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ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT is both an elliptical machine and recumbent exercise bike. To switch it from one mode to the other, you adjust the pedals and console. For training guidance the XT has 16 preset workout programs, plus Hybrid Trainers are ready for iFit Coach! Unlimited iFit Coach workout programs can control the pedal speed and resistance to help make the most of your exercise time. Learn more from our full Hybrid Trainer XT review.

Specifications

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Model ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT
Rating

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82%
List Price

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$399
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$399
Resistance

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

16 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).

15 inches
Pedals

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

Oversized,adjustable, cushioned pedals
Incline

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

no
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.

16
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.

Large LCD Display
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).

70.5" L x 24.5" W x 60.5" 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: 5 Years
Parts: 90 Days
Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 82%

Our Rating

Rating: 82/100.  The Hybrid Trainer XT is the newest addition to ProForm’s Hybrid Trainer Series of combination elliptical-bikes. On sale for $399 it looks destined to replace the original ProForm Hybrid Trainer, which often has the same price; the XT is essentially the same except for the data screen. Both models are hybrids of standing ellipticals and reclining or recumbent exercise bikes. This means you can stand or sit to train, and you can exercise your whole body or just the lower half. The Hybrid XT conserves space in your home workout area compared with two separate fitness machines.

ProForm trainers have built-in exercise programs but are most appealing because of iFit Coach. With Fit Coach readiness, the XT can let iFit Coach workout programs control its pedal resistance and speed. (Membership and your own tablet computer, smartphone or other display screen is required.) Additionally iFit Coach can track your progress long-term and make customized suggestions about workouts, nutrition and sleep.

Performance specs for the Hybrid Trainer XT include a 13-pound effective flywheel (the source of strength resistance) and a 15” elliptical stride. With digital controls the resistance can be set from levels 1 to 16, and in elliptical mode the handlebars move as you stride to support total-body training.

Overall the performance specs are entry level; this trainer isn’t as smooth as club-quality exercise bikes and ellipticals. Still it has cushioned pedals to help make your cross training low-impact, and in elliptical mode it has the rear drive design that’s favored for producing a flat rather than upward stair-stepping motion.

Other notable features are a music port for amplifying your MP3s, a convenient water bottle holder, and caster wheels for easily rolling the XT aside after exercise.

Pros:

  • Moving arm bars
  • 16 digital resistance levels
  • 16 preset workout programs
  • Ready for iFit Coach unlimited workouts
  • Integrated holder for tablet computer
  • Water bottle holder
  • Wheels to assist with storage
  • Holds up to 350 pounds
  • Low price

Cons:

  • Light resistance
  • Elliptical stride is shorter than average person’s natural gait
  • No wireless heart rate monitor (Grip only)
  • Very short warranty on parts and labor (90 days)
  • Slow customer service for the brand in general

Introduction

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT is a two-in-one fitness machine or “elliptical exercise bike.” One option it offers is total-body training in elliptical mode; the handlebars move in synchrony with your pedaling. The other option is sitting down to exercise your heart and lower body with recumbent biking. In both positions the Hybrid Trainer XT uses a 13-pound flywheel with 16 choices for light resistance. Each option is relatively light, making the XT a trainer for beginners. Below we detail the iFit Coach readiness and other features.

Workout Programs

This elliptical bike has 16 preset training programs and is ready for iFit Coach personal training.

The 16 preset workout programs can control the hybrid’s speed and resistance. They use different combinations of speed, resistance and duration to support training at different intensity levels. Eight workouts are for biking and eight are for elliptical training.

But most exciting, as an “iFit Coach ready” machine, the XT can access iFit Coach workouts and other iFit features through your mobile device or desktop computer. Connecting your device to the trainer, you can stride or ride with ever-moving Google Maps street views! iFit lets you choose from suggested map workouts or create your own anytime. The iFit Library also supplies high definition video workouts and customized personal training programs.

Feedback for training with the 16 preset workouts is shown on a simple LCD. For easy viewing the readouts are large and the screen has adjustable angle.

If used with an iFit Coach membership, the elliptical bike can help track and store your workout data. iFit can collect stats for elliptical workouts, indoor bike rides and other activities that you log with an iFit wearable tracker or the iFit Coach app.  Using your fitness stats, iFit Coach can make customized suggestions about exercise, diet and sleep.

Elliptical Bike Features

The Hybrid Trainer XT works as a recumbent exercise bike (a bike with back support) and a rear drive elliptical trainer with 15” stride. It takes the same amount of space as a typical rear drive home elliptical.

To promote quiet operation, ProForm engineers its hybrids with magnetic resistance instead of mechanical brakes. With the XT you can push buttons to move among 16 tension levels. The 16 levels are low intensity… best for beginners and people seeking gentle rehabilitative cross training.

The recumbent bike seat is padded and made from ventilated material for comfort. It’s adjustable and gives lumbar support to you can exercise without stressing your back.

For good comfort in biking and elliptical modes, Hybrid XT pedals are 1) cushioned and 2) roomy enough to allow repositioning of your feet during exercise.

An audio port is provided for MP3 speakers, letting you exercise with music at a higher volume.

A bottle holder is built into the machine to make hydration convenient.

Transport wheels are attached to help you move the machine out of the way with minimal effort.

Warranty & Guarantee

Included with the sale price for the ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT are the following warranty protections:

– Frame: 5 years

– Parts: 90 days

– Labor: 90 days

ProForm fitness machines are sold with 30-day money-back guarantees.

Conclusion

The Hybrid Trainer XT offers a rare opportunity to get elliptical training and bike training at home for less than $400. Like most ProForms it has lots of appealing features, but keep in mind that this trainer is entry level and has a short warranty. It can provide a fun introduction to home fitness… but if you prove to be serious, you’ll probably want an upgrade soon!

Compare this ProForm with other options from ProForm and its sister company NordicTrack before clicking “Buy.”