Built for newcomers to regular bike exercise, the new ProForm 8.0 EX lets you train with 25 beginner resistance levels and infinite options for customized workout programs. Thirty programs designed by a certified personal trainer are included, and with iFit Coach the workout program downloads are unlimited. Ride somewhere new every day… on your stationary bike! iFit Coach lets you pedal with paced landscape views of your hometown and destinations worldwide. Read on for our full exercise bike review.
|Model||ProForm 8.0 EX|
|Resistance Type||Silent Magnetic|
|Drive System||16 lb. Flywheel|
|Seat||Adjustable, Oversized & Cushioned|
|Pedals||Extra Wide Ergonomic w/ Straps|
|Heart Rate||Dual-Grip EKG™w/ BLE Compatibility|
Wireless heart rate receiver
|Display||5" Backlit LCD|
|Max. Weight||300 lbs|
|Dimensions||61.5" x 23" x 42"|
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year
Rating: 85.5/100. Starting a new fitness habit – and keeping it going – is made easy with the ProForm 8.0 EX. This compact exercise bike is designed to keep you motivated, and the programming makes it easy to optimize your workout time. Like most ProForm fitness machines this bike works with downloaded scenic iFit Coach training programs and also has built-in routines.
Workout programs for the 8.0 EX take control of its resistance system to help you accomplish specific training goals, like riding five miles or burning 100 calories. Thirty basic programs (no fancy graphics) arrive with the console, which has a 5” data monitor… and by connecting your tablet computer, you can add iFit Coach to the bike. Get high-def landscape views as you ride! Partnering with Google Maps, iFit Coach makes it possible to virtually roll down highways, streets and natural paths worldwide. You can also exercise with a world-class personal trainer by using iFit’s interactive video programs; a celebrity coach will appear on screen to guide you through training. With iFit you can try a new program anytime, and get customized suggestions whenever you ride.
Other features of the new ProForm 8.0 EX bike are a wireless heart rate receiver, an iPod-compatible sound system, and a two-speed cooling fan. Here are pros and cons to consider before inviting it home.
- Cushioned seat with adjustable height
- 30 built-in workouts
- 25 resistance levels
- Display is backlit for easy reading of workout stats
- Ready for iFit Coach
- Has a tablet computer holder
- Sound system with 2” stereo speakers for MP3s
- USB charging station
- Supports wireless heart rate monitoring (Chest strap sold separately)
- Contact heart rate sensors
- Two-speed workout fan
- Water bottle holder
- Low price
- Two-year parts warranty
- Compact size (Footprint is 61.5″ x 23″)
- Transport wheels attached
- Not powerful enough for stronger cyclists (16-pound drive)
- Does not have incline or decline
- Requires occasional light maintenance by owner
- ProForm customer service can be slow
A fun entry-level exercise bike, the ProForm 8.0 EX makes it convenient to access music and the Internet as you exercise. It’s also loaded with ready-to-go workout programs and is ready to connect with iFit Coach. Here are details about the programming, resistance and other features.
ProForm fitness machines make it easy to spend your workout time efficiently. With the new 8.0 EX bike you can choose from 30 on-board training routines and let the bike lead you through a just-right challenge to reach your workout goal. The menu arranges your choices by goal category including Calorie, Incline, Intensity and Performance.
With WiFi and an iFit Coach membership, you can go far beyond 30 routines. Try a new path everyday! The simplest option is making or choosing a personal training program similar to the 30 choices built into the bike, but tailored to your workout data and goals.
Another iFit Coach option is downloading a Google Maps™ workouts. Virtually tour the world! Just draw a route on your tablet computer, and the bike will sync an immersive Google Street View to your workout intensity. You can also choose from recommended routes at five workout intensity levels. iFit Coach brilliantly matches beautiful paths to your exercise objectives.
And third, iFit Coach lets you benefit from exclusive interactive videos led by celebrity personal trainers. Filmed in HD, these let you get the benefits of ever-moving scenic views and an expert workout partner.
For all types of bike workouts, iFit Coach automatically logs your data. The mobile app can also help track your daily steps and other exercise you accomplish away from your exercise bike.
Stationary Bike Features
The ProForm 8.0 EX has a 16-pound flywheel, which is why we call it an exercise bike for beginners. You can work your way up through 25 levels of resistance, which are set digitally.
For quiet operation as you move among resistance levels, the bike uses magnetic braking instead of contact braking.
A removable tablet computer shelf can securely hold your computer, letting you ride with a movie, the web or interactive iFit Coach views.
There’s also a jack for your MP3 player. A set of 2″ speakers is built into the bike’s console.
For heart rate monitoring the ProForm 8.0 EX is equipped with a CardioGrip™ heart rate monitor and is compatible with Bluetooth Smart wireless chest straps.
To help you keep cool, ProForm has included a water bottle holder and a two-speed console fan.
Small wheels are attached for moving the bike after exercise.
Warranty & Guarantee
The ProForm 8.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 2 Years
– Labor: 1 year
ProForm exercise bikes also have a 30-day money back guarantee.
The ProForm 8.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike isn’t tough enough for experienced bike exercisers, but it can be a newer biker’s best buddy. It offers the comfort, training and entertainment to help novices reach higher levels of fitness. Full price ($799) for the newest version is fair considering the two-year parts warranty, but do search the ProForm website for older models. You could get a very similar bike for hundreds less.
For a more challenging ride, look for an exercise bike with a heavier flywheel. NordicTrack has lots of options that work with iFit Coach.