Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer


imageChoosing an elliptical machine depends a lot on your goals as an individual. If you want more than an occasional workout, and have more than an entry level budget, it is best to get a solid machine like the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer that can handle a serious workout and is durable. The larger, more expensive machines are also more stable as a result of a larger base, and heavier frames. The Schwinn 431 s a strong, very intense machine that is still reasonably priced.

Creature Comforts

Schwinn knows the importance of keeping hydrated on the go, and your Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer comes with a built-in cup holder so you can get your water without breaking training and leaving the session. When you do have to leave, the computer holds your information long enough for you to take a break and return without losing your times and feedback scoring for the session.

Interval Training

Any serious aerobic training program uses interval training to maximize the results of using heart rate to regulate speed and intensity. The Schwin 431 Elliptical Trainer has a recovery mode to give you the needed rest cycles that still keep you moving, but let your heart rate slow down to a designated level before accelerating again.

Heart rate is measured by a grip pulse monitor that shows you what your heart rate is on screen. The grip monitor is easy to use, and there are no wires or straps to wear. All you have to do is keep hold of the grips to track your heart rate.

Multiple Programs

Another very important part of a solid aerobic routine is to track several goals and work to meet them. The Schwin 431 has a manual program where you can set your own pace and operate the controls for incline and intensity independent of a program, or you can use one of the pre-programmed workouts that use calorie goals, heart rate goals, a program designed according to information programmed in specifically for you, and even programs dedicated to testing your strengths such as time trial programs and a fitness test. You can also further customize your own program to develop your own training schedule.

imageEasy To Read Control Panel

A large backlit LCD panel with blue backlight is easy to read while working, and all of the controls are right at your fingertips. Instead of a rotating view of various elements such as time, distance calories, and heart rate, the control panel has everything onscreen so you can compare all of the items at once. The display shows time, RPM (revolutions per minute), distance, speed, pulse, resistance level, calories burned, and interval timing on a grid display.

Resistance Equals Success

The way an elliptical trainer provides its workout is through resistance. The more resistance levels available make each session more effective. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer has 16 resistance levels for a full range of intensity. Beginning users can choose very low levels of resistance to help them get accustomed to the motion of an elliptical, and gradually increase the intensity of the workout. More advanced users can vary the intensity from strong to weaker, and back again to create a more diverse interval training that adds to the stress and rest intervals of heart rate monitoring.

The Top Name in Cycling and in Ellipticals

Schwinn is a well-respected name in exercise equipment, and Nautilus is a name you can trust when it comes to exercise equipment. Schwinn builds the 431 under the Nautilus brand and when you buy the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer you get the guarantee of two names that you can trust to stand behind their equipment. Each machine comes with a 15 year frame warranty, 2 years on parts, 1 year on electronics and 3 month labor guaranteed. Along with the trainer, you will receive an in-depth user's manual and all of the above warranty information.

imageBMI Monitor

Anyone who needs to lose weight, knows about the importance of their BMI numbers. BMI stands for body mass index, and is a complicated equation that shows you where you stand in relation to fat vs. muscle mass. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer has a BMI monitor that will figure the equation for you, and track your progress over time.

Keeping Time with Your Workout

Schwinn incorporates their BioFit console that has an MP3 compartment so that you can make the best of your workout times with your favorite music. Each unit also has a towel hook and fan for complete comfort. There's no excuses when you use this trainer: Everything is at your fingertips.

Drawbacks to the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer

The singular real drawback to the machine is that the heart rate monitor is a grip oriented variety. That is more comfortable for many users, and a common choice for home gym elliptical machines, however, while they are more comfortable than wires, thumb reader or chest straps, the grip monitor is only accurate so long as you are holding the hand grips. They can also be inaccurate if you do not hold the hand grip properly or tight enough.image

Customer Reviews

“At 172 pounds, it is a little heavy to move about, but I love its strength. It does have wheels, but is still too big and clumsy for easy storage.”

“I'm sold on this product. I was a little leary at first, it wasn't in the cheapy category, but it wasn't super high priced either so I didn't know where it would end up in the quality spectrum. Turns out it is perfect. It is strong and stable, and still affordable.”

“I got my Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer and the tools were the wrong size to assemble it. I had to use my own.”

“I work weird hours and gyms don't have the right hours for me in my area. I bought the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer to make it easier to workout at home, and it is great.”

“I had a problem with the resistance wheel magnet. The Schwinn/Nautilus reps were fantastic, and got my machine working again.”

In Conclusion

The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer is a top of the line workout machine at a reasonable, if not cheap, price. It is a great addition to any home work out plans for people who are serious about getting fit and healthy, and know that an elliptical machine will work for their goals.  At Amazon, this item qualifies for FREE SHIPPING.

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