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  1. 1 month ago
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  2. 11 months ago
    Great things come in Small Packages!
    I've had my compact strider for 6 months and use it almost every day. It can be used while sitting or standing; I primarily use mine standing in the den or the living room while watching TV or working on the computer. It provides me with a great workout and because it's so small and compact it can be moved out of the way when not in use. The only thing I would do differently if buying one today is I would get it with the handle in order to easily move it around the house
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  1. 3 years ago
    Excellent Fitness Tool for a great price
    I did a lot of research to figure the best available elliptical for what I could afford. I weigh 260 lbs and wanted something solid.  I purchased the Schwinn 430 Elliptical from Academy because the great value.  It was easy to assemble, however a small piece of the molded shroud was cracked.  I called Academy CS and they forwarded me to the manufacturer, which happened to be Nautilus, which also makes Bowflex. After a quick call with a great customer service, they sent me the replacement without ... read more any trouble.  Definitely pleased with Academy and the purchase.
  2. 3 years ago
    Very easy to use. Offers a great workout.
    I've been using this for just over 2 weeks now. As I mentioned, if gives a great work out, Very easy to use. My wife and I out it together in just under 2 hours (without killing each other!). The settings as far as programs, resistance, etc. are simple to understand. We're getting great use out of it. I'd say really the only issue I have is that it squeaks a little during use. But it isn't bad at all. Barely noticeable 
  1. 3 years ago
    Gives a good workout
    Bought ours about 2 weeks ago.  My husband wanted an elliptical and I wanted a bike so thought this was pretty great.  The first we ordered online and it had a crack so took that back and the next one also had a small crack.  It still works fine.  Academy did give us 15 percent back when I filled out a different review, which was nice because I never asked for money back or anything.  I love that the machine isn't too bulky and you can go back and forth between elliptical and bike easily.  I ... read more would definitely buy again.
  2. 3 years ago
    PROs vs. CONs
    lets start with the Cons! Squeaky noise! If you can handle a little squeaky noise then you will be fine. If you have a size 11 or more your feet will not fit! Pros- Easy assembly! All the parts are labeled took maybe 45 minutes . The stand up elliptical is very smooth no complaints there and the biggest surprise is the actual Bike aspect it's awesome! Overall it's a good workout but if your expecting an elliptical like the gym or more professional style then this is not the one for you! You will ... read more have to spend more $$$ for that type of quality. I would have rated this a 5 star if not for the noise!
  1. 10 months ago
    Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike
    I purchased this bike for weight loss and strength training. Love it!! I get the same quality work out in my den with this bike that I got at my wellness center. I enjoy the interval program. It's challenging one moment and just when I think I can do no more I get to coast. It seems stable and well built. It took me and my son one hour to put together. Because of the awkwardness of holding some pieces, I'd say it's definitely a two person job.
  2. 2 years ago
    Easy assembly! Smooth ride!
    Im a busy working Mom stuck in an office 8-10 hours a day and I needed to be able to work in my fitness! This bike is perfect! Super quiet so if I'm trying to watch a movie with my kids I can hop on and kill two birds with one stone! It arrived and I assembled it myself no problems! Very easy I only needed an extra set of hands for one part! Would definitely recomend this bike!
  1. 11 months ago
    Quality, Easy Assembly, great for walking
    After a medical scare, I've been walking 2-3 miles every morning to lose weight and improve my overall health. Or as my wife says stick around to bug her a little longer. This machine has been wonderful since it got cold. It's keeping me in the habit. Was pretty easy to assemble, is quieter than I heard treadmills were, and is softer feeling than I expected. I'm happy the boy at the store in Sunset Valley led me to this one when I was down visiting my daughter.
  2. 2 years ago
    Perfect for Beginners or Advanced
    I bought this treadmill a month ago to become more active because my work hours make it difficult to get to the gym. While watching my fave prime time shows, I can walk, jog or run on this treadmill. It's sturdy, and flexible for all types of athletes; beginners or advanced. I did spend extra money to get it assembled but I think it was worth it, I can exercise without fear that it will fall apart.
  1. 6 months ago
    1215 Orbital Rower
    I bought this rower a month ago, and I'm a little upset that I paid $499.00 for it and I see that it's on for $399.00 and after Christmas it was on sale for $299.00 and I missed that price. Anyway, I love it. The fact that it's easy to use, folds up nicely, the counter on it is fabulous. I love the fact that I can keep track of the miles and calories while I'm rowing away!
