One of the problems the Treadmill Sensei has here at the DOJO is the sheer number of treadmills and ellipticals on the market today. Back when I first started in fitness, back in the “ye olde days” of the early 1980s, there were maybe 100 models to worry about. Now I’d have to estimate there are 750-1000 out and available at any given time. What that means since I update this site only once a day during the week is that a lot of treadmills, ellipticals and manufacturers don’t get the recognition (positive or negative) they deserve.
One such company produces some excellent treadmills and is, in fact, one of my favorite companies to work with. Lifespan Fitness out of Utah has been around since the early 1990s and has been producing their current Lifespan treadmills and ellipticals since about 2001. They target the over 55 crowd as well as those on a budget looking for exceptionally high quality equipment that will last.
If you are looking for the very best or top rated treadmill under $1000 then you should set your sights on the Lifespan TR1000HRC Treadmill. The TR1000HRC is a treadmill where the specs can be a bit deceiving because of the ultra high quality components Lifespan Fitness has engineered in to it. I was glad to be able to test out one of these units over the course of 10 days here at the DOJO recently.
I’m not going to go in to my usual long, drawn-out detailing of my workouts because it isn’t needed on the Lifespan TR1000HRC. My workouts consist of at least an hour a day for a week and a half to two weeks where I try every conceivable feature of a treadmill and try my darnedest to beat the heck of out it. I’m just going to talk about what I found at the end of my review period.
What I found was a treadmill possessing the best shock absorption system for under $1300. I don’t know what elaborately trademarked name Lifespan has for the cushioning system, but they have done an incredible job with it. If you have any sort of joint problems or just want to get the lowest impact treadmill workout on a budget then trying out a Lifespan TR1000HRC treadmill is an absolute must. I have problems with my left knee from running and from a life time of tennis, and my Lifespan work outs were some of the best I’ve felt outside of a gym.
The next thing I discovered was one of the most thought out and executed set of workout programs on any treadmill. Lifespan Fitness only gave the TR1000HRC treadmill 6 programs but they made them count. It is readily apparent that Lifespan has aimed their product very squarely about those who want to maintain or improve their health. They don’t confuse you with 20 programs, hoping to get luckly. Instead they’ve developed a very solid workout routine which blows away anything else in its price range.
Overall, Lifespan has followed that same train of thought: top rated specs don’t mean a thing without quality…i.e., Quality over Quantity. Their 2hp motor may seem a little on the light side until you life up the hood and check it out. The motor on the TR1000HRC treadmill is large, runs quiet at low RPMs and doesn’t pull a lot of AMPs even under load. What that means to you is a treadmill that will run smooth, that will run consistantly and that will last a very long time. When you factor in the high quality machined 2″ rollers, you’ve got a treadmill belt that will give you a supreme workout.
To sum it all up, I absolutely adored the Lifespan TR1000-HRC treadmill and look forward to reviewing more Lifespan Fitness equipment in the future. For being a big contender in this year’s Best Buy Awards, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Lifespan TR1000HRC Treadmill a stupendous 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.
The Lifespan TR1000HRC is a best buy treadmill for under $1000.
LifeSpan TR1000-HRC Treadmill Specifications
Max Speed: 10mph
Max Incline: 12%
Running Area: 18″x54″
Deck Thickness: 3/4″
Readouts: Incline, time, distance, speed, heart rate, lap count, calories
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 275lbs
Unit Weight: 175lbs
-The Treadmill Sensei