Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross-Trainer Review 4

Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross-Trainer Rating

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Pros This is overall a well-built machine as Life Fitness is known for their durable commercial-grade fitness equipment. The E1 is designed with WhisperStride (TM) Technology to create an almost noise-less workout experience, and the pedals are oversized with non-slip grips for added comfort. This model's pros are mainly focused around the ergonomically-sound design of the machine that add to the comfort and performance of the E1.
Cons The E1 lacks some adjustable features like an adjustable stride, adjustable pedals, etc. which can be a problem for some people who want to customize their workout experience. A few other features this model lacks is a built-in console cooling fan, built-in speakers, and the ability to monitor your heart rate wirelessly.
Summary The E1 is built for comfort and convenience with an ergonomically-sound design, oversized pedals, and a maintenance-free ball bearings system to eliminate noise and friction. It's great that Life Fitness offers two console options to its users so that you can choose the options best for your individual workout needs, but the consoles are lacking in a few areas, mainly with some basic amenities like a cooling fan. And while the stride is of average length, it is fixed at 20” with no option to adjust.

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Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross-Trainer Detailed Overview

The E1 Elliptical Cross-Trainer by Life Fitness is the entry-level model in the E Series of elliptical cross-trainers designed to be efficient, easy to use models that you can get just “get on and go.” These models are rear-drive designed elliptical cross-trainers that are fairly compact with a sleek, modern look and feel.

The E1 retails for $2199 or $2599, depending on the console option you choose, and the E1 is covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame, with 5 years coverage on parts and 1 year coverage on labor. Unlike the X1 model as part of the X Series by Life Fitness that offers a manually adjustable stride, the E1 has a fixed stride at 20”, which is about average length. The E1 also provides 20 resistance levels, with integrated resistance controls located on the moving handlebars for fast, efficient changes. Like other models in this series, the E1 is designed with the patented WhisperStride (TM) Technology that uses maintenance-free ball bearings to eliminate noise and friction for almost silent operation, which is ideal for in-home use. While no information is disclosed on the weight of the flywheel, the E1 has a weight capacity of up to 400 pounds which points to a durable, reliable drive system.

There are two console options offered with the E1 model: The Track + Console, retailing for $2599, and the Go Console, retailing for $2199. The Go Console is the more basic choice, with intuitive functionality and a sleek design equipped with a blue LCD screen (dimensions of the screen are not disclosed), as well as 12 built-in workout programs, 2 customizable programs, and 2 user profiles. The Track + Console is the more advanced option with a few more bells and whistles that include a blue LCD screen (again, dimensions are not disclosed), interactive workouts and real-time tracking with Bluetooth connectivity and LF connect app compatibility. This console is also compatible with your favorite devices, and includes a media holder. This option provides 14 built-in workout programs, 12 customizable programs, and 4 user profiles. Both console options come with the CoachZone feature that works to target various muscle groups for a unique training experience. To monitor your heart rate, you can use the contact heart rate hand sensors on the ErgoGrip stationary front handlebars. This model does not offer wireless heart rate monitoring.

Our Favorite Features

  • 20 resistance levels
  • Internet connectivity, advanced fitness tracking options and entertainment features with the Track + Console
  • Attractive, sleek, and modern console design
  • Lifetime warranty on frame, 5 years coverage on parts
  • Fairly affordable
  • Durable construction, reliable overall

Life Fitness E1 Elliptical Cross-Trainer - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:20"
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:82" L x 30" W x 59" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Lacks built-in cooling fan
  • Lacks audio options like built-in speakers (though you can stream music from your device, and a headphone is included as well)
  • Lacks transport wheels, so it can be challenging to move this machine around

The Bottom Line

If you go with the E1 Elliptical Cross-Trainer, you can save up to $200 over the other models in this series: the E3 and E5. It’s the budget-conscious choice of all three models, and while it’s a fairly basic machine, the console options take things up a notch. The E1 is ideal for anyone who desires a trainer that will last, but it’s not for someone who is looking for adjustable features or highly customizable options on the trainer itself. Otherwise, we would recommend the E1 as a great entry-level elliptical cross-trainer.

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