LifeSpan TR1200i – A Treadmill for Your Fitness Goals

Are you looking for a treadmill that is easy to fold, of sturdy construction, great for walking, jogging or light running, has a large variety of exercise programs and is good value for money at under $1,000? If you answered yes, then read on. The LifeSpan TR1200i is an entry-level treadmill with some features from mid-level running machines.

There are 21 exercise programs for sports training, weight loss, heart rate control, healthy living plus two programs for your personal setup.

Additionally, you will find three intensity levels to choose from, and a motorized incline, which you can control from either the console or through the handlebars.

LifeSpan TR120i - A Treadmill for Your Fitness Goals?


Also, the TR1200i has built-in safety features such as the Intelli-Guard, which pauses the belt’s motion within 20 seconds when you step off the machine. Another exclusive feature is the Intelli-Step system, which accurately counts every step you take.

At just under $1,000 the TR1200i represents excellent value. The treadmill has scored highly in reviews since it was introduced in 2001 and has continued to be on top since it was face-lifted in 2015.

The model is available at Amazon. If you are in hurry click here to check out special deals, assembly- and shipping options

If you want to have your most important questions answered,  you can quickly choose a particular issue from the menu below, or you can just read the entire review.

 What are the LifeSpan TR1200i Specs?


The track of this treadmill is powered by a 2.5 CHP-continuous duty motor, which is the kind of power you need if you are into jogging or light running.


Running Deck

The running deck measures 20” by 56”. That means that it is perfectly fine for the average user, but it is best to consider a different model if you are a serious runner with a large stride or if you are very tall.

The track speed settings range from 0.5-11mph maximum. The TR1200i comes with 4 Quick Select buttons for speed as well as incline. These buttons enable you to change directly to the desired speed or incline rather than requiring you to scroll up or down to your desired value.

If you want to run a marathon, you would want to go for one of the faster models on the market, which are capable of producing speeds between 12 and 14 mph.

Track cushioning helps to protect your joints. If you run on a well-cushioned treadmill deck, the impact on your joints can be reduced by up to 40%. In this particular LifeSpan model, six shock absorbers support the deck of the treadmill.



The tread belt is 2–ply- 1” thick and has 2.5” diameter rollers, which provide a good durability standard for a home treadmill.


For a more intense workout, like interval training or hill workout, you have a motorized incline of up to 15%. You can change the level of incline both on the console and on the handle controls.


The handlebars are large and comfortable to grip; they include two up and down buttons, which allow you to change your speed and incline while holding on. The heart rate sensors are integrated into either side of the handlebar surface.


The console has a multi-color LCD screen with simultaneous readouts for time, distance, speed, incline level, steps and heart rate. The keys are large and soft-touch, including the start-, enter, up and down buttons. TR-1200i_Console

With 21 built- in fitness programs the TR 1200i is well equipped to help and guide you to achieve your fitness goals faster. There are 17 preset fitness programs, which include five programs for weight management, five for healthy fitness and seven programs for sports training. Two programs will help to improve your cardiovascular fitness, and the remaining two are for you to customize.TR-1200i_21Prog

The right side of the console includes a USB data port for your LifeSpan data storage device; this is where you can save your data such as the step count, distance, calories burned and heart rate.

Just insert the USB stick and your results are automatically saved every 20 seconds.

The interactive treadmill- watch what the TR1200i can do


When you have finished your training program, insert your drive into your personal computer and upload your data to your account at the LifeSpan Club, should you decide to enroll when you purchase the TR1200i. This online fitness tracking program is designed to motivate and assist you in achieving your fitness goals.

The LifeSpan Club membership is free for customers and their families. In case you want to unlock accounts for family members, you can do that by just entering “FREE” into the enrollment field for each of the accounts on their website.

If you like to be entertained while you are exercising, there is a headphone jack and two speakers on either side of the console. Also, there is a magazine rag or latch where you can put an iPad, but note that it might cover the LCD screen. At either side of the central console, there are two water bottle holders.

