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Teri of Davis, CA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 16, 2017
Schwinn used to be top top top of the line. I feel it is still a good brand but it's nothing like it used to be back in the 60s... But then nothing is the same as it was in the 60s right? All of the parts seem to move smoothly and gives you the feeling that you're not working very hard at all because of this. I liked it and I think it's a good buy. You can spend a whole lot more money on one of these machines. For the moderate spender this is not a bad elliptical.
4 people found this review helpful
Steve of Highland, IN Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 6, 2017
The Schwinn machine is very solid. It holds the weight very nicely and does not rock when in use. Overall it is a nice machine. We also like to hang our coats there in the winter and cats like to sleep on it. I like it the way it is. Although I would get rid of the fan since it is a waste of space. The power cord is also in a bad spot. Also, it was a pain to assemble. The pieces did fit nicely. Just a heavy beast to move. The machine was supposed to be movable and I am always afraid if I move it. This thing could topple over and crush a leg.
5 people found this review helpful
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Nicole of North Brookfield, MA Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 5, 2017
Schwinn is small enough to fit in a corner and is a easy, quick workout that makes me break a sweat without hurting my knees or back. Also in 20 minutes, I already feel like I am getting a workout. But it was a pain to put together originally. Also, the strides are short for my long legs, I am almost 5'10". My husband also can't use it because of the strides and it is a bit shaky when he uses it - he is over 6 feet and 245 lbs. It came in parts and we had to follow directions and put the entire machine together. It was really difficult to put together and took my husband and I all night! However, it is easy to use now that it is fully put together. It stays in my basement room and I just turn it on and use the same settings. Worth the money.
3 people found this review helpful
Holly of Columbus, OH Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 4, 2017
Schwinn is a basic machine, there aren't many bells and whistles on it. It is perfect for an at home workout and for our family. We love it and would not change anything. It was very easy to set up. It took about 30 minutes with 2 of us working on it. We did it in an evening and used it the same night. We weren't tired and used it the same night as well as the next day.
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Najaye of Kingston, Other Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 3, 2017
I like that the Schwinn elliptical works without electricity and still able to work with batteries to show how much calories I'm burning and speed. The only feature I would improve on is the part where the foot is placed, my feet tends to slip out and gets out of place while I am working out. I would prefer something that is comfortably strapped on. But my husband had set it up and the manual was user friendly so he managed very well.
2 people found this review helpful
Robin of Chesapeake, VA Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 2, 2017
The elliptical machine is quiet and easy to use. You can use your iPad to watch different routines. It was very easy to assemble with very well drawn out instructions. It took around one and a half hours to fully assemble. The machine is great if you are petite and thin but if you are taller and wider then the handrails will get in your way because they are so narrow. Make them adjustable. But it is worth the money. I recommend it and I look forward to working out with it.
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Danny of Palo Alto, CA Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 29, 2017
Schwinn 430 is sturdy and one of the quietest and smoothest machine I've used. Good price tag for a good piece of equipment. The screen works great. The steps feels natural and the fans works well. One wheel does make squeaking noise over time, but easy fix with lubricant. The installation of the power cord has to be done carefully making sure you don't pinch the cord. You don't get a great stride if you are on the taller end of the height scale. Feet tend to slip forward, but easy fix with slip pads. The delivering process was easy. You'll have to set up date and time and they will carry it to the room you want. They don't assemble it unless you've paid for it but the instructions are easy to follow for self assembly. Just have to be careful with the cord to make sure you don't pinch it.
2 people found this review helpful
Cynthia of Gainesville, VA Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 28, 2017
Schwinn is the brand name of the elliptical machine that I currently own and use within my home on a regular basis. It has nice motion in terms of lack of jerkiness and the machine comes with a working fan to help prevent overheating. Additionally, it has a plug for mp3 player to use with speakers. I wish they would get the resistance and incline settings right so that it isn't too easy but yet doesn't feel impossible. Additionally trying to hit the stop/pause button normally requires fine motor function and still getting your hand hit by upper body pieces. Usage is fairly easy minus trying to reach for the start work out and pause/stop button. Trying to set up the machine takes two people and a decent amount of time. You have to watch setting up the flywheel and arm/upper body pieces due to the grease that is used. It can get everywhere pretty easily.
