LifeCore VST-V8 Elliptical
LifeCore VST-V8 Elliptical with On-the-Go Stride Length Adjustment
The LifeCore VST-V8 Elliptical is advertised as a “next generation” machine. It’s LifeCore’s first high-end trainer and engineers clearly welcomed the opportunity to add great features. An adjustable 18” to 26” stride length is what catches everyone’s attention. Joined by heart rate control programming and 16 resistance levels, the adjustable stride makes it easy to step, walk and run your way to fitness without putting heavy stress on your body.
The size and resistance of this trainer make it appropriate for beginning to somewhat advanced trainees of virtually any adult height. Its weight capacity is 300 pounds.
We sum up the VST-V8 as a very well-equipped but overpriced elliptical trainer. The MSRP is $2999 and we haven’t seen this trainer sell for much
less. We offer some better suggestions below.
Features of the LifeCore VST-V8 Elliptical
The VST-V8’s backlit console gives access to 12 preset programs. These don’t have descriptive names (just “#01” to “#12”) but they’re akin to programs typically named Rolling Hills, Intervals, and Mountain Climb.
Additionally, trainees get four heart rate control workouts that support various exertion levels (55%, 75%, 90% and user-set). Personal trainers generally advise training at 60% to 85% of your maximum heart rate. The LifeCore elliptical’s computer determines your max heart by subtracting your age from 220.
Trainees also get a constant watt program, manual mode, and customizable courses. The full list of feature includes:
- 18″ – 26″ Adjustable Stride
- 2” Pedal Spacing
- Cushioned Pedals
- 16 Resistance Levels
- 18-Pound Flywheel
- 12 Standard Preset Programs
- 4 Heart Rate Control Workouts
- Safety Lock
- Bottle Holder
- Transport Wheels
- 300-Lb. Capacity
- Compact Size (56″L x 34″W x 65″H)
- Weighs 238 Pounds
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5 Years Parts, 1 Year Labor
What Customers Say about the LifeCore VST-V8
Most buyers report choosing this model for the stride. They find the stride and resistance to be very smooth, they like the cushioned pedals, and they appreciate how On-the-Go stride adjustment lets them make changes during a workout. (Long strides are used to simulate running and walking. Short strides help target the thighs.)
Although the resistance won’t challenge a big-time athlete, it’s enough for most fitness enthusiasts and especially when dynamic strides are used.
Our Overall Review of the LifeCore VST-V8
We said it above and we’ll say it again: This LifeCore elliptical is overpriced. Many personal trainers and professional reviewers have questioned why LifeCore ventured into this price level when the area is already well-covered. If you’re willing to spend $3000, check out other brands to get even better features. Precor, the brand that invented elliptical trainers, is always a good starting place. They have cheaper ellipticals too, if that’s your interest. In the $3000 category we also like elliptical trainers by Smooth, Cybex and True.