PROS / This elliptical connects to iFit.
CONS / The flywheel is only 16 pounds, much lower than the professionally recommended minimum of 20 pounds.
VERDICT / The ProForm Endurance 520 E has a decent amount of presets and resistance levels to help you create a custom exercise program, putting it in the middle range between basic and full-featured models.
The ProForm Endurance 520 E is a step up from a basic elliptical machine. It comes with 18 preset workouts and power incline adjustment to give you a fitness program that does more than just help you lose weight. With the few extras, such as 18 programmed resistance levels, you can focus on maintaining fitness goals you have already reached or work on more rigorous goals, such as strength training.
You can adjust the incline of the ProForm feet holders to simulate a trail or steep hike. This is a great way to enhance your workout program and target specific muscle groups such as glutes, quads and calves. However, with a flywheel of only 16 pounds, this machine may have a bit more bounce or rigidity than most while you are pedaling, especially at high speeds.
The ProForm Endurance elliptical exercise machine has an adjustable stride length; so more than one person can use it comfortably. The maximum length of the stride is 20 inches, which is the length expert fitness trainers suggest is the comfortable length for most users.
Another great feature of this elliptical is its compatibility with iFit, a popular online fitness program and app. While you exercise, the collected information can automatically save to your iFit account. However, to take advantage of this perk, you need to invest in a yearly subscription to iFit.
This elliptical has two sets of handlebars. The stationary bars have the monitor that keeps track of your heart rate while you exercise. While a chest strap monitor isn’t included, the ProForm Endurance 520 E does support these monitors if you choose to purchase one separately.
The tablet holder is positioned above the console, making it easier for you to watch a movie or connect to the included speaker to listen to music while still providing a full view of the console screen. It has a small holder that is big enough to hold a water bottle, but you won’t be able to fit your TV remote too, as you can with many ellipticals' holders.
ProForm includes a lifetime warranty on the frame of this elliptical. It also includes a single-year warranty on the labor, which is standard, and the parts, which is less than the industry standard of three to five years. ProForm does have a lot of support options for the Endurance 520 E. Both email and telephone support are available for personalized assistance. Most questions can be answered through the online FAQs and the electronic copies of the ProForm Endurance 520 E user guide.
The ProForm Endurance 520 E elliptical bike is a decent step up from basic models. It has a few more workout programs than basic models as well as 18 resistance levels. Some extras, such as the convenient tablet holder and adjustable foot pedals, make this a good choice for pushing yourself a little further to reach fitness and strengthening goals. This elliptical even connects to your iFit account to help you keep track of your progress.