If you only have a short amount of time to spare during the week and really don’t think you could fit in a visit to the gym once or twice, perhaps you’ve considered owning some home gym equipment. What if your home has limited space, you might be thinking you don’t have enough room for a big and bulky machine? Although that may be true with older models, it’s certainly not the case with the ProForm Smart Strider 495 Elliptical Trainer.
What makes this model so special? Check out our review of this space-saving and incredibly affordably piece of high-tech exercise equipment and see how you could benefit from it.
ProForm has a sterling reputation for creating some of the most effective and ingenious exercise machines on the market. Their products are known for their combination of high-end technology, a sturdy frame, and user-friendly controls. The ProForm Smart Strider 495 is yet another example of this.
When looking at any piece of at-home exercise machine, you need to look at the features and whether they meet your needs and requirements. So, if you are still not sure if this is right for you, check out what we felt was the most important features below.
Quick and Easy Setup
One of the biggest annoyances and hassles that comes with exercise equipment often is the fact it often takes a lot of effort to set them up. ProForm with the 495 elliptical trainer, have made it so you don’t need to spend a whole lot of time looking through manual upon manual and using a wide variety of tools just to get that first session in.
When you unbox the Smart Strider, you will find it takes just a few quick and simple steps to set it up.
Vertical SpaceSaver Design
At the outset, we noted that one of the problems you may have with investing in exercise equipment for the home is a lack of space. That’s why this ellitpical is great: you get a foldable elliptical trainer that doens’t take much space around the house. ProForm has tackled that problem head on with the Smart Strider 495. It benefits from the unique Vertical SpaceSaver design which basically allows you to fold it into itself and stand it up, so it accommodates as little floor space as possible.
Monitor Your Efforts and Push Yourself With the Round Watts LED Display
Worried you are not making the right kind of progress despite all the effort you are putting in? A new addition to ProForm machines is the Watts LED Display. This helps you monitor and track your power output right there in front of your eyes as your workout. ProForm have devised a power algorithm based on the calculation of watts per kilogram. This helps you to identify immediately if you are in one of three key zones – Endurance, Tempo, and the Peak zone.
Endurance is where you may want to stay if you are interested in having a slow and steady-paced workout, whereas the Tempo zone helps you to reach the ideal heartrate for your weight. The Peak zone is where you want to be if you are looking to reach your maximum cardio level. There is also the option if you are following an interval training program where you can toggle between Work and Recover to achieve the results you want.
iFit Coach Ready
Like all modern ProForm machines, the Smart Strider comes iFit Coach ready. This is ProForm’s exclusive program that enables you to get the benefit of training along with a top personal trainer without leaving your home. There is an integrated tablet holder on the machine and with a Bluetooth connection, you can access a plethora of great features to keep you focused and motivated.
18 Workout Apps and Resistance Levels
The one major downside of this machine is there is no adjustable incline. However, you can keep pushing yourself by keeping things interesting thanks to the 18 resistance levels and 18 workout apps.
- Ingenious Vertical SpaceSaver Design
- Round Watts LED Display
- 18 Resistance levels and workout apps
- iFit Coach Ready
- No adjustable incline
- No fan
- Some users report that it can start to squeak after regular use
- The iFit App can be somewhat expensive for some buyers
Yes, it features a Phone / Tablet Holder
This trainer provides complete body workouts, which means that the upper arms move along with the normal lower body movement
Yes, besides having a Space Saver Design it also has transport rear-mounted wheels
So, stuck for space in your home, but still want some way to exercise as you don’t have the time or inclination to attend the gym? The Smart Strider 495 with its space-saving design and user-friendly controls might just be the machine you need.
Specification: ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE Elliptical