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Life Fitness X1 Cross-Trainer Review

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Remarkably smooth and virtually silent, the Life Fitness X1 is a top elliptical now priced under $2,000.

This rear drive cross-trainer has a 20″ stride, movable arm bars and a crossbar to hold during lower-body-only workouts.

Like other Life Fitness ellipticals it’s available with two consoles and can integrate wireless fitness apps for training guidance and data tracking.

Learn more from our full Life Fitness X1 Cross-Trainer review below.


Model Life Fitness X1

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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.

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).

Fixed at 20"

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

Oversized Non-Slip Pedals

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


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


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

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.


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

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

81" x 30" x 59"
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.


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.


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).


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: 89.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.3/100.

Life Fitness elliptical machines are known for their very fluid biomechanics. The X1 Cross-Trainer is a total body trainer and can also be used just for lower body exercise; the arm bars can be used during workouts or be left stationary. During lower-body-only workouts you can hold on to the ErgoBar for stability. For smooth striding the X1 has a rear drive design and a 20″ elliptical path that scores high for comfort. For training guidance there’s a choice of two consoles. The classic “Go” console has 12 diverse preset workouts. The “Track+” console has a few additional workouts plus wireless capabilities and compatibility with iPod. These consoles support two user profiles and four user profiles, respectively.

Overall the Life Fitness X1 is a great option for households with trainees of average adult heights. If you’re seeking an elliptical that comfortably fits smaller or taller people, then the Life Fitness X5 with an adjustable 18″ to 24″  stride could be a better match.

Here are points to consider.


  • Choice of consoles
  • Very smooth motion
  • Virtually silent operation
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring
  • 20″ stride
  • Oversized non-slip pedals
  • 20 resistance levels
  • At least 12 preset workouts
  • 2 or 4 user profiles (Depending on console choice)
  • Accessory tray
  • Cup holder


  • No cooling fan
  • No incline training
  • Stride is fixed at 20″
  • Large footprint (81″ long x 30″ wide)

Alternatives from this Series

Other models from the same Life Fitness cross-trainer series are the X3 and X5. The X3 adds coaching technology to help you train specific muscle groups. The X5 has adjustable stride with settings from 18″ to 24″.


The Life Fitness X1 Cross-Trainer is a high quality home elliptical with movable arm bars. This $1,999 trainer (full price $2,199) is expertly engineered for low-impact and quiet operation. It offers a choice of two consoles for training and exercise enhancements (music and mobile app integration). This fitness machine is designed to fit the majority of trainees, although people at the ends of the height spectrum might not like its proportions. (The X5 is adjustable.) Overall the X1 Cross-Trainer is a good fit for most shoppers seeking club-quality workouts at home.

Workout Programs

Life Fitness makes two consoles that can be used interchangeably with its various cardio trainers (ellipticals, treadmills, bikes and so forth). These consoles are named Go and Track+.

The Go console is the simpler option. It supports two user profiles. This console is loaded with 12 diverse workout programs and lets each user save two custom programs to their profiles.

The Track+ console can support four user profiles. This console has 14 preset workout programs and lets each user save an additional 12 customized routines. Additionally the Track+ console has special features to help you stay engaged and motivated. It’s compatible with Android and Apple devices, so you can use the X1 with mobile apps for real-time fitness tracking, third party training programs and entertainment.

X1 Cross-Trainer Elliptical Features

WhisperStride is a home-friendly feature of the X1.  Life Fitness cross-trainers use magnetic resistance for virtually silent operation.

The pedals on this elliptical trainer are oversized for comfortable foot positioning. For safety they have non-slip surfaces.

Heart rate monitoring is supported in two ways. The Life Fitness X1 has “bull horns” that you can grasp for contact pulse readings. If the Track+ console is chosen, then wireless heart rate monitoring is an option too. A wireless chest strap is included with the console.

The X1 has a cup holder and an accessory tray.

Warranty & Guarantee

The standard Life Fitness X1 Cross-Trainer elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 Years

– Labor: 1 Year

Life Fitness sells extended warranties for this product.


The Life Fitness X1 operates very quietly and is built for trouble-free performance. This cardio trainer is a good fit for most households; it 20″ stride is the industry standard. However, taller and shorter shoppers (and anyone who wants stride variety for muscle toning) might prefer the X5 with 18″ to 24″ elliptical path settings.

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