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.
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.