Bowflex LateralX LX5 Review

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Bowflex LateralX LX5 Rating

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Detailed Overview

The Bowflex LateralX LX5 is a new style of fitness machine that’s made to improve your movement. Like an elliptical trainer it supports low-impact exercise, but the LX5 lets you move in different ways. Any trainee can quickly see and feel the effects.

How it Works: A Bowflex LateralX looks similar to a standing elliptical with moving arm bars. The series is named for the lateral or side-to-side motion that the machines allow, and the Bowflex LX5 is the only model with adjustable lateral stride. It also lets you stand, squat, push and pull. Ten resistance levels are available. These range from light to very strong.

To optimize your exercise time, Bowflex has 30 videos available on a free LateralX app for Android and iOS devices. Additionally nine training programs and quick-start manual mode are built into the LX5 console.

Our Favorite Features

Favorite benefits and features of the new Bowflex LX5 include:

  • Low-impact exercise for the whole body
  • Very efficient; short workout sessions are effective
  • Supports up to four user profiles
  • Adjustable lateral stride
  • Pedal incline for comfort and workout diversity
  • Push/pull handlebars with four grip positions
  • 10 resistance levels
  • 10 built-in workout programs
  • Music from Bowflex Radio
  • Wireless heart rate chest strap included; also contact sensors
  • Bluetooth for exporting workout data

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Time-consuming assembly process
  • Short standard warranties for parts and labor; plan to spend about $200 more for the best value

Bowflex LateralX LX5 - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:adjustable
Weight Capacity:300 lbs
Dimensions:63.2" L x 53.6" W x 46.6" H

The Bottom Line

Bowflex is popular for offering new ways to exercise at home. The LateralX is their major innovation for 2018, and the LX5 is the top model. This fitness machine can accommodate all skill levels, but in our review it’s best for experienced elliptical users seeking new thrills. Be sure to add an extended warranty, as the free warranty is rather limited.

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  • Mike January 26, 2019 at 9:33 pm from Chicago
    Hello I am interested in this machine I see it says it has adjustable lateral stride which I like but does it have adjustable stride front to back also?
    • admin January 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm
      Hi Mike, Thanks for the question! I'm afraid that the LateralX LX5 does not have an adjustable (front-to-back). Does your question have to do with any type of height restriction? If so, the bowflex M6 - has a great front-back motion and has a more natural feel. I am 6'1 and sometimes I feel like the ellipticals can be a little cramped! Hope this helps!

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