ProForm Endurance 520 E Elliptical Trainer
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- 18 Workout Apps, 18 Digital Resistance Levels, EKG Grip Pulse, 15 Lb. Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel, Soft Touch Upper-Body Grips, Water Bottle Holder
- 20" Adjustable Stride, 20 Degree Adjustable Incline, 5" Backlit Display, Leveling Feet, Integrated Tablet Holder, SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance
- IFit Compatible; Requires iFit wireless module; sold separately; Buy an iFit wireless module and receive a free one-year iFit subscription
- IPod Compatible Audio + USB Charging Station, iPod is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries iPod not included
- 300 Lb. Weight Capacity; The ProForm Endurance 520 E Elliptical is protected with a Lifetime Frame Warranty and 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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From the manufacturer
Hike to the Summit—Before Breakfast
0 – 20° Adjustable Incline Ramp
We know you love the outdoors. That's why we made incline training available on your elliptical. Now you can hike any mountain without leaving your living room.
With a quick adjustment, this ramp modifies your incline up to 20 degrees, with five set positions, allowing you to focus on specific muscle groups. Target your glutes, quads, and calves for focused training.
- 0 – 20º Incline Capability
- 5 Positions
Professional Training from the Comfort of Your Home
18 Workout Apps
When you step on the pedals of a ProForm elliptical, you get instant access to professional training programs fully loaded and ready to go. Now you can enjoy a challenging workout focused on your goals. Just press "Start" and you're off.
- Calorie, Performance, Incline, and Speed Workouts
- Designed by Certified Personal Trainers
Limitations? We Don't Believe in Limitations
iFit Coach Ready
Have you ever wondered what it's like to run in Barcelona? Just press start. Download a Google Maps route or create your own. This iFit Coach Ready elliptical automatically adjusts the incline to recreate trails, from Mongolia to Ecuador.
Customize your training with unlimited workouts designed by certified personal trainers. This ever-growing workout library offers programs that progress with you.
*Requires iFit wireless module; sold separately. Buy an iFit wireless module and receive a free one-year iFit subscription. Access your iFit account from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Syncing iFit account to machine currently on Android and iOS tablets only. Tablet not included. Google Maps is a trademark of Google, Inc.
- Global Google Maps Routes
- Unlimited Fitness Library
- Strengthening Personalized Nutrition
- Extensive Connected Tracking
The Key to Your Complete Total-Body Workout
Soft Touch Upper-Body Workout Arms
Our workout arms take your fitness from the straightforward lower-body workout of the elliptical to the total-body elliptical experience. By adding resistance and movement to the upper-body, you challenge your arms, shoulders, back, and core with each step.
- Incorporate the Core and Upper-Body
- Soft Touch Hand Grips
Build your cardio endurance and muscle strength with elliptical training. The ProForm Endurance 520 E Elliptical is engineered for greatness-and its ready to take your training to the next level. Mix up your stride and incline settings with the adjustable ramp. And when you're ready to access unlimited programs, track your workout stats instantly, or draw your next route via Google Maps-just access the iFit interactive technology compatible with this machine. With a quick adjustment, this ramp adjusts your stride up to 20 inches and your incline up to 20 degrees to focus on specific muscle groups.
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-- my old machine had an arm snap off (at the weld) -- I pondered between replacing the part or replacing the machine... I decided to get a new machine.
My old machine had the rear wheel, vs the front wheel. Otherwise they are very similar.
Note: This model has a Nordic Track twin - E7.0 -- the differences are price (proform is less $), and the layout of the controls are slightly different.
Why I chose this machine?
--Price - on sale, plus discount & free ship.. made this a great deal. I bought from Proform, their price with additional discounts, and free shipping was less than a local store (the local store also did not have in stock, but Proform did and shipped quickly -- ordered Jan 5th - shipped the 7th - received the 15th).
--Power adapter vs Power plug - most machines now have a power plug vs adapter (I preferred the adapter). The nice thing about the ones with a power plug they will also have an auto adjustable incline, models with a power adapter are a manual adjustment for incline.
--Test Drive - after reading & reviewing (and examining online manuals) I liked this machine, I checked it out in store and it fit every need I had.
Slightly tricky, a little bit of negotiation with the parts.. But it went together.
--Note: make sure you have that rubber mallet.
Hauling to 2nd floor - We opened the box on the main floor of our home, to carry the body of the machine to the upper floor -- it is heavy but not back breaking (for two to carry)
This a (relatively) compact machine (in footprint) - but it does add height. It adds about 1 foot, so for my 5'5" height and our standard ceilings I have plenty of room, but if you are taller or have an older home with low ceilings check your headroom.
--Using the machine --
Very quite & smooth operation -- (but some may find it somewhat bouncy, again try in the store to confirm how it feels for you -- for me it works)
Arms/handle - are the right height (my previous machine the arms were too high to really use effectively). I am a 5'5" female, so average height.
Display/functions - will take a little getting used to, but far easier than some overdone displays. Love the lap track, and other motivation options on the machine.
--Display is easy to read (large enough numbers/graphics to read, blue light, very simple and not overdone.
This machine offers a better work out over my old machine, very pleased with this purchase.
--I-Fit option -- I did not opt for this add-on.
What is I-Fit? it is essentially a router, that adds some work out options to the machine. But this device will cost about $100 plus $10 monthly subscription (note: they are offering 1 1/2 year free subscription).
