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