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Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer [Discontinued]

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  • Elliptical cross trainer with eight computer controlled levels of resistance
  • 21 programs provide variety of workout
  • Four user settings allow everyone to keep track of their previous workout
  • Grip heart-rate sensors and telemetric sensing (with chest strap)
  • 275 pounds of maximum user weight
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Product Description

Give your body a hardy workout in your own home without stressing out your joints with the stylishly curvy Schwinn 438 elliptical cross trainer. It features an elliptical step trainer for your legs that's combined with moving arms that help work out the arms, shoulders, and chest for a perfectly balanced cardio/strength workout. It provides up to an 18-inch stride length. The quiet magnetic ECB (Eddy Current Brake) resistance provides smooth action while the grip heart-rate sensors and telemetric sensing (with chest strap) make monitoring your progress a breeze. It also incorporates an articulating footplate, and the handlebars have three positions.

The backlit LCD with LED and scrolling alpha-numeric prompts provide the following feedback: time, distance, calories burned, speed, resistance, load, calories per hour, course profile, RPM, and heart rate (which is read through contact heart rate sensors built into the handlebar).

The 438 features 21 workout programs and four user profiles.
Key Features:
  • Product Dimensions: 66 inches long by 25 inches wide by 66 inches tall
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Power Requirements: AC Adapter
  • Resistance Levels: 16
  • Resistance System: Quiet ECB (Eddy Current Brake) Resistance
  • Drive System: Computer Controlled
  • 21 Workout Programs: Manual, 10 profile, calorie goal, time trial, 3 heart rate control, fitness test, 4 custom
  • Four User Profiles: Recovery mode, results mode, BMI
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Telemetric strap and grip heart rate monitor
  • Display Type: Blue backlit LCD
  • Display Readout: Speed, time, distance, RPM, watts, pulse, calorie, interval time, resistance level, course profile
  • Bi-directional motion
  • Bottle holder

Manufacturer's Warranty
Fifteen-year warranty on frame, two-year warranty on parts, one-year warranty on electronics, six-month warranty on labor and wear items

What's in the Box?
Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer, user's manual, warranty information

Compare these Schwinn Elliptical Trainers

Style Front Drive Dual Action Front Drive Dual Action Variable Stride Dual Action
Stride Length 18 inches 18 inches 2 to 26 inches
Drive Train Poly V-belt Poly V-belt Poly V-belt
Motion Forward/
Resistance Magnetic ECB Magnetic ECB Magnetic ECB
Resistance Levels 16 16 16
Dimensions (L x W x H) 59" x 26" x 68" 59" x 26" x 68" 54" x 34" x 73"
Product Weight 152 pounds 172 pounds 221 pounds
Maximum User Weight 275 pounds 300 pounds 300 pounds
Display LCD Backlit LCD Touch screen, backlit LCD
Display Features Speed, time, distance, RPM, watts, pulse, calories, interval time, resistance Speed, time, distance, RPM, watts, pulse, calories, interval, time, resistance Time, interval time, RPM, watts, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance, course profile
Heart Rate Grip Grip Chest strap with telemetry; grip on handlebars
Programs 1 manual, 6 profile, 1 calorie goal, results mode, BMI test 1 manual, 10 profile, 2 heart rate control, 2 custom, time trial, calorie goal, fitness test, BMI test, recovery mode, results, mode 1 manual, 11 profile, 2 custom for two users
Warranty Frame--15 years, parts--2 years, electronics--1 year, labor--90 days Frame--15 years, parts--2 years, electronics--1 year, labor--6 months Frame--10 years, parts--2 years, electronics--1 year, wear parts--90 days
Other Features Transport wheels, bottle holder Transport wheels, bottle holder, 3-speed fan, MP3/iPod holder Fixed and moving handlebars, articulating foot plates, cooling fan, transport wheels, bottle holder

About Elliptical Trainers
Elliptical trainers represent the next wave of advancement in low-impact cardiovascular exercise machines and continue to grow in popularity. By simulating motions experienced through walking, stepping, cycling, and skiing, elliptical machines allow for a smooth and fluid motion while building strength in the arms and legs. Similar to the exercise position for treadmills, elliptical trainers are used by standing in an upright position while holding the handrails of the machine. With elliptical trainers, however, your feet remain in the foot pedals throughout the exercise regimen and circulate in a smooth and seamless motion, resulting in little to no impact on the knees, back, and hips.

