LifeCore touts its front drive VST-V6 Elliptical as a “next generation” elliptical machine. VST stands for “variable stride” and this model provides an elliptical path of 18” to 26” long. At the same time, it requires just 54″ x 26″ of floor space and qualifies as a compact elliptical. This unit is designed for residential use and has a lock to protect children and pets.
The LifeCore VST-V6 has an MSRP of $2299. This places it in the middle to higher price range for residential cross trainers. There’s a lot of competition at this price point, but the variable stride and heart rate control programming make this machine quite attractive.
Features of the LifeCore VST-V6 Elliptical
The VST-V6’s main feature is that it’s akin to three exercise machines at once: the old-fashioned NordicTrack glider, a traditional elliptical trainer, and a steep stair-stepper. Simply adjust the stride length before a workout or even in the midst of a workout to focus on a specific muscle group.
The well-lit console is loaded with 12 workout programs. Exercise profiles can be saved for up to four users. The full list of feature includes:
What We Don’t Like
Like its cheaper sibling the VST-V4, the LifeCore VST-V6 has just an 18-pound flywheel. If you’re open to spending more than $2000 on a cross trainer like this one, you should definitely treat to yourself to a heavier drive. Heavier drives mean smoother workouts.
Our Overall Review of the LifeCore VST-V6
This elliptical trainer, like others from Lifecore, is overpriced by a few hundred dollars at least. Considering the many elliptical brands that cater to residential gym owners, it’s a good idea to keep shopping around. You can find another elliptical trainer with a heavier drive and variable stride too. Here are a few suggestions:
Finally, people who are attracted to the VST-V6 tend to like Cybex Arc Trainers. Arc Trainers don’t have variable stride, but the resistance levels definitely mimic the variable stride effect. Plus, Arc Trainers can be even lower resistance than standard elliptical trainers, which means that you’re less exhausted after burning the same amount of calories.