The A40 is Schwinn’s attempt at producing a budget elliptical trainer that has got quite a number of features to make it challenging and great value for money. Is this a wise investment or would you be better of parting your money with another choice? Read on to find out.
Schwinn A40 Performance Features
On the A40 you get 8 resistance levels courtesy of the near silent magnetic ECB system. This same technology is used across the entire Schwinn elliptical range and it is highly regarded by anyone who has ever used a gym quality elliptical machine.
You will find ECB systems on all professional elliptical models. It is comparable to using gears on a bike – some are easy and are for coasting along a flat road, and some are harder and force you to get up off the saddle and dig deep. A treadmill uses speed and an incline ramp to make the workout harder. An elliptical machine uses resistance and a ramp to make the workouts more challenging.
The difference being is that ECB system applies a break to the flywheel. This does not cause high impact pressure on your body. it just makes the workout more tough without stressing your joints or tendons. Hence the reason an elliptical is touted to below impact on your body, in other words it provides a kind workout.
The stride length it tops out at 17 inches which is adequate for individuals of average height. Schwinn have models with a 20 inch stride that will suit taller individuals but you need to pay more money for the privilege.
There are 6 workout programs that come pre-installed with this machine this is enough you going and if you feel you haven’t not got enough you can always run the machine in manual mode.
You can check the following stats on the multi function LCD screen; revolutions per minute (RPM), the distance travelled, your heartbeat bpm reading, what speed you are going, the resistance level you are currently using and how many calories you have used in the workout. There are contact heart rate sensor built into the console that measure your heart rate.
You only get one set of handlebars with the machine they are the moving type. This will enable you to work your upper body as well as your lower body. Moving handles allow your back and your shoulders to get involved this means your legs and also your upper body gets a complete workout with this machine.
If you are weighing this up against a treadmill, you need to look at value for money. A treadmill works mainly the lower body, and your cardiovascular system of course. If there is a treadmill in the same price bracket or cheaper, ask yourself whether you want a full body workout or one that provides a total workout.
To stop the machine from rocking oversized stabilizers and levelers are built into the machine to add weight and support to the base of the unit. In reviews customers are constantly referring to how stable the machine feels.
Max User Weight
The recommended heaviest weight for an individual to safely use this machine is 275 pounds. That’s because the machine only weighs 90 pounds. The bonus of it being so light is that it is not that hard to move around.
The console is battery powered. The advantage is you can use this in a power cut or take it outside without having to trail extension cables all over the place. Great for summer training or hot climes.
Keep cool with the built in fan. There is space for a water bottle and there is also a reading rack for those you like to use their elliptical for reading pleasure instead of a frenetic workout. Transport wheels help you to move the machine around with ease.
This compact elliptical measures a sprightly 59 inches in length and is 22.5 inches Wide. It measures 64 inches in Height. It’s good if you have low ceilings.
2 years is provide to cover the frame, parts and electronics are covered for 6 months and there is a 30 day warranty on “wear parts”.
No feedback stats are displayed, so at the end of the workout you can’t chart your overall workout or save them to a usb to transfer to your computer or upload to an online fitness tracker. If you aren’t that professional about charting your workout progress this won’t bother you. If you are you’ll need to consider the 430 or 470 by Schwinn or look at another brand.
The warranty is extremely short, 2 years for instance is a bit of an unusual time stamp to cover the frame. Most frames come with a lifetime or 10 year warranty. Is there something Schwinn have not been forthcoming about? 6 months is short for parts and electronics, but for Schwinn to sell this at such a low price for an elliptical there has to be a trade off somewhere and it’s the warranty length that gets it.