May 22, 2024


Inspiring Healthy Living

Proform 1280 Elliptical at Glance

The Proform 1280 elliptical trainer is one of the elliptical machines that is used by some gym and families across the globe. Before now, athletes and bodybuilders world over engaged in strenuous exercise to improve their muscles and blood flow. Though these athletes are improving their muscles and blood flow, there were still concerns if these exercises were actually doing more harm than good to the anatomy of the athlete. Consequently, designers and engineers collaborated with sport experts and produced fitness machines that will help people work on their cardiovascular system and improve it without inflicting injury on their knees and joints.

Proform 1280 is a great product from Proform Company which is the trusted company that manufactures Proform ellipticals trainer, weight benches, treadmills and a whole lot of gym facilities that will help bodybuilders achieve their aim without inflicting injury on their knees and joints.

Features Proform 1280

If you are a fitness buff like I am especially in the past 6 years you might have tried your hand on Proform 1280 elliptical. The Proform 1280 elliptical trainer is one of the older models in the Proform fleet of elliptical. Though it is an old machine it still has some great features that will help you to achieve your fitness goal.

Incline Power control

One of the interesting features that I discovered in the machine is the incline feature. The incline feature also known as Ramp allows you to adjust your slope either up or down. But the beauty of this feature is that you require no effort in order to change your slope. With the touch of a button you can change your slope. With this feature with this feature you can work on different muscles. When you cannot work on different set of muscles, you will be overstraining them. The incline features checkmates injury to your muscles by allowing you to work on different sets of muscles.

SMR Feature

SMR is an acronym for Silent Magnetic Resistance. With this feature you can challenge your body and this will result in the burning of more fats and calories. This feature employs magnetic pull in order to create resistance as you are working out. It enables train with awe-inspiring calmness.

Reflex Step Technology

One thing that comsumers like in this machine is the ease with which the pedal contracted with each move they make. The pedal of Proform 1280 elliptical trainer is constructed with reflex step technology which explains why the pedal moves smoothly and returns to its original position with each move you make. With a soft touch you can get the pedal to flex. Consequently, your joints and muscles will not be overstrained during the exercise. Your workout will be very smooth and require little effort from you but you will still achieve great result.

5 Pedal Positions

One important feature I discovered in the Proform 1280 which differentiates it from some of the elliptical fitness machines is its 5 pedal positions. With this feature you don’t need to worry about overstraining during training. You can choose from any of these five pedal positions depending on the one that best suits your need.

CD Player and Speakers

The music is one of the best features on the Proform 1280 elliptical trainer. The sound quality might be heavenly but it keeps stepping to the rhythm on your favourite tune whether you are working out or resting for a while. It comes with speakers that have an auto adjust function.

Other features of Proform 1280 are:

• Built in adjustable fan
• Two windows LCD
• Interactive CD player
• iFit(R) compatible
• EKG(TM) grip pulse sensors
• 250-lb user capacity
• 9 positions between ten and thirty degrees

The Pros of Proform 1280

The following are some of the benefits you will derive by training with Proform 1280.

Multiple options

You are not limited to one workout program if you are using Proform 1280. It has about 12 workout programs. It is left for you to choose the one that suits your need.

Excellent incline power control

Proform 1280 elliptical is unique and superior to Proform 880 and 1080 models thanks to the incline power control. You can electronically adjust the slope to any comfortable position that you deem fit.

Easy to operation and assemble

This fitness machine is very easy to assemble. All you need in order to assemble the parts is to follow the instructions stipulated in the manual. You will be surprised at the ease with which you will operate the machine after assembling it. According to consumer reviews the Proform 1280 is quite easy to operate. The Instructions are easy to follow.

Health Benefits

~ You will be able to work on different sets of muscles using Proform 1280. With this you can avoid overstraining of a set of muscles.
~ You will also burn more fats and calories when you are working out with the machine.
~ Your heart rate and blood pressure will improve greatly.
~ Using Proform 1280 is the best option for those who will like to improve the metabolic process of their body.

Cons of Proform 1280

~ According to consumer reviews, the Proform 1280 has low durability due to the fact that the internet parts of the machine are of low quality. Consequently, this machine is not recommended for commercial purposes but is perfect for private use. This is machine is a beauty but is not really a beast within.
~ Research also shows that consumers are disturbed by the noise emanating from the power incline feature as it changed the slope when they are using it. The incline power feature of this machine helps you electronically change the slope as well as the shape of the stride. However, besides being noisy, the change takes a lot of time.
~ The workout programs are controlled by the iFit technology of this machine but unfortunately this feature has poor quality components.
~ The Proform 1280 has features that will satisfy your need but you should also know that many elliptical trainers with higher qualities are available in the market to at affordable price.

Consumer Reviews

Positive consumer review

The majority of consumers give a thumps up to the power incline feature of the machine despite the fact that it changes the slope very slowly.

• Most Proform elliptical reviews praise the Interactive CD player and also the 18 stride length of Proform 1280. What many like most is the adjustable nature of the stride.
• Many consumers also appreciate the external look of the machine.

Negative Consumer review

o There are also some consumers who observe that the machine have been overtaken by newer elliptical trainer with more improved features.
o Consumers are not happy with short warranty that comes with this elliptical trainer. The machine has only 90 days warranty that covers material and workmanship and defects. They machine would have appreciated the machine more if the warranty covers more days.
o The price of the machine is another thing that consumers have complained against. The Proform 1280 costs $699 (excluding the shipping price) and this is expensive in the eye of many consumers.


Despite the fact that Proform 1280 is an old elliptical trainer, it has some great features that attract consumers to it. You will surely derive some benefits by training with this machine, but owing to its lower quality parts, I recommend it only for family use. You can buy directly from the manufacturer at the cost of $699 or you can buy from the dealers’ shops. The Proform 1280 is sold in many offline shops. You can also shop for it through the internet. Proform 1280 remains the best elliptical sold at $700. You will get value for your money when you buy this machine. But, you have to ensure that you read the user’s guide. This will help you maintain the machine properly in order for it to last longer for you.