The Lifespan TR2000HRC Treadmill Review – Everything but the kitchen sink

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The Treadmill Sensei feels like he just won the Superbowl because he’s going to Disneyland today! My wife has an addiction to the themepark and goes at least once a month with our daughter, her husband and my beloved grandson (who they mistakenly named after someone other than me, but I’m not bitter). My partner, Mat, and his wife are also tagging along this time because his wife has a similar addiction to the House of the Mouse.

However, I woke up extra early today to put together a new review for you, my loyal readers. One comment we get a lot here at the DOJO is about just how bloody big treadmills area. Now, the same people who complain about the size of treadmills are also the ones who want a longer deck size to run on. Sheesh, you just can’t please some people! Luckily, for those insane people who want a smaller treadmill with a longer deck, the fine folks at Lifespan Fitness have found a way to bend the rules of time and space to give you exactly that in the Lifespan TR2000HRC Treadmill.

In an effort to expand our range of reviews, I had Hikaru purchase a Lifespan TR2000HRC treadmill online about 4 months ago. Because I’m an absent minded little man, the notes for that review sat on my desk for most of that time.

The Lifespan TR2000HRC features a very interesting design — Lifespan calls it “step through” but I don’t think that is the best name for it. What they’ve done is move the motor placement to under the machine in order to reduce the frame length while still having a very large running area. This design allows for a 20″ x 56″ running area on a frame that is 14-16 inches shorter than any other treadmill with the same deck size. In other words, it is a space saver and an excellent treadmill for runner’s with limited space in their homes.

The other feature you don’t see in this price range (and rarely see at all) is a decline option. In addition to a 10% incline, the Lifespan TR2000 HRC allows uses to workout at a 3% decline which works a completely different set of muscles than an inline or flat workout. I had Hikaru do a heavy jog using the decline and inclines in order to see if there was a comprise of stability or sturdiness and am very happy to say the TR2000HRC treadmill held up exceptionally well.

As with the rest of the Lifespan line of treadmills, the TR2000HRC featured very high quality components, a solid frame, very large low RPM and cool running 2.5 horsepower motor. One component that I particularly appreciated, but will mean absolutely nothing to most casual readers, was the very high quality machined rollers Lifespan has given the TR2000HRC. Good, large sized rollers like these will help to extend the life of both your motor and your treadmill belt.

We worked out on the Lifespan TR2000HRC treadmill between us for approximately 20 hours over a 2 week period and were all very impressed by the unit. It is solid, reliable and, if properly maintained and cleaned, should last 10 years or more for most owners. Even the warranty shows longevity with lifetime coverage on the frame and motor, 5 years for parts and 1 year for labor (my one nitpick is that I’d love to see the TR2000HRC with a 2 year labor warranty, but that is a minor complaint about a great machine). It is great to see a company with as high a commitment to quality as Lifespan has shown.

For being an excellent treadmill with some great features found nowhere else, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Lifespan TR2000HRC Treadmill 4.5 out of 5 buddahs.

Quality, quality, quality.

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Lifespan TR2000HRC Treadmill Specifications
Rollers: 2.5″
Running Area: 20″ x 56″
Max Speed: 10mph
Max Incline: 10%
Max Decline: 3%
Display: LCD
Readouts: Incline, speed, time, distance, calories, heart rate, lap count
Programs: 6
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Folding: Yes
Max User Weight: 350lbs
Unit Weight: 200lbs
Price: Under $1400

-The Treadmill Sensei

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Treadmill SenseiThe Treadmill Sensei has been in the fitness industry for several years. He is familiar with several brands of fitness equipment and has written several reviews of many different treadmills and elliptical machines. You can see what he thinks are the best treadmills or you can get help choosing a treadmill.

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TreadmillMy treadmill reviews are both subjective and objective. They are objective in the sense that I will provide you with information about each machine, such as motor, weight capacity and other features. But they are subjective in the sense that I am really giving my opinion of each treadmill. You may agree or disagree with my opinion, but my hope is that my elliptical and treadmill reviews can be helpful to you in making a decision on what to buy. Remember that each review is just what I think. You can always check out Treadmill Doctor, Treadmill Review Guru or these other treadmill reviews if you want another opinion.