Buy From: Fitness Superstore
Ease of use: 5
Console features: 3.5
Value for money: 4
Build quality: 5
Overall rating: 4
If you’re looking for gym quality, the Technogym Synchro Forma doesn’t disappoint, as you’d expect at that price point. Before trying out this offering from Technogym, I was already aware of the influence of this brand, and have used their commercial Excite range of cardio equipment in the gym. Technogym is a popular brand in gyms across the world and are renowned for their quality and technological innovation (hence the name “Techno”gym, I guess!)
The big pros
The Synchro Forma Elliptical has been adapted for the home, based on the club models. The first thing I noticed about the Synchro was its presence. It looks really solid and sleek, just like the commercial elliptical I’m familiar with. Using the machine, it felt incredibly stable and as strong as the one I use in the gym, very unlike some of the other cheaper models I’ve tried.
In terms of exercise quality, I really enjoyed using the Synchro. The long arms on the machine feel great and I could really feel it in my arms when I cranked up the resistance, of which there are a respectable 12 levels. The movement is quite unique and felt different from other ellipticals, thanks in part to its ergonomic pedal spacing, which sets them wider apart. It felt almost like walking up a hill, which my wife loved when she had a go as she could feel it working the muscles in her backside. It also gives a real burn on the quads.}
For me, a decent console is so important, and the Synchro’s is really easy to use. Navigation is simple and gave me all the information that I want to see in separate windows, such as my speed, distance and calories burned. Personally, I can’t stand it when I am trying to keep a steady speed and the screen changes. The Synchro doesn’t do that. It’s a shame that there aren’t quick level keys as I find those useful, especially for when doing intervals, but the resistance does change pretty quickly with handy resistance buttons in the handlebars.
The iPad holder on it is great and holds your iPad really tight. I’ve been on the Synchro many times now and I haven’t been worried yet that it will fall off, no matter how hard I’m pushing myself.
The Training Link feature is also a big plus on the Synchro. This allows you to track your progress more effectively and brings you engaging workout options via the Training App. It was easy to get started – I simply connected my iPad via Bluetooth and I could upload all my results to my online account. The Training App also lets you listen to music and watch videos. Plus, as it allows multiple accounts, my wife could set up her separate training diary too.
The Synchro is a great machine, and the only thing that might pose a problem is the price, which is quite steep for a home elliptical. However, that said, the Synchro is very high level and does deliver what it promises.
The Synchro Forma is a great bit a kit and worth the money. I would recommend getting the Training Link when you buy it, as it does cost more to add it on. If you want your home kit to feel just like the machines in the gym, then this is a great elliptical to invest in.
Buy Technogym Synchro Forma Elliptical at FItness Superstore. They have some great finance options too, including 0% interest.