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Arianna of Baltimore, MD Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 27, 2017
My favorite feature is the goal tracking. It was my first to seeing such a feature on an elliptical machine, and is definitely the one I use the most. I also like the wide variety of programs, and option to have different users. The first time I set it up, it was a bit difficult. But over time, it has become much easier for me. I have no issues with setting up it and operating it now. It is made to be easy to use and definitely is, my elderly family members were even able to use it with no problems. There are only two features I dislike about my Schwinn: It is not backlit. This sometimes makes it hard to see while exercising. It can also be very squeaky, which can be incredibly annoying. Despite those two things, I believe the pros outweigh the cons.
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Amanda of Marion, IA Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 26, 2017
We bought a Schwinn in 2012 that we still use to this day. It works for us fairly well for the meantime. Heart rate monitor, speed and tension levels, and it times the runs/walks that you take which is nice if you aren't wearing a pedometer. The levels go from easy to pretty hard so there is always a challenge and different levels of tension in different patterns as well. It seems a little cheap, the screen is very small and I would like to see a bigger screen or maybe even a phone input. The feet of the machine seem like they could be straighter because it somewhat hurts my legs and makes them feel bowed outwards at times during a long exercise. Setting up is pretty easy, turn it on, select the style of walk you want and go. There are just a few buttons so it's very simple. The heart rate monitor could be in a better place, maybe closer to where you hold the handles as you walk.
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Schwinn Ellipticals author review by Joey Thurman
Schwinn was founded in Chicago in 1895 as a manufacturer of bicycles. Today, they continue to make and sell outdoor bicycles and have added indoor exercise equipment, including bikes and ellipticals, into their lineup. They currently have three ellipticals for consumers to choose from.
Schwinn 470 elliptical: This elliptical has 29 programs, compatibility with MyFitnessPal, tracking lights, up to a 10-degree incline, 20-inch stride and more. It is safe for users up to 300 pounds.
Schwinn 520 reclined elliptical: Users who need additional support for their joints will appreciate Schwinn’s reclined elliptical. This machine features a recumbent seat position, like a recumbent bike, but instead of bike pedals, it has an elliptical foot path with a 14-inch stride length. This is easy on the joints and comfortable for exercisers of all ages and abilities.
Schwinn 430 elliptical: Those looking for a simplified piece of exercise equipment will like the Schwinn 430 elliptical. This machine features 22 workout programs, 20 resistance levels, a 20-inch stride length and performance tracking.
Quick comparison: Compare two or three of Schwinn’s ellipticals side-by-side using the comparison feature on their website. This feature can help you narrow down your options so you get the best elliptical for your needs.
Joey Thurman is a nationally recognized and spin certified health, fitness, nutrition expert and television host He is the author of "365 Health and Fitness Hacks That Could Save Your Life." His work has been featured in publications such as Men’s Health, U.S. News and World Report, NPR, People Magazine, Shape, NY Post, Fitness Magazine, Women's Health and many more.
That said, when it comes to budget equipment, Schwinn is one of the better options out there. Their 430 Elliptical is 1 of 3 models you'll find on their website. The 430 falls in the middle in terms of price and features, with the 470 being a little higher end and the 411 being lower grade.What is the best stride length for an elliptical? ›
Although there is no “universal” stride length that fits everyone perfectly, there is one stride length that has become the gold standard for home fitness trainers and most commercial ellipticals alike: 20 inches. A 20 inch stride length has been shown to fit most users comfortably.Which elliptical is most like running? ›
NordicTrack NordicTrack FS10i
If you're looking for a natural, run-like feeling from your elliptical, this is likely your best bet. The machine lets you set its movement pattern to replicate the functionality of a stair climber, standard elliptical, or treadmill.
