The Hybrid trainer is a very popular 2-in-1 elliptical that you can also use as a bike. And both models come in under $600, making them more than affordable for most home gyms.
Who doesn’t want to get 2 exercise machines for the price of one?
But that leaves many people wondering how they are different. And which model is best for them – the Hybrid Trainer or Hybrid Trainer Pro?
There are some crucial differences between these two trainers that you really should know before you buy. Let’s dive in and take a look:
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Pro – Price:
The Hybrid Trainer is the more affordable of the two. Compared to the PRO model it generally comes in around $200 less with Free Shipping here. This makes it a more popular option for buyers on a budget.
However the Hybrid Trainer Pro is super-affordable as well. You can get it here for under $600 with Free Shipping. And it does have several benefits that the regular Hybrid Trainer does not have.
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Pro – Stride Length:
Stride length is the longest point between the two pedals. Having a decent stride length on an elliptical helps to more fully work your leg muscles, giving you an overall more optimal, calorie-burning workout.
Some people also feel that a long stride length feels more comfortable as it more closely mimics the running motion.
The Pro model comes with a longer stride: 17 inches vs 15 inches on the regular Hybrid Trainer. If you (or someone in your home) is over 5 foot 8, you’ll definitely appreciate the longer 17 inch stride.
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Hybrid Trainer Pro – Seat:
The seat on the Pro model is also a bit more advanced – it’s oversized and padded whereas the seat on the regular Hybrid model is only mesh plastic.
This can mean a more comfortable workout on the Pro model – especially if you’ll be going for longer than 30 minutes.
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Hybrid Trainer Pro – Footpedals
You also get upgraded footpedals on the Hybrid Trainer Pro model with a separate piece for the recumbent bike mode that you don’t get with the regular Hybrid Trainer model (See below for the Pro model pedals).
You also get slightly more improved traction on the footpedals which again can make your workouts a bit more comfortable overall.
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Pro – Flywheel:
A larger flywheel helps to give you a smoother feeling ride without the jerky stop-and-start motion of cheaper machines. The Pro model carries a heavier flywheel than the regular model.
This also helps to anchor the machine for added stability. Again, this is a plus if you’re going for longer, more intense workouts.
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Pro – Resistance:
The Hybrid Pro has more resistance levels as well – giving you 20 levels vs 16.
So you have a bit more room to grow on the Pro model vs the Hybrid Trainer.
If you’re just starting to workout, you’ll probably be fine with the regular model.
But if you’re already in fairly good shape, you might appreciate the extra resistance levels on the Pro model. It gives you more room to grow as your fitness level improves over time.
Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Hybrid Trainer Pro – Warranty:
You also get more warranty protection on the Hybrid Pro model – a full year on parts and labor. Contrast this with the 90 days on parts and labor that comes with the standard model and it’s a pretty big difference.
So which is better in the Proform Hybrid Trainer vs Hybrid Trainer PRO debate?
Well the Hybrid Trainer model is definitely more affordable, making it more attractive from a budget standpoint.
But the PRO model has more substance and weight to it. So it can take a bit more use and abuse (especially with a longer warranty).
From that perspective it would be a better choice for multiple-use households or families.
Also note that the stride is longer on the PRO model. So it’s great for taller users or just those who want a more comprehensive workout. And you get better footpedals and a more comfortable seat on the PRO model as well.
So it really comes down to what you’re looking for at the end of the day.
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