ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE Reviews – CSE Series

Welcome to the blog on ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE Reviews! Before we start with the product review, I would like to share some information with you regarding the 495 CSE. The 495 CSE is one of the oldest model in the CSE Series. This Elliptical Trainer is for people who are looking forward in experiencing a full body workout.

Elliptical Trainers in general provide you with a full body workout and can help you burn anywhere between 600 – 1300 calories per hour. The amount of calories you burn totally depends on your weight and the intensity of your workout. Without further due, let’s start!

Before we start with the Smart Strider 495, please take a look at the table below in order to get an idea on the key specs and features offered by this beast.

Product ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE
Cost $587.99
Color Multi
Frame Solid Steel Construction
Display Round Watts LED Display
Storage Water Bottle Holder & Integrated Tablet Holder
Warranty Lifetime Frame Warranty, 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty
Weight Capacity 275 Lbs (124.7 Kg)
Stride Length 18 Inches
Footprint 80” L x 32" W x 65" H
Workout Apps 18
Resistance Levels 18
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You must have got some idea by viewing the key specifications and features recorded in the table above. From here on, I”ll be explaining the characteristics and attributes in a comprehensive manner so that you can understand stuff better.


You can take your fitness to a whole new level when you follow the exercises conducted by personal trainers throughout the whole world. Connecting your tablet with the iFit® Coach Ready™ via Bluetooth will allow you to start training with your personal trainer. To get access to iFit, a small subscription fee is required.


Do you want to track down your workout stats? You can do so with the help of Round Watts LED Display which will provide you with the workout stats like distance, time, calories burned and it can even tell you if you’re in the Endurance, Tempo, or Peak zone.

Endurance training is for people who would like to maintain the same pace for a longer duration. Tempo training will set your heart rate based on your weight. Finally, Peak zone is for people who would like to push themselves and maintain the highest level of cardio. If you’re into HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), you can press the “Work” button to push yourself and the “Recover” button to slow done. HIIT training helps you to burn more calories in a short period.

Workout Apps

When you purchase the ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE, you will get access to 18 different workout apps which have been designed by professional fitness trainers to meet your goals. These programs are in-built – which means they are already loaded in the elliptical trainer.

EKG Heart Rate Monitor

The Smart Strider has two handle bars on the side. If you hold them and start your workout, your heart rate will be displayed automatically on the screen within a couple of seconds.

Space Saver

If you’ve got a small apartment or simply don’t have any place to store the 495 CSE, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. With the new SpaceSaver® Design, you can fold the elliptical trainer and put it in one corner. You don’t need to keep walking around it anymore.


As I’ve mentioned in the first paragraph, this is a full body workout. This particular elliptical trainer involves legs and always provides you with a complete upper body workout. The grips are quite soft and you won’t have any chance to develop blisters in your hand anymore.

Resistance Levels

This feature is one my personal favorites because you can burn more calories. I would recommend that you start slowly with resistance level 1 and start building up gradually. The higher the resistance level, the more calories you burn. This is the main reason why you can expect to burn between 600 – 1300 calories per hour.

Integrated Tablet Holder

How cool will it be if you can do your workout at watch your favorite TV shows/movies simultaneously? Well, I can guarantee that this is something which you can expect to do on the ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE. The only thing which you can’t do is play games (Haha).

iPod Compatible Audio

It’s always good to carry around your iPod or MP3 player with you while your on the elliptical trainer. You can create your own playlist and then plugin to the machine. With the help of dual 2-inch speakers, you will be able to here high quality music. Research shows that listening to music while training can help you to train more effectively and burn more calories.

Easy Assembly

You must’ve been waiting for the ProForm to arrive with all the excitement for several days and ProForm doesn’t want to ruin this moment for you. You don’t have to worry about fixing the machine parts and stuff like that. The Smart Strider has been engineered in such a way that it can fit in the box with ease. Without wasting your time, you can start using it right away.

Pros & Cons

Before coming down to the conclusion, I would like to take some time to concentrate on the Pros & Cons the ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE brings.


  • Oversized Pedals
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Oversized Leveling Feet

The pros listed above are some extra features which come along with the Smart Strider. All the features and key specifications in this blog are all pros. Let’s get on with the Cons!


  • 13 Lb. Intertia-Enhanced Flywheel: The Smart Strider has one of the lightest Intertia-Enhanced Flywheel. Make sure to expect some vibration caused by the elliptical trainer. This is something which must be improved.
  • Parts Warranty: As I’ve mentioned in the table, you only get 1-Year Parts Warranty and this is pretty much a drawback because it’s hard to predict what will happen to the machine in the future.
  • No Wrokout Fan: Unfortunately, this is something which the 495 CSE lacks, so make sure that your room is cool enough for you to start your workout.

So, is it worth it?

If you’re budget is same as the cost of the ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE, this machine is good enough for you. In case if you’re looking for more warranty or simply want more bang for the buck, you can check the advanced model of this called “ProForm Smart Strider 695 CSE Reviews”.

I’m not saying that this is one of the best elliptical trainers manufactured by ProForm but at the end of the day, it depends on how much you can afford and a lot of other factors. If you have any more questions regarding this particular elliptical trainer, comment below or email to and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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