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The equipment of a recumbent ergometer enables a watt-accurate endurance training. This means you can always train at home according to your preset values and track your progress exactly. With the aim of continuously improving your health, the recumbent ergometer is your personal training partner for your daily fitness. The compact size allows you to train in a small space.

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What distinguishes a recumbent ergometer?

A recumbent ergometer is a recumbent bike that allows you to exercise your lower body muscles in a very joint-friendly way. Recumbent bikes are also known as recumbent bikes. Training with an ergometer promotes fitness and strengthens the cardiovascular system. A recumbent bike is characterised by a wide, comfortable seat and a horizontal pedalling position. The recumbent bike is particularly suitable for people with back or joint problems and also for people with weight problems. The low entry and comfortable sitting position of this sophisticated fitness equipment are particularly user-friendly and therefore recumbent bikes are also ideally suited for seniors.

How do recumbent ergometers differ from conventional ergometers and exercise bikes? Comparison

The recumbent bike is a further development of the ergometer, which in turn is a further development of the exercise bike. The following overview summarises the differences between the popular fitness machines so that you can compare exercise bikes, ergometers and recumbent bikes.

The comparison: exercise bike, ergometer, recumbent bike

Exercise bike

Exercise bikes classically refer to pure bicycle trainers. The movements are analogous to those of ordinary cycling. You climb onto a saddle and pedal. In contrast to a bicycle, the training resistance is not generated by tyres, friction and incline, but by an integrated magnetic brake system. Pedalling on the exercise bike sets the flywheel in motion via a drive belt. A built-in and strength-adjustable braking system then acts on the flywheel.

Ergometer or seated ergometer

The term ergometer is a protected trademark. At first glance, an ergometer is indistinguishable from a standard exercise bike. However, certain requirements must be met in order to be allowed to call an ergometer an ergometer. The most important difference between an ergometer and an exercise bike is the braking system. Ergometers, including recumbent ergometers, must have an eddy current brake. Eddy current brakes achieve a significantly higher performance than the braking systems usually installed on an exercise bike and also allow very precise control of the wattage. For these two reasons, ergometers are also used in rehabilitation and competitive sports.

A recumbent bike fulfils all the requirements of an ergometer or seated ergometer, except that the legs are stretched forwards instead of downwards during training. The recumbent bike originally comes from rehabilitation therapy, but is ideally suited for all sports enthusiasts. Especially in rehabilitation, recumbent bikes are often used as therapy equipment for patients who have problems in the lumbar vertebrae. Because of the high backrest of a recumbent bike, this area can be relieved and the patient has no pain when exercising. The seat impresses with a low step-through and a large seat surface, which enables a relaxed sitting position even for overweight people or people with obesity. The upper body remains free and mobile, so that you can train optimally on the recumbent bike from this sitting position. The sitting position also relieves the back and intervertebral discs. The relaxed sitting position on the recumbent bike in combination with a motionless upper body makes it possible to read, watch your favourite series or, if desired, even do a little weight training on the side.

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For whom are recumbent ergometers particularly suitable?

A recumbent bike is particularly suitable for people with joint or back problems. The relieving sitting position and the gentle motion sequence are easy on the feet, knees and intervertebral discs. For seniors and sports beginners, the recumbent bike is a gentle and pleasant way to strengthen endurance, basic fitness and the cardiovascular system. Muscles are mainly targeted in the lower body. Furthermore, the recumbent bike is also a very good training option for overweight people with obesity (recumbent bikes up to 150 kg maximum weight), as recumbent bikes have wide, comfortable seats. Last but not least, recumbent bikes are appreciated for their ability to provide a relaxing after-work workout from home. A short workout while reading or watching a movie is always possible with a recumbent bike.

