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ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro is a low-priced home fitness machine that works as an elliptical trainer and a recumbent bike.

Upgraded for 2016, it has ProForm’s latest iFit technology yet sells for just $599 online.

Is it a smart choice for your home workouts?

Decide with info from the honest product review below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm Hybrid Trainer
Rating

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80.5%
List Price

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$999
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$599
Resistance

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

20 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).

17 inches
Pedals

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

Oversized & Cushioned
Incline

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

Flywheel

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

Inertia-Enhanced
Programs

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

20
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.

Handlebar Sensors
Display

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

Large LCD Window
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).

60.5” x 24.5” x 70.5”
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: 90 Days
Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 80.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 80.3/100. ProForm’s unique Hybrid Trainers do double duty. They function as elliptical trainers and recumbent exercise bikes. The Hybrid Trainer Pro is the top model of three but sells for just $599. Its most appealing features are its two-in-one versatility and the iFit-enabled console.

The Hybrid Trainer Pro is only a good value for shoppers seeking low-intensity exercise. This machine is most comfortably used by smaller trainees and less intense workouts because it has a short stride (17”) and a 15-pound flywheel. On ellipticals and bikes for more serious training you’ll see flywheels of 25 to 48 pounds.

A red flag for this elliptical hybrid is its 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

Pros:

  • Double duty (Recumbent bike and upright elliptical)
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 20 resistance levels
  • Adjustable seat
  • 20 workout apps
  • iFit-enabled
  • Integrated tablet holder above console
  • iPod-compatible
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Extremely short warranty
  • No cooling fan
  • Consumers have complained about quality control and customer service
  • Flywheel is very light
  • Does not work with a wireless pulse transmitter

Introduction

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro is a good idea in general, but it’s designed only for lower-intensity workouts and smaller trainees. It can help people burn calories and keep toned with guidance from preset workouts and iFit. A removable bracket makes it convenient to add your own tablet computer to run iFit or your other files.

Workout Programs

Twenty workouts are built into the Hybrid Trainer Pro console. These were designed by a certified personal trainer to help maximize your training time.

For unlimited workout options, using your own tablet computer you can access iFit’s immersive Google Maps™ workouts with Street View. (Your tablet can be set in a bracket at the top of the elliptical’s console.) Here you can also watch iFit video workouts, download a new and personalized elliptical workout every day, take part in online races and get other fitness support.

iFit subscriptions cost $99/year and allow four member profiles.

Hybrid Trainer Pro Features

This trainer features a 17” stride to suit smaller trainees best. It has oversized pedals that are cushioned well for comfort. There are 20 levels of resistance.

The preset workouts and data are shown on a basic 3” x 4” LCD monitor. For an enriched, immersive workout (or just to watch your favorite programs) you can attach your tablet computer.

The console also has a port and sound system for an MP3 player.

The Hybrid Trainer Pro has a 60.5″ x 24.5″ footprint. Transport wheels are attached.

The machine has a 350-pound capacity but feels smoothest for people who don’t carry much weight.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 90 days
– Labor: 90 days

ProForm sells the Hybrid Trainer Pro with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The 2016 version of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro might look like a bargain at $599, but it isn’t meant for the long haul. It’s built with lower quality components and isn’t backed by good consumer protections. It could be worth a gamble — but by spending a bit more you’ll more likely get your money’s worth in terms of effective and hassle-free workouts.