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LifeCore CD450 Elliptical

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A Compact Center Drive Elliptical Trainer All new for 2012, the LifeCore CD450 Elliptical is marketed as a “next generation” fitness machine. Its touchscreen distinguishes it from the award-winning CD400, but what matters most is LifeCore’s unique center drive. The center drive makes it easy to maintain a healthy posture during workouts. This elliptical machine […]

 

A Compact Center Drive Elliptical Trainer

All new for 2012, the LifeCore CD450 Elliptical is marketed as a “next generation” fitness machine. Its touchscreen distinguishes it from the award-winning CD400, but what matters most is LifeCore’s unique center drive. The center drive makes it easy to maintain a healthy posture during workouts.

This elliptical machine is a cross trainer with moving handlebars, but the bars can be left stationary during warm-up, cool-down or your entire workout routine. The elliptical takes up little floor space (41″ x 31″), yet it has a full 21” stride! Its size and wide range of resistance levels make it appropriate for just about any trainee weighing 300 pounds or less.

We like LifeCore! This fitness equipment manufacturer is based in the US and provides customers with helpful, friendly and efficient customer service. Read on for the full specs list and links to low prices.

Features of the LifeCore CD450 Elliptical

As mentioned at the outset, the center drive distinguishes the CD450 elliptical from its competitors. Most other elliptical trainers have front or rear drives, and some of these require a balancing act. Nobody wants to feel physically unstable when they’re exercising.

With this unit you’ll also get a touchscreen display for easy access to programming. Choose from manual mode or 11 preset workouts. These include: Glute Blaster, Hill, Interval, Random, four Heart Rate Control and one HR Recovery programs. Programs can be used at 20 intensity levels. Other specs for the Lifecore LC-CD450 are:

  • 21” stride
  • Oversized 18.5” cushioned pedals
  • Narrow pedal spacing
  • Low step-on height (8”)
  • Stationary & moving handlebars
  • 20 resistance levels
  • 12 program modes
  • Two user profiles
  • Polar® wireless receiver (chest strap sold separately)
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Transport wheels
  • Magazine rack
  • Weighs 225 lbs.
  • Warranty: Five years parts, one year labor

The Word on the Street

LifeCore’s patented center drive technology is a hit among customers. Most people report choosing the machine for this unique construction. Proper body alignment isn’t a struggle like it can be with front and rear drive elliptical trainers. You won’t lean into the stationary bars for support or lean too far back and bring trouble. Enjoy a natural human gait!

Buyers also comment that this elliptical trainer, unlike some cheaper competitors, has virtually silent resistance. There’s no worry about annoying squeakiness thanks to high-quality engineering, sealed ball bearings, and other attention to detail.

Our Thoughts

We named this model’s predecessor, the LifeCore CD400, a Best Buy in 2010. The CD450 is following up as a class act. We like the 21” stride, the center drive and other aspects of this product’s ergonomics. Very small people might find that this machine is too big – but if you’re sized like the average adult, you may have just found your new favorite fitness machine.