PROS / The Schwinn 470 Elliptical has four user profiles you can customize.
CONS / Although it is compatible with one, Schwinn does not include a chest strap with this elliptical.
VERDICT / The Schwinn 470 is a nicely versatile elliptical, as it's customizable to your workout with direct connectivity to fitness websites and has numerous presets.
A brand that has long been associated with quality bicycles, Schwinn also manufactures various models of elliptical machines, such as the Schwinn 470 Elliptical. The Schwinn 470 offers a whopping 29 preset workout programs, which include custom programs that you can set. While most elliptical trainers have one or two user profiles, the Schwinn 470 allows four user profiles. This is a convenient option for households with multiple elliptical users or if you want to create a custom workout for different days.
The preset programs include cardio, fat burning and hill training with beginner or advanced options. This elliptical also offers two fitness tests, a recovery test and a quick-start option. The two backlit LCD consoles display your fitness data, such as how much time you have spent exercising, the distance you have traveled and how many calories you have burned so far. The buttons on the console are large and easy to press while you are moving.
The dual monitors allow you to see your stats on the lower display while you use the reading rack to hold your tablet or book. This is a convenient feature, as you don't have to try to move your device and possibly drop it to see how you are progressing with your workout. The machine includes a USB charging port so you can charge your mobile device while you exercise.
You can adjust the programs, including five levels of incline and resistance so that your workouts become more challenging or easier. The incline adjustment is automatic and can change up to 10 degrees while you are actively exercising.
One of the best features of this elliptical bike is the connectivity with the MyFitnessPal app and the Schwinn Connect website. You can transfer details of your workout to both of these apps to track and share your fitness progress. This is a great way to keep yourself accountable without the hassle of manually entering data.
To view your heart rate during your workout, you can grip the sensors on the stationary handlebars or use a chest strap. However, you need to purchase a chest strap separately. Another potential drawback of this elliptical is that its stride length is set at 20 inches, with no option to adjust. While this is the average stride length for elliptical machines, anyone with a particularly long or short stride may find it uncomfortable after a while.
While you are working out on this elliptical cross-trainer, you can stay cool with its three-speed fan, have your water bottle handy in the holder, and listen to music from your MP3 player or iPod using the built-in speakers. The Schwinn 470 is a little more than 5.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 5.25 feet tall. It can handle workouts by someone who weighs up to 300 pounds.
The warranty on this elliptical trainer is a bit disappointing. While the best elliptical trainers offer a lifetime warranty on the frame, Schwinn only includes a 10-year warranty for the frame. The Schwinn 470 has coverage for two years on mechanical parts, one year for electrical parts and 90 days for labor.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical provides you with professional features such as dual console displays and 29 preset programs to make your workouts effective. You can keep track of your fitness goals with direct connection to fitness websites. This is an elliptical trainer with plenty of customization options to keep things interesting for multiple people in your household.