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Proform Carbon EL Elliptical Reviews – High-End Cross Trainer

Proform Carbon EL Elliptical Review

The Proform Carbon El is an amazing piece of equipment. It offers so much more than an average elliptical trainer.

Fitness trainers do not only get to enjoy low-impact, high-intensity exercises but have a wide range of features to benefit from. 

The Proform Carbon El elliptical is a compact, front-drive trainer for both commercial and home gyms.

Its interactive display takes away boredom from workouts by engaging trainers with an amazing picturesque view of places around the world.


Demo Footage

Assembly Guide


Proform Carbon EL Elliptical Review

Proform Carbon EL Features

Build & Design

ProForm Carbon EL - Build and Design

The Proform Carbon El elliptical comes in a compact design with all necessary elliptical features. Without further delay, let’s dig into the detailed overview of this elliptical.


The flywheel acts as the powerhouse of the elliptical. Its front-drive design system causes motion on the foot pedals and handlebars. The weight of the flywheel plays a crucial part in the smooth and quiet running of the machine. 

Proform Carbon El elliptical trainer comes with a 15-pounds inertia-enhanced flywheel located on the front of the machine. It is this front-drive design system that gives it a smooth, quiet operation. Meanwhile, the next up elliptical in the ProForm family is the Carbon EX brings with it a slightly larger flywheel.

ProForm PFEL55920 Carbon EL - Flywheel


Proform ellipticals have a reputation for providing low-impact, high-intensity, full-body workouts. While the oversized pedals focus on working the lower body, the motion handlebars give the upper body muscles a good workout.

Proform Carbon El elliptical has two sets of handlebars — fixed and movable handlebars. The handlebars also have an EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor that helps monitor and track the user’s heart rate and pulse.

Proform Carbon El Elliptical - Handlebars

Stride Length

To simulate humans’ natural walking and running motion, ellipticals come in different stride lengths. Most of these ellipticals come with fixed stride ratings. However, there are some that offer adjustable stride distance features.

The Proform Carbon El comes with a 19″ adjustable stride length. This means users can adjust stride length to the distance that’s best for them. This makes it an excellent choice for families of different heights.

ProForm Carbon EL - Stride Length


The Proform Carbon El falls into the compact design category of ellipticals. This space-saving fitness machine comes in dimensions of 68.5x25x67.75 inches (LxWxH).

With a weight of 202 pounds and front-rolling transport wheels, this Proform model can fit into apartment spaces and also allow for easy relocation.

Smart Features

The Proform Carbon El comes with a 30-day iFit Family Membership. This takes away the stress of manually tracking workout stats. iFit lets users monitor, track, and use these starts for future routines on its own tablet. All of which is done automatically.

ProForm PFEL55920 Carbon EL Elliptical - Smart Features

The SmartAdjust feature also allows trainers to take control of their workout intensity by having the machine automatically adjust resistance levels to match the workout pace.

The EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor automatically monitors and tracks the user’s heart and pulse rate on the iFit workout app. It sends the information to the LCD screen to notify trainers about their workout progress.


Workout programs

Proform Carbon El does not come with any preset workout videos/programs, but it makes up for it with the iFit-enabled live trainer feature. This means users can easily access iFit workouts to target different muscle groups.

Trainers can get a wide range of on-elliptical and off-elliptical iFit program routines with an active subscription.


This Proform model with a 15-pound, high-speed, inertia-enhanced flywheel. With this drive system, the machine works smoothly and quietly during workouts. It makes for an excellent home gym elliptical.

