Ironman 420E Elliptical
Ironman 420E Elliptical – High Quality at a Low Price
The Ironman 420E elliptical trainer by Keys Fitness is a rare find: a high-quality trainer that sells for a low price. It has a smooth 16” stride, reverse motion for extra muscle sculpting, and a selection of heart rate workouts. Good indicators of the Ironman’s durability include the rear drive, a two-year parts warranty and positive customer reviews.
The 420E elliptical machine has been discontinued but you might find it online for less than $700.
Features of the Ironman Keys Fitness 420E Elliptical Trainer (Discontinued)
The 420E is an upgrade over Ironman’s 250E, a slightly cheaper machine, in two key areas: stride length and heart rate programs. It also provides additional exercise data. The specs include:
- Rear drive
- Upper body workout
- 16 customized resistance levels
- 16” stride
- Reverse motion
- LCD console with 11 feedback settings
- 7 standard workouts
- 3 heart rate workouts
- 1 user-designed program
- Pulse grip heart monitor
- Water bottle holder
- Reading rack
- Magnetic brake
This elliptical trainer doesn’t fold like ProForm SpaceSavers but is relatively compact. It takes up about 33” x 64” of floor space. Larger elliptical trainers are sometimes 20” longer.
If the precise size matters, please note that 33” x 64” is an estimate. Different but similar dimensions have been published for this model.
The 420E’s Popular Review
The vast majority of owners are satisfied with this product. Some especially like the option of customizing resistance levels. This feature lets them make small and steady improvements instead of having to jump between arbitrary levels. They also get three heart rate programs, a quality that’s hard to find on a $700 elliptical machine. Because such programming delivers especially efficient workouts, the 420E well worth its slight price increase over the 250E.
It’s worth noting that owners of the Ironman don’t complain about squeaky operation. People who try similarly-priced elliptical machines sometimes abandon them because of the noise.
Personal trainers who eschew cheaper Ironman crosstrainers have even given this model a seal of approval for shorter trainees. The 420E makes the cut by incorporating a longer stride for healthy low-impact workouts. It still isn’t right for taller people. They not only get a poor stride, they can barely see their program data because of the angle.
Our Thoughts about Ironman’s 420E Elliptical Trainer
Durability and a smooth ride make the 420E easy to recommend for most adults weighing up to 275 pounds. A two-year parts warranty is excellent for just $700 and shows the manufacturer’s confidence in this product. An 18” stride would be preferable, especially for tall trainees, but this is one of the most ergonomically correct strides you can get for the money.
Need a longer stride? The Ironman 1840 sells for about $800. It has an 18” stride, 20 preset programs and a complete wireless telemetry setup.