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Schwinn A40 Review


Schwinn A40

Priced at $399, the Schwinn A40 elliptical will attract many thanks to its low price tag.

The elliptical offers Eddy Current Braking Resistance, eight resistance levels and 17 inches for stride. The Schwinn A40 also offers multi-function LCD display and built-in pulse grips for heart rate monitoring.

Unfortunately, $400 is not much in the exercise world and Schwinn definitely sacrificed the quality of parts to build the A40. It’s noticeable and durability of the trainer is certainly questionable.

Learn more by reading our full Schwinn A40 elliptical review below…


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Video Overview of the Schwinn A40:


Model Schwinn A40

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

8 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).

17 inches

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


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.

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.

6 User
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

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

Multi-function LCD
Max. Weight

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

275 lbs

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

59" x 22.5" x 64"
Weight: 90.4 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: 2 Years
Parts: 6 Months
Electronics: 6 Months
Wear Parts 30 Days

Rating: 60.4%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 60.4/100. Easy to use elliptical featuring quick assembly and accessible console. Simple cardiovascular activities all supported, though the number of pre-defined workout options is poor.

– Synchronized upper and lower body workout
– Compact, fits in almost any room (only 90 lbs)
– Multi-function LCD display
– Built-in cooling fan for comfort
– Stride length (17″) good for smaller users
– Track heart rate with built-in pulse grips

– Poor warranty coverage (especially on frame)
– Average number of pre-defined workout programs
– Very few electronics (mp3 port, speakers, etc)


The Schwinn A40 is designed to provide a low-impact workout with a perimeter-weighted, high-inertia flywheel.

The elliptical runs fairly smoothly, but there are certainly questions about the durability and ultimate longevity of the trainer.

Regardless, there are a few highlights including users getting the option of eight different resistance levels, a decent range for an elliptical in the Under $500 price range.

Workout Programs

The Schwinn A40 is battery-operated and supports seven different pre-defined programs.

The workout interface offers a little customization and the data is displayed nicely on the LCD screen, which includes readouts for time, RPM, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level and course profile.

Aside from the pre-defined workout variety, the Schwinn A40 has very little to offer in terms of programs and is not compatible with iFit Live.

Elliptical Features

This elliptical is pretty compact and fairly easy to move around with a weight of 90.4 lbs.

In terms of bare essentials, the Schwinn A40 is obviously not the most impressive elliptical on the market, but the eight levels of resistance, 17 inch stride and heart rate sensors will satisfy recreational users.

You will notice that the A40 elliptical cut corners with the quality of parts and their confidence is reflected in only offering consumers a 6 month guarantee.

The oversized console also features a reading rack, water bottle holder and integrated two-speed cooling fan.

The A40 breaks its features into three categories: Comfort, Performance & Feedback. Bio-mechanically designed linkages provide a comfortable and natural foot motion that work well with the ergonomic handles for multiple workout positions.

Lastly, oversized stabilizers and levelers are built-in to the trainer for a solid workout platform.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn A40 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: 2 Years
– Parts: 6 Months
– Electronics: 6 Months
– Wear Parts: 30 Days

Dial (800) 605-3369 for more information.


The Schwinn A40 will please just about anyone thanks to its low price, but the durability of the elliptical is questionable. If you can afford something better you might want to consider an alternative.

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