The Lamar 4200 Elliptical Review — Top Rated Elliptical Under $1500

The Treadmill Sensei constantly gets emails from his readers asking “why haven’t you review such-and-such elliptical” or “such-and-such” fitness brand. Truth be told, we’re not like some other review sites who just type up a review based on what everyone else online is saying about the equipment. We literally get on every single piece of equipment we review and workout on it. What that means is that we’re limited to the amount of reviews we can get done at any point and hope our quality hold out over the quantity of the other sites and what their prescriptions for good equipment are. But I do hate when I’m not able to answer reader requests about information on brands or units I haven’t been able to cover.

So, in order to fix that little issue we ordered a few different treadmills and ellipticals from manufacturers I haven’t had a chance to review yet. Those units have been filtering in to the DOJO over the past 8 weeks or so and I’ve got a new one for you, my loyal readers. Today’s offering is the Lamar 4200 Elliptical, sometimes called the Advantage 4200.

UPDATE: Lamar Ellipticals are no longer being sold. Check out our Best Ellipticals At Every Price Range to see other entry level top picks.

A quick background on Lamar Fitness: the company was founded in 2004 by Kevin Lamar, former NFL football player and executive at Nautilus for almost 20 years. They distribute their equipment under both the Lamar and Universal brand names. Lamar is known for putting out some very innovative equipment, but their quality was down for a few years before a recent turn around. Now they are quietly producing some top notch treadmills and ellipticals, including the Lamar 4200 Elliptical.

The Lamar 4200 we received here at the had a little bit of freight damage to the box and I was worried it was going to be damaged, but we lucked out and the only problems were with the box itself. Assembly on the 4200 elliptical was pretty straight forward and standard for an elliptical. I’d estimate it will take most people 45 minutes to an hour to put together if you’ve got someone to help. If you’re doing it alone or aren’t the most mechanical of people, it might take as long as an hour and a half.

The first thing you’ll notice when getting on to the Lamar Advantage 4200 Elliptical (that’s a mouthful of a name!) is how heavy it is and how solid it feels. This sucker weighs in somewhere around 250 pounds which is outstanding for a home grade front drive elliptical. And, almost all of that weight is up front in the drive assembly and flywheel. The way Lamar has designed the front end of the 4200 elliptical gives a very fluid motion to the elliptical movement of the pedals. Between that and the 19.5 inch stride, Lamar gives you a fantastic and comfortable feeling in your workout.

I very much enjoyed the 8 days I spent on the Lamar 4200 Elliptical we ordered. It was incredibly sturdy and held up to some pretty hard core workouts by both myself and Mat here in the DOJO. To balance out my longer 45+ minute workouts I had Mat do some very short, very fast and very rough workouts of about 5 minutes to see how much torture the Lamar 4200 could endure…and it passed with flying colors. The unit is built to last…and the company’s 5 year parts warranty shows how much faith they have in it. I do wish the labor warranty was 2 years instead of one, but that is a minor issue.

The only other problem I had was that I missed having heart rate control programs. Lamar added that feature in the upgrade Lamar 4400 Elliptical for a couple of hundred dollars more, but it would have been nice in the Advantage 4200 elliptical as well.

If you’re looking for a great workout in the under $1500 range, then check out the Lamar 4200 Elliptical — it may not have the brand recognition of Proform, Spirit or Bowflex, but it has the quality and design excellence to beat them. For being really spiffy, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Lamar A 4200 Elliptical 4 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.

Who would have thought an ex-football player would know how to make a darn good elliptical?

Lamar Advantage 4200 Elliptical Specifications
Flywheel: approximately 25lbs
Display: LCD
Readouts: speed, time, distance, pules, RPM, watts, calories and level
Programs: 11
Resistance: 16 levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: No
Max User Weight: 300lbs
Unit Weight: approximately 250lbs
Price: Under $1300