Lifecore LC-985VG Elliptical Trainer

7.7Expert Score
Lifecore LC-985VG is one of the most compressed elliptical home exercise instruments in the market today. The dual action handle design is suitable for total body workout. It is also one of the most reliable elliptical.
Build Quality

At a Glance: Lifecore LC-985VG
Brand Lifecore Fitness
Capacity 300 lb.
Price Range Under $1000
Stride Lenght 17.5″
Dimension 30 x 63 x 52 inches
Programs 12
Incline N/A
HR Monitor Contact


  • Very Easy to assemble
  • Best Value for Money
  • Very quite


  • No Wireless Chest Strap
  • Customer support can be slow to respond

It has received a Best Buy rating from one of the top product review magazines. Due to large PVC wheels, this machine can be moved conveniently from one room to another.


  • Complete Bearing system for all moving parts
  • Extra sturdy  design of the frame
  • 12 Preset Programs
  • 4 Control programs for tracking heart rate
  • 4 User profiles
  • Dual action arm handles to support total body exercise
  • Heart Rate Sensor having double contact
  • Fastening wheel for comfortable scrolling and facility for adjustment of resistance
  • Extra large fully Adjustable Foot pedals with non-slip mat for different foot positions and workout intensities.
  • Extra large wheels for transport give support to mobility

Compact design

This machine has one of the most compact designs in this type of fitness equipments. It is only 52 inches long, whereas the others are not less than 80 inches. If you have limited space, this is a perfect choice. Also it has large PVC wheels; this will help you in moving the machine from one room to another. Though, this being a very compact type of machine, it can only be recommended to people with a smaller structure. Any individual who does heavy workout will have discomfort in aspect of stability.

Better Ergonomic

Lifecore LC-985VG is designed with better ergonomics than any other elliptical machines in the market. You can get better cardio with any other elliptical machines but this gives a total body workout with its dual action arm handles. Secondly, its adjustable, slip resistant feet pedals give us better grip. It can be recommended for any type of users.

Tailored Workout Experience

This elliptical trainer has 12 pre-set programs to suit our individual requirements. These easy to learn programs can be mix matched which helps us in total body workout. Out of 12 pre-set programs four can be customized according to individual needs. It means if there are four persons in the family with different workout goals, they can customize the programs according to their needs.

Build Quality

The built of the machine is very sturdy and strong.  Though this machine is only 125 pounds, it can accommodate 300 pounds comfortably. This elliptical has a Poly-V Flexonic drive belt that will never lose its elasticity. It has bearing on all the pivotal parts. This helps in smooth stride and less wear and tear. This machine comes with a flywheel of 25 pounds which again makes this a long-lasting machine.


We did the entire assembly of this elliptical in two hours. This was an easy task as this machine had large wheels so the mobility was good. The product manual which came with the machine helped us in step by step assembling all the parts.

Heart Rate Monitor

This machine has dual contact heart rate sensors. The console checks heart rate at an interval of 30 seconds and regulates the resistance according to it. But we can not say that contact HRM is the best option, we always prefer wireless HRM (even the cheap ones). While doing your cardio, your thumb will move and your HR reading will be inaccurate. This is the biggest draw back of this trainer.


The Lifecore LC-985VG has an easy to read, Large, LED with multicolour display which can track Time, speed, distance, calories burnt, pulse rate and watts. The coloured bars on the screen indicate the resistance level on this elliptical.display-lc985vg-with-detail


This trainer has a lot of programs to choose from according to your requirements. There are 12 manual programs, 4 heart rate control programs, the Watt program and User profile. The name of the program is seen on the message display window and the program profile is displayed on the matrix

There are 4 Heart Rate Control programs. They are: 55%, 75%, 90% and Target Heart Rate. You can select the program that best suits you. You can even mix match the programs to get better results


This trainer comes with a 5 year warranty for the parts and 1 year warranty on labour. Which is quite generous and this also assures us of the better quality of the parts.

The Lifecore LC-985VG is an overall good elliptical trainer. The machine is sturdy enough. Though there are many other options available in the market at same price, this machine is always a better choice. Although it is a very compact model, it has many good features.

Technical Specifications

  • Dual-action arm handles for working out entire body
  • Offers 12 preset programs and 4 heart-rate control programs
  • Large multicolor console tracks your time, speed, calories, and more
  • 17.5-inch stride length; 4 user ID profiles; 300-pound capacity
  • Measures 30 x 63 x 52 inches (W x H x D); weighs 125 pounds
Stride length 17.5-inch
Front drive No
Cushioned footpad No
Resistance type magnetic, Toggle Wheel for Easy Scrolling/ Resistance Adjustments
Adjustable pedals Yes
Upper body Yes
Handgrip Yes
Heart rate control Dual Contact Heart Rate Sensors
Display High-Tech Display with Date, Time and Temp Reading
programs 12 Preset Programs, 4 Heart Rate Control Programs, 4 User ID Profiles
Cooling fans No
Water bottle/accessory holders Yes
Capacity 300lbs
Weight 125 pounds
Frame Life time
Parts and Electronics 5-year parts warranty.
Shipping Information
Dimensions 52 inches x 30 inches x 63 inches
Weight 125 pounds

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Lifecore LC-985VG Elliptical Trainer
Lifecore LC-985VG Elliptical Trainer

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