ProGear 400LS Elliptical Trainer

6.7 Total Score

ProGear 400LS is a compact 2 in 1 elliptical. Meaning, apart from using it as an elliptical you can just lean back and use it as an exercise bike. Its adjustable seat is a bit hard for some users. The main problem with this trainer is Noise. As it has a chain system (instead of a magnetic system), this trainer tends to make a lot of sound. If you are in the market for quite, compact elliptical we suggest you take a look at Exerpeutic 1000XL.

Build Quality
8.2
Features
5.5
Assembly
8
Noise
3
Price/Value
9

At a Glance: ProGear 400LS
BrandProGear
Capacity250  lb.
Price RangeUnder $200
ResistanceDial (Not Magnetic)
Stride length14-inch
Dimensions40″ x 22″ x 62″
ProgramsN/A
DisplayBasic LCD
InclineN/A
HR MonitorContact

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The ProGear 400LS is popular for being a budget-friendly and 2 in 1 trainer. 2 in 1 trainer means you can use it both as an elliptical and an exercise bike. It comes with both stationary handles and long active handles. There is a touch pulse sensor situated in the stationary handle. With a price tag of $190, the 400LS competes with sunny health and Exerpeutic 1000XL elliptical trainer. Both of which are magnetic trainers. Being a noisy chain driven elliptical, the main advantage it has over its competition is the 2 in 1 feature. But this 2 in 1 feature is also a drawback. Because to make the exercise bike usable, ProGear had to shorten the stride to 14”. Plus the exercise bike doesn’t have a circular motion, which may feel unnatural to a user.

Comparison with other ProGear Models

ProGear 300LS

ProGear 400LS

ProGear 500LS

Stride type Belt DrivenBelt DrivenChain Drive
Flywheel Weight10lb cast iron
ResistanceTension AdjustedTension AdjustedTension Adjusted
Stride14 inch14 inch14 inch
Weight55 lb77 lb55 lb
Capacity275 lb250 lb275 lb
Dimension33 x 19 x 46 inch44 x 22 x 62 inch37 x 22 x 61 inch
Price$139$190$200

Features

  • 14″ stride length with backward stride capability for easy movement
  • Four-direction, adjustable, seat
  • Dial tension adjusted resistance
  • Basic LCD display that’s powered by AAA batteries
  • Touch Heart rate sensor in stationary handles
  • Transport wheels for easy movement
  • 250 lbs capacity
  • Forward, backward and up-and-down positioning for easy workout transitioning
  • Water bottle holder included in a very convenient space
  • Made with steel, plastic and foam for lasting use
  • Measures 62″ H x 22″ W x 40″ L

Build Quality

The frame of this trainer is quite hard and solid. With a max capacity of 250 lbs, we have no problem with the frames build quality. But this trainer tends to wobble in the joints.

Assembly

This trainer comes with all the tools required to assemble the unit. We feel ProGear could have done a better job with explaining the assembly process in the user manual. Assembling this trainer may take 2-3 hours (depending on your past experience and DIY skills). All the pieces come in sealed packets. Here is the user manual that we received with this trainer.

Display and Console

This console shows 5 of the most vital and elementary info, Distance, Pulse, Speed, time and Calorie. After comparing the result with a Polar heart rate monitor we found its showing lower calorie count that Polar HRM.
If you are into serious cardio exercise, we suggest you buy a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. Link that with your phone and get detailed data using popular fitness apps.

Heart Rate Monitor

Frankly speaking, we hate all pulse sensor that in the handle. None of these sensors give accurate data, plus your hand always have to touch the sensor. Buy a $50 heart rate monitor, and make sense of your exercise.

Final Thoughts

At ellipticalhub, we don’t like any chain driven elliptical as they tend to make a lot of noise. If you are paying anything above $180, we would discourage you to buy this trainer. As there are some great magnetic trainers in this price range. Plus, when you are using it as a bike, foot pedal moves in an elliptical motion, which is not natural and can be difficult to adjust.

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