Proform Elliptical and Recumbent Bike Review

Proform’s hybrid trainer is two exercise machines rolled into one neat package for complete versatility in fitness technology. This creation is the innovative concept of Chris and Heidi Powell, who are trainers and transformation specialists in the field. Many extras are included in a workout for the entire body.

Innovative Features

The hybrid trainer includes iFit to allow a choice of a route anywhere in the world that you want to travel while doing a workout. This technology is powered by Google maps to keep a person engaged on a multitude of routes at different fitness levels. It is also possible to draw your own route and send it to your hybrid trainer to accommodate your workout seamlessly.  iFit also includes programs to workout with top trainers to up the game. It includes a tablet holder to keep fitness tools securely at your fingertips.

It only takes two quick steps to convert this exercise equipment from a recumbent bike to an elliptical and then back to a recumbent bike. The pedals and console are the only adjustments necessary for the transformation.

Automatic tracking helps to monitor your progress from each workout. A high-powered workout for advanced users includes a display in watts to know when to increase your pace or slow it down to maintain the correct heart rate for you to burn calories and build muscle.

The large LCD window is easy to view while using this hybrid trainer to track distance, calories burned, time of workout and speed. The console also has an angle adjustment to be in plain view no matter what a person’s height is.

SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance is adjustable while working out without any interruptions. Enjoy 16 resistance levels for exercise intensity to benefit both beginners and advanced fitness levels.

Choose from 16 pre-loaded professional workout applications to keep you engaged by only pressing the start button.

This system is iPod compatible to listen to your own play list while exercising.

Comfort Features

The upper body workout arms have super soft grips to be gentle on your hands even while they are damp from exerting energy.

The seat is thickly padded for comfort with easy adjustments for the perfect height for anyone.

The pedals are oversized and adjustable for safety, security and to gain better traction.

This piece of fitness equipment can accommodate up to 350 pounds and is very sturdily built.

A built in water bottle holder is convenient to stay hydrated while working out on the elliptical.

An EKG grip pulse is included with monitors in both handgrips to monitor your heart rate and keep you in your target heart zone for fast results in your fitness regime.


The benefits are apparent in the construction and design of this system. The elliptical allows a complete workout of the upper and lower body as well as the core. Switching quickly over to the recumbent bike allows a complete cardio workout.

Having basically two types of equipment in one package saves space of two different pieces of fitness equipment and lowers the expense.

The large variety of technology including the iFit helps to keep a person engaged and excited about an approaching workout. The amount of routes to use as the elliptical are virtually countless as you can travel the world while you get fit.


The only apparent disadvantage is the sheer size of this equipment. It is 70.5 inches long, 24.5 inches wide and 60.5 inches high. It does have front wheels to push it towards the wall of a room, but it still takes up quite a bit of space.

If you are looking for a complete total body workout with all the latest technology and comfort features in one package, this is a great hybrid to keep you on your goals.