The AFG 4.1 AE Elliptical with Arched Footpads

The AFG 4.1 AE elliptical features multiple workout options with a power incline, large flywheel, and roomy 20-inch stride length.

What You Get

The five LED feedback windows show time, distance, speed, watts, calories burned, rpm, and heart rate. The console has a Made for iPod connector so you can listen to tunes via the built-in speakers, or you can save your workout results with the Nike + iPod app and upload results to a personal account at nikerunning.com.

The specs on the AFG 4.1 AE elliptical include:

AFG 4.1 AE Elliptical

  • 20" FLATellipse™ Stride
  • 30-lb Flywheel
  • 20 levels of Resistance
  • 20 levels of Incline
  • 12 Programs
  • Contact Grip Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Polar® Wireless Heart Rate Strap
  • MP3/iPod input jack + built-in Speakers
  • MAXtone™ pedals
  • SixStar Certified™ frame
  • 350-lb. User Capacity
  • Unit Dimensions/Wt —76"L x 29"W x 68"H / 215 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years parts, 2 years labor

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The Word on the Street

AFG 4.1 AE Display

Other features on the AFG 4.1 AE elliptical include contact HR grips on the handlebars, a wireless chest strap transmitter, a 350-lb user weight capacity, 20 levels of quiet magnetic brake resistance are in .5% increments, a 20-level power incline, and the exclusive proFILE™ performance tracking technology which records workout data for up to two users.

The patented SixStar frame Certification includes key areas to deliver a comfortable workout in the most natural way. It includes correct body posturing and alignment to lessen fatigue and promote more effective workouts. The six features include ZeroGap™ overlapping pedals, a low SUREstep™ step-on height, a 20" FLATellipse™ natural elliptical foot path, IDEALfit™ optimal handlebar spacing, StraightUP™ body posture design, and the SMOOTHpulley™ design on the 30lb flywheel for an ultra-smooth motion.

One of the upgrades the AFG 4.1 AE has over the 3.1 AE model is the MAXtone™ pedal feature. These arched footpads uniquely recreate a walking or running motion with a toe-heel roll that also helps to shape leg and glut muscles.

To help you reach your fitness goals, the variety of pre-set programs include Constant Watts, Weight Loss, Muscle Toner, Reverse Train, Oregon Trail, Cardio Boost, Mountain Climb, Target Heart Rate Zone, HR Intervals, and three Custom options.

Our Thoughts

Backed by a 5-year parts, 2-year labor warranty, the AFG 4.1 AE is comparable in specs and features to the Livestrong LS13.0E elliptical, which like AFGs and Horizon models, is also a product of Johnson Fitness. If you are comparing this one to a Livestrong – just know that they are nearly the same trainer just with a different console (the AFG has LED windows while the Livestrong has a backlit LCD screen), and different frame paint. Otherwise, the SixStar certification, parts warranties, MaxTone pedals, and 30-lb flywheel are also the same. Both brands get great customer reviews as well. Your best bet is to find a price disparity; if the LS13.0E is selling for $1,299, go with the AFG 4.1 AE elliptical if you can find it for $1,199, or vice versa. With either one, you’ve got a Best Buy elliptical.

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