The Life Fitness X5 elliptical cross trainer allows the user to manually select the stride length between 18" to 24", and offers all the great engineering and design that Life Fitness is known for.
Home users of the Life Fitness X5 elliptical cross trainer have a choice of equipping the X5 with a basic or advanced console. The Basic Go Console has 12 essential workout programs, including manual, hill, random, incline, and sports training. The Advanced Track + Console has those programs plus 2 additional ones and fitness app integration.
Let's look at some of the best features this machine offers...
The Life Fitness SelectStride™ technology gives you a choice of four activity settings: walk, jog, run, and sprint. These stride lengths, from 18-24", can target a wider range of muscles in the calves, legs, and glutes, or a multi-user household can adjust the different settings to comfortably fit short and tall users. Note the X3 model does not offer adjustable stride.
Another interesting feature on the Life Fitness X5 elliptical cross trainer is the CoachZone program, which has Arm Toner and Glute Toner segments to help target problem areas on your body.
If you’ve been reading elliptical reviews you are likely aware that Life Fitness ranks among the elite manufacturers of home elliptical machines, comparable to Precor and Octane.
The X5 is the middle cross trainer of the 7 Life Fitness models, and offers a more affordable alternative to the $4000+ models (the Club Series and the Platinum Club). It has all the same great features, quality, stability, reliability (few if any repair issues), and ergonomic comfort as the more expensive club-quality models.
Life Fitness has installed the adjustable stride length system on a few models for some time now. The X5 elliptical has the manual function, while the Platinum Club has an automatic adjustment on the variable stride.
The Life Fitness X5 cross trainer also has a flat ellipse motion, a comfortable ride with pedals close together, a low step-in height, and an easy to use display. We wish the warranty were a little stronger, and the price was a lot lower, and that it offered some cool features like an adjustable power incline found on same-priced competitor models.
At $3,500 for the advanced console, this is a lot of money to pay for the Life Fitness name and while it is a quality machine, this one isn’t our favorite Life Fitness model. The Life Fitness X5 elliptical cross trainer will give you years of use with no problem, but we recommend you wait until it goes on sale or comes down in price before you consider buying one.
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