Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Review

Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Review

Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross Trainer ReviewThe stylish Life Fitness E1 elliptical cross trainer is a well built exercise machine with a sturdy base and comes with a titanium finish.

User friendly console, easy assembly, easy to use and smooth operation add to its appeal as a machine that offers whole body low impact exercise, build endurance, strength training as well as weight management.

The rear drive Life Fitness E1 elliptical machine is the entry level of its E series elliptical trainers.

Multi grip handlebars allow for a great upper body workout.

For this E1 design, you get a choice of 2 different consoles, Track Connect and Go consoles.

If you just want to get on and go, then choose the Go console. If you would like an engaging interaction with entertainment and workout options, stay connected to popular fitness apps, track your workout to stay motivated, then the Track Connect would be the better option.

E1 Elliptical Trainer – Pros and Cons

Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross Trainer
Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross Trainer

Pros

  • Quiet and smooth operation – maintenance free ball bearings minimizes friction
  • Fluid and comfortable 20″ stride
  • Choice of 2 different consoles for individual needs
  • Wireless heart rate chest strap included
  • 20 resistance levels
  • 10 – 15 built in programs depending on choice of console
  • Oversized non-slip pedals
  • Low step up height (6.5″/17cm) – easy get on and get off

Cons

  • Fixed stride at 20″
  • Non adjustable incline
  • Non customizable foot pedals
  • No cooling fan

Great Features

The E1 is all about a smooth and quiet elliptical motion.

Its patented WhisperStride technology and concealed ball bearings ensure a smooth and quiet operation.

Life Fitness extensive biomechanical research results in a fluid and natural elliptical path.

Heart Rate Monitor

There are 2 ways to monitor your heart rate – Telemetry wireless receiver as well as contact heart rate hand sensors that are built into the stationary grips allow for real time feedback to ensure that you exercise within your heart rate zone.

The wireless chest strap is included with the console.

With the heart rate zone training, you maintain a specific heart rate while working out. The machine will auto adjust the incline to maintain the target heart rate. This produces best results for burning fat or increasing cardiovascular fitness.

2 Different Consoles With Blue LCD Screen

Depending on your needs, you have a choice of either the Go Console or Track Connect Console. Both comes with the telemetry heart rate chest strap for optimal heart rate reading.

The heart rate chest strap gives a more accurate reading than the hand pulse sensors located on the stationary front handlebars.

Track Connect Console

Life Fitness E1 Track Connect Console
Life Fitness E1 Track Connect Console

It comes with a dual zone design, the top half entertainment zone and the bottom half workout zone.

Get your performance feedback displayed in the easy-to-use advanced track connect LCD interface.

With this club inspired console, you get 15 preset programs, 3 custom programs per user profile as well as infinite programs with real time tracking when you connect to the Life Fitness Virtual Trainer website.

Yes, you get to track your performance and beat your record as you progress.

The console comes with integrated android, iPod, iPhone, iPad controls for entertainment while working out.

It is compatible with LFconnectAPP and thus able to sync with Jawbone, FitBit and RunSocial. Sign up at lfconnect website.

It has such cool feature as illuminating capacitive touch keys when in use and which will dim when not in use.

You can set up 4 user profiles, with 3 custom workouts per user profile.

There is a compression rack/entertainment holder for holding your smartphone securely.

The track connect console measures 17″ L x 15.5″ W x 4.75″ H and weighs about 5.95 pounds.

Go Console

Life Fitness E1 Go Console
Life Fitness E1 Go Console

Go console is more for those who are more interested in getting a good workout and not into tracking their performance. It’s for you if you just want to get on the machine and start your workout.

You get 1o built-in programs and 2 custom programs (1 per user profile) with the Go console.

It is very user-friendly. You get separate dedicated windows for level, time, calories, heart rate, target heart rate, and speed. This gives you all the necessary information at a glance.

There is a goal workout button whereby you can set your own goal. There are 3 to choose namely the Calorie goal, Target Heart Rate goal and Distance goal.

You can set up 2 user profiles, with 1 custom workout per user profile.

The Go Console measures 17.5″ L x 15.5″ W x 4.5″ H and weighs 5 pounds.

20 Resistance Levels

With 20 resistance levels, start out easy and advance to intense with smooth transitions and minimum friction.

Max User Weight

400 pounds

Dimensions

82″ L x 30″ W x 59″ H (209 cm x 77 cm x 150 cm)

Weight Of Machine

211 pounds /96 kg

Warranty

(Warranties outside USA might Vary)

Frame : Lifetime

Parts : 5 years

Console : 3 years

Labor : 1 year

Conclusion

The Life Fitness E1 elliptical cross trainer has a smooth quiet operation as well as a natural elliptical path. This upper and lower body exercise machine is great for those who just wish to get on and go.

It is also great for those who wish for a more challenging workout complete with tracking and fitness apps compatibility. You just go for the more expensive Track Connect console.

There are enough workout program options for all types of fitness goals whether you’re trying to simulate outdoor hill training, improve cardiovascular endurance, burn fat, keep fit, break through fitness improvement plateaus etc.

However, it does have a rather large footprint at 82″ in length.

If you have limited space and prefer an elliptical trainer with a smaller footprint, then check out the Diamondback 1260EF. It measures 69.5″ in length.

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