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Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine Review

Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine Review 2017

Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine Review
Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine Review

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Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine Review 2017

Priced at around the $300-350 mark and considering that the Schwinn A40 has been manufactured by one of the most trustworthy brands in the industry, it’s no surprise that the A40 has been one of the most popular elliptical trainers since its release. However, having said that, there seems to be a couple of things which might put some people off.

Stride Length

The length of the stride is 17″, meaning that very tall people may need to look at other ellipticals which feature at least a 20″ stride, such as the Schwinn 450, as they may feel a little confined as they work out. However, keep in mind that the longer the stride the more expensive the elliptical tends to be.

If you are short or of average or above average height, however, then you’ll find that the stride motion feels both smooth and natural and mimics a walking or jogging motion fairly accurately. Furthermore, a minimal amount of stress is felt on the joints as you exercise, which those who need to take it easy on the joints will undoubtedly appreciate.

ResistanceSchwinn A40 Footplates

The Schwinn A40 comes with 8 levels of resistance, which can easily be adjusted through the easy-to-turn adjustment knob. While other ellipticals come with more levels of resistance, they tend to be more expensive, so this is one of the reasons why the A40 is so reasonably priced.

However, 8 levels of resistance should be more than enough for most, especially as the workout becomes very challenging when you are exercising on the highest resistance setting.


There are 7 workout programs, which is the norm in this price range. These programs consist of 1 manual, whereby you can tailor the workout to your liking, and 6 profile programs.

These programs do a good job of varying your workout while keeping things interesting, making it unlikely that monotony will set in, which is one of the most widely cited reasons as to why people give up on their workout regime.

ConsoleSchwinn A40 Computer Monitor

The computer console on the Schwinn A40 provides you with feedback on a range of important information, such as course profile, resistance level, number of calories burned, speed, distance, rpm and time. Your heart rate can also be recorded if you place your hands on the contact heart rate sensors which can be found on the side of the console. It’s good to know that the readings are quite accurate, which is surprising in this price range.

Other features include a 2 speed fan, which is unfortunately quite useless, as the stream of air isn’t powerful enough to be refreshing; a reading rack, as well as a water bottle holder.

StorageSchwinn A40 Transport Wheels

While the A40 is on the light side for an elliptical trainer, weighing almost half as much as some other ellipticals on the market, anything that is close to weighing 100 lbs is always going to be hard to use. However, thanks to the transport wheels, moving and storing the machine is a simple, straightforward process.


The Schwinn A40 is backed by a 2-year frame, 6-month mechanical and electric parts, and 30-day wear parts warranty.


59 x 23 x 64 inches

90.4 pounds

Schwinn A40 User Reviews

The majority of consumers have rated the A40 highly. However, you should also keep in mind that there were some quality control issues with the elliptical, although Schwinn seems to have taken notice, as these problems rarely occur anymore. Still, we thought that it was something that you should be aware of.

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Any Complaints?

Earlier models appear to have some quality control issues, but as mentioned, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

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Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine Review 2017

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