LifeCore VST-V4 Elliptical

A Compact Trainer with an Extra-Long Stride

LifeCore touts its VST-V4 Elliptical as a “next generation” elliptical machine. VST stands for “variable stride,” and this machine provides an elliptical path of up to 24” long. At the same time, it requires just 54″ x 26″ of floor space. This unit is intended for home use and has a safety lock.

Featuring a generous stride, heart rate control programming and 16 resistance levels, this machine makes it easier than ever to get high-quality workouts. Burn plenty of calories, get great tone, and protect your joints from shock! The VST-V4 has fitness needs covered for adults of almost any height and weight. The maximum capacity is 325 pounds.

This unit has an MSRP of $1699. There’s a lot of competition in its price category. The VST-V4 is a good contender when it’s on sale, but we offer some alternatives at the end of this review.

Features of the LifeCore VST-V4 Elliptical

The VST-V4’s backlit console is loaded with 12 preset programs. Exercise data can be saved for up to four users. The full list of feature includes:

  • Safety lock to protect kids and pets
  • 2” pedal spacing for healthy hip placement
  • Cushioned pedals to promote endurance
  • 16 resistance levels
  • 12 preset programs
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Bottle holder
  • 320-lb. capacity
  • Compact size (54″L x 26″W)
  • Weighs a sturdy 209 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5 Years Parts, 1 Year Labor

What We Don’t Like

The LifeCore VST-V4 has just an 18-pound flywheel. That’s a bit lighter than what we’d expect from an elliptical trainer in this price class, though it’s better than the 14-pound flywheels we’ve seen on some cheaper machines. Besides that, the stride isn’t adjustable in the way you might think; it doesn’t lock into place but instead varies with your output. Many people would prefer a more fixed elliptical path.

What Customers Say about the LifeCore VST-V4

Most buyers choose this model for the adjustable stride. They can definitely tell how the shorter stride targets the glutes, the mid-stride is great for thighs, and the long stride lengthens the calf muscles. Still, those who used to work out at commercial gyms can tell that the drive is lighter. This means that the motion’s not as smooth as that of other cross trainers. This matters especially to people who do a lot of interval training.

Our Overall Review of the LifeCore VST-V4

This LifeCore elliptical, like others from this brand, is a bit overpriced. Considering the many other options that are available, we advise you to keep shopping around unless you’ve found an exceptional deal. You’ll no doubt like the long stride, but you can get a smoother stride from someone else for the same price and possibly less.

The AFG 4.1AE is one of our favorite elliptical trainers. It has a 30-pound flywheel and can tilt to degrees that would challenge Spiderman. Some other fitness equipment brands that usually get highly favorable reviews are Sole, Precor and Yowza.