Schwinn 460 Elliptical Trainer Review

The Schwinn 460 is a mid-range elliptical trainer which leads with its variable stride technology. The machine features an adjustable fan, 16 workout programs, bi-directional pedals and the ability to track one or two users.

As mentioned, the main feature of this elliptical is its variable stride technology, which allows the user to adjust their stride using a wheel track system that adjusts when pressure is applied. This means your stride be adjusted to suit your height and your preferred workout intensity.

With such emphasis on this feature, you’ll want to know how it benefits your workout and if has any impact at all on the smooth elliptical motion. Is this elliptical still an all-round, good quality exercise machine? Or does this feature impact the other workout facilities?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 34 (width) x 54 (length) x 73 (height) inches (137 x 86 x 185 cm)
  • 300 pounds (136 kg) maximum user weight
  • 221 pounds (100 kg) assembled weight
  • 234 pounds (110.2 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • STEP to target calves and quads.
  • WALK to work your thighs and glutes.
  • RUN to lengthen your strides and engage all muscle groups.
  • Independent footplates let you target core muscles while engaging your arms, shoulders, and legs
  • Bi-directional pedalling allows you to pedal forward or backward to target specific muscle groups.
  • 16 total programs, including 11 workout profiles built by the Nautilus Institute® with instructional messages on how to maximize your workout benefits
  • Schwinn Advantage® workout system tracks results and programming for up to 2 users
  • Dynamic backlit touchscreen console
  • Oversized water bottle holder and angle-adjustable fan
  • Quiet, magnetic ECB (Eddy current brake) resistance
  • Chest strap with telemetric and grip Heart Rate monitoring
  • Transport handle and non-skid wheels

 

Comfort

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The variable stride on the Schwinn 460 elliptical trainer enables taller users to facilitate full elliptical training without restricting stride issues common with the majority of elliptical trainers. The average stride length is 18-inches but can be adjusted to up to 26-inches using the variable stride feature.

“It has a smooth flowing motion that will get your heart rate up if you choose to take advantage of the full length of stride.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon.

This is a really exceptional feature for those who struggle to find an elliptical trainer compatible with their height, or those looking to share the trainer with someone much shorter/taller than themselves as adjustments can be made as necessary. It also means those with smaller strides are able to use the machine with ease, although the handlebars are non-adjustable so although the stride may be accommodated for, shorter arm reach will still remain an issue for some.

The movement of the variable stride feature is unfortunately not as smooth as you might expect it to be, although it’s certainly not terrible by any means. You use it by increasing pressure on your stride depending on how large you want your stride length to be. The track system enabling you to do this is simply not designed well enough to compensate for this level of movement and creates a slightly bumpy, interrupted elliptical movement which can be disappointing.

The fan does go some way to provide a cooling effect but can’t be considered a quality feature as it doesn’t isn’t that powerful. The pedals are adequate but could benefit from some gel cushions, particularly as foot movement is a major part of the key variable stride feature.

 

Performance

Assembly: so easy, all the parts and tools are well marked, just follow the instructions and it is a breeze, took me only an hour to put together. – Click here to read the full review on Amazon.

The performance of the Schwinn 460 elliptical trainer is somewhat clouded by the variable stride system that doesn’t support your body in the way an elliptical machine should. Full body workouts require full body support and the track issues during strides mean you can on occasion feel a little uncomfortable working to full capacity. The whole system does take a bit of getting used to but once you do, it isn’t so bad at all.

Aside from this potential problem, the workout programs are perfectly adequate; the 11 workout profiles built by the Nautilus Institute® are well thought-out and the instructional messages (and messages of encouragement!) do push you to work harder during the session. If you can get used to the variable stride system, you can easily enjoy all the workout capabilities offered by this machine and customize them further using the 16 different resistance levels available alongside the bi-directional pedalling.

The chest strap is always a welcome addition to any elliptical trainer when the grip sensors are so often inaccurate; the console display also allows you to track time, interval Time, RPM, watts, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level and course profile.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

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Assembly: so easy, all the parts and tools are well marked, just follow the instructions and it is a breeze, took me only an hour to put together. – Click here to read the full review on Amazon.

The Schwinn 460 machine itself is fairly easy to construct and remains sturdy during use. There can be an issue with a knocking sound when you use the stride to its full capacity, but this is rhythmic and doesn’t necessarily disturb the workout.

The backlit console is clear, easy to use and is also touch screen which is useful if you’re in the full swing of a workout and need to make swift adjustments to your program. The bottle holder sits at a convenient level just underneath the console and is oversized, allowing you to use most different sized water bottles without any issues.

 

Entertainment

The entertainment on this mid-range elliptical is minimal in the way of music input or EBook holders, but it does give you an excellent selection of workout possibilities that should keep you entertained for a considerable amount of time. The tracking options are a great way to stay motivated and push yourself to increase the resistance levels and opt for the harder workout options.

It’s a little disappointing that there is no ledge for a book or tablet PC, but there is space for your iPod/MP3 player in the drinks holder (if your bottle isn’t too big).

 

Warranty

  • 10 years – Frame
  • 2 years – Parts
  • 1 year – Electronics
  • 90 days – Wear Parts

 

The Final Verdict

This a great machine–it is very smooth and quiet! – Click here to read the full review on Amazon.

Although the Schwinn 460 Elliptical is designed to give you added workout benefits in the way of variable stride technology, it can actually end up detracting from the overall workout features offered by the machine, especially as it requires a bit of a learning curve to get used to.

At around $1000 dollars it’s a good quality trainer with plenty of interesting workout options and a sturdy frame to suit most heights and weights. However, the variable stride technology could be off-putting for those who enjoy the smooth, natural stride of other ellipticals.

Overall, the Schwinn 460 offers good value for money, providing you can get used to the variable stride motion.

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