The Lifecore VST-V4 Elliptical with Extra Long Stride Length

The key feature of the Lifecore VST-V4 elliptical is its long 24" stride length which is ideal for taller users who want to lift their workout to a higher level.

What You Get

The bright LCD screen shows workout feedback for speed, time, distance, watts, calories burned, and pulse. The 12 workout programs include 5 Heart Rate Programs: Target, Cardio 80%, Fat Burn 65%, HR Hill, & HR Interval/Polar Compatible.

The full specs on the Lifecore VST-V4 are:

Lifecore VST-V4 Elliptical Machine
  • 24" Stride Length
  • 16 Magnetic Resistance Levels
  • 12 programs / 4 custom users
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Polar® telemetry compatible (strap not included)
  • Oversized cushioned pedals
  • Dual-action arm handles
  • 325-lb. user weight capacity
  • Unit wt/dimensions: 209 lbs / 54" x 26" x 58" (LxWxH)
  • Warranties – 3 years parts, 1-year labor

The Word on the Street

UPDATE: As of 2016 it appears that Lifecore Fitness is no longer making elliptical machines, choosing to focus on their exercise bikes and rowing machines instead.  

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The Lifecore VST-V4 elliptical features an 18-lb flywheel in a front drive design as well as an extra-long 24-inch stride length and 16 levels of magnetic resistance.

It has a heavy duty drive system and sealed bearings in all moving parts for an especially quiet and smooth operation. The trackless feature of this Variable Stride Trainer is a major plus since you won’t have to worry about wheels wearing down or dirt getting into a track that would affect smoothness and the noise level.

You also get a 325-lb user weight capacity, a compact footprint of just 54-inches long, stationary handle bars with built-in hand grip sensors for monitoring your heart rate, and telemetry enabled technology for use with a wireless transmitter (chest strap not included).

The Lifecore VST-V4 features ergonomically correct foot positioning and comfortable upright workout arms to give you the most natural gait while striding.

Our Thoughts

There aren’t many reviews on this one which seems to get lost in the pack. Other than the extra-long stride length and the variable suspended stride, there not much to distinguish this trainer from competitor brands for performance and reliability.

The Lifecore VST-V4 elliptical is an okay model at the retail price of $1,699 but for the same price you could get the front drive Sole E95, the best-selling model at this level for many years.

The 3-year parts/1-year labor warranty is weak compared to the 5-year/2-year parts and labor warranty offered by Sole for the E95, which currently sells for around $1,699 and fits most size users.

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