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ProForm Hybrid Trainer Review

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer carves out a unique spot in the industry by doubling as a recumbent bike. Though it is lacking some console and entertainment features, it is very affordable and may still make a good choice for some who want a diverse workout. Buy Now

Andre Ashley

Andre Ashley

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Updated: May 21, 2014

The Good

Two machines in one:

Not only is the ProForm Hybrid Trainer an elliptical machine, but it is also a recumbent bike. The pedals adjust to suit each of these options, making it easy to transition from the elliptical to the bike and vice versa. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is perfect for anyone who enjoys mixing up their workouts but doesn't have room in their home for several large machines.

Very affordable price:

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is one of the most affordable elliptical machines that we have reviewed. Considering the fact that this machine doubles as a recumbent bike, you can be sure you're getting an especially great deal. Those looking for an elliptical on a budget will not want to miss the ProForm Hybrid Trainer.

Strong display features:

When using the ProForm Hybrid Trainer, you shouldn't have any problem viewing your workout information. The display screen clearly shows the calories you've burned, the amount of time you have been using the machine, and the distance that you have traveled. If you use the heart rate hand grips, you will also be able to see your heart rate on the screen as well.

Target pacer:

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer comes with a useful target pacer feature, which tells you how to adjust your speed in order to achieve the goal that you set for the workout. For those training for a race or looking to lose weight, this could be a very helpful feature and is definitely something to consider when searching for the best elliptical machine.

The Bad

Missing console features:

Though the ProForm Hybrid Trainer does have a Quick Start button, which makes it easy to get going with your workout, it doesn't really have many console features beyond that. Many other elliptical trainers have a chest pulse sensor, which is a more reliable alternative to the heart rate hand grips, along with a built-in console fan. These features cannot be found on the ProForm Hybrid Trainer, however. This machine is also missing a reading rack that can be used to balance books, magazines, or even tablets while exercising. For those who value being able to read while working out, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer may not be the right choice.

No incline ability:

Many elliptical trainers offer users the opportunity to incline their machines for an added degree of difficulty in their workouts. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer does not come with this capability, though, which may be disappointing to some. If being able to adjust the incline of your elliptical is important to you, there are plenty of other options better suited for your needs.

Missing entertainment features:

Compared to treadmills, ellipticals offer very little in the way of entertainment options. However, most still come with a built-in audio port and speakers to make listening to music easy and convenient. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is not one of these machines. This may not bother some people, but it is something to consider when choosing an elliptical machine.

Poor warranties:

It's frustrating when your exercise equipment breaks down. It's even more frustrating to get a huge repair bill if the machine isn't under warranty. That is the reality that many owners of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer will face if they encounter equipment malfunctions, as the warranties on this machine are extremely limited. If this worries you, there are plenty of other machines with better warranties that can offer you peace of mind.

The Details

Price $349
Shipping and Assembly
Assembly $249
Front Door Free
In-Home $99
In-Room $179
Elliptical Machine Length 63"
Elliptical Machine Width 26"
Incline Levels N/A
Max Weight Allowed 350 lbs
Product Weight 145 lbs
Resistance Levels 14 Levels
Stride Length Levels 15"
Electronics 90 Days
Frame 5 years
Labor 90 Days
Parts 90 Days


Frame and Pedals

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  • Powered Incline - You can adjust the incline with the push of a button.
  • Heart Rate Hand Grips - Hand grips that can measure your heart rate are included.
  • Resistance - You can add levels of resistance to the stride.
  • Transport Wheels - Wheels are included for easy transport.
  • Adjustable Stride - You can adjust the stride length.
  • Incline - The elliptical machine can incline.
  • Pivoting Pedals - Foot plates or pedals that can pivot to match your foot movement are included.


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