6 Best Motorized Pedal Exerciser for Incapacitated to be Strong

Motorized pedal exerciser, motorized mini exercise bikes, electric mini exercise bike, and electric pedal exerciser are a subset of pedal machines that use a motor to drive pedals. Consequently, these exercisers are useful for anyone who has difficulty moving their legs and arms. So, they benefit from the assistance provided by the exerciser. Moreover, for those who want even lesser leg movement, there are passive leg exercisers. 

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6 Best Motor Driven Pedal Reviews

Editor’s Choice

Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Comparison of 6 Best Motor Driven Pedals

Pedal Exerciser

Weight

(pounds)

Display

Motor - RPM

Controller

Pedal 

Rotation

+ve User Feedback

Rating 

(max 5) 

Exerpeutic 7101

250

Time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

Lowest speed is 26 RPM

Controls pedal speed

forward

76%

4.7

Confidence Fitness

264

Time, distance, speed, and calories

12 speeds, max 80 RPM

Controls pedal speed, exercise duration, pedal direction, and workout program

forward & backward

75%

4.5

Sunny EZ

220

Step count

3 speeds

Controls pedal speed

forward & backward

68%

4.4

Dragon hub

Not Available

None

Speeds of 30,40,50,60 RPM

Controls duration, direction of rotation, speed, auto/manual mode

forward & backward

73%

4.3

Sunny SF-B0717

220

Time, direction, speed and revolutions per minute

12 speeds, max speed 90 RPM

Power switch, direction of rotation, auto/manual mode, 12 speed and 6 duration settings

forward & backward

81%

4.3

Exerpeutic ActivCycle

250

Time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories

Speed adjustable from 15 to 60 RPM

Controls speed

forward

89%

4.2

Exerpeutic 7101 Active Cycle Mini Exercise Bike

Exerpeutic Activcycle

The Exerpeutic 7101 has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. In fact, the active cycle is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

Next, the active cycle has a durable steel frame.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed.

Desk Use

Also, to use the Exerpeutic active cycle under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the Exerpeutic active cycle is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of at least 14 inches for use under a desk. Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to move around and store.  

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, the Exerpeutic 7101 can be used to exercise both legs and arms. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the built-in handle makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the Exerpeutic active cycle's motor.

Motor

The motor's speed is adjustable. In addition, the lowest speed is 26 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply. Furthermore, when the motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Also, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

Next, the foldable pedals have adjustable straps to prevent feet from slipping while pedaling. In addition, the pedals can be used by both hands and feet.

Pedal Movement

While the pedals only move in the forward direction, you can turn the pedal exerciser around to exercise using the backwards or reverse pedal movement. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Exerpeutic 7101 comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

Also, the active cycle weighs 12.5 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Limit 

Finally, the weight limit of the Exerpeutic 7101 is 250 pounds.

Pros

  • Controller
    First, the Exerpeutic active cycle's speed is adjustable by cable connected hand held controller.
  • Handle
    Also, the handle helps move the exerciser.
  • Warranty
    Next, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
  • Ratings
    Furthermore, it is among the highest rated in this group of motor driven pedals.
  • Popularity
    And, it is also the most reviewed in this group of motorized pedals.

Cons

  • Rotation
    However, the Exerpeutic 7101 rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

Confidence Fitness Motorized Electric Mini Exercise Bike

Confidence Fitness

The Confidence fitness motorized electric mini exercise bike has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, some assembly is required. Indeed, the pedals and the feet have to be screwed on the body.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the machine. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the pedal's speed, exercise duration, pedal direction, and workout programs.

Desk Use

Also, to use the Confidence fitness exercise bike under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the exercise bike is 18.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 11 inches high. Consequently, the exercise bike needs a clearance of 13 inches for use under a desk.  Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to carry out and store.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the Confidence fitness exercise bike can be used to exercise both legs and arms. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for manual use, turn off the exercise bike's motor.

