ProForm 7.0 RE Rear Drive Elliptical Review

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Despite being one of ProForm’s oldest models, the 7.0 RE elliptical is still available. Many new versions have been created since this model’s debut. Thus this elliptical machine is presently offered at a significant discount.
It’s an entry-level elliptical machine with a back drive, similar in design to the Kettler Axos Cross P.

It’s built for mild to medium cardio exercises and lacks a complete complement of “belts and whistles,” but it’s still a good elliptical trainer.

This elliptical machine has a one-piece frame, which means its chassis is made of a single bar. Because many exercise machines with a 2-piece frame wobble a little where the components meet, this implies the machine is more stable overall.

Given the machine’s weight, it’s safe to assume that the majority of its frame components are constructed of steel. Anti-corrosive paint is applied to the steel parts, white for the frame sections and black for the arms and footrest bars.

Several plastic pieces are also used in the frame’s manufacture. However, the majority of them are just defensive or aesthetic. The machine’s drive system shrouds, console mast joint cover, bases caps, and arm pivot covers are just a few examples.

The machine is supported by five adjustable stabilizers: two on each base and one on the frame’s main bar. The front base also has transfer wheels, making it easier to move the machine after it’s fully completed.
The design of this trainer is not foldable.

However, an elliptical has a rather tiny footprint. It measures 58.6″ (149 cm) in length and 26.3″ (67 cm) in width, making it somewhat shorter than comparable ellipticals like the Sole E55 or NordicTrack C 7.5.

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Step-up Height

The ProForm 7.0 RE elliptical has a medium 18″ stride length (approx. 46 cm). It’s a machine for those between the ages of 5’0″ and 6’00” (152 – 183 cm). Taller users may find this stride length to be too short for their purposes; therefore, if you’re taller, the Schwinn 430, for example, might be a better option.

The step-up height, or the distance between the lowest pedal and the floor, is approximately 6″ (15 cm). Because this elliptical has a step-through construction, it should be easy to get on and off, especially for those healing from injuries.

The distance between the tallest pedal and the floor level, on the other hand, is around 16″ (41 cm). Before committing to this elliptical, make sure you add at least 16″ to your height and compare it to the ceiling height in the space where you’ll be using it to avoid any ceiling height difficulties.


This elliptical machine has a stain-resistant, industrial-quality v-belt for a quiet and smooth belt drive. Its flywheel isn’t very hefty, but it provides more than adequate consistency to the pedaling motion at 10 pounds (4.5 kg). The machine’s pulley is relatively large, measuring around 16″ (41 cm) in diameter, allowing for greater motion.

The ProForm 7.0 RE’s pedals are made of sturdy polyurethane and are long and broad enough to fit sports shoes of all sizes. The pedals are additionally padded, which reduces the stress on the ankles and encourages a more natural movement.

Both moveable and fixed handlebars are available on this trainer. Both include rubber-foam grips to absorb sweat, prevent blisters from forming during extended exercises, and, of course, for added comfort. Stainless steel pulse sensors are also included in the fixed grips.

You may pedal in reverse on this machine, which widens the training options. The metrics on the control unit’s display, like speed, distance, and so on, will also be recorded when cycling backward.

The ProForm 7.0 RE elliptical trainer’s eddy current system uses a magnetic flywheel and a tiny servo motor. The resistance is, however, digitally regulated from the console. Each resistance setting modifies the magnets’ pull, causing more or less drag.

The machine has 14 degrees of resistance, the lowest of which is relatively light, making it ideal for people with impairments or those who need rehabilitation exercise. On the other hand, the highest resistance levels offer a steady cardiac workout.

Unlike other ellipticals with an eddy current braking system, such as the Nautilus E616, or the Schwinn 470, which require a power circuit to operate, this ProForm elliptical runs on batteries. Four D-type batteries are required, which are not provided.


The console device with this ProForm elliptical machine provides many more features than your typical fitness monitor. First, it has a 4″ diagonal blue LED-backlit display with large numerals that are simple to read even in dim circumstances.

Speed, distance, time, calories, and pulse may all be tracked with the monitor. It also shows the machine’s current resistance level, and there’s a distance option that shows it as a track (1/4 mile), with your progress on the current track and how many tracks you’ve completed during your session.

The console unit has 14 fitness routines, including seven for weight reduction and seven for performance. The resistance of the machine will be automatically adjusted for each training program.

Of course, there’s also the manual mode, a free-pedaling software that allows you to modify resistance as needed with the – / + keys.

The console also has a two-speaker sound system with iPods and virtually all MP3 players, cellphones, and tablets.

The music produced by these speakers isn’t horrible, and it’s certainly better than the speakers on the phone, but it lacks the quality of a dedicated sound system with a subwoofer and other specialized components. The sound level may be adjusted using the two keys on the console.

On the console, there is no tablet tray. However, right below the MP3 player output, a little lip can accommodate your MP3 player. There’s also an accessory tray/bottle holder on the console mast, directly beneath the console, where you can put your phone or MP3 player if you have a long enough cord.

Last but not least, the console does not support telemetry. To put it another way, it can’t read pulses through chest strap transmitters. You must hold on to the sensors on the machine’s fixed handlebars to get a pulse reading.


Due to the numerous pieces, screws, and bolts that must be attached, this elliptical trainer may take up to 1.5 – 2 hours to assemble. However, as a broad concept, the entire procedure is pretty simple.

Furthermore, the physical copy of the user’s handbook that comes with the machine will walk you through everything step-by-step.

The bases, the console mast, and console to the mainframe connecting the cables, and then the arms and pedals, as well as the aesthetic plastic coverings, must all be attached.

For assembly, you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver and probably a rubber mallet, as well as some hex keys.

Because the machine is somewhat heavy, two persons may be required to assemble it. It’s best to lubricate joints before assembly to avoid squeaky noises later.

It’s also a good idea to apply a fastening agent, such as Loctite, to keep screws from loosening due to vibration.

Internal components of the machine should not require any maintenance because they have been pre-lubricated using high-grade lubricants.

Maintaining this ProForm elliptical clean, adjusting the screws from time to time, and lubricating the joints if they squeak are all part of the maintenance.


The ProForm 7.0 RE elliptical is a fitness machine for mild to medium cardio, but it may also aid weight reduction if you use the weight loss programs or the highest resistance levels.

It’s also an excellent machine for increasing stamina, muscular tone, and interval and recovery training.

It contains 14 training routines and built-in speakers, so it goes above and beyond the minimum set of functions.

Overall, it offers a fantastic price/quality ratio, and because it is an older ProForm elliptical, it is now available at a steady discount.

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