The Life Fitness FS6 joins the FS4 in a brand new lineup from the high-end company, a compact elliptical with improved technology and more functionality than their traditional cross trainers.
The FS6 is available in dark walnut or titanium finish, with an advanced touch screen console and incorporate three different workouts.
Let's look at the most important specs...
The FS6 cross trainer is entirely different than the traditional Life Fitness ellipticals, with a whole new look and feel. it will be interesting to see how popular they are, as they are certainly more appealing.
For starters, it features a mid-drive design, rather than the rear drive that you see on Life Fitness cross trainers at the gym. This allows for a much more compact design, which means it fits in much better in most home gyms. It's only 50" long, about 25-30" shorter that a traditional elliptical...that's quite a difference.
You also get side rails with the new FS trainers, which is great if you just want to do an upper body workout. You simply put one foot on either side rail and use the rotating handles as you normally would.
The notable difference between the base FS4 model and the FS6 is that the latter gives you a very generous adjustable stride. The FS4 comes with a fixed 22" stride, while the FS6 comes with an adjustable 18" - 26", which makes it ideal for all sized users.
You can choose from two color options as we mentioned above: titanium or dark walnut...whichever one more closely matches your gym decor.
You get three trademarked technologies built in: Side-Drive for smooth motion, QuickGrip handles for comfort and easy resistance/stride changes, and Extended RangePedal to choose the ideal position for you.
Another unique feature on the Life Fitness FS6 is the premium touch screen, which connects to your favorite apps via Bluetooth and NFC. The console receives new workouts automatically 4 times a year, and can be updated when necessary.
Some of the other notable features: attachment points for exercise bands, another element the other machines don't have, as well as a max iser weight of 400 lbs. and a very generous warranty.
We definitely like the direction that Life Fitness is going in with the FS6 elliptical. They are moving away from the large, bulky traditional machines and giving home users a more compact cross trainer with much more functionality.
You get a space-friendly machine, with a fully adjustable stride, same rock-solid construction, and the ability to work out any way you like: full body, upper body only or strength training off the machine with resistance bands.
Add to that an advanced touch screen console with regular updates and Bluetooth technology, and you have an elliptical that really ticks all the boxes.
Is the FS6 expensive? Sure, it'll cost you between $4500 and $4800, depending on which finish you choose...but it's well worth it for all of the features and capabilities you are getting. You can save about $1000 if you opt for the FS4...you'll only be sacrificing the adjustable stride, which isn't really an issue for most people.
Either way, the FS4 and FS6 are great new additions to the lineup.
UPDATE: Spring 2018 Elliptical Sales are on!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.