Life Fitness X1 Elliptical Trainer Review

life fitness x3


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

The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer has basically the same dimensions as the life fitness x1 model.

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These pieces of exercise equipment are nothing short of quality work. The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer is a short step up from the x1 model, which is life fitness' entry model.

At 205 pounds, this elliptical model is a heavy weight elliptical trainer. A heavy duty elliptical machine that can take a beating.

As with most of the well built elliptical machines, the life fitness x3 trainer is pretty heavy and will most likely be a stationary elliptical machine. There are no wheels at the base of this elliptical.

Adjustable resistance/peddles

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

The life fitness x3 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.

Since the peddles are oversized and come with an expansive 19" elliptical stride, all users will find the stride length optimal. However, the life fitness x5 model (a step up), offers adjustable “select stride” settings which is more preferable. Select stride will actually conform to your most optimal settings. Very nice.

As with life fitness x1 elliptical trainer, The x3 elliptical trainer also comes with the link 6 elliptical drive system and “whisper stride” technology. The link 6 drive system provides the most optimal elliptical path for a more natural movement and, hence, lessening the impact of each stride.

Again, the life fitness x3 elliptical trainer is one of the quietest elliptical machines on the market today.

Like the life fitness x1 model, there are 16 resistance levels. 16 resistance levels can accommodate the most basic of users or the most advanced.

Elliptical stride

  • 19" Diameter stride

The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer has an expansive stride that will accommodate all users no matter how tall you are.

Display/control panel

  • Workout Profile™ Display: 8 x 8 LED segments
  • RPM (speed)
  • Calories
  • Level
  • Time
  • Heart rate
  • Weight
  • Accessory tray
  • Reading rack

All the basic readouts are available for the life fitness x3 elliptical trainer. The console uses 8 x 8 LED readouts (see below). This is a commercial grade console display. As you can see, you have two windows that keep track of your statistics and one that keeps track of your program progress. These are close to commercial grade readouts.

Fortunately, the life fitness x3 elliptical trainer comes with a Polar® Telemetry wireless chest strap. Simply attach the chest strap and you get your heart rate readout on the display console.


  • Hill/slope
  • Random
  • Manual
  • Challenge
  • Interval
  • Peak

AC adapter included.

Like the life fitness x1 elliptical trainer, the x3 has 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 x3 elliptical trainer. However, you have enough programs here to keep you going for a long time.

Simply plug the life fitness x3 into a wall socket and your ready to go.


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

The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer is very well made with a very solid base. This type of elliptical trainer is made to last and basically, your paying for the quality.

You will find that the x3 has some of the frills of high end models but the main thing to remember about this machine is that it’s an elliptical model that’s build to last.

Heart rate monitor

  • Yes

The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer comes with a Polar® Telemetry wireless chest strap. A nice feature that allows you to exercise in your target heart rate zone. I think a heart rate program would have been a good idea. The life fitness x3i, the big brother of the x3, comes with a heart rate program.

Dual action handle bars

  • Yes
  • Stationary bullhorn front handlebars

As with most Life Fitness elliptical models, the X3 comes with comfortable bull horn handles. It also comes equipped with cross training arms.

Warranty and service

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

What can you say about the warranty? It's top of the line and comparable to Precor which I beleive is lifetime frame, 10 year parts, and one year labour. With the exception of parts, the two are pretty close.

Price/cost effectiveness

  • $2,599.00

Again, the price is for quality. The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer is basically a step up from the life fitness x1 model which is life fitness’ consumer entry model. However, it’s not a very big step. The major differences between the life fitness x3 model and the x1 model is that the x3 model has:

• Polar® Telemetry wireless chest strap;
• Heart rate display on console;
• Whisper stride technology; And
• Accessory tray;

Both the life fitness x3 elliptical trainer and the x1 model are the same size. However, the difference in price is $700. A Polar wireless chest strap will cost you around $100 so I’m guessing the major difference in price is because of the whisper stride technology.

If you are looking for the quietest work out possible and don’t want to spend anymore than $2,600 - $2,700 than the life fitness x3 model may be what your looking for. However, if you don’t care about the whisper stride technology or the heart rate display, I’d say go with the life fitness x1 model sine is will save you $700.

Now, for those of you who are looking for a little more and are willing to spend another $400 more, you can get the life fitness x3i with the following features that the x3 doesn’t have:

Additional workouts include

  • Sport training workouts and EZ resistance workouts;
  • My personal trainer workouts including: Lower body and total body;
  • Heart rate controlled workouts: Cardio, fat burn, heart rate hill, heart rate interval, and extreme heart rate;
  • My workouts programs 4;
  • Quick start programming;
  • On the fly programming;
  • Cool down mode

Workout Display

  • 10 x 14 LED segments; A commercial grade console;
  • Cool down display;
  • Time in zone, heart rate %, and calories per hour;
  • Deluxe 16 character LED message center.

Resistance levels

  • 20 resistance levels

As you can see, you get a few more features with the life fitness x3i than the basic x3 model. If you are looking for more features and are willing to pay an additional $400, this may be well worth it.

Special features

  • Life Fitness’ patented Link6™ elliptical drive system and whisper quiet technology
  • Stationary ErgoGrip™ bullhorn front handlebar

The life fitness x3 elliptical trainer is basically a step up from the basic x1 model.

The X3 is a quality elliptical trainer that is well made with the warranty and customer service to back it up. If you have $2,500 to spend on an elliptical trainer, you'd be hard pressed not to give this elliptical a good hard look. I really like it.

Life fitness is a well respected name in the fitness industry. You get a commercial quality elliptical trainer with a company that stands behind their product. I think the life fitness x3 elliptical trainer is for those of you who want the quietest elliptical trainer around with a little more features than other elliptical machines of this price range.

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

All the best,


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