a 17" x 48" belt. It also features contact heart rate grips on the handlebars, an 8mph top belt speed, and built-in speakers and a headphone plug-in port on the console.
The positive consumer reviews are written by people who use the Lifespan TR100 in moderation – which is what this compact treadmill is designed for. A light walking workout in the evening while watching the news on TV, then fold it down and slip it under the bed or stand it behind a door. For that, this unit is perfect.
But if you are in need of a more rugged machine for serious weight loss, or doing hours of sweaty cardio, or (gasp!) running, do not buy this machine. Spend more for a sturdier model. Any bad reviews you happen to find on this model are written by disappointed people who expected way more out of it than it was designed for.
The Lifespan TR100 compact treadmill is a gem. However, it is not for running. It is not for walking 5 or 6 miles a day. And you must ignore the “250-lb” listed user weight capacity since no one over 175 lbs should use this machine.
Lifespan’s sales literature emphasizes that the TR100 is best for “light use of 30 minutes 2 to 3 times a week” and they mean it. This compact treadmill was designed for a niche group of users so be sure you are buying it for occasional exercise rather than strenuous use.