The economy priced ProForm Hybrid Trainer is a light duty elliptical machine and recumbent bike.
Upgraded for 2016 it now has iFit technology, a tablet holder and a watts meter.
Its online price is just $399.
Is that a good indicator of this product’s quality?
Learn more about the 2016 ProForm Hybrid Trainer in our honest review below.
|Model||ProForm Hybrid Trainer|
|Resistance Type||Silent Magnetic|
|Stride Length||15 inches|
|Pedals||Oversized & Cushioned|
|User Profiles||1 User|
|Heart Rate||Handlebar Sensors|
|Display||Large LCD Window|
|Max. Weight||350 lbs|
|Dimensions||60.5” x 24.5” x 70.5”|
|Warranty||Frame: 5 Years|
Parts: 90 Days
Labor: 90 Days
Rating: 82/100. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is designed for light duty low-impact exercise. Within one seamless workout session it can serve as both a recumbent bike and an elliptical trainer with moving arm bars. Its console has 16 training programs and is iFit-enabled for unlimited workout variety.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is the entry level model in its series. It has a very short stride and a very light drive. Depending on your body size and workout needs, those factors could be advantages or disadvantages.
The MSRP is $799 but ProForm’s web price is $399 with shipping included. Read these lists of pros and cons before you commit.
- Double duty (Recumbent bike and upright elliptical)
- Adjustable seat
- SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
- 16 resistance levels
- 16 workout apps
- Tablet holder above console
- Contact heart rate monitor
- Water bottle holder
- Transport wheels
- Flywheel is very light (13 pounds)
- Stride is short (15″)
- Extremely short parts & labor warranty (90 days)
- No cooling fan
- No wireless heart rate monitor
- Consumers have complained about squeaky operation
- Product sometimes arrives damaged
- ProForm customer service gets many negative reviews
Sometimes this product delivers great value. But sometimes it’s defective, and for some people it’s too small. Here are some alternatives:
– ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro – 17″ stride, 15-pound drive, same fun features
– Sole E25 – Much higher quality but lacks high-tech extras
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer lets you lean back to cycle or stand up for full-body elliptical workouts. It’s designed for cardio training and weight loss, and it’s equipped with 16 programs that have calorie and speed goals. For extra motivation an attached bracket for your tablet computer makes it convenient to access iFit and the Internet.
Sixteen workouts are built into the Hybrid Trainer console. Eight are for speed training and eight are especially for calorie burn.
For unlimited workout options this ProForm Hybrid Trainer is enabled for iFit. Using your own mobile device as an iFit monitor, you can design immersive Google Maps™ workouts with Street View, watch iFit video workouts, download a new and personalized workout every day, take part in online bike races and more. iFit subscriptions cost $99/year and allow four member profiles.
Hybrid Trainer Features
This fitness machine has a 15″ stride. The drive on the 2016 model weighs 13 pounds and there are 16 levels of resistance. The resistance system is magnetic, which is generally associated with quiet operation. This trainer isn’t necessarily whisper quiet though; in customer reviews it is often described as squeaky.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer has oversized pedals that are textured to help you feel secure. The built-in workouts and data (speed, calories, time and distance and watts) are shown on a simple 3″ x 4″ LCD monitor. You can also check your pulse with a grip monitor.
For a more engaging workout session you can attach your tablet computer. Access iFit’s unlimited workout selection, use your own fitness apps or browse the web.
The console also has an iPod-compatible port and a sound system.
Just like the Hybrid Trainer Pro, the basic Hybrid Trainer has a 60.5″ x 24.5″ footprint and attached transport wheels. This ProForm has a 350-pound capacity but owing to its small stride and drive it’s best for smaller trainees.
Warranty & Guarantee
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer warranty includes:
– Frame: Five years
– Parts: 90 days
– Labor: 90 days
ProForm sells its Hybrid Trainers with a 30-day money back guarantee.
It’s not easy to find a fitness machine under $400 — and decked out with modern tech the 2016 ProForm Hybrid Trainer is a big step above the previous model. Nonetheless it cuts corners on two important components: stride length and drive. We recommend it only to people around 5’3″ and shorter. We also caution that its warranty and ProForm’s customer service fall short of industry standards.