Motor

Next, the motor's speed is adjustable - 12 speeds available. In addition, the maximum speed is 80 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the 70 watts motor operates on a standard 110 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Especially relevant, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

Most of all, the Confidence fitness exercise bike has 4.5 inches wide pedals that can be used by both hands and feet. In addition, the non-slip pedals with adjustable Velcro straps prevent feet from slipping while pedaling.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the Confidence fitness exercise bike can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Programs

Above all, the mini exercise bike comes with 5 built-in automatic programs and 1 manual program. Most noteworthy, the mini exercise bike is usable in time chunks ranging from 1 to 15 minutes

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is needed to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Stability

In addition, you have to use your feet and legs to keep the exercise bike steady, otherwise it could wobble..

Warranty

Especially relevant, the Confidence fitness exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer's warranty.

Weight

Also, the exercise bike weighs 10 pounds, making it convenient to move around.

Weight Limit 

Finally, the weight limit of the mini exercise bike is 264 pounds.

Pros

  • Programs
    First and foremost, the Confidence fitness exercise bike has 5 built in programs and 1 manual program.
  • Speed
    Next, it has 12 speeds.
  • Controller
    Also, it has a cabled connected hand held controller for adjusting programs and speed.
  • Rotation
    Finally, it has pedals that move forward and backwards.

Cons

  • Handles
    However, the Confidence fitness exercise bike has no handles to help move the pedal exerciser.
  • Stability
    Also, feet and legs used to keep the mini exercise bike steady during use – otherwise it may wobble.

Sunny EZ Stride Motorized Under Desk Elliptical Peddler - SF-E3626

motorized pedal exerciser

The Sunny EZ stride motorized elliptical peddler has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. The Sunny peddler is ready to be used upon delivery.

Controller

Most noteworthy, the controller is located on the machine and is used to set either auto or manual mode of operation. Furthermore, in auto mode, the controller is used to set 3 speed values: low, middle, and high. While, in manual mode the controller lets you set 3 levels of resistance: low, medium, high. Finally, the Sunny peddler is automatically shut off when machine has been idle over 30 minutes.

Desk Use

Also, to use the peddler under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the Sunny peddler is 20 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. Consequently, the peddler needs a clearance of 12 inches for use under a desk. And, because the Sunny peddler takes up more area, the peddler provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the digital LED displays step counts.

Exercise

Most of all, the Sunny peddler exercises only the legs. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the peddler has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Most noteworthy, for manual use, turn off the Sunny peddler's motor.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Most of all, the Sunny peddler has large textured anti-slip foot pedals and no straps are needed.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the peddler's motor driven pedal can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, a rubberized non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Sunny peddler comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, it weighs 16.5 pounds.

Weight Limit 

Finally, the weight limit of the peddler is 220 pounds.

Pros

  • Speed
    First and foremost, the Sunny peddler has 3 speed values in auto mode.
  • Resistance
    Next, it has 3 resistance settings in manual mode.
  • Pedal rotation
    Finally, its pedals move forward and backwards.

Cons

  • Exercise
    However, the Sunny peddler exercises only the legs.
  • Display
    Also, it only displays step counts.
  • Controller
    Lastly, it has no remote controller.

Dragon-hub Stationary Exercise Leg Peddler

Dragon-hub

The Dragon-hub stationary exercise leg peddler has the following features.

Assembly

First and foremost, some assembly is required. Indeed, the handles or the pedals have to be screwed on the cranks. In addition, the foot pads have to be screwed on the bottom.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the Dragon-hub peddler. Furthermore, the hand-held controller adjusts the workout duration and direction of pedal rotation. In addition, the controller sets the mode - either auto or manual. Finally, the controller helps set motor speeds, which may be one of 30, 40, 50, and 60 revolutions per minute.

Desk Use

Also, to use the Dragon-hub peddler under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the Dragon-hub peddler is 16 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 14 inches high. Consequently, the motorized peddler needs a clearance of at least 15 inches for use under a desk.

Exercise

Most of all, the Dragon-hub peddler exercises both legs and arms. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the peddler has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Motor

Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 110-120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Dragon-hub peddler has pedals with foot straps to hold your feet to the pedals.

