Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer

Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer

  • Lets you change stride lengths without manual adjustments
  • Features 16-total programs, including 11-workout profiles
  • Tracks results and programming for up to two users; articulating foot plates minimize heel impact
  • Shows your time, interval time, RPM, watts, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level, and course profile
  • Measures 54 x 34 x 73 inches (L x W x H)

The Schwinn® 460 elliptical helps you burn up to 2 times as many calories as a treadmill, and up to 15% more calories than on a fixed-stride elliptical. Schwinn® V-Stride™ technology allows you to change stride lengths without manual adjustments or machine modifications. 11 workout profiles built by the Nautilus Institute include instructional messages on utilizing stride lengths and foot/leg motions for maximized results.Maximize your home workouts with the Schwinn 460 Elliptical Trainer, w

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  • Eagle Vision February 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm -
    151 of 156 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Innovation in exercise equipment, October 23, 2008
    Eagle Vision (Southeastern United States) –
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    This review is from: Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer (Sports)
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    I have the Schwinn 430 elliptical, which in my opinion, was the best elliptical in its class for under $1000. It has an 18″ stride that works for most people.

    Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer

    There is now a new successor in home fitness equipment. This is it!

    Whenever someone thinks outside of the box and creates a new machine to appeal to more people, they create a winning product that will set the standard. Schwinn/Nautilus and their engineers/experts have done it with the Schwinn 460 Variable Strike Elliptical Trainer.

    How is this different? Without making any adjustments in the machine itself, you can vary your stride from 2 inches to 26 inches. This translates to anyone in your family (of adolescent to adult age) to exercise on this piece of fitness equipment without cumbersome settings or having to get off of the machine to make adjustments.

    When it comes to elliptical trainers, you really need to try the various strides to see what is comfortable to you. Some are circular and some are truly elliptical in feel. With Variable Stride Technology, this is less of an issue and I feel this is going to be comfortable for everyone who enjoys using this method of cardiac activity. Variable stride technology involves changing the length of stride based upon the pressure that you exert on the pedals – the more pressure you exert, the longer your stride, the less pressure, the shorter your stride. This is something that will take some time to get accustomed to but it doesn’t take that long once you get the hang of it.

    This machine can accommodate people up to 300 lbs. I weigh about 200 lbs and it’s very comfortable and stable.


    The dimensions are 54″L x 34″W x 73″H where as the 430’s dimensions were 59″ L x 26″ W x 68″ H.

    The machine is 5 inches taller in total height than my Schwinn 430 (and the pedals are about 3 inches higher from the floor) which may be a little difficult for people under 5 feet tall, but it is manageable. There are 3 hand settings, the moving swing arms, the stationary handles with heart rate capability and the stationary handles more forward in position without heart rate capability. However, there is an integrated wireless heart rate monitor capability utilizing a strap across the chest. The strap is more responsive to your heart rate over the stationary handles.

    Set up:

    My model came with prepackaged hardware with all of the tools necessary to assemble except for a 17 mm wrench. I opted to check the sizes of the various hardware and used a ratchet and my own screwdriver. Although it took about 20 minutes to get it out of the box, when you get into the assembly time, it only took a little over an hour. Luckily extra parts were included since some were missing in the prepacked ‘bubble wrap’. I didn’t get operating instructions so I had to refer to the website to get the manual. The assembly guide is outlined well and easy to follow step by step. It recommends using 2 people, at times (placing the base and the pedals, for example), but I was alone when I put it together. If you do the assembly by yourself, just watch your fingers when you are putting the pedals together.

    My suggestion is to bypass the included tools and use your own toolbox. However, I do not recommend electric screwdrivers or other devices with high torque which would strip the screws and probably damage the unit.


    The machine is solid steel in construction. It is higher grade steel than the 430 with a gray matte finish. It is not textured like the super expensive gym equipment. The length is about the same as the 430, albeit slightly wider. The pedals are solid in construction, rubber coated/slip resistant and the action of the stride is smooth and quiet – you can watch television at a normal volume unlike other elliptical trainers and treadmills.

    The handles are comfortable, rubber coated and have an ergonomic design in any of the 3 standard hand positions. It is markedly taller in height than the 430, also.


    The unit comes with a back-lit, touch screen that is intuitive, easy to read, and shows your progress in calories, distance, time (interval and total time), pulse, speed, calories, and level. The LED text is clear and easy to read. You have manual mode and 16 programs but in your profile, you can create 2 customizable workouts one interval at a time. I miss the Calorie Goal feature (i.e. pre-set workout to burn 500 calories).

