Summary: This machine is that it is worth its weight in gold. Although it was a little complicated to get used to and is quite a large piece of equipment, it manages to provide an effective and comfortable workout without the pressure of any unnecessary strain. The Schwinn 520 gave me an enjoyable exercise experience, and it’s so comfortable that I could use it for hours at a time.
The Schwinn 520 Recumbent Elliptical trainer has been designed to deliver a workout that is both effective and comfortable. No-one ever said that you had to suffer undue discomfort for maximum results, and the Schwinn 520 proves that offering a comfortable reclined and ventilated seat for hours of comfort, flexible footplates for multiple positions and an integrated fan to cool the user down as he or she works up a sweat.
The machine itself is simple to set up, providing options to monitor your distance, time or calorie related goals, and the unique airdyne system provides a smooth workout with progressive resistance. The integrated heart-rate sensors in the grips allow for useful fitness monitoring, and the console is easy to use and read, with calories, speed, distance, RPM, and scrolling time. The striding motion allows for a fourteen-inch elliptical footpath, which also engages more muscles than the traditional bike so that you can ensure a more effective workout. The fan belt in the Schwinn 520 is quiet and flexible so you don’t have to worry about an uncomfortable or loud experience, and the extra padded seat is there to provide you with comfort during your exercise routine.
The Schwinn 520 Recumbent elliptical trainer is designed to provide a fun and effective way for users to work out and meet the fitness goals they’re aiming for. Combining the ergonomic position of an efficient and comfortable recumbent bike with the joint saving behavior of an elliptical and the wind resistance of an Airdyne, the 520 provides an effective and easy to use the system. They claim that the machine is easy to set up, and with a console that has been designed with the customer in mind, you shouldn’t have any trouble flicking through the different options available to you. The machine is particularly useful if you’re looking for a way to work out without putting too much pressure on your joints, supporting you in a comfortable position. The fourteen-inch elliptical path simulates a natural type of walking motion while still promoting fitness and removing horrible joint stress.
- High-Resolution LCD display
- Ventilated seat back, extra padded for comfort
- Oversized footplates for multiple positions
- Non-intrusive console
- Time/Calorie/Distance goal workout programs
- The heart-rate monitor needs both hands to work
- The console can be complicated.
What Customers Say
People who own the Schwinn 520 comment that they very much enjoy using the machine, far more than other styles of elliptical machines that they have used before. The reclined style helps people to gently push themselves into exercise without having to hurt themselves to achieve results, and although there is no pain placed on the hips, knees, or ankles, you can be sure that you will achieve an effective workout. Although it is aimed at comfort, you should remember that you have to do some of the work yourself, and this means keeping your legs positioned properly throughout the workout. If you start to slack then you may start to experience the odd twinge of pain within your knees. The seat is adjustable to make exercise easy regardless of your height, and the machine itself is incredibly robust, with no worries that anything is going to fall apart during your work out.
Although the heart-rate sensors do work, there have been some concerns about the fact that you must have both hands on the handlebars for them to register properly. At that point, you do need to hold them for a reasonable amount of time to gain a good reading.
Warranties and Maintenance
The manufacturer’s warranty on the Schwinn recumbent elliptical trainer is five years for the metal frame, one year for the parts, electronics, and three months on wear parts.
My opinion of this machine is that it is worth its weight in gold. Although it was a little complicated to get used to, and is quite a large piece of equipment, it manages to provide an effective and comfortable workout without the pressure of any unnecessary strain. The Schwnn 520 gave me an enjoyable exercise experience, and it’s so comfortable that I could use it for hours at a time.