Consumer feedback guided design with a compact footprint, greater decline/incline range, and more workout experiences
Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS), the home fitness innovator for over 30 years, has elevated the elliptical category. And they’ve done it with help from their customers. The design of the new Schwinn® 490 Elliptical responds to customers’ requests for size, comfort, control, and workout capabilities in this type of trainer. The result is an elliptical that improves the workout experience and, more importantly, comes at a wallet-friendly price point.
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The new Schwinn® 490 Elliptical features a compact footprint and comprehensive, connected fitness experience. Credit: Nautilus, Inc.
The new elliptical has the durability that consumers love about Schwinn, updated to meet today’s customer demands. The Schwinn® 490 Elliptical has a space-saving footprint that’s 12 inches smaller than that of its predecessor, the Schwinn 470, to better suit home spaces that serve multiple purposes. Ergonomic updates make foot and hand placement more comfortable and give users fingertip control of their workouts, including adjusting the incline from a 5 percent decline to a 15 percent incline. JRNY® adaptive fitness app compatibility gives users even more workout options with hundreds of scenic Explore the World Routes, trainer-led classes, and “Just for You” personalized workout recommendations that evolve with your progress.
“Our research shows most people who exercise do so at home, and home workouts are here to stay. Now that they are comfortable and confident in their home workouts, they’re ready to expand their healthy routines,” said Jim Barr, CEO, Nautilus, Inc. “It’s only fitting that we give them more modalities to choose what will help them stay motivated to move. The Schwinn® 490 Elliptical is designed to level up their cardio experience and fit easily into their home and budget, so they can feel good about their investment in their health.”
More than 80 percent of people surveyed who said they work out said they do so at home in some form, and 44 percent of them said working out at home would be a better experience with a wider variety of equipment.1
“Guided by our understanding of what customers want in a cardio experience, our engineering team rose to the challenge of designing an innovative, space-saving elliptical machine without skimping on quality or performance,” said Gregg Wilson, Senior Cardio Product Manager, Nautilus, Inc. “Then we added features, refined ergonomics, and Bluetooth compatibility with apps like JRNY, so that customers can choose their challenge –– or truly escape into their favorite scenic destination.”
The Schwinn® 490 Elliptical is the brand’s top-tier trainer, offering the premium quality and smooth stride users expect in an efficient, low-impact workout, now enhanced by Terrain Control Technology that automatically adjusts resistance with elevation changes in your ride when you experience select Explore the World workouts in the JRNY® platform. Improved design and placement of the elliptical controls make mounting, dismounting, and operation inclusive and intuitive for users. A built-in media shelf for a tablet or phone makes it easy to explore new and personalized JRNY® workouts.
Schwinn® 490 Elliptical Features
The Schwinn® 490 elliptical is compatible with the JRNY® fitness app (available for iOS and Android devices), which affords access to all that the JRNY® adaptive fitness membership has to offer, including access to hundreds of scenic Explore the World routes, JRNY® radio, and trainer-led workouts, as well as the Zwift® app.
Additional features include:
Choice: Connectivity to JRNY® app including personalized workout recommendations; Bluetooth connectivity for speakers, smart devices, and heart rate monitors; 25 levels of resistance; adjustable in-workout to -5 percent decline and 15 percent incline
Comfort: 20-inch ergonomic-friendly stride that doesn’t feel like straddling; wide, narrow and fixed handrail and grip options; mounting step makes it easy to get on/off the machine
Convenience: Compact, 58-inch-long footprint; easy-to-reach media shelf
The Schwinn® 490 Elliptical ($1,299 MSRP) is available for purchase online at SchwinnFitness.com and at select retailers including Amazon and select Nebraska Furniture Mart, Scheels and Play It Again Sports locations.
For a limited time, new JRNY® customers will receive a two-month free trial. Following the free trial, members can subscribe for $99 per year ($11.99/month) to access JRNY® workouts compatible with the Schwinn® 490 Elliptical on their mobile device or tablet.
About JRNY® Adaptive Fitness Membership
The JRNY® adaptive fitness membership offers personalized cardio and whole-body workouts that evolve as you do, starting at $11.99 per month. It learns with each use by assessing your fitness level and recommending workouts based on your abilities, available time, mood, and more. With streaming entertainment, an ever-growing library of whole-body workout content, and real-time coaching, this fitness experience works seamlessly with compatible equipment and on your mobile device or tablet. For more information about the JRNY® adaptive fitness membership, please visit: https://www.jrny.com.
About Nautilus, Inc.
Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS) is a global leader in digitally connected home fitness solutions. The Company’s brand family includes BowFlex®, Nautilus®, Schwinn®, and JRNY®, its digital fitness platform. With a broad selection of exercise bikes, cardio equipment, and strength training products, Nautilus, Inc. empowers healthier living through individualized connected fitness experiences, and in doing so, envisions building a healthier world, one person at a time.
Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, the company’s products are sold direct to consumer on brand websites and through retail partners and are available throughout the U.S. and internationally. Nautilus, Inc. uses the investor relations page of its website (www.nautilusinc.com/investors) to make information available to its investors and the market.
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1All cited figures are from a survey conducted by YouGov Plc on behalf of Nautilus, Inc. Total sample size was 2,407 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (18+). Fieldwork was undertaken between January 23-25, 2023. Participants completed the survey online.