This article is a review of the Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine (2013).

This machine is part of Schwinn’s line of fitness machines. The A40 2013 is one of the lighter machines in the line.
The following is a part-by-part look at the Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine (2013), focusing on how each contributes to workout quality.

The console houses a 5” x 3” LCD window. Through this, the user can follow up to eight different display feedbacks: chosen course, calories, resistance level, time, distance, RPM, speed, and pulse. Speakers are also fitted.

The LCD is adequately sized and nicely placed, making it easy to view while working out. Here’s a downside, though – it doesn’t have a backlight like other models on the market.

Operating the console is fairly easy, with 6 buttons effortlessly reachable while working out. The keys can be used for certain functions, such as changing the displayed stat or altering the resistance level. Navigating through the console is quite easy as well, as it has touch controls in an intuitive grid display.

A probable issue is the power of the console. The user needs to put in a pair of AA batteries for it to operate. These are not included in the purchase.

Footplates and Stride

The footplates are solid and oversized with anti-slip markings. This ensures that the user’s feet can have a comfortable and stable position. However, the plates are not cushioned.

Stride length is at 17 inches. This is quite on the short side. Most elliptical machines have over 18 inches, so it may not provide as intense a workout.


The flywheel is a perimeter-weighted high-inertia type. This resistance system is quiet and smooth. So, it isn’t bothersome when in operation. It has a total of eight levels of eddy current resistance, so the user has a good range of options for increasing or decreasing overall difficulty.

Body Frame

The light body frame is perhaps its best edge from other elliptical machines on the market. There are also transport wheels, so it can be easily moved out of the way after a workout. Uneven surfaces are not much of a problem since there are four levelers to ensure a solid and level platform.


This machine has two pairs of handlebars. One pair is composed of the moving bars for the upper body workout. It is designed with an ergonomic angle so the hands can find a comfortable position. The other pair is composed of the static bars with a heart rate monitor, ideal for when the user just wants to rest his hands.


For a low-priced elliptical, the Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine (2013) stands out quite well. It is designed, after all, as an entry level elliptical so one cannot expect it to be as advanced as other similar machines on the market.