Life Fitness elliptical trainers are manufactured by a company that puts its own name with great pride on all of their exercise equipment, and with good reason. The company is known for its state-of-the art research and development facility where every type of exercise equipment developed is exhaustively researched, refined and tested.
Life Fitness has the only completely in-house biomechanics research and development team in the industry. According to company information, the working prototypes and robot testing lab are some of the most sophisticated in the country. Life Fitness spends millions of dollars every year on refining everything from the ergonomic design of the pedals on their elliptical machines to determining the optimal stride length that will work for the greatest number of consumers.
Life Fitness elliptical trainers are constructed with a focus on ergonomic design and sound suppression, two areas that the company feels are most essential to guaranteeing that a consumer will continue using their trainer in the long term. Included in Life Fitness’s research are in-house testing (hundreds of hours of it) and computer-aided analysis of the relationship between the machines and the movement and the human body.
With the added investment in fine-tuning all of their equipment, they don’t produce an inexpensive product. The least expensive elliptical cross trainers from Life Fitness come in at around $1,900, so you should be sure you are making a genuine commitment before purchasing one.
The current lineup consists of the X1, E1, X3, E3, X5, E5 and three Club Series models: base, Platinum and Platinum FlexStrider.
Consumers consistently vote Life Fitness elliptical trainers some of the best in the industry for their gym-quality construction. This is no surprise, since Life Fitness began as a manufacturer of equipment for professional gyms before entering the private, home equipment marketplace.
One of the features most often noted by individual users is the natural stride – that is, the unrestricted, natural walking or jogging gate that they get on these ellipticals.
Another feature that’s highly touted is the length of the stride – even people with long legs and those who are extremely tall feel that they are getting a full stretch of their legs on a Life Fitness elliptical machine.
Professionals are fond of the Life Fitness line as well, and they have received numerous Best Buy Awards over the years. They consistently make it into the top few when it comes to high-end ellipticals along with Precor and True.
Their consensus is that you can get excellent results and a truly “professional gym feel” with any of Life Fitness elliptical trainers.
Most Popular Models
Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical - Incredibly smooth glide, accurate HR monitoring, great programs, wonderful ergonomics; ranks near the top on most Best Buy lists for its price range.
Life Fitness Platinum Club Series - Although it is on the pricey side, it's one of the most well built machines on the market, just like the ones you'll find at high-end gyms.
Life Fitness X1 Elliptical - The most affordable trainer of the Life Fitness rear-drive models: low noise, smooth pedaling motion, quality components.
Life Fitness X3 Elliptical - High marks from pro trainer and technician reviews for critical areas such as ergonomics, smooth ride, quiet operation and reliability.
Life Fitness X5 Elliptical - All the same great features, quality, stability, reliability and ergonomic comfort as the more expensive club-quality models.
Life Fitness E1 Elliptical - The entry level E series model with a fixed stride and two console options to choose from.
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