The Lifecore VST-V8 elliptical is the company’s “next generation” machine and its first entry into expensive high-end trainers. This is a front-drive Variable Stride Trainer that lets the user step, walk, or run at the touch of a button, varying not only the stride length but also the style of the stride.
The Lifecore VST-V8 elliptical has a programmable blue backlit console display with Quick Keys for the 12 Preset Programs including Heart Rate Control Programs with 55%, 75%, 90%, & Target Heart Rate, a Watt Specific Program, and User Customized Courses.
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UPDATE: As of 2016, or perhaps earlier, it appears that Lifecore Fitness is no longer making elliptical machines, choosing to focus on their exercise bikes and rowing machines instead.
The Lifecore VST-V8 offers sealed bearings in all moving parts, friction-free magnetic resistance, close 2" pedal spacing, 16 levels of resistance, and a Safety Locking Mechanism that keeps kids from turning on the machine accidentally. The cushioned footpads provide additional comfort, and the compact 56" frame lets the user set up the VST-V8 elliptical trainer anywhere in the house.
The main reason for buying this hybrid suspension Lifecore elliptical is the 18" - 26" On-the-Go Stride Length adjustment. The shortest length can be used in a stair stepper motion to hit the gluts and upper legs, and the longer striding motion is ideal to simulate running and power walking. Used along with a full compliment of programs and HRC workouts, the Lifecore VST-V8 is a good machine to help you to reach your fitness goals.
While the Lifecore VST-V8 elliptical is a solid machine, for $2,999 you can do much better in a high-end elliptical. Reviews by fitness equipment experts have been questioning why Lifecore would even start making a product at this price level since the light commercial market is dominated by some very powerful brands.
If you are going to spend around $3,000 on any style of elliptical, go with a Cybex Arc, True TX, or anything made by Precor.
UPDATE: Spring Elliptical Sales have started!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.