The ProForm Hybrid Trainer – A 2-in-1 Machine for Under $600

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is an unusual cross trainer that combines a recumbent exercise bike with a fully functional elliptical trainer. It's one of the more unique offerings by ProForm, a company skilled in crafting decent workout machines at low prices.

The Bike(?)

We have a question mark here because the ProForm Hybrid Trainer isn't a traditional exercise bike at all; it's a recumbent bike combined with an elliptical trainer. The end result is an exercise machine that isn't like any other cross trainers. It truly is a hybrid machine that should get more attention, but it's at the low end of the price point, where most serious athletes don't even bother looking for a decent cross trainer.

The specs include:

ProForm Hybrid Trainer

  • Silent Magnetic Resistance brakes
  • 15" inch stride for elliptical
  • 14 workout programs
  • Dual-Grip EKG™ Heart Rate Monitor
  • Adjustable, levelling feet
  • Padded recumbent seat
  • RPM meter
  • LCD display shows time, distance, resistance, calories burned and pulse rate
  • Target pacer
  • Oversized pedals adjust for recumbent cycling or elliptical training
  • Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
  • Transport wheels
  • 350 lb. Weight Capacity
  • Warranty: 5 years on frame, 90 days on parts & labor

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The Buzz

There isn't a lot of chatter about the ProForm Hybrid Trainer on the Internet, which is a shame. It's actually a pretty good machine for anyone who wants to get in shape but has problems with arthritis or other conditions that require a low-impact workout. Reviews across the board reveal that users like the comfort and ease of use of the Hybrid and are thrilled to get not one but two low-impact options for their money.

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Most people who tried it felt that the range of workout programs and the 350 pound weight capacity were the best features, giving even those who were seriously out of shape solid workout options. They also liked the wide range of workout programs. A few people noted that the warranty on the frame was only decent, and that the parts and labor coverage was disappointing at only 90 days.

Our Take

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer gives people who need a low impact workout a serious combination machine that expands their exercise options with both an elliptical machine and a recumbent bike in one package. The pedals can be easily adjusted for different users as well as the bike and elliptical options. The inertia enhanced flywheel and magnetic resistance brakes both contribute to a smooth workout. We were disappointed in the short 15" stride, which can be too short for some taller users, but it would be difficult to lengthen the stride without somehow interfering with the recumbent bike.

The 14 resistance levels and workout programs are impressive in a machine that's just under $600, but ProForm falls short on the warranty. Just 90 days on parts and labor simply isn't good enough for a machine with this many moving parts and adjustments, and only five years on the frame lets you know that the ProForm Hybrid Trainer is meant to be a disposable piece of exercise equipment. It's a shame, because the design could have made it a real contender for the best low-impact exercise machine on the market.

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