Elliptical trainers are compatible for all ages and fitness levels and allow you to select the difficulty level through the incline and intensity settings. Additionally, elliptical trainers allow you to determine the complexity of your workout based on your needs, all while listening to music, watching television, or reading a magazine while exercising in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Although different types of elliptical trainers offer an assortment of features, many of them include an array of challenging programs, forward and reverse directional movement, EKG grip pulse handles, a lightweight portable design with easy fold-up capability, and a monitor displaying calories burned, distance, speed, time, and heart rate. Other types of exercise machines, namely treadmills and bikes, offer excellent cardiovascular exercise and muscular training for the legs in a forward-motion exercise. Elliptical trainers take this to the next level by offering an upper and lower body workout with dual motion, challenging and diverse programs, and a low-impact exercise machine that won't strain sensitive joints.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 200 pounds
  • ASIN: B000E158CA
  • Item model number: Schwinn 438 Elliptical
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,136 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Loved this machine...I had been spoiled by a Precor at the gym, and was worried I wouldn't like a "lower end" machine as well. Turns out, I love this one!! It feels a little less sturdy than a Precor, but other than that, I love the workout just as much as I loved working out on a Precor at the gym. This was definitely the best purchase I could have made.

The assembly was not took my husband about 2 hours to put together, and he had no complaints.

I would definitely recommend this machine!!
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I bought one of these machines used from a liquidator and was plagued with odd problems. I called customer support and they were quite willing to help even though I had not bought the machine new and it was not still under warranty. After a couple hours and a few people it turns out the A/C adaptor I had received was not the right one. I ordered a new one from Schwinn over the phone and it showed up just a couple days later and presto the machine works again. By the way, it uses a 9V, 1000mA A/C adaptor.

As to the elliptical, it is much more solid than most of the consumer-grade junk (such as ProForm). This is not a professional grade model and you will notice that it is not as solidly built nor as heavy as a Precor. But the elliptical is very tough and well-made and even though mine has taken a beating it still works fine.

For those who do not know, Schwinn Fitness products are manufactured and supported by Nautilus under license from Schwinn. Overall, I love Nautilus support and the Schwinn 438 and may buy another--this time new.
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My husband and I bought this elliptical about 6 months ago. I have used it more often than him and absolutely love it. It is very quiet and has held up over the past few months. The price has also dropped since we bought it-another plus. The only caution that I have is the height issue. My husband is 6 feet 1 inch, and we have our elliptical in the basement. We measured prior to ordering only the width and length, but not the height. When he gets on the elliptical he hits his head on the 7 foot ceiling if he doesn't bend his head over. This keeps him from being able to watch tv as he works out. Not a huge deal, but a warning to those of you who are taller and have short ceilings! Overall, it was a great buy, even at the higher price we paid. You will not be disappointed.
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I've had this machine for about 6 weeks now, and have been using it extensively (50 min about 5 times/week). So far so good.

1. The included heart rate monitor on a chest strap makes this worth the additional $$ over the Schwinn 418.

However, it tends to be very temperamental (or maybe I just haven't figured out how to use it effectively - the manual is no help). Often times, its well into the 6th minute before it begins to register my heart rate. But sometimes its off and running after the first 2 minutes. Bottom line is that it's not sensitive enough ... at least not sensitive enough to read a resting heart rate. But, once it comes online - it's amazingly accurate.

I didn't much care for the heart rate monitor built into the handles - but they do work.

2. The inverse curve of the handle and ski poles could be a problem. I'd definitely test drive it before you buy - esp. if you're over 6' tall. I like to hold a book while I work out, and this might have been an issue if I was much taller than 6'. As for me, it is an occasional annoyance when I get smacked in my elbows by an aggressive handle, but it's rare enough that I can live with it.

3. The build quality is great. I had some early "noise issues", but these have fortunately settled down. The movement is also relatively smooth.

4. Stability is good overall while you're on the pedals. However, there are times when I find its lack of heft to be a bit of a problem - tends to rock a bit at times when I'm really pushing it. Again, not a deal breaker for me - but I'd recommend that you check this out esp. if you're in the 200s. (I believe it's rated up to 350 lbs - but I'd be wary of that claim.)

5. The program selection is extensive, and it remembers data for up to 4 users.
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Great machine! Before purchasing this elliptical I researched many mid-to-high end elliptical machines from NordicTrack and Lifefitness but I never really considered a name in which I was not familiar. Finally I came across this one and it had really good reviews. I wanted a machine that offered plenty of programs and one that was gym-quality (very durable) and not these flimsy ones you see advertise on TV or sold in Sears or Target. I must admit, I was also attracted to the blue backlit LCD matrix which offers a more modern feel than the older, more standard red LED display. If you are considering this machine, please do not be disheartened by the comments left from another individual on here; simply put, if you are big and/or tall, you will want a machine that offers a longer stride, perhaps 20 or 21 inches. This machine only offers 18 to 19, which is perfect for someone less than 6'. Before buying this machine, I went to the NordicTrack store and actually tried various models to feel the difference in the strides; I'm only 5'7" so an 18" stride works out well (be prepared to pay more for longer strides). At any case, I've been using this machine for a couple of months and I have only had one issue: apparently I did not tighten the bolts down enough and during my first few workouts, the ski-pole handles were making a "knocking" noise. I simply tightened the bolts and everything has been great since. Again if you are big and tall, this might not be the machine for you, otherwise you will have no issues of being hit by the handles. Also, use the wireless heart monitor; it makes for a much easier workout. Overall, a great machine and a definite recommend! A+++
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