Pedal Movement

Also, the peddler's motor can rotate the pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the Dragon-hub leg peddler comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

Pros

  • Exercise
    First and foremost, the Dragon-hub leg peddler exercises both legs and arms.
  • Speed
    Next, it has 4 speed values in auto mode.
  • Controller
    Also, it has a cable connected hand held controller.
  • Rotation
    Finally, its pedals move forward and backwards.

Cons

Sunny Motorized Mini Cycle SF-B0717

Mini motor pedals

The Sunny motorized mini cycle has features described below.

Controller

First and foremost, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the  motorized exercise bike. Furthermore, the hand-held controller powers up or down the exerciser and sets the direction of pedal rotation. In addition, the controller sets the mode - either auto or manual. And, in auto mode, the controller selects one of 12 adjustable motor speed settings with a maximum speed of 90 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the controller can also set workout times of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes.

Desk Use

Also, to use the motorized cycle under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the motorized cycle is 20 inches long, 18.5 inches wide, and 14 inches high. Consequently, the Sunny SF-B0717 needs a clearance of at least 15 inches for use under a desk. And, because the Sunny SF-B0717 cycle takes up more area, it provides more stability.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays workout time, direction, speed and revolutions per minute.

Exercise

Most of all, the  motorized exercise bike exercises both legs and arms. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the  Sunny SF-B0717 has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Motor

The motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedals

Furthermore, the Sunny SF-B0717 has pedals with adjustable straps to hold your feet to the pedals. Moreover, the pedals can also be used by hands.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the motorized exercise bike's motor can rotate pedals in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Next, the  Sunny SF-B0717  has rubber anti-skid feet that help the machine remain balanced and steady while exercising.

Warranty

Most of all, the Sunny motorized exercise bike comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Also, the motorized cycle weighs 17 pounds.

Weight Limit 

Finally, the weight limit of the motorized mini cycle is 220 pounds.

Pros

  • Exercise
    First and foremost, the Sunny SF-B0717 exercises legs and arms.
  • Speed
    Next, it has 12 speed settings in auto mode with a maximum speed of 90 revolutions per minute.
  • Workouts
    Also, it has 6 workout times.
  • Controller
    Furthermore, the motorized cycle has a cable connected hand held controller.
  • Rotation
    Finally, its pedals move forward and backwards.

Cons

Exerpeutic Activcycle

Motor driven pedals

The Exerpeutic Activcycle has the features described below.

Assembly

First and foremost, no assembly is required. In fact, Exerpeutic Activcycle is ready to be used upon delivery.

Construction

Next, the motorized exercise bike has a durable steel frame.

Controller

Most noteworthy, a cable connects the hand-held controller to the Exerpeutic Activcycle and helps adjust the pedals' speed.

Desk Use

Also, to use the motorized exercise bike under a desk, sit on a chair and measure the clearance between the top of your thighs and the underside of the desk.

Dimensions

In addition, the Exerpeutic Activcycle is 16 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 13 inches high. Consequently, it needs a clearance of 14 inches for use under a desk. Moreover, it's compact size makes it easy to move around and store.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD displays time, distance, speed, revolutions, total revolutions, and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, the motorized exercise bike exercises both legs and arms. In addition, the low impact workout is easy on the joints.

Handles

Next, the motorized exercise bike has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Manual Operation

Meanwhile, for higher resistance exercising, turn off the motor.

Motor

The motor's speed is adjustable from 15 to 60 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the motor operates on a standard 120 volt power supply. Furthermore, when motor is running, hand or feet should not be used to forcibly move pedals.

Noise

Also, the direct current motor drive results in a quiet workout.

Pedals

Furthermore, the motorized exercise bike's foldable pedals have adjustable straps to prevent feet from slipping while pedaling. Also, the pedals can be used by both hands and feet.

Pedal Movement

Meanwhile, the pedals only move in the forward direction. But, you can turn the Activcycle around to exercise using the backwards or reverse pedal movement. In addition, because they are driven by a motor, the pedal motion is consistent.

