The economy priced ProForm Hybrid Trainer is a light elliptical machine and recumbent bike for a budget conscious shopper.
Recent models have been upgraded to include iFit technology, a tablet holder, and a watts meter.
But despite the upgrades, the online price remains a mere $399.
Does that make this machine is an incredible deal or an budget priced disaster?
There’s only one way to find out…read on!
|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
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is designed for light and low-impact exercise. Within one seamless workout session it serves as both a recumbent bike and an elliptical trainer (just moving arm bars). The console offers 16 built-in training programs and is iFit-enabled for unlimited additional workouts.
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. Check out our pros and cons to decide if limited, yet versatile machine will work for you.
- 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″).
- Worryingly 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 just as often it arrives defective (and for some people it’s too small). Here are some alternative exercise machines that offer similar features and cost, but are far more dependable:
– 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 as well as weight loss and it’s equipped with 16 workout programs focused on calorie and speed goals. For extra motivation, an attached bracket for your tablet computer makes it convenient to access iFit and the Internet mid-workout.
Sixteen workouts are built into the Hybrid Trainer console. Eight are for speed training and eight are designed for 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 can register up to four member profiles.
Hybrid Trainer Features
This fitness machine has a 15″ stride. The drive weighs 13 pounds and offers 16 levels of resistance. The resistance system is magnetic, which is generally associated with quiet operation. This trainer won’t necessarily live up to that quiet reputation though. Many customer reviews describe it as squeaky. So buyer beware.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer has oversized pedals that are textured to help you feel secure. The built-in workouts and data (speed, calories, time, 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 to access iFit’s unlimited workout selection, use your own fitness apps, or browse the web.
The console also has a smartphone-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 the stride and are so small, 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. Thanks to a surprising amount of modern tech (for this price range anyways), 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. This is not a machine built to last or impress. It’ll work in a pinch and is surprisingly versatile, but don’t expect the ProForm Hybrid Trainer to be a fixture of your home gym for very long.