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Body Power Trio
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L:53"
W:28"
H:61"
300 lbsMagnetic,
16 levels
24 workoutsFrame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days

As its name suggests, the Body Power 3-in-1 Trio is a hybrid fitness machine for cardio training, offering triple functionality. It’s a recumbent bike, upright bike and elliptical trainer, all in one. It’s quite a versatile machine, providing the user with a diverse array of workouts.

There are several similar products from Body Flex on the market. Therefore, in order to avoid any confusion regarding the identity of this product, there’s one important aspect to be specified before we proceed with the presentation of all its features. This is the Body Power Trio, model BRT7820.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 53L x 28W x 61H inches (135L x 71W x 155H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Stride: 13 inches (33 cm)
  • Resistance: Motor-assisted magnetic, 16 levels
  • Exercise meter: 24 workout programs
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

Like most fitness machines of this caliber, the Body Power Trio 3-in-1 features a frame made of high tensile steel tubing. All the steel parts in its construction are coated with industrial grade powder finish, gray in color and resistant to corrosion. There are only abody power trio - transport wheels few non-metallic parts in the construction of this machine, these being the covers of the motor and flywheel, the covers of the arms joints, the handlebars grips and the upholstery on the seat.

The fully assembled frame is not extremely heavy, but it’s not feather-light either. It weighs over 110 lbs, which means transport and unboxing may require two persons. However, once the machine is fully assembled, its relocation is easily done, as its front base integrates a set of small wheels. The rear base features polygonal rotating caps, which act as stabilizers.

When it comes to size, the Body Power Trio can be classified as a medium fitness machine. It doesn’t have an extremely large footprint compared with other machines, such as the AFG Sport 5.5AT treadmill or the Schwinn 430 MY16, for example, but does take approx. 53″L x 28″W (135 x 71 cm) of floor space. On top of that, for safe operation, this item of fitness equipment requires at least two feet of clearance at the front, and at least one foot of clearance on each side.

Seat, handlebars and other parts

The Body Power 3-in-1 Trio trainer is equipped with a 4-way adjustable seat, with an adjustment span that can accommodate comfortably users between 5’0″ and 6’5″ (153 – 196 cm). The seat is fairly large, approx. 16″ (40 cm) wide, and integrates a 2″ (5 cm) layerbody power trio - recumbent bike seat of foam padding, delivering optimal comfort. The backrest has a similar construction to the seat. It’s directly attached to the seat frame and cannot adjust independently from the seat, such as the backrest of the Diamondback 510SR recumbent bike. It does provide the required lumbar support for the recumbent bike exercises. Both seat and backrest feature a durable, waterproof, synthetic upholstery.

This Body Power fitness machine integrates three sets of handlebars. The fixed handlebars on the console mast incorporate stainless steel pulse sensors, so by holding onto them, the console can read your pulse. The recumbent handlebars, on the other hand, do not have sensors. So, this is a bit of an inconvenience, because if you want to track your pulse, you will have to use the front handlebars. The console is not telemetric; it cannot read pulse via an HR chest strap transmitter.

All handlebars feature rubber foam covers, to provide a comfortable and secure grip.body power 3-in-1 trio pedals

The pedal bars are equipped with two types of pedals, one set for the elliptical trainer and the upright bike, the other for the recumbent bike. The elliptical pedals are fairly large, being able to accommodate sports shoes of all sizes. They’re rather simple, non-adjustable, and do not integrate any cushioning or articulation, such as the pedals of the ProForm Cardio HIIT trainer, for example. The recumbent bike pedals also feature a simple construction. They do have a fairly large and adherent surface but do not have straps like the pedals of most recumbent bikes.

The machine’s pedals, crankset, and seat are rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg).

Last but not least, the joints of the mobile arms and the pedal bars incorporate sealed ball bearings for smooth operation and prolonged lifespan. They also feature protective covers.

Drive and resistance

The Body Power 3-in-1 trainer is equipped with a motor-assisted magnetic resistance system. This means its resistance can only be adjusted from the console. Resistance can be adjusted “manually” from the Up / Down keys on the console unit. However, if you choose to train by using one of the pre-set programs, the trainer will adjust resistance body power trio - read drive magnetic resistance systemautomatically, depending on the current segment of the program in use. Evidently, the machine must be connected to a 120V power circuit in order for the resistance system to be operational. An A/C adapter with cable is supplied with it, its connection point to the machine is close to the rear base.

The resistance mechanism consists of a magnetic brake pad and a small servo motor. As you select a resistance level from the console, the command will be sent to the servo which adjusts the magnetic pad’s position in relation to the metallic flywheel, adding or reducing resistance. The machine offers 16 levels of resistance. The first resistance settings promote light workouts, great for users who require recovery training or light cardio training. On the other hand, the 15-16 resistance levels will definitely help you break a sweat.

Like most other ellipticals or exercise bike with similar motorized magnetic resistance, this Body Power model from Body Flex features a belt-drive system. The flywheel is set in motion by a heavy-duty belt, resistant to stretching. The flywheel delivers a consistent momentum and a smooth pedaling motion. Also, since the resistance elements do not touch, the usage of this fitness machine generates almost no sound whatsoever.