Sliding

Furthermore, a non-skid floor mat is provided to prevent skidding on smooth floors.

Warranty

Most of all, the motorized mini exercise bike comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Weight

Also, the Activcycle weighs 12.5 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, the weight Limit of the mini exercise bike is 250 pounds.

Pros

  • Exercise
    First and foremost, the motorized mini exercise bike exercises legs and arms.
  • Controller
    Also, its speed adjustable by hand held controller from 15 to 60 revolutions per minute.
  • Warranty
    Lastly, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Cons

  • Rotation
    However, the motorized mini exercise bike rotates only in forward direction. For backward motion physically turn the machine around.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Are Motor Driven Pedals?

Motor driven pedals provide a gentle low impact exercise for toning arm and leg muscles. These motorized pedal exercisers are used by the incapacitated. who cannot or have difficulty moving their arms or legs.

Consequently, motorized pedal exercisers have the following features:

  1. 1
    First, many of the motor driven pedals provide little resistance
  2. 2
    Most of all, an electric motor drives the pedals
  3. 3
    Also, in general, the pedals move forward and backwards
  4. 4
    Next, in general, both legs and arms get a workout with this machine
  5. 5
    Finally, many of the motorized pedals have handles to make them easy to move

How Do You Evaluate These Pedals?

In fact, use the factors described below to evaluate these motorized pedal exercisers.

Desk Use

Some people may prefer to use the motor driven pedal exercisers under a desk or table while they work. Several of the motor driven pedal exercisers may fit under a desk or table. It all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor and the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk or table.

Display

LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories help keep track of your workouts. But they may not be needed if you are incapacitated.

Exercise

Most of all, a motorized pedal exerciser exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.

Motor

Especially relevant, the motor is used to drive the pedals. Consequently, a motor with adjustable speed gives you different workout intensities. Meanwhile, in the United States, the motor should operate on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedal Movement

Pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. Studies show that pedaling backwards has been observed to reduce pressure on the tibiofemoral joint which may offer value in the rehabilitation of meniscal problems or tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. In addition, pedaling backwards was associated with higher muscle activation of the quadriceps muscles.

Pedal Straps

Pedal strap help grip your feet to the pedals, which makes it easier to keep your feet on the pedal. In addition, pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.

Resistance

Epecially relevant, motor driven pedals are designed for the incapacitated. Consequently, many provide very little resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers. However, motor driven pedals do provide resistance, when the motor is turned off.

Skidding

Several of the motorized pedal exercisers have feet that prevents skidding, while others require the use of a rubberized non-skid mat.

Warranty

The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Since most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.

Weight

Finally, pedal exercisers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercisers offer more stability.

Who Would Benefit From These Pedals?

  1. 1
    First, people with difficulty moving their legs or arms. The motor driven pedal helps them move their legs and arms. With motor assisted movement, their leg or arm movement will be easy and smooth.
  2. 2
    Next, people with polio, paraplegics, lymphedema in the legs, etc.
  3. 3
    Also, people needing rehab
  4. 4
    In addition, mature or elderly people
  5. 5
    Also, people living with mobility or injury issues
  6. 6
    And, people who had a stroke, or have fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart attack, Parkinson's 

Why Are These Pedals Helpful?

Most of all, the motorized pedal exerciser helps you in the following ways.

  1. 1
    First and foremost, these pedals improve blood circulation in legs and arms
  2. 2
    Next, they improve muscle movement
  3. 3
    Also, they help maintain joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists
  4. 4
    And, they help with balance
  5. 5
    Furthermore, they strengthen muscles in your legs and arms. For example, by exercising hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps in the lower body. Also, by exercising biceps, triceps, and forearm.
  6. 6
    Next, they provide physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders
  7. 7
    Also, they prevent muscle rigidity
  8. 8
    In addition, they provide body rehabilitation – activating stiff legs and arms
  9. 9
    Finally, they provide gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning

How Are These Pedals Helpful?

Motorized pedal exercisers improve motor skills as well as motor functions in arms and legs. 

