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ProForm 650 LE review

The 650 LE elliptical machine could be an ideal option for people looking for a impact absorbing workout from home that goes easy on the knees. Featuring a modern design, an eighteen inch stride length, and sixteen levels of resistance, it could be the perfect platform to take your cardio training to the next level.

It’s not particularly expensive either as some trainers go, which is great news for someone wanting a well known brand on a small budget.

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The good

Digital resistance – Full control of the tension through the digital console. Quite simple to operate and change up through the use of a very clear plus and minus button either side of the screen. In total, it includes sixteen levels which provides a plenty of challenge for a wide range of fitness levels.

Console and display – In addition to the simplicity of the tension controls, you also have clearly labelled buttons that focus on different aspects of your training. For example, one button on the left focuses on weight loss programs, whilst the one on the right is for performance programs. The display offers the standard, but important statistics you expect to find on a ProForm elliptical. Watts, time, and speed are all tracked.

Exercise programs – A set of programs designed to be used over a period of eight weeks are included within the system.

Pulse monitoring – Sensors attached to the handlebars will let the user know what your heart rate is as your training progresses.

Rear drive – Operates on a rear drive system with leveling feet.

Fan – For such a sweaty activity, the inclusion of a cooling workout fan controllable from the console is welcome.

Warranty policy – Has five years coverage on any problems encountered with the frame. It also has you covered for ninety days on labor and parts.

The bad

Weight limit – A two hundred and fifty pound weight capacity isn’t all that impressive. There are competitors at the same price range that offer a three hundred pound limit, which is something we see as a flaw.

Design

An eighteen inch stride length may not be the longest, or feel the most natural for tall people, but for average heights, this should be good enough for home usage.

With a two hundred and fifty pound limitation on user weight, the frame strength and stability is called into question. However, it’s important to remember for cross trainers to fall into a medium budget, it has to make sacrifices either in its design or functionality. The 650 LE seems to fall short in this area.

Some nice additional extras attached include a water bottle holder, and transportation wheels to remove the need for lifting it around the house.

Exercise features

The main training functionality of this model focuses around the sixteen resistance levels and the weight loss application. Both will help users get in shape. beginners will be able to watch their fitness and endurance progress as they work through each level of intensity, and the weight loss program will add a little motivation into the mix which is always handy.

Console and data tracking

Aside from the exercise apps, the console itself is very clear, easy to read, and the buttons are all self explanatory. Users will find all of its controls located in one easy to access area, surrounding a computer display which reads out data about your heart rate, speed, watts, and time.

Wrapping up

The ProForm 650 LE may not be a piece of equipment we’d consider to be highly durable, but to make up for that it does provide a nice set of specs that will help users cardio performances improve with the use of its built in apps and variety in tension.

ResistancePrograms
9.0 NE2228
12.0 NE2432
520 E1818
720 E
2024
920 E
2432
935 E
2430
650 LE168 week program
7.0 RE
1414
1110 E2532
14.0 Mme
1618
12.92635
16.92635
9.92432
695 CSE2024
495 CSE1818

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