Review: Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Elliptical Trainer
The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer aims to provide a two-in-one solution to home exercise equipment by offering an elliptical trainer and a stationary exercise bike all in one.
The big problem with exercise machines that attempt to combine multiple platforms into one machine is that they inevitably provide both, but excel in neither. The Body Champ Dual Trainer, though, claims to flawlessly integrate both bike and elliptical to provide two independent machines for the price of one.
With 10 preset workout programs, an adjustable seat which can be set both vertically and horizontally and a walk through design, the Body Champ Dual Trainer is proving popular with buyers looking to save money on expensive equipment. The question is whether the Body Champ can really offer the best of both worlds, or is it trying to do too much?
Key Specs for Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer
|RRP: $400Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 12.5 inches
Weight: 90 lbs
Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
Stride Length: 14-Inch
Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer: The Pros
Flexibility: There are no two ways about it – the option of using your machine as an exercise bike one day and an elliptical trainer the next is extremely appealing. Both exercises work different muscle groups, and varying your workout will inevitably lead to more rounded results.
Large numbers of people are investing in home use exercise equipment not out of desire, but because gyms can be prohibitively expensive. The opportunity to effectively purchase both an exercise bike and elliptical trainer for less than $300 is not only extremely tempting – it’s good economics. The resistance on the Body Champ Dual Trainer is quite challenging, and there is no doubt that this machine gives you a workout.
Price: Even if you were to buy a cheap exercise bike and a cheap elliptical trainer, you would be hard pressed to get both for less than the Body Champ BRM 3671. Furthermore, you would more often than not be sacrificing quality for price. At considerably less than $300, the Body Champ Dual Trainer makes an awful lot of sense for people looking to start off their home exercise equipment collection, or those on a budget. For beginners, this is a nice investment that will allow for a varied workout that will build up fitness while staying interesting.
Lightweight: At 90 pounds, the Body Champ Dual Trainer is extremely light. The lightweight design does lend itself to some potential pitfalls mentioned below, but it also allows users to easily move and relocate the machine.
Assembly: The lightweight design also makes assembly quite easy, and one person will be able to assemble the Body Champ without any great difficulty thanks to the simple instructions.
Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer: The Cons
Stride Length: At 14 inches, the stride length is simply too short for some users. Although people under 5’6 might not experience any discomfort, users any taller than this will have to get used to what feels like an unnatural and restricted stride.
For comparison, most gym exercise machines feature a stride length of 20+ inches. There are many elliptical trainers that feature smaller stride lengths similar to the Body Champ Dual Trainer, but using the Body Champ as an exercise bike makes the issue far more noticeable. For users 6 foot and taller, this will not be a comfortable experience.
Sturdiness: As mentioned above, when manufacturers go for lightweight machines they often end up sacrificing other benefits. In this case, the lightweight design of the Body Champ Dual Trainer means that the device is not nearly sturdy enough for people 200 lbs. and over, nor for users looking for vigorous exercise. There is a noticeable wobble at fast speeds that cannot be rectified by tightening any bolts or screws. If the Body Champ simply featured heavy duty stabilizing bars, the weight would still be considered lightweight but the overall balance would be significantly improved.
Resistance Levels: Unfortunately, for an affordable, lightweight exercise machine, the resistance levels start off too tough. The first level of resistance on any exercise machine should be an introductory level which encourages first time users to get moving; the resistance can be increased at a steeper rate if need be. With the Body Champ Dual Trainer, the first level of resistance is actually quite tough, and this can be discouraging for beginners.
Is the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer Worth Buying?
There is a lot to be said for dual trainers, and the Body Champ BRM3671 is certainly one of the better choices in the field. Those on a budget, or those looking to introduce themselves to home exercise equipment, could get a lot of value from a two in one product like the Body Champ Dual Trainer. It’s light, easy to use, and provides a tough workout with some flexibility.
That being said, it should be remembered that the resistance levels are not ideal for those who have extremely little leg power, or for people over 6 feet tall. These users would be better off finding an alternative that is more suited to their specific needs. The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer will never find its way into any serious athlete’s home gym, but it could very well find its way in to yours.