3 Precor ellipticals. 1 Precor stationary bike. 1 Life Fitness stair climber. 2 Life Fitness recumbent bikes.Is Schwinn a reliable brand? ›
The straightforward answer is yes. While this brand is no longer what it used to be, the bikes they manufacture are still worth what you pay for. Additionally, the Schwinn bikes are made of high-quality materials. So, with good care and maintenance, they will last for a long time.How much should you spend on an elliptical? ›
Elliptical machines come in a range of price, with your basic, entry-level elliptical trainer costing a couple of hundred dollars. For a commercial-grade elliptical machine, you should expect to pay in the range of $1,000 to $2,000.Is an elliptical good for a 70 year old woman? ›
Not only is the low impact motion of an elliptical machine ideal for the limited strength and mobility of seniors, but the armrests and handles also offer additional stability and the opportunity to simultaneously workout the upper and lower body.
The elliptical machine can provide seniors who are able to stand for a long time the opportunity to improve their balance and stability. The arm handles also can also work as a fantastic security feature to allow users to hold on to, thus making these machines potentially safer in that aspect.What is the best setting on an elliptical to lose weight? ›
This is a favorite fat burning option for many people. The resistance increases periodically (flipping through two levels that you can adjust) so that the heart rate is going up, and then coming down for a rest. This kind of elliptical training is a lot like high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Low resistance should be 40 to 50 percent of your maximum effort, moderate resistance should be 60 to 70 percent, and high resistance should feel like 80 to 90 percent.
Generally speaking you can count on 2,000 steps equaling one mile.
Although you may think that moving faster will burn more calories, if you pedal too quickly you'll gain too much momentum and won't be able to fully engage your muscles. Try to find a happy medium. Using an elliptical isn't all about working your legs – you can also engage your arms for a full-body workout.Is elliptical more effective than walking? ›
You burn more calories on an elliptical machine. An average (160 lb. person) someone exercising for an hour on an elliptical machine burns 365 calories compared to 314 calories burned while walking. An elliptical machine puts far less stress on the hips and knees joints.What is better than an elliptical? ›
Treadmills are better for aerobic workouts, too, said Hodges. A small 2021 study found that people using a treadmill burned more fat than those using an elliptical. The study suggested that exercising on a treadmill is a good way to improve cardio-metabolic health.Are ellipticals worth the money? ›
In short, yes. Ellipticals have enough going for them that they can be considered a good form of exercise. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that joint pain is such a common experience, and ellipticals are one of the only non-impact forms of cardio exercise.Is it worth buying an elliptical? ›
The motion of an elliptical helps protect your joints from damage, which is important for anyone with knee,1 hip, or lower body injuries. Beyond that, an elliptical can make workouts fun, so it's no wonder that it's a popular choice for home workout equipment.Is Schwinn made in China? ›
In 2004, Pacific Cycle was in turn acquired by Dorel Industries. Once America's preeminent bicycle manufacturer, the Schwinn brand, as with many other bicycle manufacturers, affixed itself to fabrication in China and Taiwan, fueling most of its corporate parent's growth.Is Schwinn still made in the USA? ›
No, not anymore, Schwinn bikes before the 1980s were made in Chicago in the US but after that time they were imported from Asia. The company was founded by German engineer Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago in 1895.Is Schwinn a Chinese company? ›
Schwinn bikes are manufactured in Taiwan. The Schwinn Company used to have a bike known as Paramount. At the time this was the firm's highest end model. The Schwinn family maintained this name and later on acquired the Paramount factory in Waterford Wisconsin where they started Waterford Precision Cycles.Is 20 minutes a day on elliptical enough? ›
15-30 minutes on your elliptical machine per day is enough to maintain your wanted weight or even lose more.
