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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer

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Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer Rating: 5 stars out of 5 for impressive features and including a 1 year warranty
Price: $999
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It looks like the Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer is finally the next elliptical on my review queue. I know I’ve been ranting about Schwinn and the inadequate labor warranty on most of their elliptical trainers, but I’ve finally gotten to the one Schwinn Elliptical Trainer I can recommend without having to wonder if I made a good recommendation. Here is my review of the Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer.

One of the reasons I like Schwinn fitness equipment in general is their commitment to designing and building quality fitness equipment. Schwinn has been in the fitness equipment industry for more than 100 years and has lived through a depression and two world wars. A company that can survive that long in world that reinvents itself every 10 years commands my respect. It just so happens Schwinn’s 438 Elliptical Trainer also commands my respect.

If you’ve had the chance to read some of my other Schwinn Elliptical Reviews you’ll notice a common complaint, good equipment, bad warranty. I’m glad to say the Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer does not suffer from a short warranty. It has an industry standard 2 year parts and 1 year labor guarantee. This isn’t the best warranty I’ve seen, but it’s enough to make me feel confident reccomending the Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer to people if it can pass my rigorous features, stability, and feel test.

As far as comfort and feel are concerned the Schwinn 438 earns high marks. I’m not going to lie and say it’s as stable as a $2500 Star Trac Elliptical, but it is stable enough to support most people up to 300 lbs. without any significant loss in performance.
Schwinn 438 Elliptical users are not victims of the “sandbox effect” either, a term I use to describe elliptical trainers that make the user feel as if they’re running through sand. Users who purchase an elliptical suffering from the sandbox effect tend to stop working out and their fitness routine is back to square one within weeks.

Programs are abundant. The Scwhinn 438 Elliptical has 21 programs, many of which can be used with the heart rate control feature. Heart rate control helps keep a user within a specific heart rate range. Certain heart rate ranges are better for losing weight than others, stay inside your heart rate range and get the most results possible from every second of your workout.

The only possible improvement that could have been made to the Schwinn 438 Elliptical trainer is a longer stride length. A longer stride length would make the Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer the perfect elliptical trainer. Still, the $999 price tag is extremely attractive considering the smooth feel, excellent fitness programs, and frame stability. If you’re looking for a great mid-range elliptical trainer, the Schwinn 438 Elliptical trainer is going to be one of your best options.

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