Reading reviews on that device, it requires older network connection, is glitchy & customer service is script fed, so they do not have the information to support or help.
In theory the I-Fit is a neat add-on (if works) -- you can ride roads/trails around the world via google maps (add your tablet for the viewing display) -- the machine adjusts incline & resistance according to the route taken (but the proform 520e has a manual incline, so you will not gain all the benefit of the ifit device/program).
The ifit has other work out programs and features which sound nice, but their website & customer service are lacking when it comes to informing or helping on their product.
Perhaps the device will be updated & improved, but keep in mind for the proform 520e it has limited use/benefit for the added expense.
The machine by itself has enough functions to enjoy without an added (i-Fit) device & subscription.
If you want the power incline function -- go with the Proform 720E it is about $150 more -- so not a significant difference depending on your needs/wants
other differences between the 720 &520
-- 720e has a 20lb inertia enhanced flywheel the 520 has a 15 lb
-- the 720 has a 325lb weight capacity the 520 has 300lb capacity
-- the 720 has a 2 year parts warranty the 520 has a 1 year - but have lifetime frame & 1 year labor
-- the 720 has a power cord, the 520 has a power adapter.
-- the 720 has a fan.
Both are ifit compatible (so the device will still be an added purchase for the machine)
So if you have a choice & a power cord works for you -- go for the 720.. but either the 520 & 720 are wonderful choices.
Oversized foot pads
USB Port for charging devices
Heart rate monitor can be inaccurate
Handle grips can be uncomfortable after long workouts, especially if you’re tall
Need to buy separate/expensive Wi-Fi adapter to use integrated iFit programs
Can't download workouts via USB port, USB port only for charging
I bought the ProForm Endurance 520 E elliptical to replace an old ProForm 390 E elliptical that I got off of craigslist years ago. I got a great deal on the ProForm 390 E and it worked well for me for a few years, so I don't have any major complaints about it. However, the ProForm 390 E started making creaking and clicking noises that I couldn't remedy by tightening the bolts, so I decided I needed a new elliptical.
I ordered the ProForm Endurance 520 E elliptical from Amazon and received it about a week later via a freight delivery service. The box was a little beat up, but after checking the contents inside, everything was intact. I put the elliptical together by myself. The manual suggests that it is a two person job, but one person can get the job by themselves if necessary. It probably took me 2 to 3 hours to completely assemble the elliptical. All the instructions were easy to understand and the parts were easily identifiable.
Once I got the elliptical together and made sure all the bolts were tightened, the first thing I noticed was how quiet it was in comparison to my old elliptical that had seen better days. Over the next few weeks of using the 520 E there were occasional creaks that would work themselves out after 10 minutes or so, but for the most part this is a very quiet machine. The elliptical is in my bedroom and I can use it late at night once my wife has gone to bed without disturbing her.
The backlit display is a very nice feature for anyone using the machine in a dimly lit room, such as a bedroom after your spouse has gone to bed. Another great feature is the tablet holder that ProForm includes with the elliptical. Every piece of fitness equipment from this point own should come with some kind of tablet holder. I'm sure that it is less than a dollar's worth of plastic in the tablet holder, but it is such a nice feature. I find TV shows to watch on my tablet while I'm on the elliptical and try to forget about the fact that I'm working out. Along with the tablet holder, there is a USB charging port so that you don't have to worry about your tablet or phone dying on you in the middle of a workout, which is another good thing.
As much as I love this elliptical, there are some things that I think ProForm could have done better for little to no increase in production cost.
The handle grips are the most comfortable grips I've used on an elliptical. If you're 6 feet or taller, you'll likely end up resting your hands across the top of the grips, which can become uncomfortable after a while. The grips on the 720 E look like they are much more comfortable than the grips on the 520 E.
The heart rate monitor can be all over the place, which isn't a huge deal because I've read that the heart rate monitors on exercise equipment are notoriously inaccurate. For anyone really interested in tracking their heart rate while using this elliptical, I would suggest that they use a separate monitor or simply count the pulse of their carotid artery for 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4.
The 520 E doesn't have a built in fan, which is fine with me because I use a separate fan anyway. However, there are other elliptical machines in the same price range that do include built in fans.
The built in speakers on the 520 E are merely okay, but you'd probably be better served by using separate Bluetooth speakers if you have that option.
My biggest complaint about the 520 E is ProForm's integration of iFit. I have a ProForm stationary bike that is iFit compatible, but the stationary bike has built in Wi-Fi. In order to use any of the iFit compatible features on the 520 E elliptical, you'd have to buy a separate expensive Wi-Fi module to plug into the 520 E. Without that separate module, about 1/4th of the buttons on the front panel of the elliptical's console are absolutely useless. Instead of forcing you to buy an add-on Wi-Fi module, I think that ProForm could have allowed their elliptical’s USB ports to use USB drives to download information about each workout. This would make it a lot easier to track your progress and you wouldn't have to shell out any additional money. Another nice feature for those wanting to use iFit would be if you were able to download workouts from the iFit website onto a USB drive and then upload those workouts to the elliptical. Then once you've completed those workouts, download the information from your elliptical and upload that information back to the iFit website.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the performance of the ProForm 520 E. However, be aware that there are other elliptical machines on the market in the same price range that address some of the minor issues that this elliptical has (use of USB port, fan, etc.)