Priced towards the lower end of the ‘TR’ range of treadmills, the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill combines innovative design features with a range of programs to provide effective workouts for people of all fitness levels.
Part of what has made the LifeSpan range of treadmills so popular is their award-winning design, including the innovative Intelli-Guard and Intelli-Step features.
With so much emphasis being placed on pedometers and activity trackers to monitor the number of steps you take in a day, the Intelli-Step lets you monitor your step count through the actual display.
This feature senses when your foot strikes the running belt and increases the step count by one.
As for the Intelli-Guard, this has been developed as less of a performance feature, and more of a safety feature.
If at any point you stop walking or running on the treadmill and don’t take any more steps, the running belt will be paused to avoid accident or injury.
This backs up the other safety features built into the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i, including the safety key, emergency stop button, and non-slip side rails.
One part of the design that combines both features and safety, is the large set of hand rails. These include two conveniently placed sets of controls, which let you adjust your speed and incline without ever removing your hands from the handlebars.
Folding and transport
The TR3000i uses an EZ drop folding system to assist with the raising and lowering of the running deck, keeping it folded securely away when not in use.
Unfortunately there aren’t any transport wheels attached to the base, which means you will either have to lift the treadmill or take it apart if you want to move it between rooms.
As well as the features that make your workouts more effective, LifeSpan Fitness has also focussed on ensuring they are also enjoyable.
This is why there is a built-in a set of speakers and a headphone plug-in, to listen to your favourite music while you walk or run.
LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i – Features Summary
- 2.75-horsepower drive motor
- Spacious 20-by-56-inch running surface
- Biomechanically correct deck suspension system supports up to 350 pounds
- Multicolored LCD console tracks your time, calories, distance, speed, and more
- Offers several weight loss, healthy living, sports training, and heart rate programs
- EZ Drop folding system
- Lifetime warranty on frame and motor
- Belt type: 2 ply
- Incline motor: 800-pounds max lift
- Rollers: 2.5-inch front, 2-inch rear
- Speed: 0.5 to 12 miles per hour
- Incline: 15 levels
- Deck suspension: 8 variable-density elastomers
- Deck: 1-inch phenolic
- Side rails: Nonslip plastic
- Fitness Professor “Head of the Class” Best Treadmill under $1,500 for 2011
Despite the difference in price, the Lifespan Fitness TR3000i treadmill actually includes the same range of workout programs as the TR4000i.
These have been split into 5 main categories; Sports Training, Healthy Living, Weight Management, Heart Rate Control, and User Defined.
Sports Training – Ideal for if you enjoy hill climb or interval style workouts, the 7 Sports Training programs are designed to suit all levels of user fitness.
The duration of these programs varies between 20 and 40 minutes.
Healthy Living – A collection of 5 workouts that keep maintain a higher intensity than the sports training options.
As with the programs in the other 4 categories, you can choose whether you want the intensity of your workout to be controlled by the speed of the belt, or the incline angle of the running deck.
Weight Management – Although each of the preset workouts included with the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i will aid with weight management, these 5 programs are specifically designed to maximize fat loss.
The majority of these programs are designed to build the workload to a set level, then maintaining that level throughout your workout.
Heart Rate Control – There are two Heart Rate Control programs to choose from; constant, and interval.
The Constant program is designed to increase the workload until your heart rate is at a set level, then maintain that level throughout the rest of your workout.
This is the most popular option for anyone whose goal is to lose weight, as it is generally considered that keeping your heart rate at 65% to 80% of its maximum is the most effective range for fat burning.
The Interval option will frequently adjust either the incline or speed of the running belt to keep you working at either the top end, or lower end of a range.
You can set each of these values before you start your workout, as well as entering your age and weight to improve the accuracy of the measurements.
User Defined – As with the TR4000i, the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i also includes 2 programs that you can create yourself.
The speed and incline can be set at the level you choose throughout each stage of the workout before you even start running.
Display console design
Whether you are adjusting the belt speed or changing your workout, it’s important to find a treadmill with a console that displays your workout information clearly, while also being easy to use.
Although much smaller than the display on the Sole Fitness treadmills, the TR3000i still includes everything you need to keep track of your workouts.
The multicolored LCD screen simultaneously displays the name of the current workout program, workout time, speed, incline, calories, distance, step count, and much more.
While LifeSpan Fitness have already built a strong reputation for high quality fitness equipment, it’s still useful to check the customer reviews before you buy.
Although the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i has a similar average rating to the higher priced TR4000i model, there are actually many more 5 star reviews.
The most frequently mentioned pros and cons from these reviews can be found in the lists below.
- Easy to setup
- Incline transitions are very smooth
- Sturdy build – no shaking or noise when running or walking
- LCD screen is easy to read
- Great customer service
- Online fitness club is useful for keeping stats on your workouts
- Smooth and quiet belt motion
- Good collection of preset workout programs to choose from
- Quick select buttons only go up to 6mph, even though the running belt has a top speed of 12mph
- Heavy to move around with no transport wheels
- 56″ running area isn’t long enough for people 6′ 2″ and taller
- No ‘sleep’ function to the display screen