Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer Review
Solidly Built to Carry Both Functions
Maybe you want to start working out in the comfort of your own home but are worried that one piece of exercise equipment will get boring after awhile. Or maybe you just don’t have the space to accommodate more than one exercise machine. Whatever the reason, getting a combination or dual trainer like the Body Champ BRM3671 is a good investment for people who want the benefits of both an elliptical trainer and an exercise bike.
Having both these exercise machines in one piece of equipment will not only save on space, but it will save you some money as well. You won’t have to pay for two separate machines but you get two different functionalities, and you also won’t have to spring for costly gym membership fees. You will have savings all around. Is it worth the money that you will save to get the Body Champ BRM3671? Will you really get the best of both worlds with this machine? Let’s get straight into my review to find out.
There is a console with monitor on this Body Champ machine that you can use to see all your relevant workout data. Your distance, speed, time, and calories burned are just some of the data that is displayed on the LCD monitor, which is conveniently located in the center of the machine right between the handlebars. You will also appreciate the BRM3671 for its built-in heart rate monitor in the stationary handlebars. This is a great feature if you like to know how fast your ticker is going, to keep from over-working yourself.
What I didn’t expect to find on the BRM3671 (but am happy I did!) is that is actually has pre-set workout programs. I was surprised because preset programs seem to be one of the first things to go when a company wants to combine two functions into one machine and keep the price down. You will have your choice of twelve preset resistance programs on this dual trainer, and this is super for making your workouts more varied and challenging. As well, there is the ability to program the console with up to twenty customized programs.
I don’t know if this is necessarily a “tech” feature, but this machine comes with a workout DVD that you can also use to enhance the effectiveness of your workout sessions. It is only 15 minutes long, but it will instruct you on how to use the Body Champ BRM3671 properly and get the best results from your workout. I think this will be very helpful for people who are not used to using an elliptical and might be in danger of trying to use it upside-down . . .
To change the function of the machine from a bike to an elliptical all you have to is stand up in the foot pedals and hold on to the moving handlebars. Similarly, to change it from an elliptical to an exercise bike you just sit down on the seat of the machine. There really is nothing to do to switch between the two functions of the machine – handy if you could use a brain workout as much as a body workout. In the event that different people are using the machine, the seat is adjustable both vertically and horizontally for a custom fit.
Smooth and Strong
This machine is made of solid steel frame and can accommodate users up to 250 pounds. Its sturdy steel construction makes it very durable, so even with regular use it should last for years without deteriorating. The sturdiness of this dual trainer is further enhanced by a central pillar that also absorbs much of the impact from your workouts.
On the inside the Body Champ BRM3671 uses a patented elliptical motion design technology that the manufacturers claim is partially responsible for the machine’s smooth operation. It also uses a magnetic resistance system that makes for smoother and quieter running. This elliptical can fit the needs of a wide variety of users as it is low-impact and easy on the joints.
Stride and Incline
I notice there a couple of things about this dual trainer that miss the mark. First is the short stride length. The Body Champ BRM3671 has a stride length of only 14 inches and this will not be enough to let taller people use it comfortably. People over 6 feet tall typically need at least an 18-inch stride to get the most out of an elliptical machine. A second issue I found with this machine is that is doesn’t have an incline option. When your elliptical can incline it will give you a better workout, as you will be able to target some muscle groups that you would miss otherwise. The thing with both these issues is that they are fairly common among ellipticals in this price range. While the incline issue doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, if you are on the taller side the stride length could be a real issue, so take note of this before you make a purchase.
I think 2-in-1 machines are a good deal any day of the week and the Body Champ BRM3671 seems to have done a good job at combining the two functions. I particularly like that the manufacturers were able to throw in some extra features like the heart rate monitor and the preset programs. This dual trainer will definitely save you some space in your workout area, and not needing two separate machines will save you some cash in the bank as well. If you want to mix up the variety of your workouts or you just want to be able to sit down sometimes without completely stopping your workout, the BRM3671 is worth a second look.