When it comes to getting in a great cardio workout at home, there are plenty of options to choose from. Should you go for an elliptical, an exerciser bike or a recumbent? Well, what if you could get all three in one quality machine at a price that didn’t break the bank – and in a configuration that would fit into even the most challenging of spaces?
That is precisely what the Body Power Trio Trainer Machine 3 in 1 Trio Trainer Upright Bike offers. In this article, we take an in-depth look at the Body Power 3 in 1 to find out just how good this multi-use cardio solution really is.
Meet Body Power Trio Trainer Machine
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The Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer combines 3 key pieces of cardio equipment in a well-designed, smooth transitioning unit that has plenty of impressive features. The big downfall is the short stride length, which limits its usefulness for serious trainers.
Body Power 3 in 1 Specs
- Product dimensions: 63 x 52 x 25 inches
- Weight: 88.1 pounds
- Manufacturer: Body Power Sports
- Warranty: Frame: 12 months, Parts: 90 days
Body Power 3 in 1 Features
3 Machines in 1
The Body Power Trio provides you with three machines in one compact design. It is first and foremost an elliptical trainer. This provides you with a very effective way to target your glutes and hamstrings. The elliptical function of the machine also provides you with movable arms so that you can effectively work your upper body as well as your lower body.
This machine provides you with the ability to pedal the elliptical in reverse motion. This allows you to place a unique emphasis on your lower body muscles to more specifically target your glutes.
Secondarily it is an upright exercise bike, which allows you to put more of a workload on your quads and calves. Finally, the recumbent bike function puts the emphasis back on the posterior side of your lower body and is ideal for people who suffer from lower back problems.
The ability to perform all three movements will keep you from getting bored while also providing you with the ability to challenge your muscles from a range of different angles and inputs.
The Body Power 3 in 1 combines these three components seamlessly with quick transition ability between the three exercise variants. In fact, you can seamlessly transition between all three modes within the one workout without breaking the stride of your training session. The clever design of this 3-in-1 cardio machine also makes maximum use of space, allowing for excellent cardio options in confined spaces.
There is a considerable cost saving in purchasing this 3 in 1 cardio machine. If you had to purchase all three machines separately – an elliptical, an upright bike and a recumbent – you would very easily be paying twice the price as you’ll fork out for the body Power 3 in 1. You will also have to find at least three times the space to accommodate all of that equipment.
4 Way Seat Adjustment
The seat on the Body Power 3 in 1 is adjustable both fore and aft and up and down. Adjustment is by way of two large control knobs that can be quickly and easily adjusted. The seat adjustment allows it to accommodate a wide range of users from heights of 5’0” to 6’5”.
The seat is heart shaped and 16 inches wide at its largest point. It is fitted with a two-inch foam pad to provide seating comfort. The recumbent seat back pad is a similar design to the seat and also features a two-inch foam padding. Both the seat and the back pad are covered in a durable, waterproof synthetic upholstery.
3 Sets of Handlebars
The Body Power Trio Trainer provides you with three sets of handlebars. One set of fixed bars are in line with the seat. These handle-bars are fitted with pulse monitor sensors. This allows you to get a reading of your training pulse rate.
The largest handles bars are the movable ones which form part of the elliptical machines. These are designed to move in harmony with the elliptical pedal motion to allow you to work your lower and upper body in unison. These handle-bars do not have built in pulse monitors like the seat handles.
The final set of handle-bars are set just below the console of the Body Power Trio Trainer. They do not move and also do not feature pulse monitors.
2 Sets of Pedals
There are dual pedals on the Body Power Trio Trainer. The large elliptical machine pedals feature a nonslip tread and are generous enough to accommodate most shoes sizes. The cycle function also makes use of the elliptical pedals. The smaller pedals in front of these pedals are for the recumbent bike feature.
The Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer provides you with transportation wheels to make it easy for you to move the unit round your living space. However, this design does not fold away for more compact storage.
Solid Frame Construction
The Body Power Trio Trainer is made from high tensile steel tubing. All of the parts are coated with a gray powder coating finish which is corrosion resistant. When put together, the unit is solid and stable.
The weight of the Body Power Trio Trainer is 88.1 pounds, which provides you with a solid grounding while exercising. However, if you are exercising on a hardwood floor, it will probably slide around a bit. For that reason, you should sit it on a mat before you begin exercising.
