The Schwinn 411 compact elliptical trainer is specifically designed for the home user. The machine is compact and well-engineered considering its price point.
The home elliptical cross-training market is very competitive and Schwinn has made a valiant effort to get their share of the market with the 411 elliptical machines.
The trend in home gyms is moving away from heavy-duty commercial gym style equipment with a trending preference for lightweight compact equipment.
The parent company Nautilus has a stellar reputation for both home gym equipment and commercial gym equipment and have taken their decades of experience to produce an elliptical machine for those of us who would love to get in shape on a lower budget.
So, what’s great about the Schwinn 411 elliptical machine and why does it get so many rave reviews?
Here is why aspiring fitness people love the machine and it’s not all about price.
There’s no getting away with the fact that Schwinn has knocked the ball out of the park with this super-light compact 411 elliptical training machine. For a machine priced at just $ 499.00, this is elliptical trainer will take pride of place in your home gym. The size of the elliptical machine and the stability is perfect for the whole family, the machine will provide an excellent cardio workout and if you need to lose a few pounds you can see the calories being burned directly in front of you on the LCD screen. Does it make a difference not having powered incline? For the purist and professional athlete, it makes a difference. However, if you are like most home gym elliptical machine users you will not notice the Schwinn 411 is missing incline settings.
- 16 Levels of resistance for excellent cardio workouts
- 18” Stride length
- 13 Built-in workouts to keep your fitness training varied
- Fixed and moving handlebars
- Wireless heart rate grips as found on higher price machines
- Bluetooth tracking to sync with your training apps
- Cushioned, pivoting footplates for comfort and stability
- Balanced Inertia enhanced flywheel
- 300 lb. user capacity
- Transport wheels make moving this compact elliptical machine easy
- Water bottle holder to keep you hydrated
- Warranty: 10 years frame, 2-year parts, and electronics, one year labor
- Chest strap heart monitor not included in the package
- No backlight on the console
- Tablet hides the console
- I8 inch stride is not the best for the user over 6 feet in height
- No incline
The Schwinn 411 is definitely a compact trainer and will fit in a small home gym with ease. The trainer is approximately 54 inches in length and 24 inches wide.
Compared to other home elliptical cross trainers, the Schwinn weighs in at 100 lbs. But don’t let that put you off the 411 can handle up to 300lbs which is not bad for a machine of this compact style and price range.
For additional stability, there are two adjustable bars on the rear of the unit that you can adjust to give the user extra confidence during the workout.
The frame has a tubular construction and a super smooth elliptical motion that would be enviable to some larger elliptical machines.
It has a corrosion-resistant black finish coated frame and red crank arms; this is the only color for this machine, but it looks great and is not offensive.
Servo motorized eddy current resistance
This feature is taken from the more expensive Nautilus elliptical machines. The console operates the motorized servo-assisted resistance allowing the user to make the stride motion more difficult or easier as required by the selected workout.
The resistance programs offer 16 different levels to the user; the first few levels provide lesser resistance which is perfect for the budding athlete or the user who is using the machine for remedial therapy before getting back into a full workout routine.
The flywheel weight together with its eddy current resistance and belt drive system, you will be receiving a whisper-quiet and vibration-free workout.
Schwinn 411 console
The Schwinn console is 5.5 inches with subsections for the user to view the workout in real-time on one screen. It’s a cool feature but the screen is a little small for some users.
The Schwinn 411 has an impressive 13 workouts that provide an excellent workout for all levels and categories of fitness. The 411 also has a Bluetooth that seamlessly connects to your favorite sports apps such as RunSocial.
The preset programs offer a wide range of workout scenarios from rolling hills to a stream crossing. The programs in some sense are so good they negate the need for incline settings.
If you like to change thing s at your own pace and build your own custom workout then you can select the manual function and work independently from the programs provided.
You can adjust the console to prevent glare. It is equipped with a tablet holder that can accommodate a large tablet if you should choose to do so.
There is also a handy water bottle holder to keep you hydrated during extended workouts.
Footplates articulate to reduce the impact on your knees and joints. The footplates are also padded for extra comfort which is a nice feature that even some of the more expensive elliptical machines don’t offer.
The footplates are exceptional given the machine is able to take a maximum weight of 300lbs.
Assembling the Schwinn 411
Assembly is a relatively easy process and will take the average person around 1 hour to complete. The mainframe is in one piece which leaves you to erect the console mast and connect the stabilizers and crank arms.
Handily, the machine includes all the tools needed.
The unit comes with an easy to follow schematic and assembly instructions.
Frame: 10 years
Parts: 2 years
Electrical: 1 year
Labor: 90 days
The warranty is impressive but for some reason, Schwinn has decided not to offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. This may be because of the quality of the elliptical machine that will surely last for a lifetime if taken good care of.
Alternatives to the Schwinn 411
- The Exerpeutic 2000XL
- SimpleFree elliptical machine
- Sunny Health and Fitness