The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is unique in the way that it has been designed to provide users with the benefits of both an exercise bike and an elliptical in one. It comes equipped with a generous number of workout programs (14) and resistance settings (14) while also providing users with a comfortable workout experience.
However, there’s a couple of things that we would like changing, namely the length of the stride, as at 15 inches taller individuals may feel a little confined as they work out.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer comes equipped with 14 built-in workout programs which have all been designed by a Certified Personal Trainer, leaving you safe in the knowledge that these programs are both safe and effective. These programs also do a good job at varying your workout, while helping you fulfill your short term and long term fitness goals, whether that be losing weight, building up your endurance, and so on.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer has 14 resistance levels to choose from, which can be adjusted at just a touch of a button on the computer console. Therefore, with so many resistance levels at your disposal, it’s likely that you’ll be able to workout at a level that is either challenging or easy enough for you, regardless of your goals or fitness level.
The flywheel determines the stability of the machine as well as its smoothness when in operation. Well, with the ProForm coming with a heavier than normal flywheel, there is no chance of the machine swaying from side to side as you work out. Everything also feels smooth and natural as you exercise, particularly when it comes to your stride motion.
As mentioned, the stride would be the one aspect of this machine that we would change. The stride measures 15 inches, making it likely that taller users will feel a little confined as they work out. However, at least the stride motion feels smooth and natural and does a good job of accurately mimicking your walking/running motion, ensuring that you get the most out of your workout.
The ProForm Hybrid Trainer computer console provides you with feedback on time, resistance, distance, calories burned, as well as your pulse through the dual-grip EKG heart rate monitor, whereby the built-in sensors in the handlebars work to record your pulse. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to work out in your target heart rate zone.
Furthermore, there is an RPM meter which allows you to pace your workout intensity for sustained training. This is achieved thanks to the the LCD computer displaying your revolutions per minute so you know when you need to pick up the pace or slow down.
Exercise equipment and bikes in particular often suffer from an uncomfortable workout experience. While much of this is down to the overall design of the machine, the seat plays a large part. Thankfully, the Hybrid Trainer features a recumbent seat, meaning that there is back support, and recumbent seats often feature more padding, with the ProForm being no exception.
The pedals are oversized, allowing you get into a comfortable position, regardless of your foot size, while also having the added benefit of ensuring that your feet won’t slip off as you exercise. It’s also good to see that there are adjustable leveling feet, as these work to keep the Hybrid steady on uneven surfaces, which is a rarity for exercise equipment.
Storing any exercise machine is usually a difficult process; however, this isn’t the case with the ProForm, as transport wheels can be found on the bottom of the machine.
The Hybrid Trainer is backed by a 5-year frame, and 90-day parts and labor warranty.
69 x 23.25 x 58.75 inches
148 pounds (shipping weight)
PROFORM HYBRID TRAINER USER REVIEWS
The Hybrid Trainer has been received very favorably by consumers, judging by its average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from over 60 reviews.
While a number of users feel that the assembly process is quite time consuming, taking anywhere between 1 and 5 hours, depending on how handy you are, they all agree that the directions are very well-written so you shouldn’t run into any problems along the way.
Besides the exclusion of a backlight, there isn’t much else to complain about. It’s a bit annoying that the assembly process takes so long, but this is expected, considering that the Hybrid isn’t your typical exercise machine. It also would’ve been nice if the stride was a couple of inches longer, but at this price we can’t really complain.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
The Hybrid has a maximum user weight capacity of 350 pounds and also features an integrated water bottle holder. Thanks to the upper-body workout arms, you can achieve a total body workout, as the workout arms work to exercise your upper body while the pedals work to exercise your lower body.
We feel that the ProForm Hybrid Trainer offers excellent value for money. Not only because it is a two-in-one machine, but because it a two-in-one machine that retails for under $500. While it’s true that a couple of things could be improved upon and the assembly process is longer than we would’ve liked, if you want to be able to work out both your lower and upper body for under $500, then it’s definitely worth considering. If not, then the Proform 6.0 ZE is worth looking at.
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