We’ve found that the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill does a lot of things right. It offers incline adjustments up to a 15% grade, stays shake-free at high speeds, and offers a top pace of just over 12 mph. Put into context, a 10K at this speed would take just over 30 minutes, so it’s likely to be fast enough for most users.
Dimensions: 33 inches x 42 inches x 67 inches (83.8 cm x 106.6 cm x 170 cm)
Lester: 211 lbs / 96 kg
Tread size: 20in x 56in
Maximum user weight: 350 lbs / 159 kg
Display: 7 inch TFT touch screen
The rapidity: 0-12mph
These credentials have earned it a spot in our roundup of the best treadmills. (opens in a new tab). But, unfortunately, it missed out on the top spot due to its mid-range price point not being matched by the innovative features we’ve seen on similarly priced machines, such as the Proform Pro 9000. (opens in a new tab) and Echelon Stride (opens in a new tab).
That’s not to say it’s not a solid runner. Anyone wondering how to run faster (opens in a new tab)while training at home will likely be able to increase their speed and endurance with this machine, provided they follow the right training plan. But, if you’re new to running and want a Peloton-esque machine that has engaging and entertaining classes that guide you through lung workouts, this isn’t the product for you.
Configuration and usability
The configuration of the LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i can be summed up in one word: temperamental.
The treadmill comes in a large box, which we found required at least two people to set up. Its daunting dimensions can also prove tricky for anyone trying to fit it through small doorways or tight corners on the way to its destination in your home.
The belt and base form a complete unit, but the handlebar must be screwed in place with four bolts. Next, we were instructed to screw the covers in place on the handlebars, then use another handful of screws to attach two cupholders.
The display ships separately from the handlebars but, rather than being connected by a single sturdy cable like most smart treadmills we’ve tried, we were tasked with a color-coded wire matching exercise. Delicate wires need to be connected before you can slide the screen into place, with a hollow section enveloping your handiwork. And, if you don’t push those fragile wires together enough, the treadmill’s features won’t work – as we found with the heart rate monitor and speed buttons.
All of this took us the best part of 45 minutes. It doesn’t take too long but, especially compared to the Echelon Stride, which can be taken out of the box and ready to go in less than five minutes, the overly complicated assembly of this machine seems like it could be avoided.
However, we liked how easily you can fold the belt vertically to store the treadmill. Lift the belt and it will automatically stay in place when raised beyond approximately 50 degrees. The wheels at the front of the machine allow you to tip and move it relatively easily, making it easy to store when not in use.
Design and display
Ask someone to draw a treadmill and the results will probably resemble those of the TR3000i: with its belt, straight handlebars and two handrails parallel to the ground, giving it the classic aesthetic of a racing machine. .
Although not on the same scale as the Colossal NordicTrack X22i, it’s still a big machine. And, while it has its downsides, in terms of finding a space for it, we found the running strip wide enough that we didn’t feel cramped, and there was never any risk of our feet hook the side rails.
The treadmill has a 7-inch touchscreen on the handlebars – although the functionality of the screen seems surplus to requirements given the lack of features on offer. There are only four options: quick start, manual, programs and HR control. We thought you could easily select from these using a few buttons on the console.
Still, the touchscreen was responsive, even if the display looks grainy compared to competitors’ larger, crystal-clear screens.
There are 12mph max speed options, incline settings up to 15% and preset interval running programs to choose from.
You can use the quick-change buttons to speed up the incline and pace adjustment process (with options for 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 on each) or use the up and down buttons on the console and the handles to narrow down those numbers. by 0.1% or mph at a time. However, this approach is painfully slow and quickly becomes tedious. A fan in the console can help keep you cool, and there’s a built-in heart rate monitor.
But, considering it’s a four-figure investment, we found ourselves disappointed with the features offered by the Lifespan TR3000i. There are no smart features or app connectivity, so you’re limited to the 17 preset programs, ‘HR check’ sessions or a ‘quick start’ mode.
Preset programs vary the speed or gradient (never both) of the treadmill in a series of interval-style sessions, and “heart rate control” workouts adjust these variables to achieve certain heart rate zones. (opens in a new tab).
This is suitable for anyone with a running plan to follow, such as those who run a pre-determined distance at a set pace in preparation for a race, or anyone wishing to perform an active recovery session. However, if you’re new to running and looking for exercise inspiration, the dynamic tracking sessions offered by the Echelon Stride and NordicTrack X22i are more likely to get you excited to lace up your sneakers. . While we found we got bored quickly with the TR3000i’s offerings.
The LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i doesn’t perform badly, but doesn’t do much to stand out from the crowd. At 67 inches long and 42 inches wide, it’s not as compact as the foldable Echelon Stride. The wider base and running belt allow for a spacious run, with the treadmill feeling comfortable and secure at both high speeds and incline settings. There was no noticeable wobble or vibration from the belt, which moved smoothly throughout each run thanks to the 2.75 continuous horsepower (hp) motor, and the treadmill was also more quiet.
The touchscreen controls are simple enough to jump right into your workout with a quick start session, and if you know the pace and duration of your run, this treadmill will get you through it. Unfortunately, we found that this machine rarely ventures beyond the basics in terms of features and performance.
For the price, the lack of smart features or app connectivity was disappointing. While Echelon, NordicTrack, Peloton, and Proform machines can provide libraries of treadmill and off-treadmill workouts to improve your overall fitness, Lifespan leaves you with only one option: running.
When you shell out that much money, the running functionality alone isn’t enough to compete with competing treadmills. Where other smart machines entertained us and engaged us with exciting new ways to train, we quickly exhausted the preset training options on the TR3000i.
It could be a good addition to an already full home gym setup, where you plan to use it as an adjunct to a larger exercise program, or for intervals as part of HIIT or CrossFit workouts . However, unlike the Peloton and co, it alone will not provide a complete home fitness routine.
Value for money
The LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i treadmill is a solid running machine with a smooth running belt and a stable base. But, with its lack of smart features, like app connectivity, we don’t think that justifies its high price.
At $1,599 (£1,499), it is cheaper than the Peloton, Proform, Echelon and NordicTrack models, and you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription to access its selection of preset programs. However, its counterparts’ interactive workout offering – delivered on large, clear touchscreens – has the power to motivate and educate users. It is for this reason that we think it is worth paying a slightly higher price.
The LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill impressed in testing with its sturdy base, roomy running platform and smooth running belt, powered by a 2.75hp motor. It has a minimalist design, wheels on the front of the machine make it easy to move, and it folds vertically so it doesn’t take up half the space of competitors like the NordicTrack X22i.
Yet he is disappointed by his lack of innovation. Although it performed admirably as a running machine, its paltry offering of preset programs (17 interval sessions of variable speeds and gradients) couldn’t compare to other models that offer applications brimming with exciting workouts. The Proform 9000 and Echelon Stride, for example, offer users thousands of treadmill and off-treadmill workouts, each led by knowledgeable and motivating instructors.
If you want a one-stop-shop for all things home fitness and are happy to invest in the best, we think the NordicTrack X22i (opens in a new tab) (pictured above) is the treadmill for you. Its 22-inch touchscreen offers an almost cinematic experience, and the range of workouts offered through the iFit app (including treadmill running sessions and strength or yoga classes) is staggering. The belt provides suspension to protect your joints, and the machine has an unmatched incline range of -6% to 40% to mimic tough trail riding.
If balancing quality, affordability, and size are your priorities, check out the Echelon Stride (opens in a new tab). This compact machine folds flat in seconds so it can be stored under a bed or behind the sofa, and it also connects to your phone or tablet to provide access to the Echelon Fit app – all for under $1,600 (£1,600).