LifeSpan TR1200-DT5

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

Combining Your Workout with Your Work

As someone who spends a lot of time banging away on the laptop keys I have to admit it’s sometimes hard to break away long enough to fit in my workout. It turns out there is a machine that will let me keep working and get all the exercise I need in the process. The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk is just what it sounds – a treadmill with a desk built over it. Actually it’s quite a simple concept when you think about it, but the best ideas often are.

It probably won’t surprise you to find out that this type of innovation doesn’t come cheaply. You’re definitely going to pay more than a $1000 for one of these machine. I like the idea of a treadmill that I can use while I’m writing, but at this price range it would be something I’d personally find very hard to justify. That is, unless I can somehow write it off as a tax benefit. Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.

Fully Functional Desk

I have no problem admitting that I was a little skeptical about this machine. It just didn’t seem likely that a treadmill and an office desk would go together very well. By all accounts it seems that I was dead wrong. Not only does this concept work, it works well. The treadmill fits comfortably under the desk and the desk surface is more than big enough to accommodate your laptop, your reference books, your smartphone, and your cup of coffee.


The desk surface measures 46½ inches wide by 31 inches deep, which is about as big as the desktop I’m writing on now, so it isn’t like you’re giving up anything in terms of space. The manufacturer didn’t forget about height adjustment either, as the desk height is fully adjustable to accommodate anyone from 4’10” to 6’8”. It also has a nice large padded wrist rest, which makes typing on your keyboard a more comfortable experience. There are slightly different versions of this machine that don’t come with the wrist rest, but to me this seems like a key comfort feature that I wouldn’t want to be without.

Safety’s Not Forgotten

The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk has some built-in safety features that will put your mind at ease, especially with little ones around. You’ve definitely got to be careful with children around exercise equipment – just the other day I found my six-year-old and four-year-old having a grand old time on my exercise bike. Fortunately they didn’t get their little hands stuck in the pedals, but I’m definitely going to have to keep a close eye on them.

This product has something called Intelli-Guard, which is a key that you attach to your body so that if you fall it will automatically pull out of the machine and cause it to stop. The treadmill also has a nice large surface that gives you lots of room to maneuver; at 20 inches wide by 56 inches long, it can handle up to 300 pounds. It’s comforting to know that it’s impossible to fall off the edge of this machine with the treadmill still moving.

Track Your Vitals

No matter your price range, there are some standard things you’re expecting in a treadmill and just because this unique machine doubles as a desk doesn’t mean they forgot the vitals. With the LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk you can track the steps you’ve taken, the amount of time you’ve been walking, the calories you’ve burned, the distance you’ve traveled, and the speed you’re traveling. This is all displayed on an LED screen built into the middle of the padded wrist rest.

Bluetooth Integration

With your laptop sitting on the desk in front of you as you walk and type it only makes sense to be able to apply your laptop’s capabilities toward tracking your health statistics. The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 has built this capability right in using Bluetooth technology. All you have to do is to turn on the Bluetooth function and sync your health metrics to your laptop using Lifespan’s online fitness club. Being able to track your progress with their custom spreadsheets is a big motivating factor.

Not without Its Problems

Normally if you dig deep enough you’ll find a flaw or two in any treadmill, and this machine is no exception. Some customers have complained about a squeaking noise when you use the treadmill, which is normally a result of the plastic housing over the motor being screwed on too tight. This isn’t an insurmountable obstacle that would prevent me from buying the machine. Another issue is that they haven’t included an incline adjustment for this treadmill, so if you like the idea of climbing hills this might be a bit of a problem. But it’s also probably not very practical to try to type on an incline – I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

Hoping for a Tax Break

After careful consideration I have to say this machine has really captured my imagination. Sure, it’s a little on the expensive side, but it also has a lot of upside. I know it’s unlikely that I can really find some type of tax loophole to offset the cost of this machine, but it doesn’t hurt to try. If you think about the savings in productivity, the LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 will more than pay for itself in no time.