Health Rider Review

Editor's Review: 3.1 / 5.0

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The Healthrider, made by Life Shape, is designed to exercise all muscle groups, including the arms legs and abs. It uses the individual’s weight, with a motion that similar to rowing, and offers a workout that includes resistance throughout the stroke. The Healthrider provides cardio, stretch and resistance training in one workout. The muscle groups can also be exercised separately. The handle bars are designed for bicep curls, shoulder shrugs and chest pulls while the legs can be worked separately using alternate foot pedals.

The Healthrider can purchased new for around $500 and used for around $300. It can be used for an aerobic workout, and is also recommend as a warm-up to weight lifting. The Healthrider is used by pushing with the legs and pulling with the arms to lift your body weight. While beginners may find it difficult it first, it does provide a well-rounded cardio workout in a short amount of time. Those who use the Healthrider enjoy the full body workout that can be done indoors. The Healthrider includes a heart rate monitor which can be used to make sure you are exercising hard enough to get the maximum workout. If users want to lose weight with this machine, they will need to make sure they are keeping their heart rate up to a safe, yet fat burning level throughout the workout.

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Product Features

The Healthrider weighs around 70 pounds and includes an LCD monitor to track time and heart rate, a wide rotating handlebar and dual pedals. It also includes a weight bracket for adding additional resistance to the workout. The patented Smart Seat is designed to provide a smooth motion for the entire workout. It can be adjusted to fit the person using it. The Healthrider can be easily set up indoors and doesn’t require a lot of space.

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  • Easy to use
  • Exercises all muscle groups
  • Safe for many fitness levels


  • Not suitable for those with back problems
  • May be difficult for those who are just starting an exercise program
  • Athletic users may find it too easy


The Healthrider will provide a good workout for those who have some experience with working out, but who are currently out of shape. Although it should be avoided by those who have back problems, the low resistance motion of the Heathrider provides an overall muscle workout. Users need to make sure to adjust the seat according to their height to make sure it is being used safely. It would be good to use this machine in addition to other exercises, such as weight training, stretching and other types of cardio in order to get the most well-rounded workout.

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17 User Reviews About Health Rider
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  • 1
    Fran Chvalovsky

    I just started back to using the Healthrider again I am 64 years old and I just twisted my knee to find out after it swelled up on me and Xrays that I have bone on bone and I just received a cortisone shot which the orthopedic doc said would help to bring down the swelling which it has he sent me home with exercise to help me one which is using a stationary bycicle is the healthrider just as good or will it be to hard on my knee


  • 2

    I love my healthrider I’ve had it since it came out almost and I would like to find a dvd, I hope there some available.


    Jerry F. Smith

    The machine allows for a good workout and is dependent upon the willingness and dedication of the user. As to all the questions about instructions, one can use it intuitively.


  • 3

    Over what period of time was the Health Rider manufactured in the USA?


  • 4

    I’m old, and I want answers to ridiculous questions!



    I have lower back problems! Why is it bad for me to use? I thought it would strengthen the legs and help my back. Should I stop using it, or is there a safe way to use it?


  • 5

    I have an old health rider and lost the original workout CD. Where can I get a replacement?


  • 6

    I am looking for an Lcd monitor
    for the original healthrider. Any suggestions?


  • 7
    Dawn A. Godsdoule@ya

    Need to purchase DVD of the old health rider exercise. Had a VHS copy but machine broke so I tossed it. Thank you


  • 8
    Mel Fields

    Healthrider support people will n ot respond. I spent hours and hours waiting an d NO RESPONSE. I bought a new healthrider recumbant bike from them and now I cannot contact them by phone.
    I cnnot send healthrider an email because their email on their site requires a serial number be entered, but my bike was sent with no serial number decal attached.
    Frustrating outfit


  • 9

    How can I get an instruction book for the old Health Rider? There was none when I purchased it second-hand.


  • 10

    My health rider H140 eliptical was their “nicest” product. It is a POS and fell apart in 18 months. That company and product blows.


  • 11

    How many calories are burned during a normal 30 minute workout on a Health Rider without weights on the weight bar? I weigh 162 lbs.



    How many calories will,let’s say, 500 reps burn?


  • 12

    Who sells it in Germany?


  • 13

    I have old Healthrider, but I lost the manual. Is it posible to find one?




    Have 2 Healthriders. Need a new manual. MP


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