Life Fitness produces some of the best heavy duty fitness equipment in the world. Their elliptical machines deliver extreme results in minimal time and have been able to use this to gain the popularity vote with the biggest commercial gyms and even the armed forces, as being the top elliptical choice.
You will find that Life Fitness 9500HR elliptical machines tend to be on the market as being ‘remanufactured’, partly due to newer versions having been released with newer features and spec. However, it is due to the popularity of the 9500HR in the commercial market, that remanufacturing of the model has occurred. Not only is the price lower but it makes this quality model, affordable for home use.
There are a few different versions of the 9500HR so it is a must that you know what you are getting for your money. The earlier models experienced faults with the rear drives and hand grip heart rate sensors but this was due to the high use in gyms, etc. This review focuses on the later rear drive model.
An important thing to note is that the stride length is approximately 18" so for anyone taller that 6ft, this may not be the ideal model for you. The dual functioning handles and foot pedals allow front and reverse motion. This is great for targeting a wider variety of muscle groups, perfect for full body toning.
The Life Fitness 9500HR elliptical comes with all the usual features you would expect with commercial grade elliptical machines and is surprisingly quiet. Just a few of the features to list include 9 Pre-programmed Courses for complete workout variety, 20 resistance levels, split level console with integrated reading rack/accessory tray and the exclusive Life-pulse digital heart rate monitoring system which allows users to calculate individual heartbeats nearly as accurate as a clinical EKG machine.
The 9500HR unlike many elliptical machines is very portable. These ellipticals incorporate rear wheels for easy mobility and with being self-powered; there is no need to park near a plug socket. This makes it easier to park your trainer in front of the TV…makes working out so much more enjoyable!
Pro’s – Affordable, Quality, Practical, Features, Popularity
Cons’s – Warranty
This model can not really be faulted. There is so much to offer with the 9500HR. Its rising popularity dictates this. The only downfall compared to other elliptical machines is the warranty. Having been remanufactured, the warranty cover tends to be less than that of a newer model. It may be best to take out an extended warranty at less than $200 for 2 years but aside that, the Life Fitness 9500HR elliptical is one of the top elliptical machines on the market today.