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Body Champ BRM3671 2-in-1 Trainer

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Body Champ BRM3671

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L:49"
W:28"
H:62.2"
250 lbs77 lbsEddy
current,
16 levels
1 manual,
12 pre-set,
1 custom,
4 HR,
4 goals,
1 recovery

Although the Body Champ BRM3671 trainer was released at least 10 years ago, it is still available at the moment. It’s a dual trainer (or a 2-in-1 trainer) like the XTERRA EU150, combining an upright bike and an elliptical trainer. It’s also a motorized machine which means it can adjust the resistance automatically and has multiple pre-set workout programs.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 49L x 28W x 62.25H (124L x 71W x 158H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 77 lbs (35 kg)
  • Supported weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Stride: 13 inches (33 cm)
  • Resistance: Motorized magnetic,
  • Console: 18 programs, workout target function, recovery function
  • Extras: Device holder
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Body Champ BRM3671 dual trainer is constructed on a steel frame. It combines rectangular and cylindrical tubes in its construction. All the steel parts are coated with a durable paint finish in different shades of gray. The covers of the drive and resistance elements are made of durable thermoplastic material.

The footprint of the fully assembled machine is approx. 40″L x 20″W (102 x 51 cm). However, when the pedals move forward, the front sections of their bars extend past the front base of the machine. Therefore, the whole length of the trainer reaches approx. 49″ (124 cm). It is also recommended to allow at least two feet of clearance all around the unit, for safe usage and easy access.

The machine is not super heavy; its net weight is approx. 77 lbs (~35 kg) so it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Once it is assembled, it is even easier to move because its front base stabilizer features a set of wheels. Also, the rear base stabilizer is equipped with polygonal caps which can act as levelers.

Seat and handlebars

The Body Champ BRM3671 2-in-1 trainer is equipped with a pretty standard bike saddle. Its top section is constructed on a durable thermoplastic shell with a layer of foam padding and a durable vinyl cover. It is pretty wide, approx. 11″ (28 cm) so it provides plenty of contact surface. It is also contoured for extra breathability.

The seat is four-way adjustable (up, down, front, back). Its upright post has several adjustment holes while its horizontal slider adds several inches of front-to-back adjustment. The machine can accommodate comfortably users between 5’0″ and 6’2″ (153 – 188 cm). Taller persons should still be able to use this machine but they may not benefit from a complete range of motion.

The machine is equipped with two sets of handlebars, one fixed, one mobile. The fixed handlebars attach to the top section of the unit’s front mast via two bolts. Thus, you cannot adjust their angle. They have upright grips with integrated pulse sensors.

The mobile handlebars attach to the front ends of the pedal bars, and to the upper section of the front mast. They will move for as long as you pedal and cannot be locked to remain stationary. Their upper sections feature long PVC foam grips with ball grips at the top. They do not have sensors or other controls.

Pedal construction, stride, and pedal height

The Body Champ dual trainer BRM3671 is equipped with a pretty sturdy set of pedals. The pedal trays are made from a durable thermoplastic polymer. They have a textured surface as well as inner, front, and rear guards for improved foot stability. They are non-adjustable and do not have extra articulation. They are pretty durable, rated for a maximum user weight limit of 250 lbs (113 kg).

The machine does not have an incline system. This being said, you cannot adjust the angle of the elliptical path or the length of its stride. It has a stride of approx. 13″ (33 cm). This should offer a fairly decent range of motion for users up to at least 6’2″ (188 cm).

The unit’s elliptical path is slightly inclined forward. This means that the pedaling motion resembles a descent on a soft ramp. Therefore, the elliptical workout puts more focus on your glutes, thighs, and calves. Also, since the pedals are not exactly under the seat, the upright bike workout results in a better work for your abdominal muscles.

On their lowest position, the pedals are at approx. 8″ (20 cm) above floor level. Conversely, at their highest point, they are approx. 15″ (38 cm) above floor level. This being said, it is recommended to use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than your own height.

Resistance and drive

The Body Champ BRM3671 elliptical and bike trainer is equipped with a motorized magnetic resistance system. This means you’ll need an external power source for it. A power adapter is included with the machine. Also, the console has numerous workout programs and can adjust the resistance automatically.

