ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical Review 4

ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical Rating

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Pros With a low sale price of $999 (full price $1699) the ProForm Pro 9.9 elliptical stands out as a top value for home gyms. Family members of very different strengths can benefit from this trainer, as the Pro 9.9 elliptical has 24 pedal resistance levels up to the equivalent of 28 pounds. It also has a power incline that naturally adjusts the stride length, which not only helps the machine fit different body sizes but also lets each user target specific muscle groups in the lower body. The Pro 9.9 is also above average in its upper body workout support: Multigrip handlebars support different positions for toning the shoulders, arms, back and core. The preset workout menu has 32 apps, plus the machine is iFit Ready for infinite workout downloads and easy data logging. The Pro 9.9 arrives ready to run with minimal set-up time.
Cons This elliptical has variable stride, but the stride only shortens with the incline. This could be a disadvantage if you want lower-intensity workouts with a shorter stride. When the elliptical is used at zero slope the stride length is 21”, which is too long for the shortest trainees. Another possible drawback is the absence of wireless heart rate monitoring.
Summary The ProForm Pro 9.9 stands out as a top elliptical value for home gyms. It has the durability and versatility to serve an entire household, and at $999 it’s easy to justify the purchase for individual use too. Many ellipticals under $1000 aren’t challenging enough for advanced trainees, but the Pro 9.9 has the force to help anyone move from “Novice” to “Elliptical Star.”

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ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical Detailed Overview

With a low sale price of $999 (full price $1,699) the new ProForm Pro 9.9 elliptical for 2017 stands out as a top value for shared home gyms. The Pro 9.9 elliptical is a member of ProForm’s premier class of cardio trainers, the Pro Series, which also features the 12.9 and 16.9 models. Although the Pro 9.9 is the line-up’s entry level model, it’s both powerful and feature-rich. Beginners and experienced elliptical users alike can find just the right challenge for cardio exercise that sculpts the whole body without putting stress on sensitive joints and ligaments.

For lower body training you get access to 24 resistance levels and can power-adjust the pedal incline if desired. Just as your own stride naturally shortens when you walk uphill instead of flat, the stride range on the ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical moves from 21 inches to 18 inches. Training with the incline is excellent for target-toning muscles from the calves up to the glutes; each setting alters the tilt and length of the elliptical stride and thus recruits the muscle groups differently. Upper-body training with the ProForm Pro 9.9 is dynamic too, as the handlebars let you comfortably grip in different positions to focus on different muscles in the arms, shoulders, back and core.

The Pro 9.9 elliptical console has a 6-inch LCD for accessing 32 preset workout programs. Sixteen programs focus on calorie burn and 16 focus on performance. Additionally the Pro 9.9 is iFit Ready, so the machine can be used with an endless variety of new workout downloads. (A monthly or yearly iFit membership is required.) iFit workouts with Google Street View are especially motivating as the elliptical machine’s incline adjusts to copy the landscape.

Warranty coverage for the ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical is a fair match for the $999 sale price. Buying directly from the manufacturer, customers get lifetime coverage for the frame, three years for parts and one year for labor.

ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:21"
Flywheel:28 lbs
Weight Capacity:350 lbs
Dimensions:79.75" L x 25.75" W x 66.25" H

Our Favorite Features

  • Supports low impact motion to help you exercise comfortably, avoid exercise-related injury and use energy more efficiently
  • Variable stride 18" to 21" to fit different heights and diversify exercise
  • 28-pound flywheel for smooth and steady rides by riders of all sizes
  • Cushioned pedals add to your comfort
  • 24 resistance levels for very light to very heavy force
  • Zero to 20 degree incline allows for targeted muscle toning and boosts the metabolism
  • Moving multigrip handlebars support different positions for toning the upper body
  • 32 preset workout programs designed by a fitness professional
  • iFit Coach Ready for video workouts, unlimited downloads of customized personal trainer workouts, Google Maps workouts with Street View, wireless data logging and more
  • Water bottle holder and two-speed fan help keep you cool
  • Commercial gauge steel frame with 350-pound user weight capacity and a lifetime warranty
  • Transport wheels make it easy to move the 9.9 elliptical out of the way after a workout
  • Three-year warranty on parts and other buyer protections

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Shortest stride (18”) is only available at the steepest incline, which could disappoint some trainees
  • Grip pulse monitor is less convenient than a wireless heart rate monitor

The Bottom Line

ProForm’s new Pro 9.9 elliptical is a great buy at the promotional price of $999. The variable stride of 18″ to 21″ can fit all family members and help you develop great tone, and the heavy drive helps the machine support very smooth exercise at a wide variety of challenge levels and for users weighing up to 350 pounds.

For the best workout experiences we recommend pairing this elliptical trainer with a wireless heart rate monitor and a tablet computer… or upgrading to the Pro 12.9 ($1,299 on sale), which has wireless monitoring and a touchscreen with internet access.

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