The advantages of the recumbent ergometer - increasing fitness in a healthy way

With a recumbent ergometer, you can train at any time, regardless of the weather, in your own four walls and strengthen your heart and circulation. Programmes for fat burning and muscle building are integrated just like on a normal ergometer and can be adjusted according to the training goal. In addition, a comfortable sitting position offers a workout that is very easy on the joints. The recumbent ergometer is therefore ideal for people with physical limitations or senior citizens, but of course also for all other fitness aspirants.

The advantages of training with the recumbent ergometer are:

  • suitable for beginners and advanced users
  • effective cardiovascular training possible
  • increase fitness and mobility in a healthy way
  • comfortable seat with low step-through and high backrest
  • Strengthening of the leg muscles
  • especially suitable for people with joint or back problems
  • recommended training for people returning to fitness and for people with obesity
  • optimal rehabilitation training after injuries
  • also ideal for older people and seniors

Which muscle groups are trained with the recumbent ergometer?

Since the recumbent ergometer differs from the seated ergometer only in the position of the seat, pedals and pedalling movement, the following muscle groups are trained on both the ergometer and the recumbent ergometer:

  • Upper thigh extensors
  • Straight thigh muscle
  • Two-headed thigh muscle
  • Gluteal muscle

What should I look for when buying a recumbent ergometer?

The recumbent bike should be your new fitness equipment for home, but you are not sure what to look for when buying a recumbent bike? We have summarised the most important features you should look for when buying a recumbent bike:

  • Seat comfort and backrest
  • Braking system
  • Flywheel mass
  • Training programme
  • Pulse measurement
  • Folding mechanism

Seat and backrest: pedal with maximum comfort

The biggest advantage of a recumbent bike is the very good seating comfort thanks to the wide seat and high backrest. The entrance or step-through should be relatively low so that you can easily get on and off the recumbent bike. It is ideal if the seat can be moved continuously forwards and backwards. In addition, the height difference between the pedal shaft and the seat is an important purchasing factor for overweight people. As a guideline, the pedal shaft should be at least 10 cm lower than the seat. It is best to test the quality, comfort and convenience of the seat and backrest of your recumbent bike before buying. Our numerous HAMMER stores in Germany and Switzerland are at your disposal for this purpose. When buying a recumbent ergometer, also look for a high backrest that supports the entire back. This provides optimal relief for the pelvic area.

Braking system: Induction is the measure of all things

Recumbent bikes used in rehabilitation or competitive sports are equipped with an induction brake (such as the brake of the Recumbent Bike ergometer). This is also called an eddy current brake. There are also recumbent bikes with a magnetic brake system, which is perfectly adequate for home and fitness sports. Here, fine adjustment of the resistance levels is possible. Precise wattage control, which is indispensable in rehabilitation or competitive sports, for example, is currently only possible with an eddy current brake in the recumbent ergometer.

Flywheel mass: Not only the hips can gyrate

The weight of the flywheel mass, together with the bottom bracket and gear ratio, is an important factor for smooth pedalling. It should be at least 8 kg for a recumbent ergometer. The heavier the better. The same applies to the ergometer.

Programme selection: The right training programme for every taste

A sensible selection of training programmes provides variety in training. Pulse-controlled cardio programmes are particularly popular. With an integrated or connected heart rate monitor, you can train comfortably within the target heart rate range. Other programmes such as interval, uphill and downhill help to keep motivation high in the long term. The recumbent bike's training computer should clearly display the most important data such as speed and resistance and be easy to operate. Some recumbent ergometers also offer interfaces to your mobile phone or laptop, which you can use to link the recumbent ergometer to various training apps and programmes.

Pulse measurement: hand pulse sensors or chest strap

A recumbent ergometer has side handles that have hand pulse sensors. During exercise, you simply hold the handles with your hands and your pulse can be measured via the built-in sensor on the measuring surfaces. A chest strap, on the other hand, transmits your pulse wirelessly to the device. The chest strap sits under your T-shirt directly on your heart. A receiver on the recumbent ergometer that receives the data from the chest strap is usually built into the ergometer. This means that you can always keep an eye on your pulse during training on the ergometer and can optimally control the intensity and load. The optimal training pulse for you is calculated from the maximum heart rate, your age, gender, weight and fitness level.

