Life Fitness Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer Review

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Life Fitness Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer Rating

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Pros One of the most obvious pros to this model would be the unique design that creates a natural ellipse path that is smooth and easy to use. It's a low-impact machine that offers a wide variety of workout options with an adjustable stride of up to 36” and 26 resistance levels. In addition, all of the console options are Bluetooth enabled so you can easily use your favorite smart devices to connect to fitness apps, which includes the LF connect app. The Discovery Consoles even offer HD video workouts with Lifescape (TM) Interactive Courses.
Cons While each of the console options are sleek, intuitive and easy to use, they do lack some basics like a built-in cooling fan or built-in speakers. There is also just one cup holder, which means a little less storage space overall. Secondly, the weight of the flywheel on these machines is not disclosed so we can't really speak to the power of the drive system. We assume it's a fairly heavy flywheel given the 400 pound weight capacity, but it's just information that is not disclosed by Life Fitness.
Summary Overall, the FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer is a well-built, unique machine that provides users with an incredibly low-impact, effective workout with tons of customizable options to personalize your workout. From the adjustable stride to the workout program variety and console choices, this model gives its users tons of options. However; the console is a bit lacking in some basic comfort amenities, and the flywheel weight is undisclosed, but these aren't necessarily deal breakers by any means.

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Life Fitness Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer Detailed Overview

Ranging in price from $9999 to $11999 depending on the console choice, this is an elite model of club quality. In addition to a choice of three consoles, users can also choose from four color options. This is a powerhouse of a machine with an adjustable stride, powerful motor that can withstand user weights of up to 400 pounds, and multiple safety/comfort features. Some of these safety features included with this model are a rear floor mat and plastic front cover that come with this machine, oversized, non-slip pedals, and a relatively low step-on height of 10.5”.

This model is unlike a typical elliptical trainer. The FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer creates a natural ellipse path that is smoother than a traditional elliptical trainer and feels more like running or jogging. Overall, it is an easy to use machine that provides a low-impact, total-body workout. And, you can easily change your stride length on the fly for fast, efficient changes.

This machine is equipped with WhisperStride Technology for an almost noise-less workout experience that requires little to no maintenance. There are 26 levels of resistance to choose from, which are accessible via the console or the in-handle resistance controls located on the moving arms, and the adjustable stride offers an impressive stride length of up to 36”. Another unique feature of this machine is the FitPower(TM) Display that combines speed, resistance and stride length to determine the total energy output so you can save energy and workout in a more efficient way.

The three console options for this model include the Discover SE/SI Consoles and the Explore Console. The Discover SE/SI Consoles are pricier, but feature high-def workouts with Lifescape (TM) interactive courses and access to the LF connect app (as well as any other of your favorite apps via your smart device). The SI is equipped with a 10” LCD touchscreen display while the SE is equipped with a larger 16” LCD touchscreen display with a TV as well. The Explore Console is the least expensive option, comes with a 7” LCD non-touchscreen display with a sleek design featuring the new QuickNav dial. This console option also has Bluetooth functionality. And with both the SE and SI options, users can choose from up to 42 workout programs, up to 8 customizable programs, and limitless user profiles.

Each console will feature an integrated reading rack, integrated smart phone accessories tray, a removable cup holder, and QuickStart Keys. To monitor heart rate, users can access the Lifepulse Digital Heart Rate Monitor grip sensors or use the Polar chest strap receiver that is included for hands-free monitoring.

The Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, 3 years coverage on parts and 1 year coverage on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Adjustable stride ranging from 0 to 36”
  • 26 resistance levels
  • Internet connectivity, advanced fitness tracking options and entertainment features
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring capabilities (with chest strap included)
  • Lots of workout program variety with customizable, heart rate, and fit test workout programs available
  • Energy efficient with innovative FitPower(TM) Display
  • Network capabilities; CSAFE-ready, FitLinxx Certified

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:N/A
Stride Length:36"
Flywheel:N/A
Programs:Yes
Fan:No
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:64.5" L x 34.5" W x 67.5" " 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)
  • Warranty isn’t as good as we’d like to see considering the price tag

The Bottom Line

The Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer is a highly adaptable, adjustable and customizable piece of workout equipment that offers club quality performance that requires little to no maintenance. It’s incredibly quiet, smooth and easy to use overall, and the fact that they give you console options allows you to choose the options that best fit your fitness goals/needs, as well as budget. While these are pricy machines, they are well worth the money as they are commercial-grade, durable and built to last for years and years. The bottom line? We highly recommend this model if you can afford it.

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