Those Suffering from Stroke

Research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in 2015 reported that stroke patients benefited from movement. In fact, stroke patients exercising on motorized pedal exercisers improved motor functions in their arms.

Especially relevant, 17 stroke survivors, ranging in age from 23 to 84, participated in the research. Moreover, these survivors had a stroke six to 12 months prior to the study. Meanwhile, all the 17 survivors participated in upper extremity repetitive exercises to regain arm use. On the other hand, one group of survivors also exercised on motorized stationary bikes for 45 minutes before the extremity repetitive exercises. And, after 24 sessions over an eight-week period, this group experienced a 34 percent improvement in their motor skills.

Furthermore, motor assisted stationary bicycles have also been shown to help patients with Parkinson’s disease, another neurological disorder.

Indeed, the advantage of motorized bike is that it helps patients with limited mobility to pedal and achieve intensity of training necessary to impact brain functions. Moreover, aerobic exercises have been shown to condition the brain for learning. In fact, it’s just not the brain and motor functions that benefit from motorized bikes, but motorized bikes also improve cardiovascular health of stroke patients.

Those with Diabetes or Heart Attacks

Diabetes and Passive Exercise

Research shows that nearly forty percent of Americans have high levels of blood sugar after meals. Regrettably, high levels of blood sugar can damage cells in the body.

Moreover, when blood sugar levels are very high, sugar can stick on the outer membranes of cells. And once there, it can never get off. The sugar is converted by a series of reactions to sorbitol. And the sorbitol destroys the cell.

This cell destruction is the reason why diabetics and pre-diabetics can suffer blindness, certain cancers, deafness, dementia, heart attacks, impotence, loss of feeling in the feet, osteoporosis, strokes, and so on.

Meanwhile, any kind of exercise, including passive movement of muscles by a machine can help prevent diabetes or treat existing diabetes. This is because resting muscles absorb very little sugar from the bloodstream and the little that do draw requires insulin. On the other hand, contracting muscles draw huge amounts of sugar from the bloodstream and don’t even need insulin to do so.

Finally, people with paralysis of their legs are at risk of kidney infections, kidney failure, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. And, all these people would benefit from passive movement of muscles by a machine such as the motor driven pedal.

Takeaways from Studies on Passive Exercise

Especially relevant, a study appeared on page 1,821 in the September 2016 edition of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  And, this study reported that passive exercise, such as using the motor driven pedal helps. In fact, passive exercise helps by burning extra calories, lowering blood sugar, and insulin levels in inactive people. Consequently, by simply having their legs moved by motorized pedal exercisers, the insulin sensitivity of inactive people increased after eating. In fact, this occurred because blood sugar rises were reduced after eating.

In another study, 20 sedentary people rode an electric motor bike which requires the occupant to pedal to keep the motor running. They rode for 40 minutes three time a week. One month later, these sedentary people had lower blood sugar, were more insulin sensitive and had less body fat. In addition, the study showed the sedentary people improved their body fat content and their blood pressure.

Calories from Passive Exercises

Over 60 years ago, scientist found that a person passively moved by motor driven pedals at 56 revolutions per minute, burned at least 7 to 15 kilogram calories per hour. Furthermore, if the person was passively moved at 74 revolutions per minute, the person would burn 19 to 26 kilogram calories per hour.

In addition, two leg passive cycling at 90 revolutions per minute resulted in energy expenditure that is nearly the same as energy expenditure from walking. Or in other words, a person, paralyzed in the legs, using a motor driven stationary bike gets the same amount of exercise as a non-disabled person gets from walking.

Cerebral Palsy

Most noteworthy, treatments  for cerebral palsy include improving joint flexibility, increasing mobility, improving muscle definition, and improving muscle tone. Consequently, motor driven pedals, with their ability to move legs and arms passively, is a treatment option..

How Do They Compare With Other Desk Exercise Machines?

First and foremost, motor driven pedals have a circular motion of the lower legs and hence more circular movement of the knees. In addition, motor driven pedals exercise glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.

Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Finally, under desk elliptical machines produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.

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