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Sports medicine evaluation of the indoor Varibike 27.02.2014
By Dr. med. Günter Schmid -
With the new development of the indoor Varibike, an excellent opportunity is available to us to specifically improve muscular deficiencies both in the area of fitness and competitive sports and in the area of medical rehabilitation, e.g. after injuries, after operations on the locomotive system (e.g. joint replacement) or even after a stroke, for active and passive reactivation of neuromuscular failures/deficiencies. Even patients with one-
The Varibike offers many options in the area of cardiac rehabilitation.
With the infinitely variable control of the resistance, a pulse-
However, as well as rehabilitation patients and competitive athletes, the principal target group for this new type of fitness equipment comprises recreational and fitness athletes. With the aid of the enclosed worksheets developed together with sports scientists, which provide very precise and differentiated exercise instructions, and with the aid of the DVD also supplied, users undertake functional training both to exercise individual muscle groups specifically for an increase in muscle power and to improve endurance.
Using the arm crank, the user can therefore adopt different positions (sitting, standing, kneeling, sideways or frontal) and operate the crank differently (forward, backwards, parallel, opposite) to provide excellent exercise for all muscle groups in the upper extremities including the torso muscles as well as the leg muscles from the sitting position. The infinitely variable intensity settings for the arm and leg cranks allow unique and completely individual training according to the condition of the muscles. Furthermore, with the arm crank fixed, the indoor Varibike can also be used as an ordinary bicycle ergometer.
A specific exercise standing on the Varibike should be mentioned separately.
With simultaneous leg treading (forwards, backwards) and simultaneous arm cranking (forward, backwards, parallel, opposite), intensive exercise is provided for the deep, so-
To sum up, this piece of sports equipment is excellently suited to general performance improvement, targeted improvement of muscular deficiencies, prevention, rehabilitation and improvement of co-