Most beginning fitness enthusiasts would want an elliptical trainer that affords them a great combination of affordable pricing, superior craftsmanship, and good old-fashioned rear drive mechanism to help them move more naturally. And while the market can be inundated with so many similarly-looking devises it is not also unusual that you’d be picking the wrong one.
Thankfully, I’ve come across one of the best elliptical trainers in the Australian market and one that I am pretty confident you will find exceptionally appealing, too. It’s got what most novice fitness buffs would call as their perfect companion in their pursuit for a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Well, I’d say enough of the talk and let us take a look at what really makes the Lifespan X22 Elliptical Trainer such a very appealing proposition in the home fitness market.
Overview of the Lifespan X22 Elliptical Trainer
For its price, I’d say the Lifespan X22 Cross Trainer is a great deal especially if you happen to be fast enough to avail of the ongoing discounted promotional prices that are currently available online. For its price point you clearly don’t expect anything much from the X22. Yet the X22 comes with features that you would expect from an elliptical trainer of a much higher price range.
That being said, the Lifespan X22 is easily one of the best and most practical elliptical trainers for newbies as well as for individuals who are suffering from joint and musculoskeletal problems that an ordinary treadmill simply won’t do. It’s also great for advanced beginners in the fitness circuit who would like to get a machine that won’t create a gaping hole in their budgets while affording them the means to stay fit without adversely impacting their joints.
The Lifespan X22 is everything that you would want from an entry-level elliptical trainer or perhaps even more. Let us start at the way it is constructed. It may only have a 1.6 by 1.31 metre footprint but it sure is sturdy and reliable enough to accommodate even a 130 kilogram individual. It is quite on the heavy side, too, tipping in at about 50.5 kilograms which is almost the weight of an average woman. This combination of substantially large footprint and heavy weight gives the X22 a reliably stable base.
Do take note of its weight capacity as well as its user height limits as anyone taller than 2 metres is bound to tip the X22. I had the unfortunate experience of having one of my 210-centimetre tall friends give the X22 for a spin. He almost fell over. So, again, stick to the limits and you should do very fine.
“Compact, great features & value for money”
The flywheel is something that is somewhat of a standard, being only 7 kilograms in weight. Yet, for its price range, I find the use of a full magnetic resistance flywheel to be quite a surprise since you’d expect it to come with the cheaper fan wheel type. I just wish the flywheel were a bit larger and heavier, although I guess that would really be asking too much already. Nevertheless, the extra-large plates on the pedals are a welcome addition. I believe if you’ve got a rather gigantic feet, then this will come in as a pleasant feature to have. At least, you won’t be worrying about your feet not being firmly planted onto the X22’s pedals.
Speaking of the flywheel, it is quite smooth. Unlike other cross trainers in the market, pedalling on the X22 doesn’t produce any of that awkward machine-like noise. It really is silent. Go forward or backward, it doesn’t really matter since it’s more like walking on clouds. My only lament is that the incline of the pedals is not adjustable so I really cannot change the level of difficulty on my ‘climb’. Not that it’s a big deal since its computer programmes are quite comprehensive.
For its price you’d think the X22 will come with some really mediocre computer programmes. The thing is, it’s one of those features that I am really fascinated with the X22. And here’s why. It comes with thirteen different workout programs that are perfect for the lazy-heads who would rather leave everything to the machine. But for the fitness enthusiast like me, having 4 customisable programmes on top of the 13 are simply tops. That’s not all, the X22 happens to come with 5 programmes that are based on the heart rate. It also features a body fat calculator, something that folks with body image issues will find quite exceptional.
As I have said, the Lifespan X22 may not have all the things you’d want from a premium quality elliptical trainer. However, being that it is several hundreds of dollars under $1000, then it comes in as a machine that packs a lot.
A Closer Look at the Features of the Lifespan X22 Elliptical Trainer
Fully customisable training programs
Even some middle-of-the-pack elliptical trainers only come with less than 10 programme presets on their machines. The X22 bests all of that by including a whopping 13 pre-programmed workouts plus the opportunity to create your very own 4 custom settings. Honestly, this is one of the best features of the Lifespan X22, highlighting the company’s understanding of the uniqueness of each individual who is ever going to lay their feet on the pedals of the X22.
It also features 5 heart rate control programmes designed for those who are more conscious about their cardiovascular performance than their physical development. Pulse sensors are duly integrated into the X22-s handlebars, eliminating the need for a separate set of chest straps; although I honestly think this would have made a whole lot of difference as it ensures greater accuracy in heart rate readings.
The X22 also comes with a Recover Mode for allowing us to ‘cool down’ after our workout. I think this is a useful feature since we all have the tendency to forget the importance of cooling down just as some of us forget that warming up is also important.
While the X22 doesn’t come with a modifiable incline, you can easily change the level of resistance with a tough of a button. The onboard computer works synergistically with its magnetic flywheel system that provides variable automatic resistance. There’s no need to second-guess the levels of resistance you need to dial in every time. I find programming the X22 to suit my needs to be pleasantly easy.
The console is quite inviting, too. True, it doesn’t come with a lot of fancy buttons and controls like the ones we see in treadmills and other exercise machines, but the X22 can more than hold up its own. The large LCD display presents all the info I need at just the right angle to my line of vision. I guess if I were any taller, then I’d also have to bend my neck a bit.
Ample stride length
The Lifespan X22 comes with a 36-centimetre stride length. Unfortunately, there’s no way you can expect the stride length to be adjusted further. For taller individuals with exceptionally bigger strides, the X22 may fall short of expectations. However, I find it quite optimal for my size.
Heavy duty magnetic flywheel
As you may already know, the heavier the flywheel the better is the elliptical trainer especially in terms of giving you smoother, almost-effortless operation. When combined with magnetic resistance system you can expect the operation to be somewhat whisper-quiet. This is something that is very evident in the X22. While its flywheel may only be 7 kilograms it nevertheless falls on the lower limit of what is considered to be acceptable. There are also 16 different levels of resistance or tension; so, even if the X22 doesn’t come with adjustable incline, the modifiability of its tension levels makes it an exceptionally wonderful machine.
Stable, durable, and sturdy construction
The Lifespan X22’s footprint only measures 131 centimetres by 160 centimetres making it quite a compact package. However, don’t let this compact design fool you since it can easily handle any individual who weighs less than 130 kilograms. It doesn’t come with premium-quality, high grade steel, though. Regardless, its tubular steel frame feels absolutely sturdy.
Pros & Cons
The Lifespan X22 promises to deliver a workout that is as good as any other treadmill. Well, almost. The point is that for its price it does have some features you don’t normally get from its class. Let down only by a less-than-desirable structural frame plus a less-than-ideal stride length, the X22 is quite sufficient for those who would like to embark on a fitness journey without negatively affecting their joints.