Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Review
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:
|Compact / Folding:||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.