The Octane LateralX Elliptical - A Hybrid Cross-Trainer

Listing at $6,999, the Octane LateralX elliptical is certainly a pricey machine by any stretch of the imagination. It is, however, in a class all by itself as an elliptical machine that's also an incredibly efficient cross trainer.

What You Get

The Octane LateralX offers 13 different workouts and 30 resistance levels. The console display gives you a readout of heart rate, pace, speed, time elapsed, calories burned and course profiles on a digital screen. You can also opt for a touch screen display with Cross CiRCUIT videos.

The specs on the Octane LateralX elliptical include: 

Octane LateralX Elliptical Machine
  • Adjustable stride length
  • Adjustable lateral width (10)
  • 13 Workout Programs
  • Converging path handlebars
  • Stationary handlebars
  • 30 Resistance Levels, including Manual, Random, Interval, Goal-Distance or Calorie Burn
  • Digital Contact Heart Rate Monitor
  • Personal trainer takes you through work-outs
  • Advanced programs for cross circuit, 30/30 interval and MMA
  • Workout Boosters include X-mode, thigh toner and quad power
  • 400-lb. User Capacity
  • Dimensions/Wt.: 75”L x 44”W/388 lbs.
  • Water bottle holder
  • Reading rack
  • 3-speed cooling fan
  • Warranty: 3 years parts, 1 year labor

The Word on the Street

UPDATE:  The parent company of Octane, Nautilus, Inc., recently introduced a residential version of this elliptical called the Bowflex LateralX Trainer.  Check that one out if you want something a bit more affordable than the Octane version.


The Octane LateralX elliptical, sometimes seen as the LX8000, is getting rave reviews from fitness clubs, magazines and users for its cross training capabilities and wide range of movements.

It is uniquely designed, offering seated and standing elliptical workouts, 10° of lateral movement and adjustable stride so that you can move not only up and down, but back and forth and side to side for the most complete workout you can get from an elliptical. 

The lateral movement is touted as providing a workout that closely mimics the workouts athletes get in real world conditions and when skating. Reviews also note that the second set of stationary handlebars allows users to work their glutes and core in a squatting position while using either the lateral or basic up and down movement.

The basic display is perfectly OK, but if money is no object the 15" touchscreen is a nice upgrade that you'll definitely appreciate.

Octane LateralX Touch Screen

Our Thoughts on the LateralX

It's difficult to compare the Octane LateralX elliptical to others on the market because there isn't another machine like this one. A few years ago, it won several prestigious awards, including the "Best Elliptical" from a Health Club Industry Trade Show.

It does things no other machine on the market will do, including adjustment of the lateral width as you increase speed to give you an optimal workout on various muscle groups and converging path handlebars for a more efficient upper body workout.

There's almost nothing to complain about with this hybrid elliptical-cross training machine. Its design is flawless and the components are superior quality all the way, which is what we've come to expect from Octane.  

You don't really need any of the add-ons like the television because, quite frankly, the Octane LateralX elliptical can take you from a standard workout to a full-body, gut-clenching routine that will kick your butt – and give you a butt that's never looked better in the process. 

Our only complaint is the warranty. For over $6,000, we'd like to see a warranty over the 3 year parts/1 year labor currently offered.

Yes, this machine has lots more going on, but the Octane label has proven itself in the past, so we're inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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