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Schwinn A40 Elliptical Review

The Schwinn A40 Elliptical trainer is not a new entrant into the fitness world. However, despite the fact that it has been around for quite some time, it continues to give a breath of fresh air to the elliptical trainers. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing and compact enough to save you some stretching space in the room, but also features some top of the line features for a budget cost. It gives you a virtual experience that is similar to riding a bicycle only that in this case, your hands are involved more. It is the ideal pick if you are looking to bring fitness into your home.


  • Tension adjustment
  • LCD display
  • Lightweight
  • Ergonomics


  • Pedal adjustment
  • Overall Feel

Resistance Levels

The trainer features 8 resistance levels which is ideal especially for those who are starting as the number looks more achievable before they can advance their skills to something that is more challenging and has a higher number of resistance levels. It is also worth noting that the resistance levels are friction free so you do not have to worry about waking other people while you work out.


The display is the heart of the A40 and features an LCD screen that is simple but quite functional and helpful. It shows you the main stats of your work out which include the time, distance that you have covered, speed, RPM and even the speed that you are working out at and the calories that you have burnt. All this data is real time so if you would like to kick it up a notch, you can.

Pre-programmed workouts

There are 6 programs that have been built into the Schwinn A40 Elliptical and there is also the option of a manual or quick start option. This means that you can be able to jump right into the work out without having to enter your weight or height details. However, because of this the heart rate monitor might not as helpful but this mode will get you going faster.

Incline Adjustment

Even though it does not come with an incline adjustment, it does come with some ergonomic handles that help to support work outs in different positions and so you are able to achieve the same functionality that an incline adjustment is meant for. Ultimately, you are also able to ensure that you work on different muscle groups of the body.

Stride Length

The stride length falls a little short as it clocks at 17” and even though this might be a bit uncomfortable the articulating footplate allows for some comfort and improves movement so the discomfort is greatly reduced. Even though the stride might be a little short, it only fall by an inch since most of the other ellipticals are in the range of 18 to 20 inches.


With the Schwinn A40 Elliptical there are three different types of warranty and even though they might sound a bit dismal, it is worth noting that the machine falls under the under$500 category so it is worth it. The warranties include a 30 day wearable parts warranty, 6 months warranty for electronics and other parts as well as 2 years warranty on the frame.

Price and Value

The Schwinn A40 Elliptical is priced at about $400 and this makes it the ideal workout partner for novices who do not need a lot of functionality as well as the elderly. Considering that more than likely this is going to be the first elliptical trainer that you buy, its value could not be greater. It will usher you into a new world of fitness training and will dictate your experience with elliptical trainers and perhaps have a high stake in you deciding to buy another elliptical. With the friendly features and the comfortable pricing, you can see why you will not only be doing your accounts a favor but your body as well.

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