ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical Review

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is the first entry in the ProForm Hybrid Series. It provides an amazing 2-in-1 option for people who want a low-intensity workout that combines the power of an elliptical and a recumbent exercise bike. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic elliptical offers many cardio training options and it’s full of features that will allow you to reach your fitness goals at your own rhythm.

Among the most outstanding features the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic home elliptical has to offer, we have that it’s Bluetooth and iFit enabled, so you’ll have access to thousands of workouts, it also has 16 resistance levels, 16 built-in workouts, the seat is adjustable, it has stationary and mobile handlebars, the stride is 15 inches, and it also comes with accessories that will add to everyone’s comfort.

The flywheel on the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is worth noting because it’s super light. It’s only 13 pounds, but you have to keep in mind this is a low-intensity machine. Also, the stride is quite short because the machine is designed to cater to smaller users, so it’s not the best option for taller users. In today’s ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic review, we will take an in-depth look at everything this exercise machine has to offer and help you decide if it’s right for you and your fitness needs!

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Review
Heart Rate:
Pulse and WirelessPower Source:Standard Plugin
USB Charging Port:
NoDisplay:Backlit LED
RearFlywheel Weight:13 Pounds
90-Day Parts | 90-Day LaborCompact:Yes
Machine Weight:116 LbsFolding:No
Dimensions:70.5” L x 24.5” W x 60.5” HSpeaker:Yes
Max user weight:350 LbsCooling Fan:No
Resistance: 16-Level MagneticMedia Shelf:Yes
Incline Ramp:NoneBottle Holder:Yes
Stride Length:15" FixedHandlebars:Without Built-in Controls
Programs: 16Better Alternative:ProForm Hybrid Pro

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Review and Specs:

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic has a weight capacity of 350 pounds, which is impressive for a machine at this price range. It means it will be stable and it will accommodate a variety of users as well. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic height capacity is up to 6’, so most users will feel very comfortable. However, this is not the right machine for taller users, which is something to keep in mind. As for ceiling height requirements, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic needs to be in a room where the ceiling is at least 20” higher than the tallest user.

Unfortunately, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is not foldable, so you won’t be able to tuck it away easily. Once it’s assembled, it will stay that way. However, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic dimensions are 70.5” L x 24.5” W x 60.5” H, so it doesn’t take much room. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is also easy to move around because it features transport wheels, so finding the perfect spot for it won’t be an issue.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is battery powered and it will require D batteries. However, you can also use an adapter to power it. Neither the batteries nor the adapter is included. Overall, this exercise machine is a great option for many users who are looking for a safe, low-intensity exercise. In the rest of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic review, we will break down all the features so you know exactly what you’re getting!

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic Monitor

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic elliptical comes with a mid-range console that features an LED-backlit LCD display with three panels. You will be able to keep track of your calories, pulse, distance, speed, time, and RPM all in one place. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic also comes with 16 built-in workout programs, 8 for the elliptical and 8 for the recumbent bike so you’ll have plenty of options ready to go.

Another outstanding thing about the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is that it’s Bluetooth enabled and iFit enabled. So, if you buy a subscription, you will have access to literally thousands of workout programs and you’ll be able to make the most of this machine. You will also be able to sync your machine to your mobile device so you can transfer your data to your fitness apps. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic offers EKG sensors and thanks to the Bluetooth you’ll be able to use a wireless heart rate chest strap but it’s not included with your purchase.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic features a sound system with Bluetooth speakers so you can enjoy your entertainment. However, it’s lacking a charging port. The sound system will work with most smartphones, tablets, and even MP3 players. The sound quality is decent, but it’s obviously not better than a dedicated sound system, so don’t expect it to be.

Hybrid Trainer Basic Stride and Incline

I already mentioned the stride before, but let’s get deeper into it. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic comes with a 15-inch stride. The stride is fixed and it suits users up to 6 feet tall. If you’re taller than that, this machine is not for you. You won’t find it difficult to use, but the length of the stride will definitely restrict your range of motion, which is not something you want.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic doesn’t have an incline because it’s not the typical elliptical. Another thing that’s worth mentioning is the flywheel, which is only 13 pounds. This is because the machine is low-intensity, so it doesn’t require such a heavy flywheel to provide stability. Even so, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is quite stable and it’s also very smooth and quiet.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic also offers 16 resistance levels and a motor-assisted magnetic resistance. So, even though it’s low-impact and low-intensity, you’ll be able to take advantage of the resistance levels and challenge yourself a bit. Overall, this machine is perfect for people who can’t handle high-intensity workouts but still want to get in shape in the comfort of their own home. If you have a pre-existing condition that doesn’t allow you to engage in such workouts or you’re afraid of injury, this could be the perfect exercise machine for you.

Hybrid Trainer Basic Handlebars and Pedals

Because the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is half elliptical and half recumbent bike, it comes with a seat. The seat on this machine comes with generous padding so you will be super comfortable during your workouts. What’s more, the materials are durable and waterproof. The backrest on the seat of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is also curved and it’s vented so you don’t suffer from overheating. The curved design offers all the lumbar support you need as well.

