Considering the Lifecore LC2000 elliptical is being advertised as a compact cross trainer, you may be surprised by some of the features. Although we aren’t completely confident that Lifecore Fitness has staying power, we will admit that of the many compact elliptical trainers they offer, the LC2000 is one of the better models.
The Lifecore LC2000 elliptical is an extremely small trainer, a mere 44” long. It takes up minimal floor space, thanks in part to the way the rear flywheel sits between the foot pedals. This compact size is one of the top selling points.
The Lifecore LC2000 has some surprising features. It’s crucial to note that despite the compact size of the machine, you get a full 20” stride that’s rare on a compact elliptical trainer.
The features you’ll get with a Lifecore LC2000 include:
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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There aren’t a lot of consumer reviews available for the Lifecore LC2000, but most users are satisfied with this model, including some that didn’t like other compact elliptical trainers offered by Lifecore. The generous 20” stride goes a long way toward satisfying users looking for a good compact machine.
Some users felt that the location of the rear flywheel, which is pushed up so that it rests between the foot pedals, made for an awkward motion. This was more prevalent with shorter people than with those over five and a half feet tall.
Users repeatedly mentioned the nice variety offered with the 12 pre-set workout programs. Combined with 16 levels of resistance, the Lifecore LC2000 gives users a lot of versatility for such a small, compact machine.
It’s difficult to judge the Lifecore LC2000 elliptical based on performance alone. It has a ride that’s relatively smooth and the drive belt is guaranteed to never need replacement.
Are there other machines that are smoother in this price range? You bet. But they take up much more space than this compact elliptical trainer. If a small footprint is crucial to you, the Lifecore LC2000 is at the upper end of the spectrum at this price point.
Our only complaint is that the company saved a bit of money on the foot pedals. Since they don’t articulate, you may want to look around for a different machine if you have ankle problems. However, the 20” stride (yes, we keep coming back to this) and the hefty weight capacity of 400 lbs. more than make up for this.
The warranty on the Lifecore LC2000 elliptical is impressive for a compact trainer – 7 years on parts is pretty much unheard of with a small, compact machine. We like knowing that Lifecore is standing behind their product.
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