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  1. 1 month ago
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  2. 4 months ago
    Compact, Quiet, and what I wanted
    I have had my Compact Strider a couple weeks. It is exactly what I hoped to receive. Shipping time was great as well. I can use this while watching TV at night...I used to sit after sitting all day at a desk job. It is quiet so it does not interfere with conversation, television watching, or other family members. I do not know how much weight this will help me lose, but I feel better that I am not sitting. The strider is easy to use and has great options for tracking your use.
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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
    Excellent Buy
    This is a pretty great elliptical. The features are great. I like that you can check your heart rate to see if you are getting aerobic, or anaerobic workouts. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that we had it for one day and the display stopped working. I have to say that customer service was excellent and we had a new one shipping to us right away. So far there have been no problems with the new display.
  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. 9 months ago
    Excellent for the price and easy on the knees
    I am not sure what some are complaining about, I tried this out in the store 4 different occassions and it was sturdy, no noise, smooth, did not hurt my knees which I have had surgery on and felt stable. I am a big girl and my husband is a 6'2, 279 lb man and even he thought it was very nice for the price. I would recommend, it works everything!
  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. 3 years ago
    Great for the price, you cant go wrong...
    Just bought it today, putting it together was fairly easy.... only had one problem and that was with the screws for the crossbar to the monitor. Used it an found it was much more sturdier then the floor model at the store....don't let that fool you if you try it in-store. Only took about an hour or so to put together... maybe longer if you have no experience... over all , I'm very happy ..... and in a month or so .... totally....
  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. 2 weeks 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
    brought for husband
    This was gift for husband and it was easy to assemble and he loves it!
  1. 5 days ago
    Several things
    The treadmill is great I'm happy with it and was delivered quickly. Just a few extras you need, a mat to protect your floors when you oil it. You also need the lubrication cloth and the oil. Another thing it does not come assembled you have to call a company but they came quickly and did an excellence job. Cost is extra. The day it is delivered you need someone to help you, they want to leave it in the garage, driveway, etc. so they don't damage your floors.
  1. 5 months ago
    Easy to use
    I bought this a month ago & am very happy with it. It is easy to use for the whole family. Great alternative when I can't walk outside due to the weather. Only complaints are it really needs a handle as it is not super heavy but awkward to move from one spot to another. Also, after repeated use, there is a little squeak & the wheels leave a black residue, so information on what to use to grease it should be included in the manual. I have looked in the manual & online without information. ... read more Otherwise, great product!
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  2. 6 months ago
    Noisy but great
    I really like the elliptical because it is easy to move from room to room and do my work out where is better for me at that time. The only thing I don't like is that it is noisy, my mother in law had the model just below mine and here is quiet, so I don't understand why mine is noisy
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  1. 7 months ago
    Very quiet and stable
    Was somewhat unsure about stability due to the size of the unit, but it's very stable and putting it together was very simple. The instructions were very straightforward and parts were solid. This was a gift for my girlfriend who wanted one for a while now, and when she uses it I can't hear it. It's incredibly quiet which is great when I'm trying to work on something at the same time. She's pretty short and the seat doesn't quite go down to a short enough level, but she likes everything else ... read more about it that she didn't want to swap it out.
  2. 3 years ago
    great bike, except...
    I love this bike, its solid, small and convenient fold up feature so I can put it in my closet. Everything I hoped it would be, except....the seat is too uncomfortable. I want to replace the seat but not sure where to start looking for that. I fold up a baby blanket but I wished I really didn't have to. Only thing keeping it from 5 stars..
  1. 3 months ago
    Kettler Kadett Rowing Machine Works Great
    My weight was at 250, so I decided to go for the sturdy model of rowing machines. It was easy to put together and had all the parts needed. It works much better than I imagined. The monitor is top notch as well as the durability of the workout machine.
  1. 9 months ago
    Must read!
    There is some confusion if you can adjust the tension. You can absolutely adjust the tension. If you look at the arms there Are notches indicating this option. Pull the arm straight up-and-down loosen the knob on the side and it will slide down to loosen the tension and then tighten knob back. Another option you can do is add some height to the back and get an even harder workout at an incline. We love this machine we both weigh between 200 and 240 lbs. my only complaint as a woman is the seat ... read more is really stiff so I sit on a little pillow while I row. And we are able to store this rower upright in the corner it's hardly even noticeable.
  2. 2 years ago
    Good Workout
    I'm happy with the machine. I haven't done rowing for years but this has made me get off couch. I can row while I watch TV and I don't even think about my workout.
  1. 3 years ago
    Very good
    i like the service, fast shipping, easy to install, one bolt didn't work not a big deal, everything else was great!
  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
    Very Quiet!
    I bought the display model from Academy. I love how quiet it is and for the price, it's a great bike.
  1. 3 years ago
    Good Quality
    I purchased this to get me off of the sofa and add some exercise to my life. It gives a good workout and I really liked the benefit of the handlebars moving. The tracker of calories, distance and time is great to have. Only downside is that when the seat is up all the way for your legs, then the handlebars seem like they are bit low. Am hoping my spouse can figure out a way to add some type of grips to them so I don't have to lean over.
  2. 2 years ago
    Great bike!!
    I've had the Body Rider Fan Bike for three weeks. I ordered online and received it the next day. Wasn't very hard to put together. I love the bike. Just what I needed to help get into shape.
  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
    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 exercise bike!
    I was looking for a low priced, no frills recumbent exercise bike and came across this bike. Academy Sports had the best price on this model. When the bike arrived, the electronic monitor was cracked. I called Academy Sports and the were able to obtain a new monitor from the manufacturer and had it sent out. This bike was very simple to put together and works great. It is very quiet and has adequate tension to give you a good work out.
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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.