ProForm Endurance 520 E Elliptical Review

The ProForm Endurance 520 E is an entry level elliptical trainer which benefits from an adjustable stride length and 18 resistance levels.

The ProForm Endurance 520 E is an entry level elliptical trainer, available at a budget price, but includes some new and exciting features.

One of these features is the ability to adjust the incline and thus change the shape of the user’s stride. This allows the user to concentrate on developing one or more specific muscle group.

Other highlights include 18 workout programs, 18 digital resistance levels, Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking, “CardioGrip” heart rate monitor, back-lit display, tablet computer holder, and a sound System with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

This elliptical trainer is iFIT compatible. The iFIT facility allows you to customize your workout, track your progress and receive workout downloads. This feature requires a home wireless internet connection, the iFIT module and a subscription to which is sold separately.

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 1 year on all parts and 1 year labor.

Here’s a list of the main features:

… workout programs

The model has 18 built-in workout programs. Each workout has been designed by a Certified Personal Trainer in order to help you get the most out of your workout session.

The CALORIE, PERFORMANCE, INCLINE, and SPEED workouts showcase everything the elliptical is capable of and assist you in achieving your fitness goals whether it be to lose weight or tone up.

back lit display

The operating console on this elliptical has a control panel incorporating a 5″ back-lit display. The screen has a wide viewing angle making it easy to keep an eye on all relevant workout data. The display provides information on the following workout parameters:


… adjustable incline

An innovative feature of this elliptical trainer is the adjustable incline. The elevation can be adjusted up to 20 % in five settings.

Depending upon the amount of elevation selected there is a corresponding change in the motion of the elliptical which enables different muscle groups to be engaged.

… digital resistance levels

This model makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the elliptical’s motion.

There are a total of 18 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

… magnetic braking

Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking is used on this model. This system offers a frictionless, resistance braking which is very smooth in operation and allows the user to adjust the intensity of their workout without having to break the continuity of their workout.

… heart rate monitor

The trainer is also equipped with a “CardioGrip” heart rate monitor. This helps you to make the most out of every workout by monitoring your heart rate with sensors that are built into the handlebars.

By monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you’re always in the right training zone for your goals. This results in a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.

… iFIT compatible

This trainer is iFIT compatible. In essence this is a wireless connection between the Internet and the elliptical which adds extra functionality.

The iFIT feature enables you to customize your own fitness program, receive automatic workout downloads, and manage your profile online.

It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, the iFIT module, and a subscription to which is sold separately.

… iPOD connection

Associated with the audio system on this model is an iPOD compatible music port. The user can simply plug in their iPOD, or MP3 player, into the Interplay Music Port situated on the control panel. Enjoy listening to your favorite music or an audio book title during your work out session.

… warranty details

The ProForm Endurance 520 E elliptical trainer is underpinned by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 1 year parts and 1 year labor.


  • 18 Workout Programs
  • 18 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Manualy Adjustable Stride
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Back-Lit Display
  • iFIT Compatible
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Oversized Pedals
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • Tablet Computer Holder
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Solid Steel Construction
  • Adjustable Leveling Feet
  • Transport Wheels
  • AC Power Adapter


  • Footprint: 67.1″ x 25″ x 66.6″
  • Stride Length: up to 20″
  • Flywheel: 15 lbs
  • Max User Weight: 300 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts (1 yr)

                         Labor: (1 yr)

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