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A discontinued model still available at some retailers, the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 Elliptical remains a solid offering among the front-drive series by ProForm. As a mid-range trainer, it’s both affordable and fully loaded with tons of adjustable features and high-performance options.

The SMART Pro 12.9 has a powerful drive system with a 32 pound inertia-enhanced flywheel, and 375 pound weight capacity. Combined with the commercial-grade steel construction, this model is the perfect workout partner to help you reach pretty much any workout goal!

In addition to its durability, this trainer is also incredibly versatile. Few mid-range trainers offer as many adjustable options. For comfort, the cushioned pedals are equipped with multiple foot positions so you can find the perfect fit to avoid discomfort. The 0- to 20-degree incline ramp helps you customize your workout by telling you which muscle groups you are working at each incline (as marked on the side of the actual elliptical trainer), and the 26 digital resistance levels will help you add additional challenge to your workout. Using both the incline and resistance, users can create unique workouts that target a variety of muscle groups!

Another great tool for meeting fitness goals available on the SMART Pro 12.9 is the built-in EKG(TM) GripPulse heart rate sensors; you can also monitor your heart rate wirelessly with the wireless chest strap that’s included. Hands-free monitoring is an excellent way to ensure you stay in the appropriate heart rate zone for meeting your goals.

On this model, an attractive and highly functional 7″ full-color, web-enabled touchscreen display greets you as you step on for a workout. The console is not only internet ready, it’s also iFit enabled and loaded with 35 workout apps for impressive program variety. Other features of the console area include a full sound system with iPod compatibility, an integrated tablet holder, water bottle holder, and CoolAire(TM) workout fan.

When it comes to warranty, the Pro 12.9 comes with a lifetime of coverage on the frame, 6 years on parts and 3 years coverage on labor.

ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0 - 20 degrees
Stride Length:20" Power Adjustable
Flywheel:32 LBS
Programs:35 Workout Apps
Fan:CoolAire™ Workout Fan
Weight Capacity:375 LBS
Dimensions:80.3" L x 25.7" W x 64.4" H

Our Favorite Features

  • Extra-heavy flywheel of 32 pounds
  • Web-enabled, color touchscreen
  • iFit enabled
  • Multiple adjustable features
  • Extra steep incline of up to 20 degrees
  • Excellent program variety with 35 built-in apps
  • Wireless heart rate strap included
  • Multi-positional upper-body grips for added comfort and versatility

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No warranty coverage on motor
  • Fairly compact stride at just 20”
  • Must have iFit subscription in order to use iFit

The Bottom Line

Even though it’s discontinued, this model is still available online and as a used model. For under $1500, users can enjoy modern comforts like a web-enabled touchscreen and wireless heart rate monitoring while also embracing the many adjustable features that make it possible to personalize your workout experience top to bottom. This model comes highly recommended as a reliable, customizable, total body trainer that might just be the one to check off all of the boxes on your elliptical trainer wish list.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider a discontinued model like the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9?

These models can often be found at online retailers at a steep discount and they're still good machines. Companies routinely upgrade product lines and each season replace units such as the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9. Usually there's everything right about them though and a great bargain can be had.

Does the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 have heart rate sensors?

Yes, they're built into the handlebars.

Is the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 easy to assemble?

It's not complicated, but you'll need help due to the size.

Can I get a good workout on the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9?

Yes, with 26 levels of digital resistance you can certainly reach your goals.

Is the warranty on a discontinued model still good?

We'd recommend checking with the manufacturer. Much will depend on whether it is used or bought at a retailer.

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