Proform Carbon EL Specifications

Display5” High-Contrast Multi-Color Display
SensorsEKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor
Drive SystemFront-drive
Resistance MechanismSMR Silent Magnetic Resistance
Resistance Level18 levels
Incline Systems5 Incline positions
Range angle 0 to 20 degrees
Workout Programs30-Day iFIT Family Membership
DimensionsHeight – 67.75 inches
Length – 68.5 inches
Width – 25 inches
Maximum stride length -19 inches
Elliptical weight202 lbs
User Weight Capacity300 lbs
Extra Features15 Lb. Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
QuickSpeed Buttons for Resistance Adjustments
Oversized Cushion Pedals
Water Bottle Holder
Front-Mounted Transport Wheels
Audio Auxiliary Port with Dual 2 Bluetooth Speakers
iFit Bluetooth
Integrated tablet holder
ProForm PFEL55920 Carbon EL Elliptical - Rating

ProForm PFEL55920 Carbon EL Elliptical



  • EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor.
  • 15 Lb. Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel for silent performance.
  • 20-degree Adjustable Ramp with 5 Positions and 19″ Adjustable Stride Length.
  • 18 Digital Resistance Levels for intensive home workout.








iFIT Traning Program

Workout Programs


18 Level Up

Resistance Level
  • Stay connected with iFit and get expert workout routines
  • Powered with a silent magnetic resistance mechanism, it comes with 18 levels of resistance
  • Incline can be adjusted to 5 positions with a maximum incline angle of 20°
  • 5" High Contrast display allows monitor workout performance and enjoys travel the globe app experience
  • EKG Pulse Heart Rate Sensor monitors heart rate and pulse during workout
  • The incline is not power controlled by manual
  • iFit subscription is needed after the expiration of the 30-day iFit membership

Demo Footage

Assembly Guide

  1. Keep all parts of the elliptical in an open, cleared area for easy identification of parts
  2. Begin by attaching and securing the rear stabilizer to the elliptical frame
  3. Repeat for the front stabilizer and secure with the right screws
  4. Position and secure the right roller arm to the right crank arm
  5. Position and also secure the left roller arm to the left crank arm
  6. Attach the Upright to the elliptical frame with four screws
  7. Route the wire tie through the Upright
  8. Select the right upper body leg and attach it to the right side of the frame
  9. Select the left upper body leg and also attach it to the left side of the frame with appropriate screws
  10. Identify and insert the right pedal arm into the right upper body leg. Attach these to the right roller arm
  11. Repeat steps for the left pedal arm
  12. Place the right arm axle into the right upper body leg. Insert this connection fasten with screws into the right pedal arm
  13. Repeat same for the left arm axle
  14. Connect the routed wire to the console
  15. Attach wired console to the Upright
  16. Attach the bottle holder to the frame
  17. When all screws and connections are secure, turn on the console 
  18. Activate iFit by visiting their website


Proform Carbon El fitness trainer comes with a 10-year structural frame warranty. It also comes with a 1-year parts and labor warranty.


1. How do you use a ProForm elliptical carbon el?

Start by turning on the machine. Then proceed to select the preferred resistance level and incline. To prevent muscle fatigue, perform routine workouts at reasonable intervals.

2. How do I reset my ProForm carbon El elliptical?

With the console turned off, locate the tiny reset opening on the side or back of the console. Use a pin or paperclip to push down and hold the button for a few seconds.

While still pressing down on the reset button, put on the console and release the reset button when the console is turned on.

3. Does ProForm carbon EL have an incline?

Yes, the Proform Carbon El comes with a 20° incline. In addition, it allows users to adjust the incline in 5 positions. This offers a wider range of workout intensity to fitness trainers.


ProForm Carbon El is one of the best compact, budget-friendly elliptical machines on the market. This Proform Carbon El elliptical review shows it comes packed with smart features to give users an amazing workout experience.

Its 15-pounds flywheel ensures a smooth workout experience and offers users 18 resistance levels. Coupled with its 20° and 5 adjustable incline positions, fitness trainers can experience varied exercise intensities and fitness goals.

Matthew Fletcher

Matthew Fletcher

Matthew is a fully qualified fitness trainer specializing in weight management and strength training. He is a certified trainer with more than 15 years of training experience. He uses his technical know-how's with his passion for fitness to provide thoughtful curation of objective exercise equipment reviews. His insightful reviews will help you find the best fitness product for the price.

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