I purchased a spin bike, had tried them and liked them, but I find I am not using it because it hurts my knees and it stresses my neck and shoulders from how I must be positioned on the seat/handle bars. I want to get a machine of some kind……I used to have a treadmill and sold it, but I want something aerobic that will also tone…..do you have any recommendations? I am also looking at the Bowflex Tread Climber…it says it combines, stair, elliptical and treadmill for low impact and I really need low impact. If it hurts me, I won’t do it…..thanks for any light you can shed.
In situations like this where a client asks for guidance in purchasing home equipment, I always recommend that they find a way to try various pieces before buying. Usually that is by going to a fitness facility for a short period to test out the various options. Most facilities have single month or even daily entrance fees that are reasonable. And knowing that you will use a certain type of machine is the most important part of the purchase decision.
As for low to no impact equipment, the treadclimber is one such piece. But it isn’t necessarily the best choice for everyone. Unfortunately, I have never seen one in a fitness facility. So getting the chance to try before you buy will be a challenge.
As Andrew already said in above comment, Rowing machines can be a great equipment. Actually one of my friend wants to buy a rowing machine but he ended up buying nothing but a faulty piece. Because he was influenced by some promotional reviews.
So now my friend and me started a blog: http://prorowingmachinereviews.com to share the unbiased reviews of indoor rowers to help the visitors in making a perfect buy.
Hi Patty. I hurt my knees and ankles after several years of running, but I still needed to find a way to do cardiovascular exercise. After experimenting with a few machines/ routines, I discovered that rowing machines are the answers to all of my prayers, a kick butt cardiovascular workout machine that also builds muscle. Best of all, it’s non-weight bearing so my knees are relieved from any abuse they take when I run or do any other weight-bearing exercises. You should check out some rowing machine reviews here: http://www.rowingmachineking.com to find the right one for your needs. Like others have mentioned, a recumbent bike might be a great option for you and they actually have a recumbent bike/ rowing machine hybrid product made by Stamina. Based on personal experience, I would go with a rowing machine because my knees are beat up real bad (especially my left knee) and I can row for an hour and not feel anything on my knees. Take care and hopefully you find a machine that works well with your knee issues.
I’ve had an issue with my knee. After 40 years of running I can’t believe I am having problems. Anyhow, I’ve been using the elliptical trainer, without raising the incline. When I raise the incline I can feel the strain. However, I have also been using the treadmill with the incline raised to 10%. I have been following this routine for the last six months and it has gradually allowed my to start running again. Although I limit my running to the treadmill and not the asphalt street.
Yes I agree with Stephen, I would also suggest switching to a recumbant bike if you do enjoy cycling. When cycling with knee arthritis, be sure the seat is adjusted properly to your height for optimum comfort.
Also the Arc trainer that Marlan suggested is my #1 choice at our gym for arthritic members. Basically this machine allows you to swing your legs in a wide stride and the resistance can be adjusted to give you a harder or easier workout. I prefer the arc trainer to the elliptical because it positions the feet and legs in a slightly different way that removes almost all torque from the knees and hips.
And Andrew mentioned the Rower which works out the upper body, core muscles and legs. There is little to no impact on the knees and hips with this machine and body weight is predominantly supported by the machine, making it an excellent choice of exercise machine for people with bad knees, and yes as long as you don’t lock the knees when extending legs.
Now as far as purchasing the Treadclimber, it will also give your knees a gentler low impact workout . Also if you are easily bored it will also help ward off boredom by acting as a stair stepper or a treadmill.
My suggestion is to try them out in the store (especially the Treadclimber due to it’s high price tag) and see which one you and your knees like the best! 🙂