Although the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer was released in August 2007, it is still a popular choice for a compact elliptical trainer for those looking for a gym quality machine at an affordable price. Consumers like the flexibility to input their own data giving them power measure a variety of workout results and track progress while they train. You can easily see you progress from one training session to the other. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer’s digital computer allows yoy to accurately track time, distance, speed, calories, and strides per minute. The machine uses a steel flywheel and computer controlled drive system that provide high inertia for smooth strides minimising noise levels so you could literally hear the TV at a normal level while you exercise.
As with all mechanical objects, reviews however, show that not everyone feels the same about how well this unit performs. Whether or not it is the ideal choice for you depends on how much you’d appreciate a sturdy elliptical trainer vs the little extras (fan, mp3 player. bottle holder) but wouldn’t quite deliver the same convinience and results.
steel flywheel and computer controlled drive system that provide high inertia for smooth strides
allows users to input data, measure a variety of workout results, and track progress
Fixed 18″ stride
Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD
16 resistance levels
-we wanted something small enough for the living room in our apt and it’s perfect!
– Bi-directional pedaling allows you to pedal forward or backward to target specific muscle groups.
– Schwinn understands this and allows bi-directional pedaling in its elliptical training. You can pedal in both directions which allow you to try different exercises which are good for your overall health. This also allows to you to target different muscle groups in order to attain the physique you desire.
The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer uses revoluationary design in elliptical trainers which combines the flywheel design and computer controlled drive systems. This combination cocreates a comfortable stride as it eliminate bumps in the motion and create smooth strides. The is nothing i hate when exercising than having a feeling of travelling on a bumby ride and have my feet sliding all over the place. With the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer you will have a gym like experience while you go through your exercise regime. In addition to this revolutionary system, the elliptical trainer also was designed based on an analysis of living organisms and how they move about thereby delivering a comfortable movement of the foot throughout the elliptical motion. The other cool feature which comes with the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer is the user designed computer system which gives you the power to input customised data, measure a variety of workout results, and track progress. There is nothing more important that to see you progress on a day to day basis and the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer, definately is a winner when it comes to this feature.
The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer also allows you to control the resistance level at anytime during your exercise. To do this, you simply use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons on the machine. Most reviewers have found this feature very useful to their training program. Two other comfort features that every elliptical user needs to keep in mind are Grip as well as Pedal design and Schwinn outdid themselves on these aspects.
Grip: There are two hand positions – the stationery and moving handbars on this elliptical trainer. This gives you the choice to effortlessly and comfortably switch between the grip positions. Both have pulse monitors so you still can track your vitals as you go along.
Pedals: I have already mentioned the biomechanical design but in addition to that the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer were engineered to be oversized. Yes you read that right they are oversized and this is meant to give your feet that extra space as you stride out. Additionally you get the added benefit of the extra padding, which is meant not only to absorb the impact from the intensity of your workout but also get rid stress on your joints and hips.
What I love about the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer is that its features are designed to make your training experience a lovable experience. These features include 19 workout programmes, an LCD backlit console, sound system as well as grips with heart rate monitors. All these are done to very high standards.
Workout programmes: The elliptical trainer comes with 19 workout programs. There is Manual, Calorie Goal, Time Trial, Fitness Test, 2xCustom,3xHeart Rate Control and 10 Profiles. The latter which are found as P2 – P12 are meant to give you a variety of workout options, and you can easily select the programme using the “+” or “-“ once you turn on the machine.Changing the resitance once in the programme can be easily done by pressing the same “+” or “-“ buttons. Most users find the Heart rate programmes invaluable to their training. These are designed to bring your Heart Rate into a target zone based on what you goal is. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer manual will give you clear instructions on heart rates so you don’t need to fret if you are starting out. However even seasoned users have found this guidance very useful as well.
LCD Console: Schwinn has demonstrated that it has learnt from its design errors from ther earlier 420 and 430 models when it comes to this feature. The LCD console on the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer comes with blue backlight, and is clearly visible, showing you key vitals while you train giving you a truly remarkable and personalised experience. The LCD gives real time feedback while you train on you heart rate, calorie burn, distance covered and so forth. Such real time feedback is why most users find the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer a peice of engineering mastery as it equivalent to giving you the power to track what you want when you want, knowing that its all there behind a simple click of a button.
Multi-Media: Every elliptical trainer is making a dash for integrating multi-media capabilities in their machines. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer comes with an integrated MP3/portable media compartment so you can listen to you favorite tune while you train. I personally didnt like this feature as its not well developed, but most reviews on amazon commended them for this. I felt the speaker output was not that great but this can easily be rectified by simply listening direct from your ipod of turning on you TV or home theatre. Honestly this is not a huge decision point i would not fuss much over it. Besides with great discounts rite now on Amazon, its worth considering to purchase.
Heart Rate Monitor: Monitoring your heart rate while you train cannot be overlooked. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer comes with Grip Heart Rate Monitor only and this may be a great dissapointment for those users who like wireless solutions. However the fact that you have two handle bars which allow you to switch position means you can still be catered for, as you will still find a comfortable posture while you train. The grip heart rate monitors on the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer means you can easily access the 3 Heart Rate Control (H.R.C) Programs – 60% to 70% of max. heart rate, 70% to 80% of max. heart rate, and 80% to 90% of max. heart rate whatever handlebar you choose to hold onto.
Convinience: As we go into smaller and smaller spaces, as well as have varying moods when training, the ability to move you elliptical trainer from one location to another becomes key. The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer is equiped with wheels to enable you to mover it around as you see fit. However its important that you are very careful when doing so, and avoid any any sharp impact directly or indirectly to the machine especially the computer as this will affect its operation. So only move the machine when its absolutely neccessary.
Drive system: The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer comes with a computer controlled drive system.
Other Conviences: What i love about this elliptical trainer is that the manufacturer has you the end use in mind. As such you will find a cup holder, a hook for you towel and a fan. The latter however has been given a bad review by users and i would add my dissapointment with this as well. The fan is not very useful but i think with a hook for a towel, who needs it anyways! You can dry yoursel as you go along so its a win for you at the end of the day.
Weight and Dimensions
Space-saving dimensions (59″L x 26″W x 68″H)
I’ve read a lot of good reviews about the model 431 and couldn’t wait to try it out. I test rode several ellipticals in the store, but found the Schwinn 431 elliptical to be the smoothest, most quiet machine…
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: N/A
Labor: 90 days
Sturdy Base and easy to relocate in your apartment.
easy to use workout programmes
Great LCD display
Heart rate monitor has a slight delay in sending through the reading.