The Schwinn 840 is marketed as the ideal treadmill for toning up, improving cardiovascular performance and cutting and managing your weight. True to form, a high number of reviewers have reviewed this treadmill as doing just that. It is a decent treadmill offered with a host of basic features and a couple of advanced features to enhance its functionality. The chic and sophisticated design makes it ideal for home as well as club use. It is designed for walking and light jogging and not running.
This Schwinn 840 Treadmill Review looks into details of the components of the treadmill and the aspects that make it good or bad. Beginners, as well as experienced runners/walkers, will find this treadmill easy to use.
Schwinn 840 Treadmill Features
The Schwinn 840 Treadmill is 54 inches high when folded out for use, 32 inches wide and 74 inches long. It is a lightweight and compact treadmill weighing 285 pounds and can hold up to 300 pounds user weight. The walking/running area, which is cushioned to enhance comfort when working out, measures 20 by 55 inches. This is wide enough to allow free exercise.
The treadmill is fitted with a 2.5hp motor that is able to produce speeds of up to 10 mph. This is a great speed for light joggers and walkers. It will feel slow to runners. The walking/running area is offered with an inclination of 10 percent with a softrak suspension deck which ensures impact is reduced on the user’s joints.
This treadmill easily folds up for storage with SoftDrop technology. It is offered with a console that monitors your heart rate from your grip. The treadmill is offered with 16workout programs. These include 6 course profiles, Quick start, calorie goal and custom workouts. It is offered with ergonomic rubber grips for comfort when jogging or walking. The LCD display on console is visible.
You can use the Schwinn 840 Treadmill for light training sessions (walking and jogging) but for advanced rigorous training, you will need a more powerful machine. Newbies will fancy its sophisticated design while the experienced will like its performance.
This is a low-maintenance treadmill. The user needs to examine it for broken parts and have them replaced. Before use, one is advised to ensure that the roller is operating smoothly. The machine needs to be cleaned, at least weekly for active users, to remove dust, grime and dirt that build up. When cleaning, an automotive cleaner should be used and the cover should not be removed. Quarterly, or after 50 hours of use, the walking belt will need to be lubricated. Lastly the belt tension should be adjusted and aligned when need be. Replacement parts are easy to find.
The Schwinn 840 Treadmill is offered with a 5-year warranty on the frame, 10-year warranty on the motor and 1-year warranty on electronics, a 6-month warranty on parts, a 3-month warranty on wear parts and 3-month warranty on labor. The warranty only holds when the user upholds its terms and conditions.
You will love that this treadmill comes ready to use out of the box. It is offered with a water bottle holder and as such the user can buy a water bottle. The treadmill has a magazine rack which can also be used to place MP3 player; a separate rack may be bought if the user needs to have the two items. Most of the treadmill parts are replaceable.
For beginners, try a 30-minute exercise. Start with a 5-minute warm-up to familiarize with the machine. Walk on the treadmill for a few minutes (briskly walking), jog and then run lightly with intervals for up to 20 minutes. As you progress, try walking/running for 45 minutes. Here, vary your running speeds (as intervals) and adjust the treadmills inclined. To lose more calories, walk/run for 60 minutes with maximum incline.
Schwinn 840 Treadmill Pros and Cons
Schwinn 840 Treadmill has received high ratings but it still has a couple of setbacks as seen below.
• Compact and Portable Design: You can easily fold this treadmill to save space when storing. Offered with SoftDrop technology, the treadmill can be folded by one person. Better yet, it has wheels that enhance transportation.
• Ergonomic Console: It is offered with a built-in book holder racks, water bottle holders and built-in fans for convenience and comfort during workouts.
• 16 Workout Programs: It is easy for beginners to get started thanks to the 16 workout programs offered with the treadmill. The programs come in a great mix to make exercise interesting and rip maximum fitness benefits from the treadmill.
• Workout Monitor: The treadmill is offered with built-in pulse grips that monitor heartbeat and display readings on the LCD. Other workout milestones are also displayed.
• Less stress on joints: With a Softrak suspension, the cushion nature of the walking/running area reduces impact on joints during exercise keeping the user safe.
• Short Track: At only 55 inches, the track of this treadmill may not accommodate tall people especially during jogging or light running.
• Mean Warranty on parts: Though the treadmill is offered with a 10-year warranty on motor, some of its parts are offered only 90-days warranty.
• Only for light training: Given the limited speed (maximum ten mph) and the low incline (max 10 percent), this treadmill is not ideal for advanced and rigorous training sessions.
• Some parts not durable: Most of the parts offered at a short duration warranty such as trays are relatively less durable.
The Schwinn 840 Treadmill has received a host of positive reviews online. Most of the reviewers cite the fact that the treadmill’s performance-price ratio is great. Though, according to reviewers, it is still lagging behind compared with its competitors, the treadmill can deliver and offer great value for money. Reviewers also praise the ergonomic console, the chic design, easy fold construction and the ease of use. The warranty on frame and motor is impressive, according to reviewers.
However, even with the positive reviews, some reviewers have observed that some parts of the treadmill are relatively less durable and will break after months of use. Unfortunately, these are the parts whose warranty is very short. Again, the treadmill can only be used for light workouts.
If you are on budget, the Schwinn 840 Treadmill can be a good choice. While you may want a treadmill reaching at least 15 mph and with 15 percent incline, this option offers a moderate speed and good incline for beginners and for experienced runners who are maintaining their weight or cardiovascular function. However, for those with lots of calories to burn, a more powerful treadmill will be ideal. The Schwinn 840 Treadmill is ideal for home use and for club use. It can be used for group workouts and for individuals.