The affordable Schwinn A40 elliptical trainer is the company’s first ever “value priced” trainer. It offers a lot of features for a $399 model.
The large LCD display shows 8 fitness metrics including speed, time, distance, calories, heart rate, and RPM, plus a course profile and the resistance level. The pre-set programs of the Schwinn A40 elliptical trainer include Quick Start, 2 Course, 2 Circuit and 2 Pursuit workouts.
The list of features includes:
The Schwinn A40 elliptical trainer uses a quiet ECB (Eddy Current Brake) electromagnetic system for resistance and a perimeter-weighted flywheel for smooth performance. It has articulating footplates for added pedaling comfort, and oversized stabilizers for a solid workout platform. The levelers help keep the trainer from rocking but equipment pros advise that users over 170 pounds should not use this lightweight machine.
There are many positive reviews yet on this redesigned model, which is encouraging given the low price tag. The Schwinn A40 is easy to assemble, offers a solid frame and decent ride, and a number of good workouts. The few cons are that the LCD display window is small and somewhat difficult to read (although the newer model has a larger display), and the console runs on batteries, which won’t last long, so you should consider purchasing the AC adapter at checkout.
The biggest drawback is that the warranty is terrible. Give some thought to buying an extended warranty to cover your investment.
Now back to the positives of the Schwinn A40: this compact footprint model offers several features not found on any other elliptical trainer in this price, namely the electromagnetic resistance system, articulating foot pedals, a decent 17.5" stride length, pulse heart rate readouts and six pre-set programs.
Schwinn and its parent company Nautilus have recognized there is a niche market for cheap elliptical trainers in the $350 to $500 price range which no manufacturer has been able to produce a decent product for. (Though Proform and Weslo still try.) The Schwinn A40 elliptical is no world-beater, but it’s the best value in an entry-level machine.
The company makes very good models at the $500 to $800 range, and if you can beg, borrow, or steal the money, you would be better off with one of those models, especially the Schwinn 430 with its heavy frame and 25-lb steel flywheel.
However, if $399 is your budget limit and you are a lightweight rider who won’t shake the guts out of this 90-pound machine, the Schwinn A40 elliptical trainer is a good choice for you.
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