This is the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical, the latest innovation in low-impact cardio training. The Schwinn V-Stride™ technology allows the user to change stride lengths without any manual adjustments, from a gliding stride of 26 inches to one as short as 2 inches — as if you were walking up steps.
The Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical features a Touch Screen backlit LCD that displays Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, and Resistance. It has 16 workout programs with pop-up instructional messages to keep you motivated.
UPDATE: The Schwinn 460 has been discontinued and replaced with the popular 470 model.
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The Variable Stride Technology automatically changes the length of stride in response to how hard you press down on the pedals and push/pull on the handlebars. The Schwinn 460’s flywheel is located near the middle of the elliptical machine rather than at the front or rear. When you dial up the resistance on the console, you are bringing the bank of magnets closer to the internal flywheel making the workout harder.
In addition, the handlebars are locked into the footplates and work in tandem with the pedaling motion. (In other words, the upper body workout is not independent of the leg workout, as it is on traditional trainers.) When you stride longer, you’ll do longer arm pulls; shorter strides, shorter pulls. Also, the long stride feels like a glided run, while less pressure on the pedals results in the short stride, like the motion of walking up steps.
Since all of the muscle groups are engaged during the motion, it is a full body workout. Most users of the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical expressed that the stride pattern was unusual and took a bit more to get used to than a traditional elliptical, but that the workouts were strenuous and the extra money spent on this machine was worth it.
Trainers and home users consider the Schwinn 460 to be a well-built machine and a technological step-up from standard elliptical trainers.
There is some confusion as to what this model does and how it differs from the more traditional Schwinn 430, which also sells for much less. It is the unusual variable stride, as well as the fact that the Schwinn 460 elliptical trainer weighs nearly 50 lbs more than the 431.
Both are very stable machines combining upper and lower body workouts into one easy, low-impact aerobic motion. While the Schwinn 460 is a new model without a proven track record, it is based on the sound engineering fundamentals that Schwinn already uses on the 430 and 431 models. The Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical rates a Good Buy.
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