LiveStrong E1x Commercial-Grade Elliptical
The powerful LiveStrong E1x Elliptical by Matrix is durable enough for fitness clubs but sized for residential use. An inappropriately high price and light programming knock down its rating, but we certainly wouldn’t complain if this crosstrainer appeared on the premises. It has movable handlebars, a large display window, a wonderfully fluid stride and a well-shaped 19” footpath.
The asking price of $4795 includes shipping, set-up, lifetime coverage on the frame, five years of parts protection (or only two under heavy use) and one year of labor. It generates its own power and will not add to electricity bills.
Features of the LiveStrong E1x Elliptical
The E1x Elliptical console shows exercise data on a 7” LCD with blue backlighting. Trainees can see time, speed, distance, calories burned, watts, METs and heart rate. The display also shows exercise program profiles in dot matrix form. The six program modes are manual, interval, random interval, time goal, distance goal and calories goal.
Here’s the specs list:
- 19″ Stride
- Auto-Positioning Pedals
- Honeycombed Pedal Cushions
- 3.75″ Pedal Spacing
- 20 Resistance Levels
- Adjustable Moving Handlebars
- 6 Programs
- Contact & Telemetric Pulse Sensors
- Water Bottle Holder
- 400-Lb. Capacity
- Weighs 333 Lbs.
- Dimensions: 83″L x 31″W x 67″H
- Self-Powered (No Outlet Required)
- Warranty: 7 Years Frame, 5 Years Generator & Parts, 2 Years Labor
Reviewing the Specs of the LiveStrong E1x
The specs are impressive overall. If a fixed stride is to be chosen, then 19” can probably make the most people happy. The sub-4” pedal spacing or Q-Factor is also a pretty good choice. Narrower would be better for some trainees but 3.75” will align most trainees’ hips comfortably — especially with the LiveStrong’s unique auto-positioning pedals.
Some other highlights are the two heart rate monitoring options and the heavy unit weight. The heavy base helps ensure stability for users weighing up to 400 pounds. All is backed by an industry-leading warranty provided that the elliptical trainer is used for six hours or fewer per day. The parts warranty is reduced to two years if use exceeds six hours per day.
The only drawbacks are the large footprint (83”x31”) and lack of great program variety. A menu of just six programs isn’t unusual on commercial trainers but most people would like more options on a trainer they own.
Our Overall Review of the E1x Elliptical Trainer
Its high price and lack of extraordinary features make the LiveStrong E1x appear very overpriced. You could easily find a better choice, like the Cybex 425A Arc Trainer, for closer to $4000. The Cybex provides three exercise zones: climb, stride and glide. You could
also choose from a variety of reconditioned commercial trainers and brand-new luxury residential trainers in the $2000 to $3000 price range. The Precor brand is a good place to start comparison shopping for alternatives to the E1x.