Bowflex LateralX LX5Bowflex LateralX LX5

Web Price: $2,699 | Sale Price: $2,699

An advanced version of the LX3 offering 3 different directions of movement, with an added side to side element for more muscle targeting. Low impact and enhanced calorie burn in a compact machine.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 4.5 / 5.0

300 lbs
Stride Length:
63.2″L x 53.6″W x 46.6″H

Bowflex LX5 Overview

The Bowflex LX5 is one of two new ellipticals called LateralX trainers, which add side to side capability to the typical up/down forward/backward motion that you get on traditional machines. This added element allows you to target additional muscle groups, which makes your workout that much more effective.

The LX5 is compact in size and low impact, making them an appealing choice for the home gym. Bowflex also includes a free 12 week training program to help you get the most out of your workouts.

Let’s look at some of the best features the machine has to offer…

Increase Leg Muscle Targeting

With the added ability to move from side to side, you’re able to target even more muscle groups in the legs than ever before. Most ellipticals on the market don’t allow lateral movement, so this is a real bonus. This will increase your strength for everyday activities that incorporate side movements.

Workout Tracking Capability

The Bowflex LX5 has Bluetooth 4.0 built in, so you can easily sync your workout results with the Bowflex app and keep tabs on your progress. This is a great way to see how you’re doing from one workout to the next, and helps you get a handle on your fitness to make sure you’re reaching your goals.

Enhanced Heart Rate Monitoring

Unlike on the base LX3 model, the LateralX LX5 comes with a free wireless chest strap to measure your heart rate wirelessly. This gives you a much more accurate measurement than the grip pulse does, so you can remain in your target range the entire workout.

Free 12 Week Training Videos

Both of the Bowflex LateralX trainers come with 30 full length training videos included. Expert personal trainers lead you through high intensity classes where you learn how to get the most out of your machine. There are also yoga classes and dumbbell workouts for strength, for a full cross training experience.

Additional Features

The LX5 comes with 10 resistance levels and 11 built in workout programs, multi position handlebars, Bowflex Radio, a media rack and a 3 year warranty.

So those are the main features…let’s move on to our review…

Bowflex LateralX LX5 Test Drive

The Bowflex LX5 is very similar in style to the company’s other machines, including the Max Trainer and TreadClimber. The color scheme is the same, and the overall look and feel is as well.

The LateralX is a more compact version of a traditional elliptical, with stationary as well as moving arms. The LX5 gives you more hand positions than the base LX3 and has some enhanced touches, but overall the two machines are very similar.

The USP of the LX5 is, as you’ve already read about, the ability to move from side to side in addition to the usual motion of an elliptical trainer, which is forward and back, up and down. It’s an additional plane that targets additional leg muscles, so you’re getting a more complete workout.

You may have seen a similar machine in the gym…the Octane LateralX. This is basically a commercial-grade version of the Bowflex, which as of recently is owned by the same company, Nautilus, Inc. So you can think of the LX5 as the home version of the Octane LateralX trainer.

The machines operate similarly…you control the motion yourself and you can change it simply by moving in a different direction. You can stand up straight or go into more of a squat if you so choose. You can use the stationary handlebars to target the legs only, or use the multi position arms for a full body workout.

It does take some getting used to, just like the Max Trainers and TreadClimbers do, simply because it is a different type of movement than most people are used to. Still, after about 5 minutes, you’ll get the hang of it. Most people really enjoy it, which is why the Octane LateralX machines have become so popular at gyms across the country.

The built in workouts are good, as are the training videos that come with the machine. They help you not only work out on the machine, but off as well with various cross training workouts. Even if you’re been working out for years, you’ll find a number of helpful tips within the video series.

The Bowflex LX5 is definitely a step up from the LX3…here you can adjust the lateral movement, where it’s fixed on the LX3. You get more workouts, more resistance levels, and the LX3 does not offer wireless heart rate monitoring. You also get a better warranty…3 years vs. 1 year. So if you can swing the additional cost of the LX5 it has a lot more to offer than the LX3.

Bowflex LateralX LX5 Conclusion

We’re pretty sure the new LX5 and its little brother the LX3 are going to be big sellers for Bowflex, as they give users a whole new way to work out. They are bringing the popular Octane trainers to the home market, so everyone can take advantage of the unique 3 direction movement that enhances your elliptical training.

Just like the Max Trainer and TreadClimber, these machines are compact in size and minimize impact on your knees and joints, making them ideal for the home gym.

The Bowflex LX5 is a more advanced machine, and a better choice if you can afford it. If not, the LX3 is perfectly good as well, giving you the same calorie burning, muscle targeting workout. Either one comes with a 30 day return policy, so you can always give it a go to see if it’s the right cardio machine for you.

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