Extra Features

In addition to all of the features mentioned above, the LifeSpan1200i has some extra features. For instance, you have a built-in pedometer in form of the Intelli-Step system, which is perfect for your daily goal management. The Intelli-Guard is a safety feature, which ensures that the belt will come to a smooth stop when you step off the machine.

Finally, the machine has a safety key, which is required to operate the treadmill. You insert the key at the front of the dashboard, and the treadmill is operational. Always make sure to attach the key clip to your clothing, parallel or above the height of the safety key, before you begin your workout. When the safety key is pulled, the motor will stop.

The machine uses an energy efficient system, which means that all lights (except for a dimly lit START button) will turn off if there is no activity for ten minutes.

What is the Weight capacity?

This model can handle weight of up to 300lbs. To avoid negative impact on the motor, you might want to consider looking at a treadmill which has a weight capacity of 50 lbs more than your body weight.


The treadmill is heavy, weighing 197lbs. Keeping this in mind, it is best if you decide where in the house you want to put your treadmill before you unpack and assemble it.

The dimensions of the unfolded treadmill are 70.25”x33”55” and the manufacturer manual advises you to have a safety clearance of 2 feet on either side and to the front of your machine, and a 7 feet clearance area behind your treadmill.

All of the tools you need to assemble the treadmill come in a hardware contents bag.  LifeSpan recommends that you use two people for assembly and follow the instruction manual, which covers all the steps clearly. The assembly time should be under an hour.

Folding the LifeSpan TR1200i Treadmill

The folding mechanism employs the EZfold technology, which means it utilizes a hydraulic shock to assist with folding and unfolding, which makes it very easy to lift and lower the tread belt.TR-1200i_EZfold

Make sure when you fold it up that the hydraulic shock is properly locked in place. When folded up, the treadmill will take half of its length, which will take up 39”x33”x63”. When you are unfolding, the hydraulic shock is set to drop the tread belt softly.TR-1200i_Folded_Model

Maintenance and Lubrication

The manufacturer recommends wiping the treadmill down after each use. They also recommend that, on a monthly basis, you remove the motor cover and clean around the motor area, especially when there might be plush carpet fibers flying around.

The running belt comes pre-lubricated from the factory, and you are advised to lubricate the belt every three months regardless of use. There is also a Silicone icon on the console to indicate that lubrication is due.

The user manual explains when and how to lubricate the treadmill.

Just have a look at a quick video here

You are advised to use 100% silicone and to avoid applying any aerosol silicone sprays. Additionally, you may want to place your treadmill on a mat to protect the floor surface.

Where can I buy the LifeSpan TR1200i?

You can purchase your treadmill from Amazon, click here for the latest deals.

Amazon gives you the option to buy a bundle to have your treadmill assembled by Amazon Home Service. You can choose your assembly date when you check out.

Warranty  and Returns

The TR 1200i comes with a limited warranty, which is valid for North America and the United Kingdom. LifeSpan offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and the motor and three years for parts and one year for labor. Make sure you retain the purchase receipt and register your machine with LifeSpan.

When you buy at Amazon, you get a choice of a four- year protection plan or a five-year protection plan for. For returns please follow the Amazon return policy and start by visiting the Amazon Online Return Center.


If you are looking to buy a durable mid-price folding treadmill for walking, jogging and occasional running, which you can store when not in use, then this is the model you want to get to achieve your fitness goals.

The built-in programs are definitely above average.

The only things that could be improved about this model are that it has no built-in fans, and there is no cool down button. Also, the LifeSpan TR 1200i  has a chest strap receiver only, you will have to purchase the chest strap separately.

Unless you are very tall or exceed the weight capacity of 300 lbs, this model will be a great fit for you.

The TR 1200i is an excellent all-rounder. The treadmill is reliable and  quiet, has a terrific construction and a modern, sleek looking console. Since its introduction in 2001, this LifeSpan treadmill has come out on top with highest rankings in the “folding” category.

If you are a serious runner training for a marathon, and you need a model mainly for running, you might want to consider a more suitable model or a non-folding treadmill.

If you found this article helpful and you think that this is the right treadmill for you, then I suggest you go either to the Amazon website or the LifeSpan website and order your treadmill.

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