Life Fitness X1 Elliptical Trainer Review

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The life fitness x1 elliptical trainer is basically the entry model elliptical trainer for life fitness. Life fitness provides commercial grade fitness equipment to gyms and fitness centres all across North America.

I've trained at many gyms and most times, I'll either see a life fitness life cycle or elliptical trainer (or both) there. Actually, the life cycle was the very first piece of aerobics equipment that I fell in love with.

These pieces of exercise equipment are nothing short of quality work. The life fitness x1 elliptical trainer is no exception. Although the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer is the companies entry level elliptical model, it is by no means short on quality.

At 205 pounds, this elliptical model is more than enough for the home exerciser. It is not the heaviest model for life fitness but it is sturdy enough to accommodate all users in your home.

As with most of the well built elliptical machines, the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer is pretty heavy and will most likely be a stationary elliptical machine. There are no wheels at the base of this elliptical trainer.


  • Length: 5.4' (65 In)
  • Width: 2.25' (27 In)
  • Height: 5.1' (62 In)
  • Weight: 205 Pounds

Adjustable resistance/peddles

  • Eddy current resistance system
  • 16 resistance levels
  • No peddle adjustment

The life fitness x1 elliptical trainer uses the eddy current resistance system. I'm a big fan of the eddy current resistance system since it is possibly the quietest and smoothest resistance systems on the elliptical market today.

The eddy current magnetic resistance system generates a stronger magnetic resistance when you start exercising. This allows you to make transitions between resistance levels easily and quietly. I can't stand noisy aerobic exercise equipment.

The life fitness x1 elliptical trainer doesn't come with adjustable peddles. This won't be problem for anyone out there because the x1 elliptical trainer comes with 19" peddles. Also, the oversized peddles will suit just about anyone.

I am a big fan of longer elliptical strides. I find that the longer the elliptical stride, the larger the range of motion which means more fitness benefit.

However, larger strides may lose it's benefit if the leg reach of smaller individuals is causing them to stretch uncomfortably affecting overall form.

For smaller individuals (under 5'6"), a smaller stride may be preferred, however, if you are over 6 feet tall, a short stride may be too small to gain the maximum benefit. Again, there isn't a problem with the x1 since it has enough peddle room to accommodate all users.

Now, the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer comes with something called “link 6 elliptical drive system”. According to life fitness:

“Life Fitness® Elliptical Cross-Trainers incorporate at he unique Link 6 elliptical drive system that provides the optimal elliptical path for the most effective and biomechanically correct movement possible. Extensive research was done to track the motion of the ellipse and how the exerciser moves with the machine to make constant refinements until the most effective path was created.”

An interesting feature that may benefit the user since the elliptical trainer was designed specifically for it’s range of motion. Any improvements in the elliptical path is ok with me.

There are 16 different resistance settings to choose from. This is more than enough for the beginner and advanced trainer.

Elliptical stride

  • 19" Diameter stride

No problem here with the elliptical stride. There is more than enough stride length to accommodate even the tallest user.

Display/control panel

  • Workout Profile™ Display: 8 x 8 LED segments
  • Distance
  • RPM (speed)
  • Calories
  • Level
  • Time
  • Weight
  • Water bottle holder

Standard read outs are available on the X1. The console has 8 x 8 LED readouts. This way, you don’t have to squint in order to read the screen.

Plenty of feed back information. Unfortunately, the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer doesn’t come with a hand pulse monitor. I think it would be very beneficial if the x1 elliptical came with this feature.


  • 6 workout programs;
    AC adapter

A fairly straight forward and basic package. I think a couple of heart rate controlled programs would have been a great addition to the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer. However, you have enough programs here to keep you going for a long time.

Simply plug the life fitness x1 into a wall socket and your ready to go.


  • Durable, heavy-duty welded steel frame
  • Maximum user weight: 300 pounds
  • Floor levelers

The X1 is a well made elliptical model. If you were to take a look at some of the cheaper elliptical models, you will notice that these models have a lot of different programs and all of the bells and whistles.

However, most of these models (especially under $500) are not built to last. If you are over 6 feet tall and weight over 200 pounds, these types of elliptical trainers are not going to cut it since they are made for light use.

If you plan on using your elliptical on a daily basis, you want an elliptical trainer that can stand up to heavy use. The entry model Precor 517i for example, you won’t find all the bells and whistles on this machine but it’s an elliptical model that’s build to last. You pay for it once and you benefit from it year after year - Hassle free.

The same can be said about the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer. It’s an elliptical model that’s built to last and that’s what your paying for.

Heart rate monitor

  • No

This is a feature that would have been nice to see on the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer.

Dual action handle bars

  • Yes
  • Stationary bullhorn front handlebars

You have the option of doing a full body cardio cross training or placing more emphasis on the lower body. I like the fact that life fitness x1 elliptical trainer has stationary bull horn front handle bars. On cheaper models, I find that the front handle bars are spaced too far apart. This makes it awkward for the exerciser because you are almost touching the dual action handle bars.

The bull horn front handle bars are also ergonomically correct offering a more comfortable ride.

Warranty and service

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Parts: 3 years
  • Labor: 1 years
  • 30 day return policy

The warranty is comparable to high end exercise equipment manufacturers. And wouldn’t you know it, the Life Fitness manufacturer will pay all shipping costs including repairs and returns. A lot of the companies that I’ve reviewed don’t offer to pay any shipping for returned items or repairs. Most companies will actually charge you, the consumer, for their defective equipment.

Some companies even have the nerve to charge the consumer dissassembly and re-stocking fees for defective equipment on top of the shipping costs. You can really tell the quality of the exercise equipment by the warranty and guarantee of the manufacturer. A quality manufacturer will always stand 100% behind their product.

A word to the wise, always read the warranty and guarantee of the elliptical trainer you want to purchase. If you see a short warranty, restocking fees, dissassembly fees, and other shabby statements which puts the emphasis on you as the consumer to pay, you might want to think twice. If the manufacturer is doubting their own product via their warranty and guarantee, you might want to go with another company.

The Life Fitness manufacturer stands behind their product as reflected in their warranty information.

The life fitness x1 elliptical trainer also comes with full installation. The exercise equipment will be delivered to your home, installed in a room of your choice, and you will be given a product demonstration. This will be included in your shipping charges. The delivery and installation charges go for about $150 for their elliptical trainers.

Life Fitness limits their delivery to the States. If you live outside the States, you will need to make other arrangements via a third party merchant.

Price/cost effectiveness

  • $1,899.00

Again, the price is for quality. This price is a little steep for someone who is just starting out and if you don’t have money to burn, a cheaper elliptical trainer might be a better choice. However, if you are looking for a well made elliptical machine for under $2,000 from a proven manufacturer who stands 100% behind their product, the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer might be for you.

Special features

  • Life Fitness’ patented Link6™ elliptical drive system
  • 16 resistance levels
  • Stationary ErgoGrip™ bullhorn front handlebar

You won’t find a bunch of bells and whistles with the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer. This elliptical trainer is built to last and that’s what you pay for. The price is reflective of the top grade materials used and the state of the art construction process. You won’t find any shotty spot welds on this elliptical trainer, that’s for sure.

I have no major concerns with the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer . This is the kind of elliptical trainer that makes you feel like your working out on a gym quality machine.

Overall, this is a quality piece of elliptical training equipment.

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