Features at a glance – compact and sturdy mid level machine with smooth resistance levels and nice variety of work out programs
It’s time to amp up your game and be a little more serious about your workout routine. You don’t have time to hit the gym? You may want to invest in an elliptical. The Proform ZE 6.0 is more than capable of matching your needs. It’s features have just been upgraded so you now get 18 preset programs as opposed to 12 – the stride length has also been increased by another 2″ up to 20″.
The Proform Name
Proform made it’s name producing treadmills. They patented the famous SpaceSaver Design and soon folding treadmills and folding ellipticals became all the rage. They are also known for pushing boundaries in the features of their treadmills – cushioning, electronics and technology. Models like the 590T have become really popular with first time buyers.
Whilst treadmills are more concerned with running/jogging to achieve cardio/fitness or competitive agendas, an elliptical is more focused on an overall workout. You can work both the lower and upper body at the same time. You can like treadmills specifically adjust your elliptical to target cardio/heart training, calorie reduction, speed/resistance and time (not travel but amount of time on machine).
So if you want to burn a lot of calories with a low impact load on your muscles and joints, or to burn a lot of calories in a short period of time, an elliptical should be on your bucket list. As it engages your upper body and lower body, you can exert a lot of calories in a short period of time.
Advantages of Profrom 6.0 ZE Elliptical
One of the major advantages of using the Proform 6.0 machine is that you can have a challenging and satisfying cardio workout without having to go to the gym. Sure you can sweat it out on any elliptical but this one is made with quality material. The steel used is commercial grade, and as such you get a lifetime warranty on the frame.
The machine itself doesn’t fold but it is very compact – unlike other folding ellipticals that sacrifice space for steadiness – this model is sturdy. It has transport wheels that allow you to push the machine out of the way once you are finished with it.
The 6.0 ZE is built with a blue-tinted LCD screen that monitors your time, resistance, calories burned, and other specifications. You can easily monitor your progress when you access the screen’s various features. As for variety, you also get that here. You have 18 built-in workouts to choose from. And if you want to take out the guesswork in your challenging routine, you can simply adjust the machine’s digital resistance. You’ll get a more intense workout then.
The resistance offered is equipped with a system called Silent Magnetic Resistance™. It works as the name suggests by magnets and the beauty of this is once you switch resistance levels the transition is smooth. The machine won’t stick and jar like a cheap manual resistance lever. Good for those knobbly knees.
When it comes to programs you can also choose from:
- Aerobic – Focuses on getting your heart rate up
- Weight Loss – A more challenging program that forces you to work the muscles you never thought you had
- Performance – For more serious exercise buffs, level up your performance gradually and feel like a pro in no time at all
One of the drawbacks is that the incline is manual. So if you are pumping along in a workout and you want to increase the burn, you’ll have to stop, get off the machine and adjust the incline by hand. Not the worst complaint in the world, but a little annoying if you are in full flight.
Those with long strides need not worry about space. The Proform Elliptical is equipped with an 20-inch stride length. More importantly, it’s also fitted with large slip-resistant pedals.
You also get to access and enjoy the following: a music port that’s compatible with your iPod, a 18-level resistance program, 18 workout apps, and a 300-pound capacity. Yes, you do get a pretty sturdy machine that comes with features that make your workout fun, satisfying, and flexible and keeps track of your stats.
Then, there’s the build quality. This is made from high-strength tubular steel. It feels strong and sturdy beneath your feet. If you want to increase the intensity but you’re fearful of the impact it will have on your joints, there are oversized footpads that absorbs the shock while you’re using the elliptical. And because it’s made from rubber, you’ll have an exercise surface that’s slip-resistant.
Based on the Proform name and many fitness industry Proform 6.0 ZE Elliptical conclusions, you’ll come to realize that the company behind it does create high-end products. It has clever features that help you along the way. With this model, you’ll never get bored sweating it out.
- Resistance levels change nice and smooth courtesy of Silent Magnetic Resistance™ design
- Reverse Motion
- Very quiet machine
- Can isolate specific muscles with incline – glutes- hams – calfs
- Transport wheels help to easily store out the way
- Can use battery power or AC power
- Compact Size
- Audio system and iFit compatible
- Hard to adjust preset work out times
- Manual incline as opposed to power incline – have to get off machine to adjust incline levels
- Pedals don’t pivot to match your foot movements
- No built in cooling fans
- Console is a bit low – you may have to stoop to read unless you have perfect vision
- Warranty a bit low on labor and parts