Schwinn Active 40 (A40) Elliptical
The Active 40 or A40 is Schwinn’s most affordable elliptical cross trainer. With its 17.5” stride, this model is best suited for shorter individuals. It includes a heart rate monitor, a workout fan, a drink holder, and a reading rack. The Schwinn A40 sells for just $399 online.
Elliptical Hits of the Schwinn Active 40 Cross Trainer
- Full stride – The Active 40 has a 17.5” stride. Taller people can get an effective low-impact cardiovascular workout on this machine, but the elliptical movement might feel choppy.
- Fixed and moving handlebars – Trainees can choose between a full-body workout and a lower-body workout.
- Articulating footplates – The pedals rotate to support the user’s natural ankle motion.
- Heart rate sensor – A pulse grip heart rate sensor helps users train in their ideal heart rate zones for cardiovascular health.
- Extras: Extras including a reading rack, a bottle holder, and a two-speed fan are normally only found on more expensive elliptical trainers.
Elliptical Misses: Why the A40 Is So Inexpensive
- Lower capacity – With its 275-pound user weight capacity, this unit is marked with a relatively high weight capacity for a budget cross trainer. However, it only weighs 90 pounds, which makes the capacity claim seem a bit exaggerated. Personal trainers recommend this machine to people weighing 170 pounds and less.
- Short warranty – Customers get a 30-day warranty on wear parts, a six-month warranty on other mechanical parts and electronics, and a two-year warranty on the frame.
- Simple programs – The console include six training programs. That’s pretty good for a budget elliptical trainer, but Schwinns costing a bit more have better preset options.
- Few resistance levels – There are 8 tension levels on the Schwinn Active 40. That’s relatively few, but it’s typical for a budget elliptical. The tension can be adjusted digitally instead of manually, which makes it more convenient to use than other cheap others.
- Console window hard to see – Console readouts, which some customers wish were larger, show time, RPM, distance, pulse, speed, calories, and resistance level in addition to a simple course profile.
Overall Rating for the Schwinn A40 Elliptical
The Schwinn Active 40 or A40 cross trainer is a reasonable option for smaller people who really need to save money. With articulating pedals, a fair amount of workouts, and a not-too-short stride, it beats other elliptical trainers in its price range — but customers would probably be better off with a more expensive Schwinn in the long run. Customers who are determined to spend about $399 might consider the A40 a good value starter machine if they buy it with an extended warranty.