Up to 12 percent - Cardio Equipment
Sat Jul 09 00:00:00 MDT 2011cinders0905 Rating:5.0
So I wanted something that I could take into work (I work 12 hour shifts at a desk) and this is perfect. Not only can I bring it in for my night shifts but I bring it home every night too. After only a week I can see results happening! I'm working out about an hour every night along with sit ups on my yoga ball. Its perfect since its sometimes too hot to work out outside as well. Several people have complained of it sqeaking and sometimes it does but usually with my ipod on or the tv on I cant hear any of it.
Sun Apr 24 00:00:00 MDT 2011bakerspride Rating:5.0
Well, I've been reading the reviews of a bunch of rowing machines, and kept studying quite a few of them before deciding to purchase the Stamina Body Trac. I'm glad I did. It's a great machine, works the body which is what I was after. There are 12 levels, I'm on 5 and up to 25 minutes. The foot straps are an issue. That is my only complaint. I truly enjoy the machine! My daughter tried it and is buying one too.
Mon Mar 07 00:00:00 MST 2011tonianne68 Rating:4.0
Okay, I was a bit intimidated when I took this baby out of the box.. but, I put it together. It was time consuming, but, that's because I am not all that mechanically inclined and I had the "help" of my two sons, ages 7 & 12. Afte we got it together I tightened everything up and all looks great. Looking forward to starting my exercise routine with this stationary bike. It is lightweight and compact which is a plus. I would recommend this product.
Sun Dec 14 00:00:00 MST 2014John Rating:5.0
I type this as I walk at 2mph on the treadmill in my home office. The desk is a fairly solid unit that comes in five almost stupidly easy to assemble pieces (not counting nuts'n'bolts). It's not hard to adjust to get it to the right height, though changing it regularly for multiple users would be a real pain. The controls at the front of the desk are fairly unobtrusive, quite intuitive, and quite literally easy enough for my five-year-old to use (he thinks it cool, and keeps asking to use it before school for five or ten minutes - he hops on, starts it up with me nearby, walks and trots for a little while, stops it, and says "thanks, dad.") The treadmill part comes totally preassembled, and you just have to unpack it and roll it into place. It seems to work just as you'd expect, and feels solid under my feet. It plugs into the desk with a really simple, only-one-possible-way to plug it together plug to connect it to the desk controls. The wires run almost entirely interior to the desk leg, an elegant solution. While in use, it's very quiet. I've not had it long enough to comment on its durability, but so far so good. A few quirks and short-comings: My biggest annoyance is that it doesn't plug into your computer via a USB or something to track your long term progress, and if you pull the dead-man stop it resets all your mileage / time, etc. (I have an earlier non-Bluetooth version). It's easy enough to make a simple spreadsheet to track it all, but having it reset means you are making best-guesses only. Also, it doesn't remember your "normal" speed, and beeps every time you hit a button (company says it's a safety requirement, can't change it), so if you hit PAUSE to take a quick look at something away from the unit, when you get back you hit START, wait for the countdown to beep four times, then start (with a slow wind-up to 0.4 mph), then hit the speed-up button 15 times (1/10th mph increments) to get it up to 2 mph, beeping all the way. Also, if you had stopped it with the dead-man switch, you have to start by reconfirming your weight, too. Not end-of-the-world problems by any means, but annoying to not have those user-settable. For an elderly or infirm person who might max out at 1.5 mph, maybe the slow start up is a great safety feature. For a healthy younger person, it's bothersome. If it were not for the relatively modest annoyances, I'd give it five stars. The two large and heavy boxes were delivered promptly, and if you are not the strongest person or need to get it into someplace awkward like a back room or upstairs office, I'd recommend having a strong young back or two to assist. The packaging is good, and there is enough cardboard to fill your recycling bin or keep the kids entertained for hours. Personally, I think 2.5 mph is great for just surfing the net. Two mph works for most typing. 1.5 mph is for drinking coffee and more serious typing, and about 1 mph for eating breakfast with a plate under it while surfing the web before the coffee kicks in. Munching on chips while walking seems to be right out if you want to keep things clean and not have a pile of debris at the back to the tread - of course, this is a feature for waistline management, rather than a bug. It's likely not the best unit to get you in shape for a marathon. But if you get out of breath heading to the fridge for another 12 ounces of inspiration, or just want to be able to keep up with the kids for a while longer, the LifeSpan TR1200-DT might be just the thing to get you off your butt while still being somewhat productive in front of a screen. Approx two miles were walked during the writing of this review. 100-mile update: I have now walked about 100 miles on the TR1200, in a bit under three weeks. Most miles walked in a day was almost ten, most time was over five hours, and the averages are climbing steadily. I've lubed the tread once; it was not to difficult, but you should lay down a paper towel or something to catch any errant drips or splashes of the silicone lubricant on the side rails, and even without any tube it still shoots into the middle of the belt pretty well. It doesn't seem like you need anywhere near a full ounce to lube the tread, either. I opted for the Treadmill Doctor tread lube over the LifeSpan product - seems to be the same stuff at a lower cost per application, and it appears to work. 200-mile update: 30 days, 4 pounds, and about 96 hours spent walking later, I've hit 200 miles. (most miles in one day, 11.35; most time, 5:45) - The manual recommend popping off the cover and cleaning the motor compartment every 150 miles, but it doesn't provide directions. It's simple: unplug the unit, roll it out from under the desk, loosen up the four obvious screws a bit, pop the cover off, vacuum, pop the cover back on, slide it back under, and plug it back together. If you leave the screws loose at that point, you'll not have to slide it out for future cleanings. - The step counter doesn't seem to work very well - some 5 mile days it says 800 steps, some 5-mile days it says 4000. - The beeps, the lack of "remembering" my normal starting speed, and lack of computer interface / tracking are still annoying. - Spraying lube on the tread deck is still awkward and a little messy if you are not careful, but it really does help to hit it every 50 miles or so with some silicone. - I'm definitely sleeping better, and it's helped my wrist / arm / shoulder a lot, because the position for keyboard & mouse are more natural than when I was sitting. 