Livestrong LS12.9E Elliptical
The Livestrong LS12.9E is Livestrong’s top cross trainer. Some special features include a wireless heart rate monitor, 21 incline levels, and the Livetrack Fitness Journal, which tracks user workouts. It has a 350-pound user weight capacity.
This elliptical was recalled in January 2010 because of its pedals becoming disengaged. An improved version is now available, but customers have complained of other quality issues.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Livestrong LS12.9E
- Incline – This machine has 21 levels of incline to help users exercise different muscle groups and burn calories more efficiently.
- Wireless heart rate monitoring – The LS12.9E is sold with a chest strap, a wireless monitoring system, and contact grips. The 9.9E and 7.9E also have contact grips, but no wireless system.
- Long stride – All ellipticals in the Livestrong LS series have 20” strides.
- High quality frame – Livestrong frames are SixStar Certified. This means that they incorporate knowledge of biomechanics to provide the most natural elliptical motion. For example, the pedals are optimally spaced and the machine supports an upright posture.
- Heavy flywheel –The 12.9 has a relatively heavy 23-pound flywheel to provide strong resistance and smooth movement.
- Optimally spaced pedals – The pedals are designed to have virtually no gap between them. This helps reduce fatigue in the hips.
- Entertainment – Each Livestrong elliptical has speakers and MP3 player compatibility. Customers have observed that the sound is less than high fidelity.
- Moderate number of programs – This elliptical has 10 programs and 20 levels of resistance.
- Workout tracking – The 12.9E’s Livetrack Fitness Journal helps people keep track of their progress without needing to write down the details.
- Good warranty – Customers get lifetime protection on the machine’s frame and brake. There’s a five-year warranty for parts and two years for labor, which is pretty good for a budget elliptical trainer.
- Fixed stride – The 20” stride is great for tall users, but they won’t be able to share the machine with shorter friends and family members. A fixed stride machine also challenges fewer muscles groups than one with variable stride.
- Durability – In addition to Livestrong’s aforementioned pedal problem, the brand has suffered from customer complaints about other parts needing to be replaced.
Overall Rating for the Livestrong 12.9 Elliptical Trainer
The Livestrong 12.9E improves over the earlier models with a heavier 190-pound frame, a wireless heart monitor, and the Livetrack Fitness Journal. This has the potential of being a great fitness machine, but the company seems hounded by manufacturing problems in addition to its earlier pedal problems. Additionally, customer service is slow. For better quality and service, customers should check out other elliptical brands like Proform, Smooth, and Sole.