Its been a month since we’ve had this elliptical machine and I guess now would be a good time to review it. This is the Proform 500F Elliptical Trainer from Sears, Farwaniya. The listed price was 240 KD but we got a good discount on the machine. We had also considered a Kettler CT 307 that we saw at Go-Sports in Avenues mall but we ultimately went ahead with this model.
Fit and finish is rather good and the foot pedals are quite large which is perfect for me. The instrument panel has a neat layout with large buttons that are easy to operate while you’re working out. There’s also a built-in fan which operates at two speeds but its so weak it feels like someone blowing at you thru a straw! The resistance is controlled by magnets and so theres no annoying knob to twist and click. Resistance levels are from 1-9 and you can feel the fly wheel tightening up as you increase the resistance.
What I liked:
. Good solid feel with quality fit and finish
. Pedals and handles are large with adequate grip
. Resistance adjustments by + and – buttons
. Large LCD display showing; Calories burnt, Time elapsed, Laps, Program modes and Speed (RPM), its illuminated by a blue glow that’s not too harsh on the eyes.
. Program mode which tells you to ‘Go Faster’ , ‘Go Slower’ or inform you when you’re at the optimum pace for that particular workout
What I didn’t like:
. Feeble excuse for a fan, I could do without it completely
. Just one bottle holder with no extra space for a mobile phone or Mp3 player
. Batteries used at ‘D’ type and it didn’t come with an external power supply (Optional extra)
Proform 500F on Amazon [link]