What You Should Know
The Exercycle has been around since 1932. It is the original exercise bicycle and was developed by a mechanical engineer in New York City for his wife, who was suffering from a debilitating neuromuscular disease. He wanted her to exercise to keep her muscles moving and limber in order to lessen the pain she was experiencing. It worked so well that he was asked to make more and the company was born. The original design of the Exercycle has been improved upon and the Theracycle is now on the market. Although the Theracycle has been developed for the therapeutic and rehabilitation markets it can be used as a cardiovascular workout device in gyms and homes. Not only is cardiovascular exercise important for heart health it is an important step in increasing the rate of metabolism in order to burn fat and lose weight.
The Exercycle and Theracycle look like a standard exercise bike except that the handles move back and forth to simulate a rowing motion. This increases the heart rate quickly and ramps up the workout which increases the metabolism. According to one of the online retailer’s websites studies have proven that the Exercycle burns on average 20% more calories than a stationary bike, treadmill, or cross-country ski machine. The reason is simple: more muscle groups are being worked at the same time.
There are many different models of the Exercycle and Theracycle. Some come with digital displays and some do not. All are reasonably easy to operate even for those who do not have perfect mobility. Exercycles cost around $3,000 depending on the model. Theracycles are sold by video only so the final cost is not known until you have watched an extended infomercial on the product.
- Works multiple muscle groups simultaneously.
- Tones muscles while providing a cardiovascular workout.
- Manufactured by 75 year old company.
- Expensive compared to other forms of cardiovascular exercise.
- No manufacturer’s money-back guarantee.
The Excercycle has been the standard in cardiovascular workouts for seventy-five years and it still holds up today as a way to lose weight and keep your heart healthy. For those consumers on a budget the Exercycle and Theracycle may be out of financial reach.