Tony Little’s Pride & Joy, but Not Recommended
Tony Little describes the Hybrid Trainer by HealthRider as the exercise equipment he’s most proud to represent. That’s not such a surprise. Usually he represents gadgets that cost around $199 and with this model he’s up to a $799 MSRP. The HealthRider is the most legitimate exercise machine that Tony Little has ever touted but it is nonetheless rather low quality.
The HealthRider Hybrid Trainer combines two popular workout machines: the elliptical and the stationary bike. Elliptical exercise and bike training are known for being easy on joints — but that’s when the machine fits your body properly. The 15” stride on this machine will let you take short steps and raise your heart rate, but a healthy elliptical stride is longer.
We’re disappointed by the ergonomics and overall cheapness of this trainer. Keep looking! You can find better products for the same price from Horizon, NordicTrack and several other fitness equipment companies.
Specs for the Tony Little Hybrid Trainer
Here’s the features list from the manufacturer:
- 14 Digital Resistance Levels
- 10-Pound Flywheel
- 14 Workout Apps
- Dual-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
- Upper-Body Workout Arms
- Large LCD Window
- SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
- Water Bottle Holder
- 10-year frame warranty
- 90-day parts & labor warranty
Obviously, you need to take a manufacturer’s description with some skepticism. The “large” LCD window is rather small, and the “silent” resistance doesn’t mean that the overall machine is a quiet operator. It isn’t.
The 14 workout apps include seven for bike mode and seven for elliptical mode.
Reviews for the Tony Little Hybrid Elliptical
Reviews of this product come from sorely disappointed and moderately pleased customers. Some people think the machine is fun and effective, but they probably haven’t spent much time in clubs with better-quality fitness equipment. Those who know how an elliptical trainer ought to feel point out that the 15” stride is very short. Besides that, the flywheel or drive weighs only ten pounds! This is responsible for the
machine’s noticeably light resistance and not-so-smooth stride. Although there are 14 resistance levels, the range in wattage isn’t so great and the machine could quickly be mastered – if it doesn’t break down first.
People note that the Hybrid Trainer is noisy and requires frequent tightening and greasing. The warranty is very short, just 90 days for parts and labor. You’d probably rather spend time working out, not maintaining or paying to repair a machine you spent $800 on.
We recommend saving up for a better elliptical trainer or shopping around some more. Other ellipticals with the HealthRider name, such as the H50E, get much better reviews. The H50E sells for about $799 too, plus it has iFit readiness and a year of parts coverage. Its one-year warranty is still skimpy, but it sure beats the 90-day warranty of the Tony Little Hybrid Trainer.