In case you’re wondering, reverse pedaling is possible, an aspect that basically doubles the number of workouts that can be performed on this exercise bike. Also, when pedaling backward, the control unit will continue to measure your workout metrics.

The stride of the elliptical trainer isn’t very long and cannot be adjusted. It only offers a range of motion of 13″ (33 cm). This means that tall users may consider the elliptical stride rather short. Therefore, the elliptical workouts will focus more on the glutes and calves. Also, the machine’s step-up height (the closest pedal to the floor) is approx. 6.5″ (16 cm). The highest point of the elliptical pedal from the floor is approx. 14″ (35 cm).

Last but not least, the trainer’s Q-Factor (the spacing between the pedals) is quite narrow. This means that the positioning of the feet on the pedals is natural, the pedaling motion offers excellent comfort, without any lateral stress on the knees.

Control unit

Although the console supplied with this Body Power trainer doesn’t have a cooling fan, sound system or online connectivity, it does offer a decent array of fitness-oriented body flex sports - body power trio consolefunctions. It’s somewhat similar to the unit supplied with the Body Champ BRB 5872 recumbent bike. To begin with, it has 24 programs including the Manual Program, 12 Preset Workouts, Watt Control Program, Body Fat Program, Heart Rate program, 3 Heart Rate Control Programs, and 4 User Profiles.

The Manual Program allows you to exercise freely, adjusting the resistance as you pedal. The pre-set workouts are ready-made, each one having a different pattern of resistance variation. Evidently, if you exercise via one of these programs, the machine will adjust its resistance automatically, depending on the current segment of the workout in use.

For the Watt Control program, the console will adjust the resistance automatically, matching the user’s speed, in order to maintain a constant watt value. The Body Fat program is designed to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and Basal Metabolism Ratio (BMR). When using this program, the console will prompt you to input personal data such as age, gender, weight, and height. The HR programs focus on various HR intervals, the pre-set ones being 55%, 65%, 75% and 85%, but you can also select a custom target HR, with using the P16 – HR program.

The console also has 4 user profiles, function which gives you the possibility to save up to 4 workout settings in order to quickly swap between them. Evidently, it’s a useful function if multiple persons use the machine.

The control unit offers the possibility to select targets for calories, time, distance, watts, and heart rate. It also has a Recovery function which rates your performance based on your pulse at the end of your workout, determining your level of fitness.

The unit’s display features a multi-panel layout, which means it can show multiple values simultaneously; you won’t have to scroll through them all the time or use a scan function. It indicates time, speed, RPM, distance, total distance (ODO), calories, watts, heart rate and average heart rate. Distance and speed can be calculated in miles/km and MPH/kmh.

With regards to the pulse reading, the control unit can only read your pulse via the sensors in the front handlebars. It’s not telemetric and you cannot sync it with a Polar HR strap or other HR chest strap transmitters.

Finally, the console unit does not require batteries. It draws power from the power circuit via the AC power adapter.

Assembly and Maintenance

The machine’s drive and resistance systems come pre-assembled and protected by the plastic covers. Therefore, assembly requires you to connect the base tubes to the body of the machine, the console mast, the pedal bars, the mobile arms, the handlebars, the seat, the pedals and finally the console. This may take more than an hour, but it’s a straightforward process; the manual has excellent step-by-step instructions, and all the tools required are included.

Maintenance requires lubricating the joints if they become squeaky, and the periodic check for loose bolts and nuts is also recommended.

The Pros

  • 3-in-1 machine, elliptical trainer, upright bike and recumbent bike, offering a diverse palette of workouts;
  • Sturdy frame construction, able to support users up to 300 lbs;
  • 4-way adjustable seat, being able to accommodate users between 5’0″ and 6’5″.
  • Thick cushioning on the seat and backrest for optimal comfort;
  • Narrow Q-Factor eliminating the lateral stress on the knees;
  • Quiet, smooth and maintenance free belt drive system;
  • Balanced flywheel for a consistent momentum;
  • Motor-assisted, magnetic resistance, with 16 distinctive levels;
  • 24 fitness programs, some of them with several difficulty levels;
  • BMI, BMS and Recovery functions;
  • Goal setting functions for time, distance, watts, calories, and heart rate;
  • Multi-panel display showing most of the workout readings at once, so you don’t have to continuously scroll through them;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • Only 13″ stride, a bit short for taller users;
  • Console doesn’t have backlight;
  • Pulse sensors only in the front handlebars, but not on the seat handlebars.

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Summary

The Body Power 3-in-1 Trio is a fitness machine with triple functionality, integrating an elliptical trainer, a recumbent bike, and an upright bike. Due to this fact, it offers the possibility to combine the workouts from the three machines, in order to obtain superior results. It features a sturdy steel frame, an electronically assisted magnetic resistance system, and 24 fitness programs. It’s perfect for light to medium cardio workouts, muscle toning, interval training, building stamina and losing weight. In all, it’s versatile fitness machine, with excellent comfort factors, offering excellent value for the price.

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