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ProForm 1200e Review


ProForm 1200e Elliptical

The ProForm 1200e elliptical has mysteriously fallen under the radar of a lot of exercise enthusiasts primarily because it does some things commonly not found on other ellipticals.

If you’re looking for an elliptical with all the latest features, the ProForm 1200e will not entertain a lot of consumers considering that it lacks a lot of traditional electronics.

However, the ProForm 1200e does some exceptional things, namely being one of the most environmental friendly pieces of exercise equipment on the market.

Learn more by reading our full ProForm 1200e elliptical review below…


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Model ProForm 1200e

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

12 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Silent Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

20 inches

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.


Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.


The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

Glide Track

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

ClearView Backlit
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

78" x 27" x 72"
Weight: 270 lbs
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 77.1%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 77.1/100. Get a full body workout with an upper body exercise added into the routine. Middle of the road elliptical features one touch resistance and workout access.

– Silent Magnetic Resistance delivers smooth performance
– Long 20″ stride length for longer limbs
– Environmental friendly product with self-generating power
– Comfortable oversized pedals
– Elliptical incorporates upper body into exercise
– One touch resistance and workout access

– 12 resistance levels adequate but could be better
– Very few electronics (no mp3 compatibility, etc)
– Average warranty coverage


If saving the environment is important to you than the ProForm 1200e is one of the most lucrative ellipticals on the market.

The ProForm 1200e saves electricity and money because the elliptical’s power is self-generated. Thus, when you exercise the energy from your performance is transferred into powering the console. It’s smart and efficient.

Along with the self-generating electronics the 1200e also features Silent Magnetic Resistance, smooth operating Glide Track, 20 inch stride length and 12 1-Touch levels of resistance.

Workout Programs

The ProForm 1200e has one of the more diverse number of pre-defined workout programs in the $500 to $1,000 elliptical price range.

The elliptical offers 15 different workout programs and all the options are easily accessible through the 1-Touch technology. Do you have a preferred program? Quickly access the favorite program via a single touch.

This elliptical also features CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor for quick access to your heart rate.

The only thing the ProFOrm 1200e is missing (and it will be a common theme for the lack of latest features) is compatibility with iFit Live or iFit workout technology.

Elliptical Features

The ProForm 1200e performs well on the smooth Glide Track and Silent Magnetic Resistance. The glide track reduces friction so it decreases part wear while also contributing to its incredibly smooth operation.

The smooth, frictionless resistance of SMR Silent Magnetic allows you to adjust your workout intensity without interrupting your workout. Choose from ten intensity levels to target specific workout and conditioning goals.

Consumers searching for an extra challenge might have some beef with the elliptical only having 12 levels of resistance but the resistance level is adequate for most light recreational users.

It’s easy to burn extra calories and add muscle tone with the upper-body because the elliptical incorporates this area of the body into the fitness routine. Users often rave about the comfortable oversized pedals.

Save electricity and money with this self-generating elliptical. The energy from your workout is transferred to power the console making this elliptical one of the most environmentally friendly fitness products on the market.

Unfortunately, the ProForm 1200e lacks a few basic features like a built-in cooling fan, iPod/mp3 port and built-in speakers.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm 1200e warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 2 Years
– Labor: 2 Years

ProForm offers a 30-day trial period on all products. If you are not satisfied for any reason call 1-866-896-9777.


The ProForm 1200e is a unique elliptical in the traditional carbon-copy $500 to $1,000 price range. The power that fuels the electronics of the ProForm 1200e is self-generated making the elliptical one of the most environmental friendly ellipticals on the market.

Not sure if you want something with self-generating power? Consider other ellipticals $500 to $1,000.