Solid Drive and Resistance
The Body Power Trio Trainer makes use of a magnetic resistance drive system to power it. The resistance is controlled via a knob on the control panel. The resistance is by way of a magnetic brake pad which has a tiny servo motor. This adjusts the position of the brake pad relative to the flywheel.
This machine features a self-drive system with a heavy-duty belt. The belt sets the flywheel in motion. As is the case with most ellipticals, the flywheel is set at the back of the unit. The large flywheel ensures that the elliptical and cycling motions are smooth and natural.
Another great feature about the drive system of this machine is that, because almost none of the components actually touch each other, the operation is very quiet. That’s very handy, especially if you plan to use this cardio machine in a room where there are other people.
The control unit of the Body Power Trio Trainer features 24 inbuilt programs. These include a manual program, 12 Preset Workouts, Watt Control Program, Body Fat Program, Heart Rate program, 3 Heart Rate Control Programs, and 4 User Profiles.
The console of the Body Power Trio Trainer provides you with the ability to monitor your key training diagnostics while you are working out. This includes your calories, time, distance, watts, and heart rate. As we’ve seen, however, the heart rate function only operates when you are grasping the sensors on the recumbent bike handles. There is no provision to use a telemetric heart strap or any ability to pair this machine with an HR pulse monitor.
The console unit operates by way of AA batteries which are supplied with the unit.
16 Levels of Resistance
The Body Power Trio Trainer provides you with sixteen levels of magnetic resistance. The centrally located knob allows for easy adjustment. Transition between resistance levels is smooth, natural and jerk free. The wide range of resistance levels allows for all family members, from newcomers to more experienced users, to get their workout in.
Ease of Assembly
The Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer comes partly pre-assembled. This makes your job of putting the machine together much less daunting. You simply have to connect the base tubes to the body of the unit. You then put on the console mast, movable arms, handle-bars, seat, pedals and console. You should be able to get the entire job done within an hour or so.
275 Pound User Weight
The maximum user weight on the Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer is 275 pounds. That’s pretty impressive for a model within this price point.
What’s Not So Good
Limited Pulse Monitoring
Only one of the three sets of handle-bars on the Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer provides you with the ability to check your pulse. That means that you cannot do so when you are using either the elliptical or the uptight bike function. Yet, these two functions are likely to be used more frequently by most people than the recumbent bike feature.
The pulse monitoring system that you do get is not overly reliable. Hand hold sensors have been shown to provide readings that may be as much as 25 percent inaccurate. However, that is the best that you can expect within this price range.
No Incline Feature
The Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer does not provide you with an incline function. Incline ability allows you to ramp up the intensity of your workout.
No Adjustable Stride Length
An adjustable stride provides you with the ability to change the stride length distance in order to change up your workout. This can a very useful feature but is not available on the Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer.
Console Lacking Features
The console on this machine does not offer a water bottle holder or a built-in fan.
There is also no tablet holder on the Body Power 3 in 1. Neither are there headphone jacks or a USB charging port.
Limited Stride Length
The stride length of the elliptical feature of the Body Power 3 in 1 is 13 inches. This is very limiting for people who are taller than 5’8”.
Unlike many low-cost cardio machines, the Body Power 3 in 1 does not fold up for more compact storage. The storage requirement for this machine is 70cm x 1.3m x 1.5m.
Who Makes the Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer?
The Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer is manufactured by Body Power Sports. They are based in Northampton in the United Kingdom. Body Power manufacture a full range of both cardio and resistance training equipment for both the home and commercial markets.
Up until recently, Body Power were a commercial gym equipment provider only. Then. In, 2017, they expanded into the home gym market. They have recently expanded into a new range of home use treadmills.
Body Power home fitness equipment is known for its simplicity, biomechanical soundness, durability and reliability.
Final Word on the Body Power 3 in 1
The Body Power 3 in 1 brings three quality cardio machines together into a hybrid unit that is compact and functional. You get an elliptical upright bike and recumbent with quick transitions between the three machines. This machine is solidly constructed, has 4-way set adjustment, 16 levels of resistance and plenty of workout programs.
The Body Power 3 in 1 Trio Trainer is an attractive looking home cardio unit. It comes in at an extremely impressive price point, saving you many hundreds of dollars on purchasing all three machines separately.
The biggest problem with this machine is its limited stride length on the elliptical. If you are after a serious elliptical workout you will need more than a 13-inch stride length in order to achieve it. As a result, we recommend the Body Power 3 in 1 for people who are beginners to home use cardio equipment.