Which Is Best For You?
The Proform Smart HIIT Trainer is a special hybrid type of elliptical trainer with a vertical elliptical stride.
It was made specifically for HIIT workouts (or High Intensity Interval Training).
Studies have shown that this is one of the best ways that you can burn maximum calories per workout.
There are also a few more benefits that the HIIT trainer gives you vs an elliptical.
But is it really better?
And is it the best choice for you?
Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the Proform HIIT vs elliptical to see which one is really better for you:
Proform HIIT vs Elliptical – Price
The Proform HIIT Trainer comes in 2 versions – the regular Proform HIIT Trainer and the HIIT Trainer PRO. You can get them starting around $999 with Free Shipping here.
So the prices aren’t too bad. You obviously have a bit more range with a regular elliptical trainer however. These tend to range in price from about $799 up to $4000 for commercial models.
Proform HIIT vs Elliptical – Lower Body Motion
This is where you’ll see a huge difference between these two machines. A standard elliptical trainer is designed to mimic your natural running motion (on a horizontal surface).
So it gives you more of an elongated, horizontal running path. You can pedal both forward and backwards on a regular elliptical trainer as well.
The Proform HIIT trainer however is more like a vertical elliptical.
A lot of sites say that it’s basically a stair-stepper. But that’s not actually the case.
With a stair-stepper you basically just go straight up and down. With the Proform HIIT trainer you do have a 10 inch vertical climb – but you also have a 5 inch horizontal climb.
So it’s more like a vertical climbing motion as you can see below:
I think it’s better described as a vertical elliptical trainer or a climber – not a stair stepper.
So as you can see, the lower body motions are very different on the Proform HIIT and the elliptical trainer. The Proform HIIT trainer is a climbing motion whereas the elliptical is a running motion.
Proform HIIT or Elliptical – Calories Burned
While Proform has not made any specific calorie claims on the HIIT trainer vs elliptical trainer (yet), it’s safe to say that you can probably burn more calories with a HIIT trainer for 2 reasons.
#1 HIIT Trainer Recruits More Muscles
Firstly, the climbing motion on the HIIT trainer naturally recruits more lower body muscles than a running motion. And more muscles used means more calories are burned.
#2 Get HIIT Workouts To Burn More Calories
Second, you get several HIIT training workouts with these machines. HIIT training workouts – where you go really hard for a short interval and then relax and go slower for a longer interval (and then repeat the process) – have been shown to help you burn more calories than a regular workout.
You can even end up burning more calories for hours after your workout after a HIIT workout.
So if you want to burn more calories in less time – the HIIT Trainer is your machine.
The Proform HIIT trainer is also more compact than a regular elliptical. It doesn’t have the wheel and track design stretching out behind the foot pedals like a standard crosstrainer.
While it depends on the elliptical trainer you are comparing it against, overall the Proform HIIT trainer is about half the space of a standard trainer. This makes it ideal for condos, apartments or smaller workout rooms.
Proform HIIT vs Elliptical – iFit Coach
iFit Coach is a very cool technology that you’ll find on both Proform HIIT trainers. It connects your machine to the Internet and from there you can use it to track your workouts over time, set new goals and see how far you’ve come.
You can also download new HIIT workouts and even run in places all over the world – from the Swiss Alps to the streets of Paris. So iFit Coach adds a bit of virtual reality fun to your workouts.
While iFit Coach is an online subscription service, you can get a Free 1-year subscription to iFit when you buy this trainer direct from the Manufacturer. So you can try it out and see if you like it.
While you can get iFit Coach on other Proform elliptical trainers, you won’t find it most other brands of elliptical trainers.
Any Benefits of an Elliptical over the Proform HIIT?
There are a few benefits you may get with an elliptical that you don’t get wit the Proform HIIT trainer.
First of all, you get a bit more range as far as movements. With an elliptical you can go forward and backwards whereas with the HIIT trainer you’re just climbing (forward and back) – and it’s much harder than running on an elliptical because you’re using more muscles.
Also with an elliptical, you get options like incline (which changes the slope of your running path) which again adds a few more crosstraining options.
So which is better in the Proform HIIT vs elliptical debate?
Well, the Proform HIIT trainer is a great way to burn more calories and get an overall total body workout with faster results than an elliptical trainer.
It also takes up less space and you can also add in iFit Coach to run trails all over the world for some virtual reality fun.
However an elliptical trainer gives you a bit more of a range of motions and can be on the more affordable side (depending on what you buy).
So at the end of the day it depends on what you want – and which machine gets you the most excited about using it!
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