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  2. 5 months ago
    Good value
    We have had this rower for a month. So far so good. I will be interested to see if the shocks maintain their resistance over time. It operates smoothly with plenty of adjustable resistance. The machine is sturdy. The build instructions are poor. Use common sense and look often at the picture of the completed rower on the box to properly orient the part. The instructions will have the wrong side up.
  1. 1 week ago
    Great quality and Features
    I bought this machine 4-5 months ago. I am so pleased with my purchase. It is doesn't make noise and only have had to oil the track once so far. I got on sale for $599 and couldn't believe the quality for the price. I use it 2-4 times a week for about 45-60min. at a time. I try to use every other day. I am 6'2" so I do put stress on it and it has held up great. I use the interval or HIT programs and I average about a 120-130 heart rate and when I really get into it I can push a 150 heart ... read more rate. So yes you can get a high intensity workout using the programs and inclines. The machine does setup high with incline so be sure you have adequate ceiling height. Also the machine is heavy in box so I had to unpack and carry pieces up to my gym on the second floor. Most people will need help carrying and assembling. I carried it all up myself and assembled by myself. Heaviest piece is the magnetic wheel. Overall Awesome machine get it if you can and even better at $599!
  2. 3 years ago
    Easy Set Up.....
    Bought one last night. Took about 1hr in a half. Wife started using today.......
  1. 2 years ago
    Great exercise equipment with easy disassembling
    This exercise bicycle is excellent! Here are the features that I really like…. Easy to assemble with assembly tools included with clear assembly instructions. Assembly took about 45 minutes from out of the box to riding. The electronic information screen is very easy to see and understand (large letters). This screen gives you continuous information on your exercise session like the speed, the distance, your pulse rate, calories burned and duration of session. The multiple resistance settings ... read more are great for the progression of your exercising program. This equipment is super quiet and very durable. The best and most important part of this bike is the space saver feature. This bike can be collapsed (without the use of any tools) in a few minutes to three pieces that can be either stored or transported in my sports car using minimum space. For me, this was an excellent choice for the price and super quality!
  1. 3 years ago
    Game Changer
    As an extremely busy young professional, it is often difficult to calibrate the proper equilibrium between work, play, and …ugh exercise. This has all been reconciled with my purchase of the Fitdesk. I look forward to my post work rides on the Fitdesk while catching up on my HBO 2 GO, Netflix, and Facebook. Can't wait to buy one for the office as well!
  2. 3 years ago
    Great Product
    I bought this product in order to save time while working out. It is great and allows me to continue to work while getting a work out in. The seat and arm rests are very comfortable and the elastic band allows for upper body work outs as well. Highly recommended!!!
  1. 2 years ago
    Great exercise bike
    I bought this 3 weeks ago and I love it. It was easy to put together. It is very quiet and the seat is very comfortable. The price was great to. I us it every night for 30 minutes. No problems yet.
  2. 1 year ago
    Since buying this bike, the pedaling has been difficult even though it isn't on carpet,. I'm unable to clear the mode after each use.
  1. 2 years ago
    great product, easy to put together, love it.
    I have had this of a month, and really do like the bike
  1. 1 month ago
    It's okay for the price
    I was hoping for the elliptical to be a bit wider than what it is
  2. 1 year ago
    The price is perfect and beats all competators
    I bought on at Sports 5 and didn't have warranty and the personnel were uninformative about product. unprofessional and were just there. Academy knows their products. Great job training.
  1. 2 years ago
    Works like it promised
    I bought this about a month and a half ago. I put it together myself, no assistance from my husband. Once I got it together, began using it, and it works you out. It feels like being on one of the larger machines. Except, the cost was less.
  2. 1 year ago
    Recieved this 2 weeks ago
    Assembly was straight forward using the supplied tools. Compact design affords reduced space requirements. So far works as advertised.
  1. 2 years ago
    Great investment
    I was surprised at the quality and sturdy construction of this desk treadmill. I've used it many times and find that everything is working.  I really like the controls on the side handles that allow me to speed up or down and raise and lower the incline. 
