Livestrong LS9.9E Elliptical
The Livestrong LS9.9E elliptical was recalled in January 2010 because its pedals could break off. An improved version is now available.
This elliptical is the second of Livestrong’s three cross trainers. Compared to the entry level model, the LS9.9E weighs a bit more, has more resistance levels, and has the addition of an incline. It also has a longer parts warranty.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Livestrong LS9.9E
- Incline – This machine has 21 levels of incline to help users exercise different muscle groups and burn calories more efficiently.
- 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 9.9 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.
- Good warranty – Customers get lifetime protection on the machine’s frame and brake. There’s a three-year warranty for parts and a year of 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.
Overall Rating for the Livestrong 9.9 Elliptical Trainer
The Livestrong 9.9E is a noticeable step up from the 7.9E. The frame is heavier and the machine gives a better workout thanks to additional programs, additional resistance levels, and – most importantly – an incline. This is a promising machine, but considering the recency of Livestrong’s recall, customers looking for a machine in this price bracket might feel safer buying from Schwinn or Smooth.