The E1 is an entry level elliptical trainer from Life Fitness, a leader in the high-end cardio machine market, both commercial and residential. This one is perfect for those who want to just get on and start working out, offering smooth, natural motion and ergonomic design.
The Life Fitness E1 elliptical is all black with black and blue accents, and comes with a choice of two console options: a basic Go Console and a more advanced Track + console that syncs with your phone or tablet for workout tracking.
Let's take a look at some of the specs...
The Life Fitness E1 elliptical machine is one of the most popular models the company makes and gets great reviews from the experts. At a little over $2000 with the basic Go Console, it offers a way for users to get a gym-quality machine without spending twice that like some commercial grade models cost.
The E1 is a slightly upgraded version of the popular X1 model, with a fixed 20" stride rather than an adjustable one, and a higher max user weight.
WhisperStride technology makes the elliptical nearly silent, which is ideal if you are in an apartment or otherwise just don't want to disturb anybody. You get 20 resistance levels, which helps you diversify your workouts a bit and work towards increasing it with each workout.
The most appealing feature is the choice of consoles, which dictates the features you can expect. With the basic Go console, you get 12 built in workouts, 2 custom workouts and 2 user profiles.
For about $400 more, you can get the Track+ console, which allows you to sync with your fitness apps through LF Connect and track your progress. You also get 14 workouts, 12 custom workouts and up to 4 user profiles. If you can swing the additional expense it is well worth it.
The warranty of the E1 cross trainer is solid, and you have the choice of both a 3 year and a 5 year extended warranty of you so choose. But you should be just fine with the standard warranty as these are rock solid machines.
Both the E1 and the X1 are highly-rated ellipticals and either one is a great choice, providing an effective, ergonomically ideal workout that feels just like it does when you're at a high-end club.
We like the E1 elliptical a lot, as Life Fitness is one of the few companies that can make their residential cardio machines feel just like those at the gym.
This one has plenty of workouts and resistance levels to make your time on the machine count, and with the console options you can choose the one that most appeals to you.
If you want an adjustable stride look at the X1 as well, which is a couple hundred less but equally good. Also check out the similarly priced X3 cross trainer with Coach Zone muscle targeting.
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