Proform Hybrid Trainer Review
There are various types of elliptical trainers on the market that are specifically designed to accommodate fitness enthusiasts with various needs. Recumbent elliptical trainers offer users the best of both worlds by combining an elliptical machine with a recumbent bike. We came to conduct this Proform Hybrid Trainer review to see how well it performs based on our standards in quality, effectiveness, and durability among other things.
The Proform Hybrid trainer has a recumbent seat with side handles for support and oversized adjustable pedals. The elliptical has dual-action arms as well as stationary arms with dual grip heart rate monitoring. The stride length is 15” with an inertia-enhanced flywheel, 14 levels of digital resistance, and 14 pre-programmed workouts. The maximum weight capacity is 350 lbs and comes with a 5-year warranty on the frame, 90 day warranty on parts and labor.
This Proform trainer has much to offer in a budget-friendly machine combining two workout machines in one. The recumbent seat allows you to sit comfortably and performs as a recumbent bike with adjustable pedals that level for the bike position. As an elliptical the trainer it has a silent magnetic resistance to provide smoother motions and a quiet operation. The console has an LCD display with 14 workout apps built-in and can adjust for the elliptical and recumbent position. Added features for convenience include a water bottle holder, an RPM meter, and transport wheels to make moving it around easier.
One of the flaws to the design of this trainer is that in the recumbent bike position you can not use the heart rate monitoring feature as the stationary arms with pulse grips do not adjust. The handles located at the seat do not have pulse grip sensors compared to other models. This is not a huge upset, however because the heart rate monitor isn’t always accurate or gives a proper readout. Another drawback is the limited warranty, which is very limited compared to most models that offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. With that being said, this is a more economical trainer than its competitors with better warranties – you get what you pay for.
What Others Have Said
We sought out what others’ thoughts were to incorporate into our Proform Hybrid Trainer review. Here’s what they shared based on their own personal experiences.
“Although it is not a heavy duty unit, it is still plenty rugged for home use and should last a long time if treated well.”
“The programmed workouts are awesome.”
“The elliptical strider function works very smoothly.”
“To see the monitor while sitting, you have to unscrew a knob behind it and tilt it forward, but the screw comes completely off”
“The heart rate/pulse monitor doesn’t work. It doesn’t even register.”
“Once it was together, there is a squeak I can’t seem to get rid of.”
Our Final Thoughts
In conclusion of this Proform Hybrid Trainer review, if you’re looking for an affordable workout machine that provides the versatility of two, this is a great buy. It is not a fancy electric model with a great number of features, but it will give you an effective cardio workout. The built-in programs are a nice feature that allows you to mix it up. It does not come with a great warranty, although it is to be expected for a unit this price. For more serious trainers seeking the benefits of the added bells and whistles with a longer warranty seek the higher end models. For beginners and regular users looking for a quality machine that is inexpensive, this Proform Hybrid Trainer serves just fine.