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Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer

The Schwinn brand is well known to most and is part of a family of other brands, incl. Nautilus, Stairmaster and Bowflex.

The Schwinn 420 elliptical trainer is the 2010 version of the very popular Schwinn 430 which has been a very popular and highly rated budget elliptical for some time.

For an elliptical trainer selling for well under $1,000, it provides the experience of a unit selling for considerably more. The unit feels quite solid and stable, though the rated maximum weight of 300 lbs should be taken with a grain of salt, 250 lbs maximum user weight is a more realistic capability while still maintaining a solid and quiet experience.

Stride length is 18” which is adequate for most. Tall users may find it a little restrictive though many competitive units offer less. The foot pedals articulate, which allows the feet to find the optimum position for comfort and a less stressful workout. The Schwinn 420 is reasonably compact, with dimensions of 62"L x 26"W x 71"H.

Separate handlebars with integrated heart rate monitor grips give you a full body workout and the ability to stay in your targeted heart rate zone.

You can choose among 12 different programs and 16 different resistance levels. The LCD display provides Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance Level and Course Profile.

Warranty is nothing particular, 5 years on the frame, 1 year on parts and electronics with 90 days on wear parts and labor.

The Schwinn 420 is certainly not a commercial unit but you get a sturdier and longer lasting elliptical trainer than what you typically find for as little as $600 when on sale. There are no extras in the form of magazine rack or water bottle holder and the display is not backlit, but at this price, you can’t have everything. Recommended.

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