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ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro Review

Quick Summary

Pairing HIIT (high intensity interval training) with joint-friendly motion, the ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro is an exciting new option for extremely efficient total body training.

HIIT supports quick weight loss, dramatically improves aerobic capacity and brings many other health benefits. Just a few eye-catching specs for this particular trainer are 26 resistance levels, a 10″ touchscreen with web browser, 34 preset programs and iFit technology.

Learn more from the full CardioHIIT Trainer Pro review below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro
Rating

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86.1%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,999
Best Price

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$1,499
Resistance

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

26 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).

n/a
Pedals

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

Oversized Leveling Feet
Incline

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

n/a
Flywheel

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

30 Lbs
Programs

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

34
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.

EKG Grip Pulse
Display

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

10” HD Touchscreen
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

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

39" L x 29.25" W x 66.7" H
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.

Speakers

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.

Folding?

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).

Warranty

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

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 86.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.1/100. The CardioHIIT Trainer Pro debuted in late 2016 as the top-of-the-line trainer in a unique series from ProForm, the world’s top-selling brand of home fitness machines. It arrives at a time when low-impact exercise alternatives are more sought-out than ever. If you crave high intensity training but have been held back by potential joint pain, a CardioHIIT Trainer could be your ideal exercise partner. It combines a vertical elliptical footpath (ten inches up, five inches forward) with upper body motion that’s reminiscent of boxing. This combination of movements burns calories very quickly throughout a training session, and especially when the trainee alternates between high and low intensities. By pushing the heart into anaerobic mode for short time periods, a person can dramatically improve aerobic capacity and their everyday metabolic rate.

As for user skill level this machine is most appropriate for people who are already rather active, but it is highly customizable. Trainees choose from twenty-six resistance levels and can get guidance from 34 built-in workout apps. Upgrading to iFit with more personalized workouts is an option too. The console’s 10-inch color touchscreen helps make the most of iFit’s video workouts, interactive Google Maps workouts, stats tracking and other features.

The CardioHIIT Trainer Pro has commercial-quality ergonomics and is loaded with special features to keep motivation strong: a built-in web browser, iPod-compatible speakers, a tablet computer holder and more.

Please note that high intensity interval training may be risky for people with Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and certain other health conditions.

Pros:

  • Total body training
  • Very low impact
  • 30-pound flywheel
  • 26 resistance settings
  • 10″ touchscreen with web browser
  • Ledge for tablet computer
  • 34 built-in workouts
  • iFit® workouts and stats tracking available with subscription
  • iPod-compatible
  • Wireless and contact heart rate receivers
  • Water bottle holder
  • Two-speed workout fan
  • Competitive warranty

Cons:

  • High intensity interval training is too stressful for some people’s bodies
  • As a brand-new model, the CardioHIIT Trainer Pro is not yet time-tested
  • ProForm customer service gets negative reviews

Introduction

The low impact CardioHIIT Trainer Pro is the most advanced fitness machine of its kind. In a nutshell, this unique cross-trainer caters to people who are drawn to the remarkable effects of HIIT (high intensity interval training) but have been wary of stressing their joints. It’s also a great timesaver as it provides resistance for the upper body and lower body simultaneously. Sale priced at $1499 it’s a fantastic value for serious trainees, and even at full price it’s a good deal.

The CardioHIIT Pro provides lower body exercise with cushioned pedals that move in a smooth upward-and-forward path. The path is essentially a hybrid of what stairclimbers and elliptical trainers provide, and trainees can choose from 26 tension settings. At the same time the CardioHIIT supports upper body toning with handlebars that move the arms in boxing-like motions. With multiple grip possibilities a trainee can reposition to isolate specific muscle groups in the arms, shoulders, back and core.

Workout Programs

The CardioHIIT Trainer Pro has 34 preloaded workout apps, all designed with a certified personal trainer. Many but not all of the workouts focus on high intensity interval training, cycling the trainee through periods of very high intensity and lower intensity activity. The apps can draw from 26 resistance levels, and these can also be set with large easy-to-reach buttons on the console.

Additionally the CardioHIIT Trainer Pro supports iFit technologies. With a household iFit subscription up to four trainees can create user profiles and download customized daily workouts. iFit members also have access to an ever-growing library of high definition workout videos from prominent personal trainers. These videos can display on the CardioHIIT Pro’s 10″ screen, on tablet computers and on smartphones. Most appealing for many ProForm customers though is the iFit integration with Google Maps™. This technology lets a person draw any map route (or choose from recommended routes) and virtually experience the terrain on their cross-trainer. If available, the street view recorded by Google’s team is also displayed at the trainee’s pace.

CardioHIIT Trainer Pro Features

For smooth operation the CardioHIIT Trainer Pro has a 30-pound flywheel. This facilitates smooth operation for trainees at all ability levels and regardless of body weight. The machine has a 350-pound user weight capacity.

The cushioned foot pedals are oversized, allowing for repositioning of the feet during exercise.

The handlebars are curved to allow multiple grip positions. As they move with resistance, they can give excellent tone for the arms, back, shoulders and core body.

The console’s centerpiece is a 10″ touchscreen. This high-definition display not only shows workout programming and exercise stats, but also has an Internet browser. And in case you’d like to use your own apps along during training, the CardioHIIT Pro has a built-in tablet holder. Musical motivation is made convenient with an iPod-compatible port and 2″ console speakers.

For heart rate monitoring the ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro gives two options. Wireless telemetry is the most accurate (especially during high intensity training) and a wireless chest strap is included with the machine’s sale price. It also has grip pulse sensors built into the handlebars.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro has a confidence-instilling warranty package:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 5 years

– Labor: 2 years

ProForm also offers a 30-day money back guarantee for fitness equipment purchased factory-direct.

Conclusion

Powerful yet low impact, the ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro is an eye-catching alternative to standard elliptical machines and steppers. While this brand-new model obviously hasn’t been tested by time, it does have high-end specs, a money-back guarantee and an excellent warranty for the $1499 sale price. It can be a wonderfully rewarding investment, facilitating the benefits of high intensity interval training without bringing the risks of repeated impact. The rapid results of HIIT may be motivation enough, but this trainer also has plenty of workout programming, an integrated web browser, a tablet ledge and music speakers to help owners meet their goals.