Yes, I know this is a site dedicated to CrossFit Shoes. But, I thought you all might like to hear about a purchase that my wife and I made within the last year…
A Little Background
A couple years ago I was running in my neighborhood. My 8 year old son was with me. Ahead in the road we saw a medium size dog. We weren’t familiar with the dog so we slowed down and I made sure my son was behind me. Long-story-short, the dog attacked me and bit off a piece of my nose (thank God for plastic surgeons!). In typical CrossFit fashion I jumped on top of the Chow/Lab mix and choked the life out of it. It was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever experienced.
Now, my wife is only barely over 100lbs soaking wet. I don’t know what would have happened if the dog had attacked her. And neither one of us wanted to find out. So, her regular runs around our neighborhood pretty much came to a standstill.
The Solution – A Treadmill (duh!)
Obviously, my wife was going to have to restrict her workouts to the house. So, a treadmill was in order. But, we needed something that was CrossFit tough. And, I think we found it in the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill. If you’re looking for a good CrossFit treadmill, you should give this one serious consideration.
Other treadmills that we considered included:
- ProForm Power 995c Treadmill – $999.00
- The NordicTrack C900 Pro – $979.88
- Sole Fitness F63 Folding Treadmill – $999.88
After weeks of scouring the internet, these treadmills were about equally rated. So, my wife and I tried each of these treadmills in person. I’m glad we did because they all fell short of what I expect in return for $1,000 of my hard-earned money. I’ve listed some of the impressions I walked away with below…
- They felt gimmicky (i.e., instead of focusing on quality they tried to add meaningless bells and whistles)
- They were really large, too large
- They felt cheap – not even close to gym quality
Taking these first impressions into account, I started to lean more heavily on the positive ratings I was finding for the LifeSpan TR 1200i. Folks were really happy with this treadmill. But, there’s was no where I could try it out in person. I decided to go for it. The ratings were really good and folks were mentioning all the things I cared about.
We’ve been using the treadmill now for almost a year with no problems. The running deck (20″ X 56″) is a little smaller than it’s competitors. And, the motor (2.5HP) is about .5HP lower than the competition. But, we made the right choice. The machine is heavy and sturdy and does it’s job well. It’s also more compact than the competition. The electronics and USB are a bit awkward but I don’t really need that stuff anyway. I want a CrossFit Treadmill – one that can take a lick’n and keep on tick’n. I think this one takes the award. But, if you feel differently please post a comment and let me know.