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  1. 1 month ago
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  2. 5 months ago
    Excellent Way to Exercise at Work!
    I bought the under desk elliptical machine in the hopes of getting more exercise while I'm stuck behind a desk for 8-10hrs a day. I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure how distracting the machine would be while trying to work on spreadsheets and emails. It was only distracting for the first couple hours. After that, I almost forgot it was there while I worked. I've been using the elliptical for the past two months and I love it! I feel more energized during the day and better about ... read more myself because I got some low-intensity cardio in. The first elliptical I bought broke after 6 weeks and Stamina was very quick to identify the problem and send me a new unit. Great customer service experience.
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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
    Love it!
    I bought this for cardio exercise post heart attack. When it arrived, the box was pretty beat up and I had read some reviews about damaged parts upon arrival. But to my surprise, everything was intact after unpacking. No damage at all. I assembled this unit by myself in about two hours. A helper would have sped things up but you can get it done with only one person. The quality of this elliptical is really good. It is steady as a rock when in use and whisper quiet. Love all the features of this ... read more unit but haven't had the chance to use all of them. Really like the dual user profiles, so my wife and I can keep track of our workouts separately and the speakers so we can connect our devices to listen to music. The three speed fan is a nice touch too. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone interested in buying an elliptical.  
  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. 8 months ago
    Great features
    I have had a Schwinn Air Dyne for about 25 years with zero problems. I am still learning how to use the S230. I like very much its sturdiness and comfort. The owners manual console photo does not agree with the actual console which has complicated my learning process. I will request help if I do not succeed very soon. Ease of assembly is to be praised.
  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 weeks ago
    I moved on a farm that is too far away to keep my gym membership. I needed to create my own gym. This piece is perfect addition to help my home gym.
  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. 9 months ago
    Compact, perfect for small spaces
    I really wanted a rower but didn't really have anywhere to put one. This rower is very compact and takes up very little space. I just lean it on the entertainment center when it's not in use. It has good tension for the arms and It also has a feature that can give you a slight incline which helps with even more tension. It displays calories, distance, reps ect. and I really like that so I can track my progress. It's really everything you would want in a rower and it's perfect for small spaces.
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  1. 11 months ago
    Lots of options
    I bought the treadmill about a month ago and use it daily. Very well built and lots of different workouts can be done. Worth the money.
  2. 12 months ago
    Marvelous Workouts
    I've had a friend buy me one of these and I can't stress how badly I needed one. Thanks to Academy Sports, I can have a treadmill in my house to help me burn off my fat and gain stamina for the track team. Defiantly something you might want to consider buying!!! The price is pretty fenominal and worth what it offers!!!
  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. 1 year ago
    Excellent rowing machine
    I bought this a month ago and have been impressed with how well made it is. It is rock solid and very quiet. The seat glides smoothly and the resistance has plenty of range to work for both me as well as my much stronger husband.
  1. 10 months ago
    EXCELLENT for seniors 60+
    I purchased my Exerpeutic 400 XL a month ago and is the BEST exercise equipment I have ever purchased. It's very, very comfortable & quiet not to mention it easily folds for storage. Assembly is easy if the instructions are carefully read. Easier for two (2 ) to assemble due to some parts being difficult to attach while holding. I assembled mines alone so it can be done by one (1 ) person 60+ years old.
  2. 1 year ago
    Great Features and Works Great!
    I bought this exercise bike a month ago and it works great! I use it everyday to keep my knee replacement in shape. The bike was easy to assemble. Has all the essential features: distance, calories burned, time, speed, scan and heart rate I wanted. At 6'2" I get a comfortable ride with the resistance I need to keep my knees in shape. Folding up the bike for quick storage is very easy. Definitely a good buy.
  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. 2 years ago
    Item was exactly what I wanted.
    I ordered 2 of these. One for myself and one for my 84 year old mother. We are both completely satisfied. This cycle is very sturdy and with the enclosed mat I can place cycle on the carpet without any slipping or sliding.
  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. 3 years ago
    Good for a home Elliptical
    The machine itself has a good stride and is smooth. However, it is a bit squeaky when you slow your pace. The pedals are plenty big enough but, after 45 min on the machine you start to feel the red cushions pressing into your shoe soles. The ipod feature is nice but the speakers aren't very loud. Overall, it's a good buy for a home gym room. 
  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 Bike
    I bought this bike from amazon a year or so ago. I paid around $125 for it. I was leery at first because of the low price; however, it is perfect. I have it in our media room and ride it almost every night while watching television. Because of the way that it is made, it takes up less space than a full fledged recumbent bike. It is easy to assemble (comes in a few pieces) and easy to move around!
  2. 10 months ago
    Not smooth riding at all.
    I've been very disappointed with this bike. It's not a smooth peddling bike at all. It's quite jerky.
  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. 5 years ago
    Wise Choice
    Love it! Easy to use, arrived on time, and excellent price. Quality product, easy assembly.
  1. 2 years ago
    Love it!
    I really like this space-saving bike! It was easy to assemble too, thank goodness. The only negative is I can't figure out how to reset the miles and the instruction guide doesn't say how, but that is a minor issue. I'm very happy with the purchase!
  2. 9 months ago
    Great for the price
    Easy essembly for the most per. A little difficult with the wiring part and instructions provided little help. Took about a hour to set up by myself. Comes with all the tools you'll need so that's great. Only negative is that the handlebar is crooked, feels awkward when using. Other then that, pretty good bike. Nice and sturdy and good resistances.
  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. 2 years ago
    Very happy with this purchase!
    Purchased a month ago and love it. Took to office. Purchased small table from Walmart and raised my monitor to same height. It's perfect and very comfortable. I recommend! ps - my pants are now fitting better!
  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. 8 months ago
    OK bike
    just bought it....its OK bike but what I don't like don't have an heart rate monitor on it...and the resistance is very poor....the resistance goes 1 thru 8..and 8 really feels like 2!
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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.