Another great thing about the seat is that it’s adjustable but it won’t recline and it’s not adjustable when it comes to height. It’s attached to a rail that features 17 different adjustment positions so you’ll be able to find the one that works for you. Users of up to 6’4” will be able to fully extend their legs as they use the machine as a recumbent bike.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic features three sets of handlebars. A set of stationary handlebars, a set of mobile handlebars, and a set of seat handlebars. The seat handlebars are small and they’re non-adjustable, they’re only there to provide a bit of stability if you need it while you’re sitting. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic mobile handlebars have a simple design and the grips are longer so you can have the hand positioning that works best for you. They don’t feature built-in controls, which is something to keep in mind. Finally, the stationary handlebars, on the other hand, won’t engage your upper-body but they feature the EKG sensors that will measure your pulse.

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Accessories and Assembly

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic provides several accessories that will make your experience a lot better. For example, it features a tablet holder. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic tablet holder is placed right above the console and it’s quite large, so you’ll be able to use your tablet while you’re working out to enjoy your entertainment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature a cooling fan or a charging port. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic also has a water bottle holder, which is important to help you stay hydrated as you exercise.

The assembly process for the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is quite straightforward, so it’s not difficult to assemble at all. However, there are many parts to attach, which means the process can take up to 3 hours. The assembly for the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic requires you to connect the two main parts of the frame, then add the base stabilizers, attach the seat, pedals, handlebars, console mast, console, etc.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic provides an instruction manual that comes with clear instructions on what you have to do. This means it will be easy to follow and some of the tools that you need will be included, such as the Allen wrenches, but you’ll also need a rubber mallet, an adjustable wrench, and a Phillips screwdriver, which are not included. You can also get someone to help so you can get through it a bit faster or hire a professional to do this for you so you don’t have to go through the process yourself.

Hybrid Trainer Warranty, Price, and Shipping

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic has a decent warranty, but it could be better. Your machine will be protected with a 5-year warranty for the frame, and a 90-day warranty for labor and parts. They also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Now, this last one is well below average when you compare it to other options on the market, so that’s something to keep in mind. You also have to go to the ProForm website to register your product and activate the warranty.

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is available on the ProForm site for the price of $599 and it comes with free shipping, which is great. You can also pay $34 a month for 18 months.

It’s safe to say the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is one of the most affordable machines you’ll find on the market. Sure, it’s lacking a few accessories and it’s not a beast in the sense that it’s not built for high-intensity workouts. However, it’s perfect for low-intensity workouts and it provides all the features you need to enjoy them.

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic Pros

  • 2-in-1 exercise machine with Sturdy construction.
  • Weight capacity of 350 pounds and 2-way adjustable seat.
  • Seat with 17 adjustment positions and generously cushioned for comfort.
  • Curved backrest with a vented structure with Durable and padded backrest.
  • Pedals are angle-adjustable and Stationary with mobile handlebars.
  • EKG pulse sensors on stationary handlebars and LED-backlit display.
  • Quiet and smooth performance with Magnetic resistance and 16 workout programs.
  • 16 resistance levels and Bluetooth enabled and iFit enabled, it requires a subscription.
  • Water bottle holder, tablet holder, and sound system with Bluetooth speakers.
  • The Assembly process is straightforward and Requires little maintenance.
  • Battery-powered and it can also work with an adapter.

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic Cons

  • No cooling fan.
  • No charging port.
  • 13-pound flywheel.
  • Stride is too short for taller users.
  • iFit membership is not included.
  • Batteries and adapter are not included.
  • No telemetry heart rate.
  • The warranty could be better.
  • No built-in controls.

Final Verdict

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic is a great 2-in-1 exercise machine that covers all your needs. It offers the training possibilities of a recumbent bike and an elliptical trainer, which makes it quite unique. It’s sturdy, premium, effective, comfortable, and adjustable. Everyone at home can benefit from it and it’s perfect for low-intensity cardio, muscle toning, interval training, stamina development, and more. It also helps you lose weight while still remaining low-impact so you’ll be safe. And finally, it’s an inexpensive machine that provides a ton of value!

Note: There are two different ProForm Hybrid Trainers, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Basic, and the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Pro. The Hybrid Pro costs around $200 more than the Basic Trainer because it has better resistance (20 vs 16) accessories, (tablet holder vs none) improved built, (better traction and comfortable pedals vs basic pedals), better stride length (17-inch stride vs 15-inch) cushioned comfortable backrest and better warranty. So, if you can afford the Pro version, go for it. It has enough features.

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Sayed Hamed Hosseiny
Sayed Hamed Hosseiny

Hi, my name is Sayed Hamed Hosseiny. I am a professional health and fitness trainer with nearly 20 years of experience using ellipticals, rowing machines, and spin bikes. I also have my own EU-based Rock Fitness Pro fitness brand where I design, import and sell exercise equipment such as rowing machines and spin bikes. I and writers on my team also often receive fitness equipment to review and evaluate their functionalities and performance from tens of different exercise machines manufacturers. Fitness equipment tips, guides, reviews, and comparisons on this website are my opinion (and opinions of my fitness expert colleagues) based on tens of criteria. I never accept payment to write reviews of products or say positive things about fitness equipment products. If brands are interested to have me review their rowers, ellipticals, or spin bikes, they can get in touch with me via email provided on the contact page and send a sample of their product.