Monday, May 14, 2018

Product Review: Life Fitness X1 Elliptical Trainer


No matter what your fitness goal, it is critical to set up an environment where exercise is easy for you to accomplish. Nothing is easier than having exercise equipment in your home. Today’s review is for a piece of equipment that is near and dear to my heart. 

I have worked at a lot of gyms over the years. I have also belonged to a lot of gyms. The Life Fitness X1 Elliptical Trainer is the home version of my absolute favorite cardio machine of all time. I picked one up as soon as we moved into our new house a few years ago and let me tell you, it is awesome.

Pros
1) Extremely well made and durable: I have had mine for two years. My wife and I use it every single day and it looks like we just took it out of the box.

2) Variable intensity: There are 20 levels of resistance as well as computer guided workouts included with the X1.

3) Quiet: This machine is very quiet. I can work out while my wife is sleeping and she won’t know it.

4) Feels exactly like the more expensive commercial gym model. This is a great workout.

5) Extremely low impact: Elliptical training is my preferred mode of cardio for just about everyone. You burn a lot of calories with virtually no impact on your joints. It feels like you are running on air when on this machine.

6) Having any piece of cardio in your home allows you to avoid bad weather, which can make it very hard to get your cardio in consistently if you exercise outdoors.

Cons
1) On the expensive side. I found the best deal at Costco. At the time of this writing, it goes for $1899.99. This price includes both shipping and assembly. This is a pretty big initial investment, but if you divide it by the number of years you will have it, the X1 comes out to far less than you would pay in yearly dues to a nice gym.

2) It takes up a lot of space. Having said this, I would recommend putting it someplace that you will use it, such as your bedroom or your living room. Exercise machines put in a damp basement have a tendency to disappear from your life. It is also helpful to put it in front of a TV so you can combine your cardio with your TV time.

Do I Recommend The Life Fitness X1?
Absolutely. If you have the space and are able to make the financial commitment, there is no better option for cardio than this, in my opinion. You can check out this machine at Costco here.

If you don’t have the space for a big machine, or don’t want to spend the money, here is a review of the Gazelle Edge, a portable, much less expensive way to have an elliptical in your home.

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the company that makes the Life Fitness X1 Elliptical Trainer and make no money if you buy it.


No comments:

Post a Comment