The ProForm Pro 12.9 Elliptical is a Great Mid-Priced Choice

The Pro 12.9 elliptical, along with its big brother, the Pro 16.9, were introduced for the 2016 model year, representing the top end of ProForm's offerings.  With a web-enabled touch screen, easy assembly and iFit technology, this one's sure to be a big seller for the company.

What You Get

The ProForm 12.9 has a 7" full color touch screen with a built in web browser for surfing the internet.  You can also see your distance, time, calories burned, resistance, heart rate and more.

Let's take a closer look at the specs...

Proform Pro 12.9 Elliptical
  • SMR™ silent magnetic resistance
  • 26 digital resistance levels
  • 32 lb. inertia enhanced flywheel
  • 35 workout applications
  • 20" adjustable stride
  • 7” color web-enabled touchscreen display
  • iFit® enabled
  • Polar® wireless chest strap included
  • 0-20 degrees adjustable incline
  • Multi-Grip Handles
  • Adjustable oversized pedals
  • iPod® compatible with Intermix Audio®2.0 sound system
  • Lifetime frame, 6 year parts and 3 years labor warranty

Get the new Pro 12.9 on Sale Now at the ProForm store!

The Word on the Street

Proform Pro 12.9 Console

The Pro 12.9 one of only a few new ProForm models introduced in 2016. It looks like it will replace the 12.0 NE, although as of this writing that model is still available.  What usually happens is they will keep the older model until it sells out.

The Pro 12.9 comes with a 7" touch screen, which is the only real difference between it and the Pro 16.9.  That model comes with a 10" touch screen.  

(Note that the base Pro 9.9 has a backlit display with no touch capability.)

Other than that, they share many of the same features.  There is iFit built into the machine which gives you access to personal trainer designed workout programs on top of the 35 included with the machine.  You also get Google map integration to virtually train anywhere in the world.  You can watch the maps on your elliptical or your tablet.

There's a 20" adjustable stride which is ample for all users and up to 20 degrees of incline to vary your workouts and target different muscle groups.

You can measure your heart rate in two ways: the EKG grip pulse or the included wireless chest strap for more accuracy.

You get SMR magnetic resistance which is smooth and quiet, plus commercial-grade steel construction.

What separates the Pro series ellipticals from the rest of the lineup are the heavier flywheels and sturdier construction.  So you're getting a much higher quality machine.

As such you are getting much better warranties as well, with an impressive lifetime frame, 6 years parts and 3 years labor...something you don't typically find even on pricier elliptical trainers.

Our Thoughts on the ProForm Pro 12.9

At around $1299 when it's on sale, the Pro 12.9 is a very good buy as it gives you all of the features you want and need in a sturdy, quiet machine.

You have 35 different workouts, 26 resistance levels, up to 20 degrees of incline, plus iFit technology which gives you Google maps, tracking and even more workout options.

Add to that internet, iPod compatibility, a workout fan and tablet/water bottle holder, and you have just about everything you could ask for in an elliptical machine.

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