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LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Review

Quick Summary

A top choice for small workout spaces, the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill consistently gets great reviews from customers.

This $1,299 trainer earns high marks thanks to overall quality and an easy-to-fold frame. Upgraded for 2016, it’s more tech-friendly than ever too.

Read on for a detailed review of the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill.

Specifications

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Model LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i
Rating

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80.5%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,299
Best Price

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$1,299
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

15 Levels
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 56"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

2-Ply
(3/4" Phenolic)
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

17
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

My Zone Heart Rate
(2 Programs)
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

71" x 33" x 56"
Folded: 42" x 33" x 56"
Rollers: 2.5" Front, 2" Rear
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Blue Backlit LCD
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 80.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 80.5/100. Of LifeSpan’s five folding treadmills for 2016, which are sale priced from $999 to $1,499, the TR3000i is the middle model. This steel fitness machine now sells for $1,299 with a five-year parts warranty and other coverage. It stacks up well against traditional or non-folding treadmills in its price class. Its tech highlights are iPod compatibility, a tablet computer holder, a USB charging port, and data sharing with a flash drive or Bluetooth connection. Performance highlights are a 2.75 HP motor, a two-ply 56″ track and a 15% power ramp. This sturdy treadmill weighs 225 pounds and has a 350-pound user weight capacity.

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to fold
  • 21 workout programs
  • IntelliKey simplifies program selection
  • USB port for data sharing
  • USB port can charge devices
  • Online fitness tracking with LifeSpan Club
  • Optional Bluetooth receiver
  • Holder for tablet or smartphone
  • Pedometer
  • 56” x 20” workout area
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • 15% power incline
  • Quick controls for incline and speed
  • 2.75 HP motor (Lifetime warranty)
  • Two-ply belt
  • Large rollers (2.5”)
  • iPod compatible (Speakers and jack)
  • IntelliGuard track pausing for safety
  • 350-pound user weight capacity
  • Great warranty

Cons:

  • Short handrails
  • Tall runners might need a longer track

Comparisons

Most LifeSpan folding treadmills have 56-inch tracks. The exception is the TR4000i ($1,499), which has a 60″ track.

The TR3000i in this review is very similar to the TR3000e. The TR3000e is a slight upgrade in two ways: It uses electricity instead of hydraulics to fold the deck, and it can run new workout programs that you design online. When both treadmills have $1,299 sale prices the TR3000e is the slightly better deal.

Introduction

The LifeSpan TR3000i is a reliable folding treadmill sized for walkers, joggers and most runners. It’s competitively priced at $1,299 and backed by high quality customer service and a long warranty. Key points are its 2.75 HP motor, 15% power ramp and 21 preset programs (including two that you design). For an extra $30 you can add Bluetooth capability, which lets the treadmill send workout data to mobile fitness apps. Many more perks are included. Here are details…

Workout Programs

What are your training goals? This treadmill is programmed to support weight management, improve heart health and boost athletic performance. Its 21-item workout menu features two heart rate programs, five calorie burn workouts, seven healthy living programs, seven sports training programs and two customized programs (user-designed).

LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Features

The console has a 6″ LCD with blue backlighting. The screen displays Time, Calories, Distance, Steps, Heart Rate, Speed and Incline. You can save session data to a flash drive, then transfer it to your free LifeSpan Club account online. The LifeSpan Club lets you add other data too, such as stats from outdoor training, to get an overall picture of your fitness activity.

An optional Bluetooth receiver ($29.99) for the TR3000i lets you bypass the USB. This receiver supports Active Trac™ and Train & Trac™ apps for Android and iPhone to enhance workouts and automatically chart your workout data online.
The treadmill console has a secure holder to keep your smartphone or tablet within view during workouts. It also has a USB charging port.

Audio entertainment is supported with an iPod-compatible jack and speakers.
The TR3000i can monitor your pulse wirelessly or with contact sensors. Wireless monitoring requires a chest strap that’s sold separately.
To boost your metabolism and get extra muscle tone, take advantage of the 15% incline. The track incline has power controls for on-the-fly adjustments and for automated control by workout programs. Quickset™ buttons make adjustments fast and easy.

A three-speed cooling fan built into the console helps you stay comfortable.
For safety LifeSpan treadmills have IntelliGuard. This feature pauses the track if you step away.

The LifeSpan TR3000i can be folded with help from a hydraulic shock. When the treadmill unfolds for the next workout, the deck will drop softly into place.
This treadmill has a footprint of just 71″ L x 33″ W and folds to 42″ L x 33″ W x 56″ H.

Warranty & Guarantee

The standard LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill warranty provides the following coverage:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 1 year

LifeSpan treadmill customers also get a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

Sale priced at $1,299 the LifeSpan TR3000i is a best buy among folding treadmills in its class. Most shoppers would be satisfied with this purchase. Its strongest competition comes from two of its own family members: LifeSpan’s TR3000e is a slightly better deal when also sale priced at $1,299. Another strong competitor is the TR4000i treadmill, which has a longer track and more horsepower. It costs just $200 more and has double the labor warranty… Overall, choose the best track size and power for your training needs, and whichever LifeSpan you choose will be a wise buy.