Should you buy a mat for the LifeSpan TR 1200i Treadmill

by Jack on March 13, 2016

How important is it to have a mat under your treadmill? A person who was about to purchase the LifeSpan TR 1200i Treadmill was curious if they needed to also buy a mat to place under the machine.

Of course, you don’t not need to. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do! But would it be the smart thing to do? Indeed, having a rubber mat under your treadmill does provide more than a few benefits.

  • First, this LifeSpan model weighs a little over 200 lbs. Even when not in use, over time the pressure of 200 pounds against your floor (wooden, cement, carpeted) can and will leave damaging marks. Now imagine you on top of the machine exercising. The back and forth movement of you exercising on top of the machine will only exacerbate the potential for damage.
  • Noise and Vibration Reduction – This might not be obvious as “for protecting the floor underneath” but another reason to buy a mat is it helps reduce noise and vibrations. This is good for anywhere you might have your treadmill but it is especially helpful when you have it on the second floor of your house or if you live above someone in an apartment.
  • Lastly, on most types of flooring (carpet, wooden, cement) a treadmill will show a slight tendency to move forward as you exercise. Another benefit of a rubber mat is it helps stabilize the machine. It sinks down into the rubber which creates a barrier to it’s movement

Which mat is best for the LifeSpan TR 1200i Treadmill

The company LifeSpan does sell their own brand of mats. We do not recommend buying from them as their have been complaints about these being too thin and seem to tear easy.

Instead we recommend buying a thicker mat. These are a bit more expensive (not by much maybe $25) but well worth the extra money. Our top two choices: Rubber Cal Treadmill Mat and the ProImpact Treadmill Mat.

If you still are unsure which treadmill to buy, read our review over this LifeSpan TR 1200i model.

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