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Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Review

Quick Summary

The Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical is the home version of Life Fitness’s most popular health club elliptical trainer.

Built to fit almost anyone, this whisper-quiet trainer has an adjustable 18″ to 20″ footpath and a maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds.

It has movable arm bars to support total body training and is loaded with diverse workout programs.

Get the details from our full Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical review below.

Specifications

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Model Life Fitness Club Series
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the elliptical's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

87.2%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$4,299
Best Price

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$4,299
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

20 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

n/a
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18" - 20"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized Non-Slip Pedals
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

no
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

Undisclosed
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

12
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

2 Users
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Touch pulse sensors in handlebars
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Go & Track+ Console
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

83" x 28" x 61"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 87.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.6/100. The Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical is a spa-quality trainer sold for home use. Life Fitness is known for its outstanding biomechanics, and with the Club Elliptical very smooth exercise is assured for a wide range of body sizes. The pedals’ unusually fluid motion contributes to low perceived exertion level, which helps you train harder and burn more calories without fatigue. The Club Series Elliptical is sold with an LED console that’s iPod compatible and loaded with 16 diverse workout programs. This console also lets you save new programs. Other specs include movable handlebars, wireless heart rate monitoring and a reading rack. This fitness club favorite normally sells for $4,299 online.

Pros:

  • Club quality
  • Award-winning biomechanics
  • 18″ to 20″ stride
  • Reversible motion
  • Movable handlebars with multiple grip positions
  • Stationary handlebar
  • iPod compatible
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Chest strap included)
  • Contact heart rate monitor
  • Great workout variety
  • Cup holder
  • Reading rack
  • Accessory tray

Cons:

  • High price
  • Warranty isn’t long for the price
  • No cooling fan
  • Large size (83″ x 28″ footprint)

Introduction

The rear drive Club Series Elliptical is one of Life Fitness’s top two trainers (the other one being the Platinum Club Series) sold with residential warranties. It’s identical to the most popular Life Fitness elliptical used by health facilities worldwide. General highlights are excellent biomechanics, long term reliability and plenty of workout guidance. Some specifics are an 18″ to 20″ stride, 16 preloaded programs and the option to save seven user-designed routines. This elliptical is iPod compatible too. Read on for details about its workout programs, other features and warranty for home use.

Workout Programs

Lower models of Life Fitness cross-trainers are sold with a choice of classic and advanced consoles. The Club Series Elliptical is topped with just one option, which is iPod-compatible and has plenty of workout programming. The menu includes Quick Start and Manual, 17 diverse preset programs, and seven user-designed programs.

Pressing the Quick Start button is the fastest way to begin an elliptical workout. When you press this button a constant-level workout begins. The intensity level will stay constant unless you manually make changes.

The preset workout programs are expertly designed. One example is the Fat Burn program. This is a low intensity workout designed to make your body burn a higher percentage of calories from fat. To use this program, wear a wireless heart rate transmitter. (A chest strap is included with the elliptical.) The program will use your pulse info to maintain a challenge level of 65% of your theoretical maximum heart rate. Another neat workout is called Around the World. This unique interval training program features hill climbs that mimic famous topography. Other workout programs on the Club Series Elliptical are named Cardio, Cascades, Random, Hill, Foothills, Kilamanjaro, Interval, Speed Training, Sport Training, EZ Resistance, Heart Rate Hill, Heart Rate Interval, Extreme Heart Rate, Lower Body Workout and Total Body Workout.

Additionally there’s the Life Fitness Fitness Test. This program estimates your cardiovascular fitness and can help you assess your progress if used every four to six weeks.

Club Series Cross-Trainer Elliptical Features

The Club Series Elliptical has adjustable stride with settings from 18″ to 20″. WhisperStride technology helps this machine earn great reviews for home use.

The Club Series console is iPod compatible. Control your music’s volume and scroll through playlists using convenient console buttons.

Heart rate monitoring is supported with touch pulse sensors built into the Club’s handlebars. The machine also has a wireless receiver and arrives with a chest strap. Several built-in workout programs can be controlled by your heart rate for extra efficiency.

The Club Series Elliptical has a cup holder and an accessory tray.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 Years

– Labor: 1 Year

Extended warranties are available.

Conclusion

When high quality is your priority the Club Series Elliptical is a top choice in its luxury price class. It offers the smooth performance of a club trainer and has workout programming to support anyone’s fitness goals. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced trainee the Club Series can serve you well for many years.