The trainer’s resistance system consists of a servo motor and a magnetic brake. The motor mediates the brake and the console. In other words, when you adjust the resistance from the console controls, the motor moves the magnetic brake closer or farther from the flywheel. This increases or decreases the pedaling difficulty.

The machine offers 16 levels of resistance. The lowest level delivers a fairly light pedaling difficulty. This makes the trainer great for recovery training or muscle toning. Conversely, the 16th tension level provides considerably more resistance, great for anyone who wants to improve stamina and strength.

The weight of the trainer’s internal flywheel is not specified. However, considering that the machine’s net weight is approx. 77 lbs (~35 kg), the flywheel probably doesn’t weigh more than 30 lbs (13 kg). It is perimeter-weighted, though, which improves inertia and adds consistency to the ride. It is also bi-directional.

Like any other bike or elliptical trainer with a magnetic resistance system, the BRM3671 is equipped with a belt drive system. It uses a 370J poly-v belt designed for improved traction. Since the drivetrain is belt-based, and not chain-based, you don’t have to worry about its lubrication.

Console

The Body Champ BRM3671 is equipped with a multi-function console. It features an LCD display divided into several sub-sections in order to show as many workout metrics as possible at once. It tracks time, speed, distance, RPM, watts, calories, and pulse. Speed and distance are shown in MPH and miles; there is no setting for changing them to metric units. The pulse reading function is grip-only. The console cannot read your pulse from a wireless transmitter.

The console does not have online connectivity, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi, and it is not compatible with any fitness apps. However, it has quite a decent range of onboard programs. To begin with, there is the Manual Mode which gives you the possibility to train at your own pace, adjusting the resistance as you like. In Manual Mode, you can also set goals for time, distance, calories, and heart rate.

Next, the console offers 12 pre-set programs (from P2 to P13). These will adjust the machine’s resistance automatically. Their segment layouts are shown on the console above the keypad. They cover a variety of workouts; some have an interval layout, others have a hill layout, while others focus on helping your burn more calories.

A Custom User program, four Heart Rate programs, and a Recovery function are also available. The Custom program allows you to design your own workout. Three of the HR programs are pre-set for 55%, 75%, and 90% of your maximum heart rate (which is based on your age). The 4th HR program allows you to select a custom target HR. And finally, you can run the Recovery program at the end of the workout. This evaluates your pulse recovery status and will rate it between F1 (excellent) and F6 (poor).

Assembly and Maintenance

The main body of the trainer comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts require user assembly. You will have to attach the two base bars, the pedals, the front mast, the seat, the handlebars, and the console. This may take up to two hours of your time. The task is not too difficult, though. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and schematics, and a basic toolkit is included.

For maintenance, the unit’s joints may require lubrication from time to time. The internal parts should not need any lubrication. Other than joint lubrication, it is recommended to keep your dual trainer clean, and periodically check if all the moving parts still function properly and all the bolts still hold tight in their places.

The Pros

  • 2-in-1 trainer – combines an elliptical trainer with an upright exercise bike;
  • Sturdy construction – can support users up to 250 lbs;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Large saddle for improved contact;
  • Long moving arms with ball grips at the top;
  • Short handlebars with pulse sensors;
  • Maintenance-free belt drive;
  • Perimeter-weighted flywheel for a consistent momentum;
  • Smooth and quiet motorized magnetic resistance;
  • Multi-function console with pre-set programs, heart rate programs, a custom program, and a pulse recovery function;
  • Target settings for time, distance, calories, and heart rate;
  • Device holder integrated into the console;
  • Fairly to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the console display;
  • No bottle holder;
  • No app compatibility.

Summary

The Body Champ BRM3671 is a 2-in-1 fitness machine that combes an upright bike with an elliptical trainer. It is equipped with a motorized magnetic resistance system, a 4-way adjustable seat, and a console with multiple workout programs. It’s a fairly sturdy trainer; can support users up to 250 lbs. It’s also one of the most affordable cardio trainers with an automatic resistance system available at the moment. In all, it’s a great machine for a full-body cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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