The Cardio HIIT elliptical trainer by ProForm is a commercial grade elliptical trainer that features a ten-inch vertical path and five-inch elliptical stepping path, and it’s the perfect model for the cardio bunny. Love traditional HIIT routines? Check out this top of the line model that comes equipped with twenty-four resistance levels and thirty-two workout apps for challenging high-intensity interval training workouts or low impact workouts.
Overview and Features
This elliptical machine has a seven-inch backlit display that’s easy to read in any lighting condition and an intuitive user interface that makes choosing a workout simple and fast.
The manufacturer has also taken a different approach when it comes to traditional elliptical machine design. Instead of handlebars that simply move backward and forward, the handlebars on this machine utilize a boxing type motion which pumps up calorie burning potential during an intense workout. When the user grips the handlebars in different ways they’ll be able to target different muscle groups including the core, back, shoulders, and arms.
Many fitness pros consider this elliptical machine as a type of stair stepper hybrid. The machine can be used for traditional cardio workouts, or it can launch into a HIIT workout that’s gentle on the joints. Right on the console, you’ll find a variety of programmed HIIT apps. This model is also compatible with iFit, so with a monthly subscription, you can download new workouts anytime you want.
The machine is covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame, a one-year warranty for labor, and a three-year warranty on all parts.
Feature-Packed for a Gym-Quality Workout Experience
Aside from the moving handlebars, you’ll find stationary bars with heart rate sensors located in front of the console. These handlebars make it easy to monitor your heart rate, so you can easily remain in your target heart rate zone for a higher calorie burning workout.
The fact that the machine features a compact design that requires less space is another bonus.
This machine can provide a much more intense workout compared to a standard elliptical machine. This is due to the five-inch horizontal path and the ten-inch vertical path that also gives the machine a stair climber feel, so it can engage more muscle groups and provide a more challenging workout.
We also like the adjustable resistance for the arm bars so you can enjoy a low impact upper body workout and a tougher lower body workout or vice versa.
Using intermittent recovery periods and short bursts of intense exercise, you can easily do fat burning HIIT workouts in the comfort of your own home, and change up the resistance level settings based on weight loss goals or your current fitness level.
This model’s footplates are large enough to accommodate users of all sizes. They’re also heavily padded for extra comfort.
The built-in fan with two speed settings will keep you cool and dry during a workout.
- Equipped with a heavier flywheel, users will enjoy a more stable workout.
- This model offers intense total body HIIT workouts.
- The low impact pedaling minimizes the risk of injury and maximizes calorie burn.
- The handlebars are multi grip, allowing you to target a variety of muscle groups for an all over toning workout.
- The twenty-eight-pound flywheel combined with the twenty-four resistance levels make this the perfect gym quality elliptical machine for home use.
- The seven-inch display screen is easy to read in any type of lighting condition.
- IFit compatibility allows you to enjoy new workouts in order to continue to challenge your body.
- The media shelf can safely store your smartphone or tablet when using the iFit app.
- The built-in sound system is iPod compatible, so you can enjoy your favorite music as you burn calories.
Instead of variable incline and stride length, the machine has a fixed stride length and incline setting.
While we love that the machine comes complete with built-in heart rate monitoring sensors in the hand grips, we would prefer chest strap compatibility for more accurate readings.
In order to use iFit, you must pay a monthly membership fee. Additionally, you’ll need to hook up a table for the iFit display.
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative, check out the Fitness Reality E5500XL Magnetic Elliptical Trainer, which comes with some great features at a reasonable price.
If you’re looking for one of the best elliptical machines that can provide an intense HIIT cardio workout, then look no further. While a little on the pricey side, this model by ProForm comes equipped with all of the same features as gym quality elliptical machines and some unique features that can take your elliptical workouts up a notch. Unique, solidly built, loaded with plenty of resistance levels and covered by a lengthy warranty, you really can’t ask for more in a commercial grade elliptical machine that has a compact design and highly customizable workout programs. We gave this elliptical trainer a rating of four and a half out of five stars.