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Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle with Advanced Console

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  • Recumbent exercise bike with advanced workouts console, 20 levels of resistance and 10 workouts
  • Contact heart rate hand sensors, also includes Polar wireless HRM chest strap
  • Reclining seat with breathable mesh fabric back and 20 degrees range of motion
  • Front and side-mounted handlebars, oversized, dual accessory tray and built-in reading rack
  • 300-Pound maximum user weight, 3-year warranty on parts, lifetime on frame
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Product Description

Combining the ultimate in comfort with exceptional attention to detail, the Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle provides a smooth, quiet ride as well as a reclining seat with a breathable mesh fabric back. Pair the R1 with the Advanced Workouts Console for added workout variety and advanced programs to better help you reach your fitness goals. The R1 offers 20 resistance levels, 10 workout programs, and a maximum user weight of 400 pounds.

It includes both wireless and contact heart rate monitoring technology to keep you in your target heart rate zone--a Polar wireless chest strap is included--and the LifeCycle includes five HeartSync heart rate controlled workouts designed to keep you in your target heart rate zone. Other features include an integrated reading rack and accessory tray, front and side-mounted handlebars, reclining feature on the recumbent seat with 20 degrees of range of motion, and a heavy-duty welded steel frame.


    The Advanced Workouts Console.
  • Resistance System: Eddy current
  • Power Requirements: All major voltage configurations
  • Resistance Levels: 20
  • Seat Adjustments: 13 positions
  • Frame: 1.5 x 3-inch welded steel frame
  • Pedals: Standard self-balancing pedals
  • Electronic Readouts: Level, Time, Speed (mph/kmh), Distance, Heart Rate, Target Heart Rate, Calories, Watts, METs
  • Display Type: LCD with blue background and white characters (4 x 6 inches)
  • Workout Profile Display: 9 x 24 segments
  • Workout Feedback Display: 16-character message center
  • Unit Dimensions: 57 x 26 x 54 inches (L x W x H)
  • Unit Weight: 130 pounds
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds




EZ Incline/Resistance.

Sport Training.

Fat Burn.


Heart Rate Hill.

Heart Rate Interval.

Extreme Heart Rate.

  • Manual: Gives you complete freedom to choose your own speed and incline levels.
  • Hill: Challenges you with intervals of multiple hills and valleys with each hill becoming progressively more difficult.
  • Random: Includes many different motivating combinations of hills and valleys.
  • EZ Incline/Resistance: Slowly and progressively increases resistance so you're less aware of the building demands.
  • Sport Training: Simulates outdoor training with a rigorous workout that features hundreds of different hills and valleys with a wide range of high and low levels of resistance.
  • Fat Burn (HeartSync): A great workout for beginners or for those days when you need a lighter workout. Automatically adjusts resistance to maintain your heart rate at 65 percent of your theoretical maximum.
  • Cardio (HeartSync): Maximizes caloric burn and boosts your energy level. Automatically adjusts resistance to maintain your heart rate at 80 percent of your theoretical maximum
  • Heart Rate Hill (HeartSync): An interval workout made up of three hills with each hill becoming progressively more difficult based on your heart rate goals The first hill is 70 percent of your maximum heart rate (HRMax) and gets harder with subsequent hills. The valley is always defined as 65 percent HRMax. Similar to training for sports activities such as hockey, basketball, and soccer.
  • Heart Rate Interval (HeartSync): Climb a series of alternating hills (80 percent HRMax). The number of times you climb each hill depends on your fitness level. Similar to training for endurance activities such as triathlons and running.
  • Extreme Heart Rate (HeartSync): Quickly raises and lowers resistance to get your heart rate up to 85 percent HRMax and down to 65 percent as quickly as possible. Similar to training for sports activities such as tennis, racquetball, football, and sprinting.
  • Goal Workouts: Determine your workout goal--including distance, calorie-burn, or target heart rate--and exercise until you reach it.
  • Custom Workouts (includes 2): Create and replay a favorite program with specific speed, incline, level, and target heart rate changes.
  • Race Mode: Challenge yourself by racing against a computer simulated pacer.
  • Cool Down Mode: Based on your workout's specific time, incline, and heart rate level, this customized cool down ensures that your heart rate properly returns to normal level.
  • Warm Up Mode: Participate in a pre-determined warm-up period before you begin your workout.
  • User Profiles (includes 2): Perfect for multi-user households, user profiles save your vital statistics, preferences, and custom workouts.

Manufacturer's Warranty
Lifetime warranty on frame, three years on parts, one year on labor

About the Warranty
This Life Fitness product is intended for home use only. Your warranty will be void if this product is used in a commercial setting.

