Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Review

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Pros This trainer is designed with commercial grade quality parts and a solid steel frame, so it's very reliable, durable and sturdy overall, so though these machines aren't cheap by any means, you get what you pay for, which is a quality machine that will last. This elliptical trainer is also equipped with QuietDrive ™ Technology, making for an incredibly smooth and almost noiseless experience. And aside from the actual design of this trainer, a huge pro is that you buy these machines directly from the manufacturer, so you'll get the same installers that install their machines in health clubs and when purchasing direct you get support and that level of service directly from the manufacturer as well.
Cons The major drawback of this trainer, considering the price tag, would be the lack of adjustable and customizable features. There are multiple trainers at lower price points that come with options like an adjustable stride and/or adjustable pedals.
Summary The focus of this trainer is the option to choose from three innovative consoles with LCD displays, but it lacks in other features of the actual trainer like an adjustable stride. The trainer is built with commercial grade quality and guarantees a smooth, quiet and natural feeling stride with the Quiet Drive ™ Technology Life Fitness is known for. The cost is a major investment, but the console options are some of the most advanced of all trainers on the market today, and the frame is truly a commercial-grade product that is rarely found on residential fitness equipment.

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Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Detailed Overview

The Platinum Club Elliptical Cross-Trainer is a top model by Life Fitness that retails for anywhere from $5999 to $8500, depending on the console option you choose. This is a high-quality, light commercial-grade machine that can withstand weights of up to 400 pounds, and is equipped with a frame that has been designed and tested in the US under extremely high standards and their home equipment is subject to the same standards as the commercial equipment. You pay a premium, but you get what you pay for with the quality and durability of a health club level machine.

The Platinum Club Elliptical Cross-Trainer offers users three interactive console options: the Explore Console, the Discovery SI Tablet Console and the Discovery SE Tablet Console. The Explore Console is the entry-level console, which features a 7” LCD non-touchscreen display, the Discovery SE is the mid-level console which features a 16” LCD touchscreen as well as a TV, and the Discovery SI Console is the elite, and priciest, option with a 10” LCD touchscreen display.

Both of the Discover consoles are equipped with a touchscreen tablet with LF Connect built-in, and Apple and Andriod compatibility. The tablet and trainer are very attractive, with four color options and a sleek new design. With each of the Discovery Consoles, users can enjoy up to 42 built-in workouts, up to 8 customizable apps and limitless user profiles. All three consoles come with internet connectivity, are Bluetooth enabled, and come with integrated courses and apps for advanced fitness tracking options.

The Platinum Club Series Achieve is designed with a 20 inch maximum stride, features oversized no-slip pedals, a narrow 2.8 inch pedal spacing, and 26 levels of resistance. With a lower step-on height of 10 inches and a oversized, non-slip pedals, this trainer is built for durability and safety. This commercial grade trainer is ideal with in-home use with Quiet Drive ™ Technology for smooth, almost complete noiseless operation that is also safe on joints. Though this trainer offers little customizable options and no adjustable options, the 20 levels of resistance and advanced workout program options allow users to get in a great workout that is both challenging and fun. Users can even use the Polar ® Telemetry wireless chest strap to monitor heart rate, or the Life Pulse ™ digital heart rate monitoring system in the handle bars, to monitor workouts, choose heart rate based workout programs, and set fitness goals. Finally, this trainer also features a hybrid engage console system to allow users to save power while working out.

Life Fitness offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, with years coverage on parts and one year coverage on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Includes front transport wheels to easily move the machine
  • Attractive LCD touchscreen display on the Discover SI/SE Consoles
  • Apple and Android compatibility so you can easily use any of your favorite devices
  • Hybrid engage console for power saving capability
  • 26 levels of resistance
  • Interactive, integrated Discover consoles includes entertainment options and internet connectivity
  • Advanced workout programs featuring Lifescape ™ Interactive Course workouts
  • Lifetime coverage on the frame
  • Ships direct from manufacturer

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:N/A
Stride Length:20"
Flywheel:N/A
Programs:Yes
Fan:No
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:88.1" L x 30.7" W x 65" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No built-in fan on console
  • Cannot be folded up for easy storage, and is a bulkier machine overall
  • Non adjustable features like an adjustable stride or pedals
  • Pricy, and the cost in relation to the features of the actual trainer may be an issue for some on a budget

The Bottom Line

Life Fitness is a leading brand, with all machines designed and tested in the US. Extremely high standards and their home equipment is subject to the same standards as the commercial equipment. The Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Achieve with the Discover SI Tablet Console, SE Tablet Console, of Explore Console, are designed for users who are looking for an attractive trainer with entertainment options and high-tech features, and advanced technology like Bluetooth compatibility and internet connectivity as well as access to interactive courses. And there is an advantage to buying this model direct from the manufacturer. While the delivery will be a slightly longer lead time, you’ll get the same installers that install their machines in health clubs and when purchasing direct you get support and that level of service directly from the manufacturer as well. Bottom line: if you are willing to spend the money, this trainer is a great buy that is an exceptional companion for anyone looking to lose weight or get fit.

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