The Schwinn A40 is manufactured by Nautilus and is in the $500.00 and below price range.
It has a decent list of features and an ergonomic design that makes for a comfortable and stable workout session.
It has the usual two set of handle bars, one pair stationary and another moving along with the pedals.
It has the comfort of a more expensive elliptical trainer at just a fraction of the cause. It is incredibly light relative to the weight it can support and that shows just how sturdy the Schwinn A40 is.
As with earlier Schwinn elliptical trainers, it is really easy to get in and out of that is a great advantage for people who might be recovering from an injury while the small footprint is space friendly and it even has transport wheel that makes it very easy to move around with.
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The A40 is surprisingly stable thanks to its oversized stabilizers and large articulating footpads.
It is also relatively quiet but not as silent as other elliptical trainers out there.
The two handle bars are still present but it is still more comfortable to use the moving bars because it gives a natural feel and a whole body workout.
The stability of the A40 really allows the user to maximize the resistance and workout programs available with the machine without having to worry that it might all of a sudden shift to one side.
The only thing that drags the comfort level down for the A40 is the fact that if you want to check your pulse rate, you will have to let go of the handle and hold on to the sides of the console.
It only takes a few seconds before readings are available but most users are still used to having the pulse rate sensors on the actual handle bars.
It’s just more comfortable that way. Common creature comforts like the 2-speed fan, MP3 ready speakers, reading rack and bottle holder completes the list for the machine
Construction Quality (4.5/5)
The elliptical is, as mentioned earlier, surprisingly strong for its looks and size. It only weighs around 90 lbs. but can support up to 275 lbs. 275 lbs. might not sound a lot for some but considering that this is a machine that weighs so little, it’s a big difference.
Most users didn’t have a problem assembling the A40 in less than two hours. That is mostly because of the helpful 13-step assembly instructions.
One review even mentioned that he was able to properly put the A40 together before the basketball game he was watching was over. The ease of construction and strong built earns high remarks for this machine.
Technological Features (4/5)
The machine scores modestly at the technological part because, although it does list some good features, they are not too impressive relative to what other elliptical machines have.
It has 6 preset workout programs (2 course, 2 pursuit and 2 circuit) and a manual/quickstart program. The LCD console shows workout data like course profile, calories, speed, distance, pulse, rpm and time, all of which is very important so that the user can accurately gauge their progress.
The stride length is also fixed at a modest 17 inches but that seems to be of no issue for most consumers since it appears to be all they need anyway. Finally, the A40 has 8 resistance levels that provides the user the more bang in their workout.
Workout Effectiveness (5/5)
It does deliver on workout effectiveness because it does allow the user to push themselves and the machine as much as they can. The preset workout programs are quite useful in providing variation for user making sure that they do not get bored.
However, the configuration of the two handle bars is not very well designed because if you would grip on the stationary bars, the moving ones tend to graze your arm once in a while suggesting that you should focus more on using the moving handle bars thus making the stationary ones basically useless.
Other than that though, the A40 does provide a fluid flow of motion making it easier for the user to actually workout and push further with their workout.
Size and Storage (4.5/5)
The A40 scores relatively high on this part because of its manageability and small footprint.
Just like most Schwinn elliptical trainers, the A40 is very easy to work with and does not really take too much of space.
Having the dimensions of 59″ x 22.5″ x 64″ (LxWxH), it can easily be positioned at the side of the room and if you want to move it, that won’t be much of a problem because of the two transport wheels it has in the front.
All in all, the it is a great machine to have even if you do not have a really big space.
The Schwinn A40 is in the $300-$500 price range. That is a great price range for an elliptical trainer with this much features. That will work well for people who want a dependable machine but do not want to break the bank.
That is exactly what this elliptical machine is, a really good elliptical trainer that is loaded with enough features to make any competitor in the same price range a run for their money.
The warranty is where the this machine is really going to get most of its negative feedbacks. It has a two year warranty for the frame, six months on parts and electronics and 30 days on wearable parts.
In a market where most elliptical trainers offer a lifetime warranty on the frame, two years seems like a blink. On the six month, the machine has barely been run in and 30 days on wearable parts really does not leave much room for consumers.
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