Foldable recumbent ergometer

Recumbent ergometers require some space in your own four walls. Unlike in a gym or rehabilitation clinic, the recumbent ergometer at home may need to be stored away again after the workout. In this case, a recumbent ergometer with folding mechanism is exactly the right fitness equipment for your home. The recumbent ergometer can be reduced in size after training in just 3 easy steps and can be easily moved like a suitcase with the 360 degree rolling case transport system. This way you save 60% of space and your recumbent bike can be stored optimally after the training. In this video we show you how easy, fast and uncomplicated the foldable recumbent bike is stored after your workout.

In short: High-quality recumbent ergometers should have sufficient flywheel mass, a high backrest, a wide seat, pulse measurement and a sufficient selection of training programmes. An example of this is our SOLE by HAMMER recumbent bike R92.

What is important when training with the recumbent ergometer?

Your new recumbent bike is already at home and you want to start training right away. No problem - here you will find training tips that are important for training with the recumbent bike.

Adjusting the recumbent bike correctly

Adjust the seat and backrest of the recumbent ergometer so that you can sit comfortably and pedal forward in a relaxed position.

Training duration and frequency

Beginners and the untrained should not overdo it at first. A twenty to thirty minute workout on the recumbent ergometer two to three days a week is sufficient for the time being. Give your body time to get used to the strain and increase step by step. As soon as your body has adapted to the recumbent bike training, you can start to slowly increase the duration and intensity. At the same time or later, you can increase the training frequency. It is important to plan for the long term. It would be a pity if you started out motivated to train 5 times a week on the recumbent bike and then lost your long-term enjoyment of exercise. It is more effective to increase the training intensity instead.

Training intensity

Intensive training sessions are particularly effective and useful. Beginners and advanced athletes achieve better results if they train only two to three times a week, but intensively, i.e. with a high number of watts for them. Even if the training is relatively short (30-45 minutes), you will increase your endurance and strength at the same time. This form of training is better than motivating yourself to train every day, especially for non-performance-oriented athletes. However, you still need to give your body time to adapt to an increasing load. Beginners in particular should therefore not go too hard with the recumbent bike at the beginning.


In order to achieve long-term success and maintain the fun of exercise, you need the right motivation. Plan your recumbent bike trialling at fixed times, as the body is a creature of habit and adapts to your preferred training times. Train with music or use your favourite series to pedal at the same time every day. Don't overdo it at first with the recumbent bike and don't necessarily train every day, but also enjoy the time between training sessions.

Lose weight with the recumbent ergometer

To lose weight effectively and increase calorie consumption with the recumbent bike, muscles must be built up and the diet changed. Especially overweight people should set up a diet plan and control their daily calorie intake in the beginning. To build muscle and increase calorie consumption when exercising on a recumbent bike, you need to increase the intensity, i.e. the number of watts. If you only train for endurance, you will burn fewer calories than if you train for strength - so it is better to train shorter and harder with the recumbent bike than long and with little load.

What alternatives are there to the recumbent ergometer?

Besides the recumbent ergometer, there are other devices to train your endurance. The exercise bike is used in the same way as a recumbent bike, but in terms of function it is the predecessor of the ergometer or the seated ergometer. It is not possible to control the wattage on an exercise bike compared to an ergometer. Another alternative to the recumbent bike is the indoor bike, which is intended more for athletes. To train your endurance and improve your fitness, cross trainers or treadmills can also be an optimal alternative.

Test and buy recumbent ergometers

Take advantage of the opportunity to test and compare the quality of exercise bikes, seated ergometers and recumbent bikes directly on site. At our partners you have the opportunity to test all the equipment on display yourself and get advice from experts. With your own test, you will immediately get a feel for each device and can make the right purchase decision with a clear conscience. We look forward to your visit!

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