Looking for a crosstrainer for under $1000? You've probably considered a Proform elliptical trainer.
Proform is one of the most popular names in the fitness equipment industry.
They are owned by ICON Health and Fitness - one of the largest manufacturers in the business.
(ICON also owns names like Weslo, Image, Freemotion and Reebok).
The advantage to a large company like ICON is that they have the resources and engineers to build a better machine for less. So you get more for your money.
This is actually the best overall advantage to Proform crosstrainers - they come in at really cheap prices - without necessarily being cheap ellipticals. Most of their new models start from $599 and up.
And you still get some incredibly popular buyer features with them like incline, longer stride lengths, adjustable strides and iFit LIVE.
For example, many of these trainers have incline options - either manual or power. Incline changes the slope of your ellitpical pathway and works different sets of lower body muscles.
Up until a few years ago, incline was almost impossible to find in a home elliptical - you had to spend $3000+ on a Precor to get it. You'll get either a manual (where you adjust the ramp yourself) or a power (you can change settings with a button) incline on these trainers.
Many Proform elliptical trainers also come with adjustable strides. Stride is the furthest length between the pedals. Shorter strides can feel uncomfortable and 'bumpy', more like stair climbing than elliptical running.
So most people prefer a longer stride (18 - 22"). Many Proform models - even the $599 ones come with at least an 18" stride.
Another benefit to these elliptical trainers is iFit LIVE. All the newer models now are compatible with iFit LIVE. This is a feature where you can connect your machine to the wireless Internet in your home.
From there you can download new workouts - including ones where celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels coaches you through your workout. You can also track your fitness activity online and map out new workout routes using Googlemaps.
With iFit LIVE you basically never run out of new workout challenges. (However be aware that the iFit LIVE module is extra.)
Which Proform Elliptical is best for you?
This really depends on your budget and personal preferences. For the most part these are starter ellipticals which would suit light to medium activity levels.
You can find older models kicking around stores. However, if you're looking for the latest models (which usually have more features and options for the same price), you can find them direct here.
You'll also find a list of the latest models below with a brief review of each, a rating (out of 5 stars) and links to more information.
If you're looking for a starter elliptical that comes in at a great price, Proform is definitely worth checking out.
Price: $ 599
The Proform 10.0 CE elliptical is a starter machine from Proform that gives you 3 different stride lengths. This is great for multiple use families as everyone can choose the right feel for them. The 10.0 elliptical also folds up to save you 3 feet of floor space – great for condos or apartments.
With iFit, you can download new workout programs to your machine – and track your workout progress online. Plus the 18 built-in workouts can give you even more of a workout challenge.
With an enhanced flywheel for a smoother ride and a larger, easier to read 7” console window the Proform 18.0 elliptical gives you a bit more than lesser priced models. You also get a larger incline – going from 15 degrees up to 40 degrees for more of a lower body challenge.
Plus there are 3 different angle adjustments on the footpedals so you can find the right toe-heel angle that feels best for you. Add in the iFit LIVE option and you could download new workouts every day for even more of a workout challenge.
Price: $ 599
The Proform 510 comes in at an incredible price – especially considering you get both incline and a longer 20” stride. While the incline is manual adjustment, you can get up to 20 degrees to help challenge your lower body.
The dual grip heart rate sensors can help you stay in your target heart rate range. And the iFit compatibility can help you download new workout programs to your machine – and track your workout progress online.
Price: $ 799
The Proform 710 elliptical is all about 20: 20 built-in workout programs, 20 resistance levels and up to 20 degree incline. And you can also get a 20” stride. It also comes iFit compatible so you can download new workouts by Jillian Michaels to your elliptical and get Jillian coaching you through your workout.
The Dual Grip heart rate monitor can help you stay in your target fat-burning range and the console fan will keep you cool throughout your workout.
Is it right for you? Review the 10.0 crosstrainer by price, features and more!
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