Lifespan Treadmill Desk: Likes & Dislikes


If you’ve shopped at all for treadmill desks, you’ve probably come across the LifeSpan line.

They make high-quality durable products that are designed for people who plan on spending a lot of time at their walking workstation and want something that is adjustable and customizable.

I have seen them sold separately for about $1000-$1500 each, which can be expensive. However, when purchased together as a package, you can save some money. =) I like that.

This particular item is the LifeSpan TR800-DT5. It includes both the desk and the treadmill. You can also get a more expensive model, the TR1200-DT5, which has a more powerful treadmill.

Here are some key features that I like and dislike:

The Treadmill:

Unique Design: What’s cool about the treadmill is that it does not have arms or a computer console that is attached at the front of the machine.

Desktop of the LifeSpan Treadmill DeskInstead, the console is part of the desk. This means that you are not limited as to how you can position your desk around the treadmill due to the console. You will also notice that the machine controls are conveniently right where you need them: in front of the desk.

Larger Size: The walking belt is one of the longer versions, at 52″ long and 18″ wide. This is great for people with long legs, a wide stride or simply for those who don’t want to worry about falling of the back of machine if they happen to be on the phone and not paying attention for a brief moment.

Note: The TR800 is a quiet machine, but when compared, most users agree that the the TR1200 is even quieter.

Walking Options: Choose a speed from .4 to 4.0 miles per hour. Many people can comfortably type on the computer or write notes at speeds from 1.0 – 1.5 mph. However, if you feel like going at a higher speed while on a conference call or on a break, you have the option to do that with this machine.

In addition, the machine counts your steps, so if you are trying to reach a goal such as 10,000 steps per day, it’s very easy to do on the LifeSpan. Note: you can also track your calories burned, distance and time walked.

The Desk:

Note: Although the desk snugly fits the treadmill, it is not attached. Therefore, if you already have your own treadmill, you can simply purchase the desk separately.

Easily Adjustable: Just like being able to adjust the height of your chair at a regular desk, it’s important to have the ability to adjust your workstation height while walking. This can prevent back and neck pain plus “hunching” over. You can adjust the height of this desk to fit users 4’8″ tall to 6’8″ tall, so there’s lots of flexibility.

Multi-Functional Armrests: The armrests integrated into the front of the desktop are designed for working in comfort, but they also help with stability. And what about elbows? They will like this comfortable squishy foam armrest too.

Large, Clean Workspace: The desktop surface measures 46.5″ W x 31″ D, which gives users the ability to work on multiple computers or devices at once, plus have files, phone and other gadgets within easy reach. There is a cable slot and tray right underneath the desk for routing and storing cables conveniently out of the way.


Some Things I Don’t Like:

1. The treadmill does not have an incline option. For many people, this may not matter – simply walking on flat ground while working is plenty. =)

2. The table does not include any cup holders. I know, this is not a big deal, but lots of people like to have designated areas to keep their drinks or pockets to keep small items out of the way but in easy reach. If you have this concern, do not worry. I have a solution for you:

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3. The console does not include a USB port, like the model where the treadmill is sold separately. Again, not necessarily a deal-breaker, just a heads up.


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