Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical

Life Fitness elliptical trainers are especially known for their superior ergonomics and the Club Series Elliptical is no exception. This cross trainer is essentially a commercial-quality trainer that’s sized for residential use.

Elliptical Hits: Great Features of the Club Series Elliptical


  • Long stride – The 18” stride is great for shorter exercisers. Most other Life Fitness ellipticals have 20” or adjustable strides to let taller people stretch their legs sufficiently.
  • Comfortable pedals – The pedals on Life Fitness ellipticals are oversized for comfort.
  • Programming – The Club Series cross trainer include 18 preset programs, seven of which can be personalized. Users also get to choose between Total Body and Lower Body workout modes.
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring – This trainer is sold with a Polar chest strap. Users can also take pulse readings with the built-in sensors on the handlebars.
  • Sturdiness – This machine weighs 235 pounds and has a 350-pound user weight capacities.
  • Good warranties – Buyers get a lifetime warranty on the frame, a 3-year warranty on parts, and a year of labor.

Elliptical Misses: Drawbacks of the Life Fitness Club Series


  • Price – This high-quality machine has a high MSRP. Look for online discounts.
  • Fixed stride – Multi-user households might prefer a machine with an adjustable stride. The Life Fitness X8 has the same MSRP but has an 18”-24” adjustable stride. The less expensive X5 also has an adjustable stride.

Overall Rating for the Life Fitness Club Series Ellipticals


The Club Series is a club-quality trainer with a price tag to match. Overall, this would be a dream to find at a discount. Many users simply don’t need a machine that’s this good; they could get away with a cheaper elliptical.

Attractive features include great ergonomics, program variety, quiet operation, and durability. What more could you want? Some users would miss the extras that some other brands offer, such as an incline or an audio system. See the Smooth Fitness and Precor brands for comparison.