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Schwinn 450 Review


Schwinn 450 Elliptical

The Schwinn 450 features a long 20-inch stride length, bio-mechanically designed elliptical path and adjustable ramp with up to a 15 degree incline, capable of changing your stride and targeting different muscle groups.

Spice up your workout with multiple position handles that provide the option of engaging or resting the upper body thanks to fixed and moving handles.

Accessories include a built-in cooling fan, backlit LCD display, telemetry heart rate monitor, mp3 input and console speakers.

Learn more in the full Schwinn 450 review below…


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Model Schwinn 450

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

16 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Eddy Current Braking
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

20 inches

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Articulating Footplate

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.


The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

Heavy, Perimeter Weighted

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips & Chest Strap

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Backlit LCD Display
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

70" x 26" x 68"
Weight: 236 lbs
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: 5 Years
Parts: 1 Years
Electronics: 1 Year
Wear Parts: 3 Months

Rating: 82.2%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 82.2/100. Workout both the arms and legs with an adjustable upper body feature that goes along with the traditional elliptical stride length look and feel. Get multiple readouts on the highest rated elliptical Schwinn Fitness has to offer.

– 20 inch stride length accommodates most users
– Monitor heart rate with telemetry and pulse grips
– Music friendly (listen to mp3 through built-in speakers)
– Cooling fan keeps you relieved during intense workout
– Adjustable handles allow for varied upper body workouts
– Target different muscle groups with 15 degree incline

– Non-folding and weighs 236 lbs. (not very compact)
– Only one year coverage on parts and electronics
– One customer complaint about difficulty assembling Step 3


The Schwinn 450 is a versatile trainer with a long stride length (20″), 15 degree incline, and perimeter weighted flywheel operation.

The bi-omechanically designed linkages offer a comfortable and natural elliptical path, enabling you to focus on what matters most — the workout.

The elliptical also includes 16 workout programs and mp3 compatibility. Stay pleasantly distracted with a console which holds magazines, ebooks, and water bottles.

Workout Programs

The Schwinn 450 features 16 preset programs, including eight profile courses, quick start, distance goal and fitness test.

Monitor heart rate with Polar telemetry-enabled heart rate monitor. Four heart rate programs are also included to go along with the monitor.

Schwinn Advantage workout tracking is a handy way to set fitness goals and measure your progress.

Elliptical Features

The Schwinn 450 features an adjustable ramp with up to 15 degree incline, to change your stride and target different muscle groups.

Oversized stabilizers and levelers are built-in for a solid workout platform. A heavy, perimeter weighted flywheel with high inertia delivers smooth, consistent workouts.

The Schwinn 450 features built-in speakers at the console and mp3 input for your personal music device. The accessory tray presents a rack for users to place magazines, ebooks or other media.

Biomechanically designed linkages equals a comfortable and natural, 20-inch elliptical path. Adjustable movement handles allow for varied upper body workouts and positions.

16 levels of resistance are available at your disposal for workout variety. Backlit, multi-color LCD console displays time, speed, RPM, distance, calories, pulse and more.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn 450 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

Frame: 5 Years
Parts: 1 Years
Electronics: 1 Year
Wear Parts: 3 Months

For all questions (including returns), please contact (800) 605-3369.


The Schwinn 450 is a middle-of-the-road trainer that ranks among the top of Schwinn ellipticals.

The elliptical enables you to target different muscle groups with the built-in incline and get a natural walking motion with the 20 inch stride length.

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