  2. 2 years ago
    Pratical and challenging
    This would make you feel that you were using your time effectively!
  1. 1 year ago
    I bought the Body Champ Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike 0n 6/10/15 and have lost 13 lbs. It arrived in 2 days and I have been averaging 8 miles a day. Started on notch 1, now on notch 2 and getting ready to advance to notch 3. I started at 328 lbs. and I'm going for 200 lbs. I'm 66 yrs. old and will report on progress from time to time. I would have gave a 5 star rate but I have to keep tightening the hardware. No big problem. I'm very satisfied and would recommend purchasing the bike.
  2. 2 years ago
    recumbent exercise bike
  1. 3 years ago
    Great Purchase
    I could not be happier with my bike purchase. I received my package one day after ordering. The box looked banged up a little but everything inside looked perfect. All the pieces were there, everything I needed to put it together and the instructions were very easy to follow. I am not mechanically inclined yet I put it together by myself in about an hour. The product seems very sturdy and is super quiet. The only bad thing I can say is the monitor is sometimes finicky about clearing out to zero between uses.
  2. 4 years ago
    Great online buy on sale.
    Fast delivery, and I needed it to rehab my knee after surgery. It was perfect for that, easy to use, smooth pedaling. I tried different ones in the store and decided I'd give this cheaper one a chance. Glad I did. My husband assembled it in less than 2 hrs. I use it almost everyday, and I've had it about 6 wks. now. It doesnt' have all the bells and whistles like the ones in the gym, but I didn't need them. The display does keep up with my time, calories, speed, etc., and I can easily adjust the ... read more resistance. I'm very happy with my purchase.
  1. 2 years ago
    Really nice!
    I went in to the store to purchase a different elliptical. Once I got there I loved that all of them were set up to try. I found I didn't like the one I was originally going to purchase. I tried them all out and decided on this one. It had smooth operation and I felt that I could not dread exercise. The assembly was rather easy. The instructions were great. Got it all together in about 2 hours by myself. It is just like it was in the store. Very nice glide and not over much. Has alot of neat ... read more features. I got a good exercise with it. I also felt it was a good value. I am very pleased.
  2. 5 years ago
    Great Elliptical Machine
    We purchased this elliptical machine for our daughter's birthday. She LOVES it and uses it everyday. We live in TX and she lives in FL so we haven't seen it yet but intend to very soon. The delivery process was a mess and a mixup. She didn't receive it in time for her birthday but got it the following week.
  1. 1 year ago
    Highly Satisfied
    I've had my RB just long enough to know that it is an outstanding piece of exercise equipment. It has 2 sets of handles, calorie counter, distance keeper, timer, etc. It is compact enough to be totally functional, yet not in the way. It's certainly stimulated me to do more - I can even watch TV comfortable while I work out. I'm impressed. You made a good product - I made a brilliant decision to buy it. It's a Win-Win for all.
  2. 1 year ago
    Great features and excellent quality.
    Saw this in the store, but didn't have any in stock at that time. Salesman suggested ordering on line and proved to be a good suggestion as we also got free shipping. We have been very pleased with it and would recommend to anyone looking for a good recumbent exercise bike!
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Ellipticals, Exercise Bikes and Rowing Machines

Exercise the heart while toning various parts of your body with a quality cardio machine from Academy Sports + Outdoors. Choose from a wide range of cardio machines, like ellipticals, exercise bikes and rowing machines, which make perfect additions to your home exercise equipment collection. Ellipticals provide an excellent combination of leg and arm exercises, ensuring you lose more calories and strengthen your muscles quickly. Exercise bikes allow for calorie loss without unnecessary stress to your joints. Rowing machines are the most intensive pieces of fitness equipment available, giving you a full-body workout rather than focusing solely on refining your upper body.

Steppers and Treadmills

Steppers and treadmills are perfect for fitness enthusiasts that want to make the most of their home gym equipment. Treadmills are workout equipment classics, allowing you to walk, jog and run for miles, all from the convenience of your home. Certain treadmills among our collection can read your pulse and chart your entire exercise regimen while you're on it, so it's easy to monitor your fitness progress or stay within your desired heart rate range. Steppers provide the same mileage as treadmills but with the addition of varying degrees of incline and resistance. The steeper you set your stepper, the more calories you burn as a result.