About Life Fitness
What started as one man's pursuit to improve his own physical condition, eventually turned into a global fitness revolution. That man was Keene P. Dimick, the mastermind behind the legendary Lifecycle® exercise bike. The story of Life Fitness began when two young entrepreneurs, Ray Wilson and Augie Nieto, saw the promise of Dr. Dimick’s invention. Even though it was slightly ahead of its time, they believed the Lifecycle exercise bike could help generations of athletes, trainers, exercisers, and people everywhere live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

Wilson and Nieto bought the rights to the Lifecycle bike from Dr. Dimick, perfected it, and sold it out of a motor home to health clubs across America. Despite the overwhelming odds and initial unpopularity of the Lifecycle exercise bike, the two passion-filled pioneers turned a two-man operation and a seemingly impossible vision into a prosperous reality. Along the way, they shaped the future of Life Fitness as well as the fitness industry, bringing cardiovascular training into the mainstream and helping ignite the health club boom.

Today, Life Fitness is the global leader in designing and manufacturing a full line of reliable, high quality fitness equipment for commercial and consumer use. It is the number one brand of fitness equipment in health clubs worldwide.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 163 pounds
  • ASIN: B001L1SD6U
  • Item model number: R1-XX00-0103
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,699 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I have used Lifecycle Bikes in the gym, and this is the home version. I especially like the various cardio settings--the bike keeps adjusting the resistance to have your pulse-rate remain steady. As you get increasingly tired over the workout, the resistance lessens, yet your pulse-rate remains steady. The quality of construction is sturdy. All the pieces are secure and the assembly instructions are clear. It does take about 60-90 minutes to set up, but I am slow and check things a few times before going on to the next step. All needed tools are included. I opted for this bike over the Nautilus, but both are excellent choices.
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My LifeCycle R1 arrived quickly, quicker than expected. I didn't notice that the bottom of the box separated from the rest, so ended up spending time tearing it all apart. Heh.

It took me several hours to assemble, mostly due to the fact that the required information was spread across four different documents! Once I had it assembled, it took me a while to find the power jack, as it is inset, and looked just like another bolt hole. That you have to reach all the way down to the ground to turn it on and off aggravates my bad back.

Aside from those little things, this is what I've been dreaming of since 1985, when I first used one while in the Navy. It makes exercising FUN! I've been having trouble with weight gain over the last few years, but couldn't afford a LifeCycle until this year. Happy, happy. One of the best features, is that it's very, very quiet. No need to turn the TV up, just so you can hear it. Another excellent feature is that it will accept a heavier rider than most other exercise bikes. 400 lb! I've gotten to just about 300 lb, recently, and overloading the machine was of great concern. All of the other brands/models I looked at said Max Load 300 lb, including the Schwinn AirDyne, surprisingly.

The book rack leaves a lot to be desired - you'll still have to hold the book open, at the least. The water bottle holder isn't quite right either, the supplied bottle kind of hangs up on the holder, when you go to pull it out.

At any rate, yes, it costs more than most, but it's worth every penny, and even the frustration assembling it from lousy instructions. I probably would have bought it locally, and gotten them to assemble it at my house, but then, my local retailer is as crooked as they come.
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As a bike, it's pretty solid so far.

As a some-assembly-required experience, it leaves a lot to be desired. Shortly before building this bike, I had built quite a bit of IKEA furniture, which always has detailed instructions. Instructions without words, but the drawings are clear, the steps are simple, the tools are few, and everything was correct.

Not so with the Lifecycle. They've consolidated the instructions to one very large page, but the drawings are few and complicated (including not showing certain angles that you sometimes need), and there are at least four significant mistakes in the instructions. A couple of parts are mislabeled, at least two things are drawn or described backwards from how they are actually to be installed, and there is an almost random correspondence between the color-coded sets of screws and washers, and the step numbers which are used to label the bags of said parts.

1) The seat back is mislabeled (JJ instead of Q), using the same letter code as a footpedal in another drawing.
2) The bolts that go through the main column go in from the opposite side from what is shown in the drawing - this is a potentially dangerous error, as it would work the other way, but basically wouldn't hold the column securely.
3) There is no indication of where the power cord goes, and no mention of the small black power switch attached to it - most bikes simply start when you pedal, but this bike has to be turned on (and off - it doesn't time out).
4) Installing the seat adjustment lever is woefully underexplained, and its drawing is tiny.
5) There is no explanation of why you would choose one slot or another for adjusting the foot straps.

There were several other details wrong or misleading, but I didn't take enough notes, sorry.
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