The elliptical machine allows you to get a good aerobic workout, which can strengthen your heart, lungs, and muscles. This, in turn, can help build your stamina and endurance. On an elliptical machine, you can perform both high intensity interval training and steady-state cardio workouts.How many times a week should I do elliptical? ›
For that same reason, those who have a completely sedentary lifestyle should start off by using the elliptical machine for 10 minutes a day, three times a week, and slowly work their way up to 30-minute workouts, five times a week, recommends Mason.How long should a senior use an elliptical? ›
How long should a senior use an elliptical? Senior people can use an elliptical for 30 to 40 minutes five or six days a week. Which is better for seniors – treadmill or the elliptical? The elliptical is a better option for seniors.What is too much exercise for a 70 year old? ›
Older adults should limit moderate activities to 150 minutes per week and vigorous activities to 75 minutes. Strength training more than two days a week will give no muscles to recover.How fit should a 70 year old be? ›
Adults aged 65 and older need: At least 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking. Or they need 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity such as hiking, jogging, or running. At least 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles.Is elliptical better for knees than walking? ›
The elliptical is a low-impact machine. If it's hard for you to tolerate the jarring motion of walking or running, an elliptical may be a good option. Low-impact exercise typically puts less stress on your joints than high-impact exercise.Do ellipticals help lose belly fat? ›
As a low-impact exercise option, the elliptical is perfect for those who hope to lose belly weight for the long term. Relative to other cardio options, you're far less likely to get injured – and the wide variety of incline and resistance settings can keep things challenging for years to come.How many minutes a day should I use the elliptical to lose weight? ›
If you are new to working out, starting with just three 10-minute sessions per day may be a good starting point. To maximize weight loss, you should work up to sessions that last 30 to 60 minutes long.Will I lose weight if I do the elliptical everyday? ›
Tip. Regular exercise along with following a low-calorie diet is the most effective way to lose weight. If you work out on the elliptical bike for 30 minutes to one hour each day, you can safely lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.Should feet stay flat on elliptical? ›
Be sure to keep a micro bend in your knees and elbows, and remember to keep feet flat against the pedals, as opposed to standing on your toes.
It is recommended to start off with 20-60 minutes of cardiovascular activity 5-7 days per week. These guidelines are appropriate for improvements in health and daily living and as a beginner prepare you for greater demands of cardio training in the future.How long does it take to see results from elliptical? ›
The answer to how long on elliptical to see results of your workout highly depends on your diet, body fat, workout goals, and exercise intensity. It will also change depending on the time you spend on the elliptical. However, when used correctly, you can expect first visible results in 3-4 weeks.Is elliptical better than stairs? ›
Elliptical machines and stair climbers are effective ways to increase heart rate and burn calories. Compared to an elliptical, stair climbers focus more on burning calories and the lower body, but ellipticals work out most of the major muscle groups, particularly your core muscles.How long does it take to burn 500 calories on an elliptical? ›
Here are some standard figures: 120-pound woman, 30 minutes = 250-310 calories; 60 minutes = 450-600 calories. 150-pound woman, 30 minutes = 300-400 calories; 60 minutes = 550-800 calories. 180-pound man, 30 minutes = 375-500 calories; 60 minutes = 750-950 calories.Which is better for losing belly fat treadmill or elliptical? ›
As you can see, the treadmill is superior to the elliptical when it comes to losing body mass and burning fat. Having said that, keep in mind that this depends on a number of factors, such as your gender, your overall body mass, your age, level of physical activity, and of course the settings you are training at.Are ellipticals good for knees? ›
Studies show low-impact cardio workouts, like on elliptical machines, or these, can increase blood flow to knee cartilage and strengthen the muscles around the knee. This helps keep your knee joints healthy, particularly if you suffer from arthritic knees.Is one hour on elliptical enough? ›
To maximize weight loss, you should work up to sessions that last 30 to 60 minutes long. In addition, while you may start out exercising just a couple times per week, you should increase your number of sessions per week to at least 5 in order to enjoy the best results and achieve the greatest amount of weight loss.Is A treadmill better than an elliptical? ›
Which machine is a better option depends on your individual needs. If you have a musculoskeletal condition or are injury-prone, you may want to stick with the elliptical. If you want to burn a lot of calories and build up leg strength and speed, the treadmill may be a better choice.Is a mile on an elliptical the same as running? ›
Using an elliptical burns around 7 calories a minute if you weigh 185 pounds, according to Harvard Health Publishing. This is a little more than jogging at a pace of 12 minutes per mile. Running a mile at that pace will burn about 6 calories per minute.Does elliptical count as steps? ›
2 Looking at METs, elliptical activity is roughly equivalent to brisk walking: Light intensity elliptical training: 4.6 METs, aligns with walking 3.75 mph, or 127 steps per minute. Moderate intensity elliptical training: 4.9 METs, aligns with walking 4.0 mph, or 132 steps per minute.
