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ProForm HIIT Trainer Review

Quick Summary

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.


Model ProForm HIIT Trainer

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

24 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).


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

Oversized Leveling Feet

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


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

28 Lbs

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

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

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

7” Backlit 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 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.


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.


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).


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

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Years

Rating: 87.8%

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.

Full Review

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.

Workout Programs

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.

Rating: 87.8/100

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