LifeCore VST-V6 Elliptical

A Compact Trainer with On-the-Go Stride Length Adjustment

LifeCore touts its front drive VST-V6 Elliptical as a “next generation” elliptical machine. VST stands for “variable stride” and this model provides an elliptical path of 18” to 26” long. At the same time, it requires just 54″ x 26″ of floor space and qualifies as a compact elliptical. This unit is designed for residential use and has a lock to protect children and pets.

The LifeCore VST-V6 has an MSRP of $2299. This places it in the middle to higher price range for residential cross trainers. There’s a lot of competition at this price point, but the variable stride and heart rate control programming make this machine quite attractive.

Features of the LifeCore VST-V6 Elliptical

The VST-V6’s main feature is that it’s akin to three exercise machines at once: the old-fashioned NordicTrack glider, a traditional elliptical trainer, and a steep stair-stepper. Simply adjust the stride length before a workout or even in the midst of a workout to focus on a specific muscle group.

The well-lit console is loaded with 12 workout programs. Exercise profiles can be saved for up to four users. The full list of feature includes:

  • Safety lock
  • 2” pedal spacing (Q-factor)
  • Adjustable stride for different heights & muscle targeting
  • Cushioned pedals to promote endurance
  • 12 preset programs including five with heart rate control
  • 16 intensity levels
  • Contact and wireless heart rate monitors (wireless strap not included)
  • Low step-on height (8”)
  • Drink holder
  • Compact size (54″L x 26″W)
  • Weighs a sturdy 209 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, five years parts, 1 year labor

What We Don’t Like

Like its cheaper sibling the VST-V4, the LifeCore VST-V6 has just an 18-pound flywheel. If you’re open to spending more than $2000 on a cross trainer like this one, you should definitely treat to yourself to a heavier drive. Heavier drives mean smoother workouts.

Our Overall Review of the LifeCore VST-V6

This elliptical trainer, like others from Lifecore, is overpriced by a few hundred dollars at least. Considering the many elliptical brands that cater to residential gym owners, it’s a good idea to keep shopping around. You can find another elliptical trainer with a heavier drive and variable stride too. Here are a few suggestions:

  • The Schwinn 460 is a good buy in our review. It lets you adjust the stride in two-inch increments from 2” to 26”.
  • Even better is the NordicTrack FreeStrider 35S. As the name suggests, it extends up to a 35” footpath.
  • A third one to check out is the Vision S7100 elliptical with 20” to 21” variable stride. Because of its incline, the Vision S7100 can also be used with a shorter footpath.

Finally, people who are attracted to the VST-V6 tend to like Cybex Arc Trainers. Arc Trainers don’t have variable stride, but the resistance levels definitely mimic the variable stride effect. Plus, Arc Trainers can be even lower resistance than standard elliptical trainers, which means that you’re less exhausted after burning the same amount of calories.