- NordicTrack Commercial 14.9. Best elliptical overall. ...
- ProForm Carbon HIIT H7. Best elliptical for smaller spaces. ...
- Teeter FreeStep LT3 Recumbent Cross Trainer and Elliptical. Best elliptical for knee pain. ...
- Schwinn 470. Most comfortable elliptical. ...
- Nautilus E618.
Is the Elliptical or Walking Lower Impact? The elliptical puts far less stress on your joints than walking. In fact, according to a 2014 study(2), the stress put on your body with each step while walking is about 110% of your body weight, but only 75% of your body weight when on the elliptical.Are Schwinn and Bowflex the same? ›
As it turns out, they like the same bike. Although the Schwinn IC4 and the Bowflex C6 have different names, different branding, and, in many cases, different prices, they share a parent company: Nautilus. In fact, mechanically speaking, they are the exact same bike.Does Schwinn make a good exercise bike? ›
When it comes to overall performance and durability, the Schwinn IC4 has an excellent value. With a price point of $999, near-silent magnetic resistance and Bluetooth connectivity, it's an excellent exercise bike for many kinds of people, including: Those who are looking for a smooth and silent ride.Where are Schwinn ellipticals manufactured? ›
A Brief History of the Schwinn Brand
Unfortunately, in the 1980's, after labor strikes in their American plant, Schwinn made the tough decision to outsource all of their bicycle production to Japan, Taiwan, and other Asian countries.
With the success of Bowflex, the company bought the Nautilus Corporation, Schwinn Fitness, and Stairmaster.Are Schwinn bikes made by Giant? ›
In 1977, the partners managed to secure an order from the great American bicycle company, Schwinn. When Giant's first batch of good quality Schwinn ten-speed bikes rolled off the assembly line, the company's future looked assured.Is stationary bike good for belly fat? ›
Iqbal explains that aerobic exercise can be effective in helping to reduce belly fat. "Using a bike is a form of aerobic exercise and coupling this with some strength training can be highly effective," she says.What was the last year Schwinn made in USA? ›
The last U.S.-made Schwinn bike rolled off the production line in 1982.Is it worth it to buy an elliptical? ›
Including the elliptical machine in your fitness routine can help strengthen your heart, lungs, and muscles, all while boosting your stamina, improving your balance, and burning a lot of calories. It's also a great option if you have joint issues or want to build or maintain your fitness after an injury.
Ellipticals. This Schwinn elliptical trainer has a shipping weight of 187 pounds and requires an unobstructed area (in inches) of 70L x 28W for operation - additional space should be added as a safety buffer. The maximum specified user weight for this machine is 300 pounds.Who owns Schwinn fitness? ›
Nautilus, Inc., located in Vancouver, Washington, United States, is the American worldwide marketer, developer, and manufacturer of fitness equipment brands Bowflex, Modern Movement, Nautilus, Schwinn Fitness, and Universal.Is Cannondale owned by Schwinn? ›
On Monday, Pon announced its $810 million acquisition of Dorel Sports — which includes the Cannondale, Schwinn, and Mongoose bike brands — from current Canadian owner Dorel Industries.Is Schwinn and Mongoose the same? ›
Although equally well-known name brands, Mongoose and Schwinn are not entirely on par with each other. Mongoose is known for its highly durable, high-quality aluminum frames. The Mongoose bikes are better customer rated with higher user rating reviews than Schwinn.