Life Fitness X8 Elliptical Cross Trainer with Track + Console Rating
This top of the line trainer mimics natural body movement with ergonomically sound design and electronica adjustable stride to meet the comfort and workout needs of all users. A major pro to this model is the LegSculptor ™ Mode offered on the advanced Track + Console, which is new to the X8 and electronically adjusts the incline by two inches every two minute to target different areas of the lower body.
With so many bells and whistles, this trainer does lack very basic options like a built-in fan on the console, and for the price, these basic options should be included. For $800 more than the X5, the X8 offers more customizable options but the design and console are basically the same as mid-level models at lower price points.
The X8 is a commercial grade trainer for in-home use, guaranteeing an incredibly quiet, smooth, natural workout experience with its innovative design with the user in mind. The trainer is completely customizable and adjustable, featuring electronica adjustable stride of up to 24 inches. 20 levels of resistance combined with 14 workout programs offered with the Track + Console make this trainer the ideal trainer, but if you are looking to save money, the X5 offers very similar features for $800 less.
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Life Fitness X8 Elliptical Cross Trainer with Track + Console Detailed Overview (Discontinued)
The X8 Elliptical Cross Trainer with the advanced Track + Console is the top of the line commercial grade trainer in the Life Fitness X Series of Cross Trainers. Built with Whisper Stride ™ Technology, this trainer maintains an extraordinarily quiet and smooth stride for a natural and challenging workout experience. The X8 is fully customizable and adaptable with an electronica adjustable stride from 18 to 24 inches. Adjustable pivoting oversized FlexPedal ™ shock absorption pedals are also included, making working out on this trainer easy on joints. At $4,699, this trainer also comes with the advanced Track + Console which allow you to use Apple or Android devices in addition to the LFconnect ™ app to use these devices to track and personalize workouts for an engaging and unique workout experience. Heart rate monitoring is also easy with contact heart rate hand sensors on the ErgoGrip ™ stationary handlebars. The console also comes with a wireless heart rate monitoring system and chest strap, 14 workout programs, four user profiles and up to three custom workout options per user. And new to the X8 is the Power Activity Zone that lets you automatically target Total Body or Lower Body with the push of a button. Beyond the advanced entertainment and tracking features, this trainer is simply built to last with a 400 pound weight maximum and a solid, steel rear drive designed frame.
Our Favorite Features
- WhisperStride ™ Technology
- Adjustable, pivoting foot pedals
- Track + Console offers interactive and advanced fitness training options
- Lifetime warranty on frame
- Ergonomic design of console area and stride length
- 400 pound weight max
- Electronic adjustable stride from 18 to 24 inches
- Power Activity Zone Programs
Our Least Favorite Features
- No wheels and weighing in at 250 pounds can make trainer difficult to move and store
- Does not include wireless chest strap
- No heart rate controlled programs
- No built-in fan on console
The Bottom Line
The Life Fitness X8 is intended for the user looking to get the most advanced workout options with the most advanced workout tracking programs that give users the option of targeting specific muscle groups or total body. This machine is well worth the money for people serious about maintaining current levels of fitness or setting and monitoring personal fitness goals. The electronic adjustable stride is ideal for users who want on the fly challenges without interruption of the workout, so the bottom line is this trainer is an investment for anyone serious about fitness.