A Recumbent Bike and Upright Elliptical with iFit
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro supports low-intensity training as both a recumbent bike and an elliptical machine. Key specs are a 12.6-pound flywheel, 20 built-in programs, MP3 speakers and iFit compatibility.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro supports low-intensity total body training. As both a recumbent bike and an elliptical trainer, it supports workouts for the arms, legs and core body. These workouts aren’t simultaneous; you sit down for the bicycling action and stand for the elliptical with moving arm bars. Other key features are a heavier 15-pound flywheel (a significant increase from the 2015 model), 20 built-in programs, 20 levels of resistance, music speakers and iFit compatibility.
The online sale price of $599 (dropped from $999) might be appealing, but keep in mind that these machines require regular DIY maintenance. Also, the iFit module is sold separately. Feature by feature, here’s an honest review of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro.
- Efficient Full-Body Design: The compact size of this fitness machine is a selling point. It requires just over 5 feet x 2 feet of floor space yet can hold up to 350 pounds.
- Preset Workouts: Twenty preset workouts are included. (The simpler ProForm Hybrid Trainer has 16 programs.) These make it easy to exercise for speed goals and calorie burn.
- Workout Data: A battery-powered monitor gives feedback about time and speed. A target pacer showing RPM helps you meet goals.
- iFit Bluetooth Smart Enabled Console: TV trainers Chris and Heidi Powell have created unique workouts to help you meet your fitness goals; access these and tons of others via the iFit workout library. Users can also access vibrant workouts powered by Google Maps or the workout builder option.
- Large LCD Display: An attractive screen that is easy to read, it also features priority display. The console is also adjustable so you can adjust it to any angle.
- Computer Shelf: This machine makes it easy to multitask. Keep your tablet computer handy with the Hybrid Trainer Pro’s removable shelf.
- Comfortable Seat: A comfortable padded seat with lumbar support is provided for cycling. It has side handlebars to give the rider extra stability.
- Audio: Play your MP3s on the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro. It has an iPod-compatible port and an Intermix Acoustics 2.0 sound system.
- Water Bottle Holder: A water bottle holder is attached to the elliptical frame and within easy reach in both exercise modes.
- Lifetime Frame Coverage: The 2015 model offered just 5 years coverage on the frame, but the newer 2016 model provides a lifetime warranty on the frame for new owners.
- Magnetic Resistance: Magnetic resistance on the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro brings quiet operation. There are 20 levels of digital resistance with a smooth flow from level to level.
- Transport Wheels: The machine has wheels for easy transport.
- Weight Capacity: The maximum user weight capacity is 350 pounds.
This total body trainer isn’t made to commercial standards. In fact, many customers report that it’s more rickety than other home fitness machines. Keep these potential drawbacks in mind.
- Assembly: Typically a home fitness machine takes an hour to build. In customer reviews the ProForm hybrid trainers often take two to four hours to assemble.
- iFit Module Not Included: Although this bike could be used with iFit, first the customer needs to buy an iFit module. Another expense to consider is the iFit membership. Sometimes a membership is included with the module. Other times it adds another $99/year to your workout expenses.
- Not Adjustable: Most exercise bikes are adjustable for people of different heights, but the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro is not.
- Light Flywheel: While the current flywheel weight of this model is 15 pounds (heavier than the 2015 model, with a weight of just over 12.5 pounds), a flywheel of 20 pounds is more typical at this price point.
- Grip Heart Rate Monitor: A contact heart rate monitor is built into the unit. Some people report that it doesn’t work well. ProForm cautions in the manual that this isn’t a medical-grade device.
- Defective Units: ProForm isn’t exactly the Cadillac of the fitness industry. Some customers receive useful products and others don’t. It’s not uncommon for customer reviews of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro to mention that parts were missing or broken at delivery time. Also, it can take awhile to get replacement parts.
- Short Warranty on parts and labor: New owners get just 90 days coverage on parts and labor.
Who Should Ride the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro?
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro is popular with a wide range of customers. People appreciate its light resistance for very low-stress exercise, and the highest resistance levels are suitable for a metabolic boost and cardio training.
This machine has a maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds and a longer stride of 17” as well as an adjustable console and seat. It best fits people of shorter to average heights, but these multiple adjustable features and longer stride also make it more adaptable to taller people.
The Bottom Line
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro easily catches our interest, but after careful review it looks like a risky buy. We’d only recommend it to the shopper who considers big purchases to be “toys” and won’t be financially upset if this machine doesn’t deliver.
For the top exercise bikes in each category check out our continuously updated best exercise bikes page. For the Hybrid Trainer, are you feeling lucky? When it works, this double fitness machine is hot! But when it doesn’t, customers often have trouble getting the help they want. ProForm now sells the Hybrid Trainer Pro for $599 online.
ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro Specs:
|Dimensions:||60.5" L x 24.5" W x 70.5" H|