The ProForm HIIT Trainer is a hybrid fitness machine inspired by the smooth motion of elliptical cross-trainers and the powerful calorie burn of stairclimbers. The HIIT footpath is like that of a stairclimber (but modified to be shaped more like ellipse) and the handlebars are resistant for efficient upper body toning. Very low impact, the machine supports aerobic workouts and high intensity interval training (HIIT) that delivers rapid results. It’s an ideal solution for many exercisers who seek fast fitness improvement without the risk of causing impact-related health problems such as tendonitis and osteoarthritis. Frequently sale priced at $1499 and carrying a three-year parts warranty, the HIIT is rewarding investment for your health.
Pros & Cons
- Total body training.
- Very low impact.
- 28-pound flywheel.
- 24 resistance settings.
- 7″ display.
- Ledge for tablet computer.
- 32 workout apps.
- iFit® workouts and stats tracking available with subscription.
- Smartphone-compatible (console speakers).
- Water bottle holder.
- Two-speed workout fan.
- Competitive warranty.
- HIIT can be too stressful on some bodies.
- Pulse sensors are built into the handlebars, but wireless pulse monitoring isn’t an option.
- ProForm customer service often gets negative reviews.
The ProForm HIIT Trainer facilitates high intensity training without the risk of injury from high impact. Training on the HIIT, your feet stay in constant contact with the pedals and your arms move with the resistant handlebars. While the HIIT is influenced by step machines and elliptical cross-trainers, it allows faster calorie burn thanks to a steeper slope and more vigorous upper-body exercise. The step-like elliptical footpath moves ten inches upward and five inches forward, and the upper body exercise is reminiscent of boxing.
This total body trainer can be used for aerobic workouts that build strength and endurance while blasting calories. Even better, it has programming for high intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT alternates between intensity levels to create a brief anaerobic effect (oxygen deprivation) that triggers incredible results. For instance, with HIIT it’s entirely reasonable to expect calorie burn at three or four times your usual treadmill rate and with high intensity interval training the metabolism continues to be stoked long after a workout. Another remarkable result from HIIT is serious improvement in cardio endurance, you might double your stamina in a short amount of time. Please note that it’s advisable to check with your physician before choosing high intensity interval training.
Trainees choose from 24 resistance levels and can get guidance from 32 built-in workout apps. For additional programming and automated stats tracking you can use the ProForm HIIT with an iFit membership. Although the machine’s 7″ screen doesn’t show iFit workouts, you can attach your own tablet computer to use iFit video workouts from celebrity personal trainers, Google Maps workouts with interactive street views, and more.
The HIIT Trainer has 32 preloaded workout apps, all professionally designed by a certified personal trainer. HIIT and non-HIIT workouts are included. A 7″ data screen shows time, distance, speed, pulse, and calories burned.
This trainer can be used with an iFit subscription. Members can download unlimited workouts including customized exercise routines, video workouts from leading certified personal trainers, and Google Maps workouts that show interactive street views. iFit members also get advanced stats tracking and can take part in physical challenges posted by other iFit users. Using iFit with the HIIT requires attaching your own tablet to the console.
For smooth operation the HIIT Trainer has a 28-pound flywheel. Its 24 tension are digitally controlled.
The footpath is 10″ vertical and 5″ horizontal. The cushioned foot pedals are oversized, allowing for foot repositioning during exercise.
The handlebars are shaped to easily allow multiple grip positions. They move with resistance for calorie burn and to tone the arms, shoulders, back, and core.
The console computer has a 7″ screen. It’s backlit for easy reading of data regardless of ambient light. Users can attach their own tablet to the machine for iFit access.
The HIIT has a smartphone-compatible port and speakers.
For heart rate monitoring the ProForm HIIT Trainer has grip pulse readers built into the handlebars.
Warranty & Guarantee
The ProForm HIIT Trainer has a competitive warranty package:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 years
– Labor: 1 year
ProForm also offers a 30-day money back guarantee for fitness equipment purchased factory-direct.
The HIIT Trainer offers extraordinary joint protection while outperforming traditional steppers, ellipticals and treadmills in a variety of ways. Generous programming, speakers and other enhancements help make this model a best buy at its $1499 sale price. A strong machine at a reasonable price point. Hardly the most advanced trainer of it’s kind on the market, but surprisingly versatile if you’re willing to bring in your own tablet for iFit connectivity.