“ Manufacturer: Pro Fitness / Type: Cross Trainer „
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I bought this for £112 from Argos but I have since seen it far cheaper on other sites; ebay and amazon in particular.
I love the Pro Fitness range and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to set up a reasonably priced gym in their own home, without sacrificing quality.
This product does take up a lot of space, even when it folds up for storage. So if you are limited on space this product isn't for you.
I love this cross trainer but I think it should be more inline with the prices of some of the other models on the market.
The workout feedback includes speed, calories burned, distance travelled and time - everything you could need from a workout. You can even set targets for performance to keep you motivated, something we all need from time to time.
Like with the Pro Fitess bike, there are 8 levels of resistance and again I feel that by level 5 it gets very tough indeed. So I wouldn't recommend beginners to go above level 3 or 4 until they get more strength.
The Pro fitness crosstrainer is a sort of home cross trainer. I think however it is not as good as it first may seem,f or the reasons I am about to go into.
ok, firstly I got my cross trainer used for around £40, which is very cheap for a cross trainer. The way the machine works is that there is a seat (not seen in the photograph, it is detachable) so this trainer doubles as a cycling machine as well. There are also 2 sets of handles, 1 set which move like a true cross trainer, and the other set which do not. These set also have those weird metal inserts that allow you to read your blood pressure, although I have to say they do not work very well on this device compared with other devices I have used. There is also a knob you can twist to increase the resistance, as well as a little computer to tell you your speed/calories/blood pressure etc.
The unit also has 2 roller wheels on the bottom back side, to allow you to cart the device around.
Firstly, this machine feels a bit "flimsy". I have used proper cross trainers in gyms and those are way better than this. The handles do not feel very well attached to the base, and often if just feels like your legs are doing all the work, and your arms are coming along for the ride. I know that this is much more portable and cheaper than those cross trainers in gyms... but I am just saying if you are serious about getting a cross trainer, then this isn't the one to get. This is more for people who need/want something just to occasionally train on. Which brings me to my next point, at (brand new) £140, I imagine you could get a gym membership for at least 6-8 months... whereas unless you are very committed to using this, you probably will stop using it after around 4 months... Makes more sense to join a gym really.
However that said, my mom loves this device. However even she has a few negative things to say. Firstly the foot rests have these weird grooves in to add grip. They work fine, but when you try and use this thing without shoes or slippers on, they don't half dig in and hurt.... Its a bit annoying, I have no idea if these are strictly necessary, but it is the main reason why if I am doing an indoor workout, I go for my cycling machine. Honestly I don't wear shoes indoors, so having to get shoes on, and set it up is a faff.
Secondly I am unsure the calorie counter is correct. On my fitness bike, I can burn around 300 calories or so a feel generally ok. On this thing, I can run till I feel like fainting and it barely registers 100 calories. I am not sure if my cycle bike is overly generous, or this thing under generous. Maybe cross training is a less efficient way of transferring energy to the generator that detect the energy generated? In either case, this feels like it heavily under reports.
My final annoyance at this device is the way it "rocks" if you really go for it. You can't go all out on this thing, its too light at the bottom, or too top heavy... not sure which. I don't really recommend this product unless you want a simple trainer just for doing the equivalent of a light jog. It isn't cheap enough to warrant these foibles (at least not to me it isn't), and it isn't competent enough to excuse the price point. I haven't tried many other home cross trainers so maybe this is what they are all like, but for me I would rather save the money. Not only that, but this is a very bulky piece of kit, so it feels like it would just be an expensive way to waste some room in your house. However I should point out that my mother (who we got it for) loves it, she isn't a very sporty person generally, so for her she loves to use this whilst watching tv.
Overall then, I give this 2/5. Its not the best, but ok for older people or people who want something more basic.