If you have the space in your home to accommodate a large elliptical trainer, or if you are building your own home gym, for example, there are a few gym-quality elliptical trainers that you might want to consider buying.
One of the latest models that looks really impressive is the LifeSpan E2i Elliptical Cross Trainer because this would not look out of place in any decent gym.
So in this article I want to take a closer look at this new 2016 model, and discuss some of the main pros and cons of this particular machine.
Features And Benefits
- 20 levels of intensity / ramp levels
- 21 exercise programs
- 25-pound flywheel
- 20-inch stride length
- 6-inch backlit LCD display
- track time, speed, calories, pulse, stride count, etc
- built-in heart rate sensors
- includes audio input and speakers
- helps develop calves, glutes and quadriceps
- uses core balance technology to identify imbalances
- suitable for anyone up to 350 pounds
- lifetime warranty on frame / 3-year parts warranty
This LifeSpan E2i Elliptical Trainer has product dimensions (in inches) of 80 (L) x 24 (W) x 69 (H), with a step-up height of 12 inches and a stride length of 20 inches.
One of the obvious benefits of this LifeSpan E2i Elliptical Trainer is that it is exceptionally strong and sturdy because it has a solid steel frame that can accommodate anyone up to 350 pounds.
However in terms of the actual workout, it also seems to score very highly because for a start, it offers 20 levels of intensity (matched up with 20 individual ramp levels).
So not only does it offer an effective cardiovascular workout that will improve your fitness and assist with weight loss and weight management, but you can also increase the ramp setting to really target your quads, glutes and calf muscles.
You will never get bored of your workouts either because there are 21 different exercise programs, including 5 heart rate programs, 7 healthy living programs, 5 sports training programs, 2 weight loss programs and 2 custom programs.
It is designed to be as comfortable as possible because it has a natural Q factor of 96mm and an optimal stride length of 20 inches, and uses core balance technology to tell you about any imbalances that may exist in order to prevent injuries.
It also has a large heavy-duty flywheel that helps deliver a smooth and quiet workout so that you can easily watch TV or listen to music at the same time. Indeed the console actually has a USB port and built-in speakers if you do want to listen to your own music.
This 6-inch blue backlit display unit is pretty impressive because it will provide you with lots of useful information about your workout, including time, stride count, speed, calories burned, pulse rate (as measured by the built-in sensors) and watts. Plus as I mentioned earlier, it will also give you core balance data as well.
Finally, if you like to analyse your workout performance in more detail, it is also Bluetooth compatible so that you can export your data to your Android device or iPad.
The only slight issue with this E2i model, and it really is a very small problem, is that although this machine is Bluetooth compatible, you will need to buy the Bluetooth receiver separately from the LifeSpan website in order to export your data to the Active Trac app.
This is the only Bluetooth adaptor that is compatible with this elliptical trainer, so you won’t be able to buy your own, but as I say, it’s not a major problem because it only costs about $39.99.
This new LifeSpan E2i Elliptical Cross Trainer appears to be a top quality elliptical machine that is every bit as impressive as the machines that you might find in your local gym.
However because it has such a large price tag, I would only recommend that you buy this top-of-the-range machine if you are serious about improving your fitness and toning up, and are definitely going to be using this machine on a regular basis.
If so, you should hopefully find that it will last you many years because of the quality of the construction, and because it has 21 exercise programs and 20 ramp settings, it will inevitably give you enough workout variations to ensure that you never get bored and are always able to mix up your workouts.