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Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer Review

Updated on February 25, 2014

There are many reasons why people aim to get fit, whether it’s performance, health or even just to look good. But no one wants this process to be difficult, otherwise they’ll find something else to do or quit completely.

It can be a hassle and expensive to go to the gym, especially if you’re using very little of their equipment. It’s a lot easier to squeeze in a workout when you don’t have to drive to the gym and sometimes you don’t want people watching you workout.

So how do you fix these problems?

You workout at home!

You don’t have to keep paying expensive monthly fees to workout, outside of your comfort zone, at someone else’s gym.

Elliptical Trainers

Weight loss is one of the most common fitness goals. There are a variety of different exercises you can do to raise your activity level, burn more calories and lose weight, but we’re going to focus on one popular piece of equipment: elliptical trainers.

If you already go to the gym, you’ve probably seen people using them. I know at my gym people will sometimes have to wait their turn to be able to use one of the ellipticals; yet another hassle of going to the gym.

Elliptical trainers have become popular because they’re a very low-impact exercise machine that’s easy to use and will give you a good cardio workout. Ellipticals are constructed in a way to allow for a natural, fluid motion when you use them. When you’re on one, you’ll notice that the movements are very similar to the motions of walking.

Elliptical trainers are becoming more popular than treadmills because they’re a lot easier on your joints. The reason they’re easier on your joints is because your feet don’t leave the “pedals”, so there’s really no impact while you use an elliptical. Plus you don’t have to worry about slipping and being shot backwards by a treadmill belt.

Another reason why an elliptical trainer is better than a treadmill is because you can bring your upper body into your workout when you hold onto the hand grips. You swing your arms when you run on a treadmill, but with the elliptical hand grips you add resistance. Now you have your arms and legs working together to get a full body workout!

That's besides the fact thatelliptical trainers are usually cheaper and more durable than a treadmill.

Elliptical trainers can be a great piece of equipment to help you lose weight and stay fit, especially if you throw in some interval training.

Now that you know the benefits, let’s look at an inexpensive, yet high quality elliptical trainer.

Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer Review

I’m sure that, when you think of the name Schwinn, you think of their bicycles, but they have a great reputation for making high quality elliptical trainers!

The Schwinn 420 model is a very inexpensive elliptical machine that replaces their older model, the 430. If you’ve heard anything about the Schwinn 430 Elliptical trainer, you know it was a quality model.

Schwinn stepped things up with the 420, which can support a person up to 300lbs without shaking or wobbling. That’s a 25lb increase from their older model, so you’re looking at a sturdier elliptical trainer.

This is elliptical isn’t going to take up a lot of room and you’ll have a hard time getting bored with it because of the variety you can add to your workouts.

There are:

  • 16 Different Computer-Controlled Resistance Levels
  • 12 Different Workouts
  • 9 Workouts Programs (1 Custom (manual) and 8 User-Profiles)

And you can use it in forward or reverse! If you want to work your legs even more, you can hold onto the stationary handles and let your legs do all the work. Variety in your workouts is what’s going to keep you from getting bored and will help you see better results.

Another thing that will keep you motivated while working out is to be able to see your progress. The Schwinn 420 Elliptical makes it easy to track your progress with all the features on the digital readout.

You can track:

  • Time
  • Interval Time
  • RPMs
  • Watts
  • Distance
  • Pulse (when you hold onto the hand grip sensors)
  • Speed
  • Calories
  • Resistance Level

And you can even switch it from tracking miles to kilometers!

It has an 18 inch stride length, which will feel comfortable to you whether you’re 5 foot tall or 6 foot tall.

It won’t even take you 2 hours to put this elliptical trainer together and it’s easy to move it to wherever you want to use it because of its transport wheels.

If you’ve ever used a treadmill at home or at the gym, you’re going to notice one big difference when you use the Schwinn 420 Elliptical: it’s quiet!

There’s no heavy thudding of footsteps or squeaking of the machine while you use it.

You’re going to have a comfortable and quiet workout with the Schwinn 420.

So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to ensure that you can fit your cardio workouts into your daily schedule, then the Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer is your best bet!

What's YOUR Experience with the Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer?

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      What kind of workouts do you prefer Hello, hello,?

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great informative hub but no thank you, this will not be for me.