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Contrary to popular belief, working out on a recumbent bike can be just as efficient as training on an upright one. In fact, according to fitness trainers, it is possible to lose between 300 and 500 calories in an hour. Recumbent bikes like the Schwinn A20, for example, are also extremely comfortable to use and will not leave you with strains and aches afterwards. This machine is designed for both entry-level and more experienced athletes. It costs between $200 and $300, so it’s a mid-range bike, and comes with some nice features such as Eddy Current Brake resistance to help you make the most off your workout.
The thickly padded seat will enable you to train for longer hours and consequently burn more calories. The seat is actually contoured and extra-wide to accommodate different body types. It can be moved forwards or backwards depending on your individual body height, which is why this particular model is often favored by users with larger households. The frame can accommodate up to 275 pounds of user weight and comes with two levelers to prevent the machine from wobbling during your training.
The Schwinn A20 features a step-in design. This makes it far easier for elderly and obese users as well as any other user with mobility issues to mount and dismount the machine. The platform pedals are average-sized. They are secured using large rubber straps. The handlebars are textured to provide you with a firm grip even if your elbows become sweaty. Because it features a 2-position lumbar support, it will protect your back from excessive straining.
Unlike other budget-friendly machines, this model comes with a water bottle holder to ensure that you don’t constantly interrupt your workout for a drink. To keep you cool and motivated, it also comes with a built-in fan. Users can also use the magazine/book rack located underneath the screen. It additionally comes with a pair of decent-quality speakers that is compatible with various personal music devices. While the speakers are not of professional quality, they will get the job done and keep you motivate. Users do require a stereo cable to connect their device to the speakers.
Features and Specifications
The Schwinn A20’s main specifications are as follows:
- Machine dimensions: 61 x 16 x 40 inches
- Machine Weight: 76 pounds
- Resistance: Eddy Current Brake
- Resistance Levels: 8
- Maximum user weight capacity: 275 pounds
- Built-in Programs: 6
- Transport wheels: Yes
Although it’s a rather cheap bike, the Schwinn A20 includes six different workout programs to suit users of different fitness levels, which you won’t find on the similarly priced Exerpeutic 2000 and Stamina 4825. These programs are especially handy for beginners who want to build up their strength before moving on to more challenging programs. The programs can be accessed through the 5” X 3” LCD window. Through this window, users can also access different workout information such as user profile, resistance level, calories burned, speed, pulse, distance, RPM as well as workout duration. While the font may be too smallish to be read from a distance, it does provide accurate data and the press buttons are fairly responsive. In addition to the built-in programs, it also includes a Quick Start Mode to ensure that you burn as many calories as possible. Users can also benefit from 8 levels of resistance to vary their workouts.
The Schwinn A20 is particularly reputed for its reliable belt drive motor and its high inertia flywheel that will draw energy from most muscular groups of your body. This particularly targets the abdominal areas, arms, thighs and glutes. A contact heart monitor is built directly into the console. This feature is normally found on more professional machines and will help you keep a close watch on your pulse. Alternatively, users can also use the pulse sensors located in the handlebars.
Ease of Use
Thanks to the weighted flywheel, you will be able to benefit from a relatively smooth workout. While it is also geared towards more experienced users, the machine does remain quite easy to use. It is also on the quiet side, hence enabling you to use it at night or even to watch movies while you exercise. Unlike higher-end consoles, the window display on this particular bike is quite simple to understand and operate. The data displayed is also straightforward and concise.
Assembly and parts
Some assembly is required since the main frame is packed separately from the pedals, console and seat. A few beginners did find this step to be tedious and time consuming, with most customers reporting that they needed between two to three hours to set up the bike. On the plus side, all the different accessories are included such as the carriage bolts, screws, nuts and washers. These parts are also marked to help you understand in which pre-drill holes they should fit.
While the Schwinn A20 is a very popular recumbent bike, a few drawbacks have been reported about it. For example, a few people found that the built-in fan wasn’t much help to them since it is located near the torso and abdominal area, rather than the face. Also some people complained about the console display and found it hard and dark to read from a distance. Consequently, they had to strain their necks every time to read their fitness information.
All things considered, this machine is a decent investment for athletes who want to train in the comfort of their own home. It does admittedly have a few drawbacks but it also has several handy features to enhance your workout and help you safely lose weight. It also has the advantage of being quite easy to use, even by novice users. Contrary to other models, this recumbent bike will not leave you with aches and strains after your training session. The Schwinn A20 is covered by a 6-month warranty on the parts and 2 years on the frame.