    The customizable feature keeps track of your progress over time: total distance, change in weight, total calories, time spent, etc.

    Depending upon what measurement system you are familiar with, you can toggle between…

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  • David P. Thompson February 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm -
    65 of 66 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Thoughts on Schwinn 460, November 20, 2008

    This review is from: Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer (Sports)

    I ordered this directly from Nautilus and just recieved it a week ago 11/11/2008.

    When you open the box everything is packaged very well and it honestly takes almost as long to unwrap everything and get everything out of the box as it does to assemble.

    It states that assembly needs two people but I was able to put it together myself without any problems. After all Men don’t listen to instructions anyways right? It took about 3 hours from the moment I started cutting tape to open the box to having it fully assembled and ready to go.

    The elliptical looks great and is suitable for any room. Just a note about this machine. I was going to put this in my home gym which is in my basement that has 7 foot ceilings, but after halfway through assembly I realized that this elliptical will make you about 14 inches taller so just something to be aware of.

    I was unsure about the “Variable Stride” system and thought the description was a little vague before I ordered it. I assumed that this was controlled via the display console as you would select walk, run, or step. In fact the variable stride is simply determined by how hard you push on the pedals as you are moving. There is two wheels that stick out of the side that hook up to slides below the foot pedals. Although it was not what I expected it is a very effective design and I like how you can determine the amount of effort that you want to put into your workout. I started sweating after about 5 minutes and after 45 minutes had what I felt to be a very good cardio calorie burning workout. One thing I thought was pretty cool is that during a workout it will occasionally tell you Good Job! I know you’re probably thinking “so what?” but you’d be suprised what it does to your motivation. It’s like there’s a little personal trainer in there cheering you on.

    The handlebar heartbeat monitor seems to be accurate but takes time to display. The telemetric heartrate monitor seems to be more effective. The cupholder is large enough to hold a remote control and a water bottle at the same time which is nice.

    I found it most comfortable to use the moving handlebars when exercising and the motions felt very natural. The stationary handles were nice when taking a drink of water, or taking a little break from the more intense work.

    The display is bright and has some useful information including time, distance, calories burned, wattage being used, and rpm. It is easy to change resistance or display info with a simple touch of the finger. For taller people the contrast starts to get dull but this is adjustable.

    Overall I am very happy with this elliptical and consider it to be just as effective as the $4000 elliptical at my health club. I am 6′ 1″ and my girlfriend is 5′ 4″ and we both felt very comfortable with the feel of the machine. The stroke feels very ergonomic and it is great operating in a forward and backward motion which is very helpful when you get real tired, you can take a mini break by walking backwards for a minute or two while still working your muscles and keeping your heartrate up.

    The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was because I felt that the variable stride wasn’t explained clearly enough before I recieved it, but then again I am just as happy if not happier than what I expected in the first place. I highly recommend it and do not regret getting it in the least – get ready to lose some weight and feel better about yourself with this affordable, stylish, and effective machine!

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  • Art Fritzson February 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm -
    104 of 113 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant execution, disappointing concept, December 9, 2008
    Art Fritzson (Northern Virginia) –

    This review is from: Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer (Sports)

    This is a difficult review to write because I really wanted to like this machine – there are so many good things about it. The construction is awesome, consisting of heavily overbuilt steel tubing with bronze and steel bearings on all moving parts (way outclassing any machine in its prices point), it’s well engineered, everything fits well and works smoothly, it’s rock solid in operation, etc. This is really a well engineered and well executed machine.

    The problem I have with it is in the basic concept of how the variable stride is accomplished. Basically, the “pedals” (and their associated platforms and tubes) slide over rollers that turn a bicycle style crank driving a flywheel. The sliding action drives the crank only with the friction/resistance of the pedals over the rollers – there is no direct connection to the crank. If you want, you can stand still and slide the pedals back and forth over the rollers without moving the crank. Once you get the flywheel going, it’s very smooth, but (and this is the rub) the only real force you can apply is in the vertical direction at the forward end of the stroke where you’re pushing down on the rollers. The fore and aft parts of the stroke have only minimal resistance as the pedal structure slides over the roller. The hand bars also provide some resistance but, unlike a regular elliptical machine, pulling on the bars does not speed up the rotation of the flywheel. They simply increse the speed/distance of the pedals moving over the roller – which varies the stride length.

    Bottom line: it’s a great workout for your quads and, yes, you can vary the stride length. But it’s not as satisfying or as complete a workout as a conventional elliptical. I’m sending mine back and ordering a Sole e95 – more money, but I tried it at Dick’s and loved it.

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