900 mile update: Unit still seems to be going strong. Averaging a bit more than 5 miles per day that I use it. A used "D" cell battery seems to be just the right size to stick under the belt on the tread deck to hold it up while lubing; a 10ml oral syringe works great for holding a dose of belt lube, sticking under and squirting around (it also fits into the lube bottle neck perfectly). Another commenter's method of silencing the beep by shooting a little hot craft glue into the speaker works great-quick, easy, effective, doesn't void warranty. I strongly recommend comfy shoes, comfy shorts or other "non-binding" clothing, and a location with good ventilation or an easily-mounted under-desk fan, especially in warm weather. I don't have a secondary sitting desk with a computer, so I could really use a good tall stool or saddle-chair or something to sit in from time to time, something that will go on the tread-deck and be stable, but small enough to easily set aside when walking (suggestions welcome on this). 2000 mile update: Still going strong at 2000 miles and 935 hours of walking in about 5/4 years. One minor software bug: when it hits 1000 miles, and again now at 2000 miles, the odometer rolls over to zero when you check total distance in Engineering mode. If you are tracking on a spreadsheet to keep accurate count, you need to bear that in mind. I don't know if it also happens at 1000 hours, but I'll check and report here then. The more recent "Bluetooth" version may have this fixed - I reported it at the 1000 mile roll-over in the middle of last year when I noticed it. Still like the unit. 1,000 hour update - yup, rolls back to 0 hours after you hit the thousand mark, too. 3,000 mile update - rolled it over again, still ticking right along. 4,000 mile roll-over update: Still no problems with the unit, still looking for the perfect seat for "down times" and when dealing with minor (unrelated) foot problems. 5,000 miles rolled over, in 2341 hours, still seems to be doing fine. Lube it from time to time, dust it occasionally, no problems of note. Definitely happy with the purchase, and would recommend it to others.
Thu Mar 19 00:00:00 MDT 2015Daniel G. Rating:5.0
I got this bike after much research, needing to replace the ******** I had for 12 years and which was just worn out. The negative reviews in the past couple of years for the ******** bikes convinced me that ******** was doing the corporate cost-containment thing and going cheap with their quality, and I can't afford to spend money on stuff that breaks down. This bike arrived when promised. The carton was a bit beat up, but everything was there and there was no damage to the parts. Careful when assembling this bike - the parts list shows many nuts, washers, and bolts which are already attached to the bike, which I didn't spot; so I thought a couple bags of parts were missing from the box until customer service told me they would be attached to the bike already. Assembly took 90 easy minutes, and everything went well. The bike is solid and utilitarian - it has good resistance, smooth operation, noticeable changes in the 24 levels of resistance (once you get past the first 4 or 5 levels, which all seemed to offer the same low level of resistance). The biggest surprise was the pulse monitor - this one is actually accurate. I am skeptical of heart rate monitors on exercise equipment, as they seem to have such wild ranges; but the SB2.5 was dialed in right at the same pulse rate that my 'thumb' monitor showed. And, it does have the connection for a chest strap monitor if you want to buy one of those. After a couple days of use, I had to re-tighten the frame bolts securing the front and back frames, as they had worked loose. If that continues, I'll just replace the bolts with longer ones that are secured by lock nuts. The electronics worked fine, even though there is an anomaly in connecting the readout wire harness with the base harness. One pair of wires is brown-yellow; the other connecting pair of wires is brown - brown/white; so it is a bit of a guess as to how to connect them. I was fortunate in that I guessed right the first time. If you guess wrong in connecting this basic wiring harness, you'll just have to remove a few bolts holding the display on, and change the connection. This bike has more of a recumbent position than my nautilus, which I like. It's very easy to reach 140 heart rate, and the display shows all measurements at once - speed, calories, distance, time, pulse. resistance level. I don't use the programs - just set it on manual, and increase the resistance levels at different intervals. This bike seems to be a good, functional, solid recumbent bike.
Tue Mar 13 00:00:00 MDT 2012treeforme Rating:5.0
I love this machine. It is the best one I have purchased. It is QUIET and gives a decent workout. It was easy to put together in 10 minutes or so. If you are looking for a low impact, low intensity workout (although it does have 12 levels of resistance) this is perfect. I have wasted money on a recumbant bike (out the door) and an upright bike (collecting dust). I have been using my climber 5 days a week for the last month. Starting with just 5 minutes a day and now up to almost 20.
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