Having started out some 20 years ago in the gym and fitness sector, LifeSpan has more recently diversified its range to include active office equipment. In today’s post we’ll be talking about LifeSpan treadmill desks.
When choosing a treadmill desk, it’s important to ensure you choose the right treadmill and of course the right desk to match your needs. As you’ll see below, there’s a kind of mix and match pairing system within the LifeSpan range which allows you to do so.
With that in mind, we’ve split this post into 4 main sections. First we’ll take a look at the differences between the treadmills and then the desks. Next we’ll cover what you can expect as standard within the range. Finally we’ll take a look at the 6 treadmill desks individually.
You can click on a heading below to jump straight to that section.
In this section we’ve covered the main treadmill features. You can find more in-depth information in a separate post which we’ve linked to at the end.
There are 3 under desk treadmills to choose from within the LifeSpan range…
The TR800 is a more compact unit geared towards smaller spaces. It features a shorter track at 45 inches which is great for space-saving, but if you’re 6 feet tall or over opt instead for either the TR1200 or TR5000 as they offer an extra 5 inches of walking space.
If you’re planning on a few steps here and there you can opt for a motor with a little less power. This “light use” model is recommended for up to 3 hours walking per day.
If you need a little extra for your personal fitness goals, or if you plan on sharing your walking workstation with a colleague, the TR1200 can be used for up to 6 hours per day. (Classed as light commercial grade.)
As well as offering larger treadmill and belt dimensions, this model can handle a much higher user weight.
If you’re looking for a treadmill that offers the power and durability to withstand constant use throughout the day by multiple users, you’re going to need something extra.
The TR5000 is recommended for up to 10 hours use per day. (Classed as full commercial grade.)
As well as featuring a more powerful motor, this model also has anodized-aluminum side rails, a heavier duty deck and a thicker, stronger belt.
Treadmill Dimensions and Weight Capacity
You’ll see in Part 4 that each product spec gives you measurements of the track itself and the treadmill unit as a whole. Whichever model you choose, the treadmill desk takes up a fair amount of floor space. In addition, for safety reasons it’s recommended you leave at least 3 feet of clear space at the rear of the treadmill and 2 feet to one side.
The belt step up height for each model is given in the specs. For taller users especially, remember to add these extra inches when calculating your required desk height. (Go to Inch Calculator for suggested heights for seated and standing work.)
Each treadmill has a maximum user weight capacity. The range is between 215 and 400 pounds – again, you’ll find this in the individual specs.
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Part 2 – Choosing the Right Desk
There are 2 desk types within the range…
The DT5 is adjusted manually and is recommended for individual users. Once the correct height is selected, the desk is secured in place by means of 2 turning knobs. If you’re planning on adjusting your desk throughout the day this will prove to be a nuisance, although not an impossible task.
The height range is between 33.5 and 52.5 inches making this model more suitable for the taller user.
Available in widths of 38 or 48 inches.
This desk features one-touch electric height adjustment which is super-smooth and easy, making it ideal for multiple users. As well as the up and down functions you can pre-program 2 height settings.
The height range is between 27.5 and 50.5 inches.
With widths ranging from 38 to 72 inches the DT7 is more suitable for those looking for more desk space.
Manual or Electric Height Adjustment
Possibly one of the most important considerations when it comes to desk type is whether to opt for manual or electric height adjustment. Manual desks work out cheaper and are good for single users but they’re just not suitable for regular adjustment.
Desk Dimensions and Weight Capacity
Whether you’re limited for space or have plenty of room to work with, you should be able to find the right desk width within the range. Most desks have a depth of 29 inches. (White desktops are available in 30 inch depths.)
If you have more than 1 monitor or need to use every inch of your desktop, a monitor arm will free up even more of your valuable space. Just make sure your equipment doesn’t exceed the recommended weight capacity of 220 pounds. (This applies to both models.)
Consider the larger sizes if you want to place a chair next to your treadmill, or even if you’re planning on placing another treadmill next to yours. Or just because you can – if you have the space and a higher budget, why not go for the biggie.
Part 3 – What Comes as Standard
You’ll find the following features as standard, whichever model you opt for.
Each model features the Intelli-Guard™ safety feature which automatically pauses the treadmill when you stop walking.
As a back up, there’s also a safety key which you can attach to your clothing. If you suddenly step off the treadmill, it will switch off.
There’s an audible alert which tells you when the treadmill is starting or changing speed. This feature is optional and can be switched off in personal settings.
Each time you switch the treadmill on it automatically starts at 0.4 mph, so there are no surprises if the previous user was walking at maximum speed. (Note the standard max. speed is 2 mph, but this can be increased to 4 mph if you prefer to step it up a little.)
Each of the models featured operate at low noise levels so you don’t have to worry about distracting your colleagues as you walk and work.
There is a slight difference between each with the TR1200 treadmill being the quietest, followed by the TR5000 then the TR800.
In addition to the quiet motor, each treadmill features 6 shock absorbers under the belt which not only reduce footfall noise, but are also better on the joints. By wearing soft-soled shoes, your feet, joints and co-workers will be happier still.
As an added feature, each treadmill belt features markings so you can see when it is operating, even if you can’t hear it.
Sleek and Thoughtful Design
With the electric height adjustment desks you don’t need to worry about unsightly wires all over the place. Cables are routed through the desk legs and to the rear of the desk with the patent-pending cable management system. This allows them to be safely guided to the power source.
All desktops are 1 inch thick HD composite board finished with heavy duty laminate. They are available in a choice of 7 finishes. Frame options are silver or charcoal.
Each treadmill has 2 wheels located at the front for easy mobility should you need to have an office move around or for an under the unit clean.
Both the treadmill and the desk have adjustable feet so you can make sure that you’re perfectly level as you walk and work – great for you and your treadmill.
Each treadmill desk features a built-in console which you’ll find conveniently located centre front of the desktop. For comfort and to reduce the risk of repetitive injury, there are padded armrests on either side of the console.
The console itself measures walking time, distance, calories and steps. With integrated bluetooth you can easily keep track of your activity by syncing to the free LifeSpan fitness app.
Shipping and Warranty Info
Free shipping is offered to the contiguous United States. For other delivery options and locations, contact LifeSpan direct.
LifeSpan offers a satisfaction guarantee and all products come with a lifetime warranty for the frame, 3 years’ cover for the motor and 1 year for labor. TR800 models have 1 year parts cover. TR1200 and 5000 models include 2 years’ parts cover.
Part 4 – Individual Specs and Pricing
The prices listed are correct at the time of publishing. You’ll find direct links to LifeSpan in each spec for live pricing.
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The TR800 DT5
Great for smaller spaces and light use – up to 3 hours per day.
That brings us to the end of today’s post about LifeSpan treadmill desks. With the DTs and the TRs there’s a lot of info to take in. That’s why we’ve broken it down into 4 main sections.
It’s not only important to understand what each desk and treadmill offers, but also to know your own requirements, expectations and limitations. Match these up and it’s a lot easier to make better choices that fit in with you and your office or workspace.
Of course, budget plays a huge role for most of us so it’s even more important to choose the right model before parting with your dollars. LifeSpan offers a wide range of active office furniture and equipment which falls into the mid to upper end of the bracket when it comes to quality and design. But of course, with higher spec comes a higher price tag.
With that in mind, if you didn’t find what you were looking for in this post why not take a look at some of our other articles :
As always, we would love to hear from you. What treadmill desk would you opt for and why? Do you already walk and work? Do you have feedback on any of the products featured? Drop us a comment in the box below or email email@example.com.