HIIT Your Fitness Goals in No Time
The ProForm SMART HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Trainer is designed to maximize your workout in minimal time. HIIT is a popular trend in the fitness world and appeals to individuals who have limited time to get into shape.
The ProForm SMART HIIT trainer is very similar to the popular Bowflex line of Max Trainers. Specifically, this machine comes in at the same price point as the Bowflex M3 model at $999. It is a vertical elliptical trainer that offers a very steep elliptical pattern with 10” of vertical motion and 5″ horizontal on each step. The machine is designed to deliver HIIT workouts for maximum calorie burn and muscle activation.
ProForm is well known for offering higher spec machines at a lower price. This brand comes from the same manufacturers as the well-known NordicTrack ellipticals. And that is what makes the ProForm SMART HIIT appealing, the machine combines a quality workout with motivational technology. Read our article (above) for a detailed comparison of the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer and the Bowflex Max Trainer M3.
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Since iFit Live is linked to GoogleMaps, you can also create custom routes that will cause the machine to alter resistance levels as you ‘travel’ up and down hills. The ProForm HIIT Trainer is Bluetooth Smart enabled so it can connect wirelessly to your smart device to view the course routes and stats. The actual elliptical machine only has a 7” backlit display. If you are looking for a more advanced 10” color touchscreen directly on your machine, then you should check out the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer Pro. Finally, we need to mention the only disadvantage to iFit Live. It requires an ongoing annual subscription. However, you can get your first year of iFit Membership for FREE.
As mentioned, the main competition for this model is going to be the Bowflex Max Trainer M3 (also priced at $999). Both of these machines offer highly effective HIIT workouts with a vertical elliptical motion.
The ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer uses iFit Live to offer more visually exciting workouts throughout global locations or through its integration with Google Maps. The Bowflex Max Trainer has its own workout tracking program along with a free Max Trainer App that can connect to your existing fitness apps like MapMyFitness. The main difference here is price. iFit Live requires an annual subscription while the Bowflex program is free.
The other major difference between these machines is in the number of resistance levels and workout programs. Quite frankly, the HIIT Trainer kicks the Bowflex’s hind end on this matter. It offers many more programs and a wider range of workout options.
With the higher end models on both of these brands, it is easier to draw distinctions. For example, the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer Pro has an attractive 10” HD Touchscreen for less money than both the Bowflex M6 and M8 models. However, with this entry level options, we feel the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer and the Bowflex M3 are stacked pretty evenly. Look at the pros and cons and make a decision on which fits your preferences better.
The SMART HIIT Trainer and SMART HIIT Trainer Pro are very similar machines but you’ll pay around $500 more for the higher pro model. You will get the following benefits with the more expensive machine:
-Pay $600 more
-2 lb. heavier flywheel
-2 additional programs
-10″ Smart HD Touchscreen (this will not have Internet access)
-2 additional resistance levels
-2 years additional parts warranty
We feel that your extra $500 may be better spent simply buying a smart tablet with internet access. Then you can use it while on and off your fitness equipment. Overall, the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer for $999 is a great value so we recommend it over the SMART HIIT Trainer Pro model. Check out a comparison chart of all the ProForm ellipticals.
To learn more, visit ProForm.com