ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT Elliptical Review

ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT Elliptical Bike.

ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

ProForm introduced its Hybrid Trainer XT at the end of 2017. Like other models in the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Series, this fitness machine doubles as a rear drive elliptical and recumbent bike. You can stand or sit to exercise — and you get two workout styles for a pretty low price! On sale the XT is just $399. Hybrid Trainers are especially fun to use with Google Maps workout courses, which you can download with iFit Coach app membership. These workouts let you pedal with interactive views of countless landscapes and cityscapes.

But potential owners should know that ProForm Hybrid Trainers are entry-level and not meant for very long-term fitness improvement… This time next year, you could be shopping for an upgrade. Another important consideration is the extra cost of iFit Coach. It’s much cheaper than joining a gym, but it does make the whole XT experience cost more than $399.

Our Favorite Features

Top features of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT include:

  • Two fitness machines in one with quick adjustment between elliptical and bike positions
  • Moving handlebars for a toned upper body (Elliptical mode only)
  • Oversized and cushioned pedals let you reposition your feet during exercise, which helps minimize fatigue
  • Ready for iFit Coach for unlimited downloads of customized personal training routines plus HD video workouts with top-notch personal trainers and Google Maps routes
  • 16 workout apps are loaded to the console (Eight for each machine style)
  • Tablet holder makes it convenient to exercise with iFit Coach and other apps
  • Stereo speakers let you play your MP3s at high volume
  • Water bottle holder makes hydration convenient during training sessions
  • 350-pound weight capacity means the ProForm elliptical bike can safely hold almost anyone
  • Transport wheels for easy moving

ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:3-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:15 inches
Flywheel:13 LBS
Programs:16 workout apps
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:70.5”" L x 24.5”" W x 60.5" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Here are some reasons the ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT is so low-priced:

  • Flywheel weight is 13 pounds and noticeably lighter than what’s provided on ellipticals and exercise bikes in the next price class
  • Elliptical stride is 15” whereas at least 18” is the norm on the best home ellipticals for shorter users, and 20” is the standard
  • No built-in color display for iFit Coach; you’ll need to add your own computer or mobile device
  • Warranty is short with just 90 days on parts and labor and five years for the elliptical bike frame

The Bottom Line

For shoppers seeking home fitness equipment under $500, the new Hybrid Trainer XT elliptical bike delivers an appealing mix of features. However, people with more cardio training experience will likely feel too limited by this machine’s resistance options… and the relatively short stride could be a drawback no matter what your fitness level. By shopping in the next price category ($500 to $999) at ProForm or its sister company NordicTrack, you can receive an iFit Coach fitness machine with many valuable upgrades.

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