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ProForm 290 CSR Recumbent Bike
Where to Buy ProForm 290 CSR Recumbent Bike

If you like to be entertained while exercising, the ProForm 290 CSR Recumbent Bike (starting at $400) is the model for you. ProForm 290 CSR reviews on Walmart and Sports Authority say this recumbent bike is easy to use, affords a good workout, and comes close to gym quality at a budget price. The ability to play interactive games that reward hard work by becoming easier is a big selling point; one user suggests it takes the mental sting out of the exercising grind. A port and audio for an MP3 player only add to the appeal, according to ProForm reviews. For all its virtues, however, a number of reviews grouse about assembly problems, particularly when it comes to the wiring that runs from the stand to the electronic console. A few reviews also note that the seat isn't as comfortable as it could be; two users say it tilts too far forward.

The ProForm 290 CSR is loaded with features. There are 20 preset workout programs and 16 resistance levels, an adjustable oversized seat with lumbar support, and wheels for portability. The weight capacity is 300 pounds. It comes with four interactive games that display on the console, which also provides readouts for speed, time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate (the sensors are in the handlebars). The ProForm 290 CSR is also enabled for iFit live, which includes an eight-week workout card with Jillian Michaels serving as your personal trainer. This recumbent bike comes with a five-year warranty on the frame and 90 days on parts and labor.

Once assembled, the ProForm 290 CSR runs smoothly and quietly. It sits at the very top of our price range but offers a few neat extras that may be worth the cost to some exercisers.

by Elizabeth Sheer (Google+ Profile) – December 29, 2012
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