ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro Review

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Pros Ultra low impact, the ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro lets you reap the benefits of high intensity training while minimizing risk of discomfort and strain. Like a traditional elliptical machine it efficiently tones the whole body, but CardioHIIT training can be especially vigorous with its steeper footpath and unique upper body exercise. This well-built fitness machine features club-quality resistance, excellent preset workout programming, optional iFit with Google Maps workouts, iPod compatibility and a 10” touchscreen with web browser. It carries a competitive warranty as well.
Cons The CardioHIIT Trainer Pro is ideal for high intensity interval training and other vigorous exercise, but it doesn’t double as a trainer for low-intensity workouts. In this sense it’s less versatile than some other cardio trainers. For example, a high quality treadmill could be used for casual strolling as well as marathon training.
Summary The new ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro is an excellent value at its introductory sale price. It supports super-efficient total body training that’s gentle on joints, plus its electronics for workout programming and multimedia entertainment are excellent. This trainer’s combination of high intensity and low impact would be valuable for many of our readers, but vigorous training isn’t appropriate/safe for everyone.

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ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro Detailed Overview

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An exciting new option for serious cross-training, the ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro delivers total body workouts without harshly impacting the knees or other sensitive joints. The lower section of the CardioHIIT Trainer Pro features an elliptical path that’s more vertical than most, making the machine a sort of elliptical/stepper hybrid. The upper section works the arms and core with multigrip handlebars that move with an invigorating boxing-like motion. Alternating between different intensity levels, trainees boost their metabolic rates not only during workouts but for many hours beyond.

A 10-inch full color touchscreen gives access to 34 built-in programs for high intensity interval training and other workout routines. Also available (subscription required) are iFit’s automated stats tracking and varied workouts including unlimited customized programs, video workouts with celebrity personal trainers, and unlimited scenic interactive tours with Google Maps.

High quality is evident throughout this top-of-the-line cardio trainer. An especially notable component is the 30-pound flywheel, which helps the CardioHIIT Trainer Pro perform as smoothly as a commercial elliptical. The drive also helps the machine accommodate a wide range of trainees’ strength levels, just like that of a health club cross-trainer.

The manufacturer’s warranty package for this product is more customer-friendly than most. It provides lifetime coverage for the steel frame, five years for parts and two years for labor. The factory-direct deal online also includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.

ProForm CardioHIIT Trainer Pro - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:5-stars
Compact / Folding:Yes
Incline:Yes
Stride Length:N/A
Flywheel:30 lbs
Programs:34
Fan:Yes
Weight Capacity:350 lbs
Dimensions:39" L x 29.25" W x 66.7" H

Our Favorite Features

  • Total body training for weight loss, strength and cardiovascular toning
  • Low impact motion promotes efficiency and minimizes the risk of exercise-related discomfort
  • High quality pedals are cushioned and roomy to promote comfort and endurance
  • Multigrip handlebars help the machine fit different body sizes and make it easy to diversify upper-body training
  • Club-quality performance from a 30-pound flywheel
  • Resistance at 26 levels to suit a wide range of ability levels
  • Thirty-four preset programs and optional iFit support excellent workout variety
  • Contact and wireless pulse monitors are included; a wireless chest strap ships with the machine
  • 10” touchscreen with web browser enhances workout time
  • Device compatible with 2” speakers for audio motivation
  • Media ledge for holding a tablet computer, Kindle, magazine, etc.
  • Compact machine size compared with traditional cross-trainers and treadmills; 39” L x 29.25” W x 66.7” H
  • A two-speed fan and bottle holder help trainees keep cool and hydrated
  • Valuable warranty package on the frame, parts and labor

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Fixed stride rather than variable; the vertical path is 10” and the horizontal path is 5”
  • High intensity interval training is fantastic for sparking the metabolism and sculpting the body, but it’s not recommended for everyone (such as those with high blood pressure)

The Bottom Line

High intensity interval training can deliver wonderfully impressive results. Using ProForm’s new CardioHIIT Trainer Pro it’s possible to reap the benefits of HIIT without the jarring impact that other forms of interval training might involve. This unique fitness machine has high-end specs, reasonable pricing and a valuable factory-direct warranty.

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