Prior to my total knee replacement, this machine was my favorite to use. Well, it’s been 6.5 months since my surgery and I have access to this machine. I was curious as to how it would work for me.
It works great as a full body workout. However, for the knee, it does not provide as much of a challenge to the flexibility as an exercise bike. For me, anyways. (Yes, I know that is not a complete sentence.) Still, there was no pain in my knee area while using the machine.
My philosophy is to start out slow and at a reasonable time instead of overextending myself. So, I timed my session for 5 minutes to see how I felt. At the end of that time period, I felt like I was up for another 5 minutes. So….another five minutes it was.
At the end of the 10 minutes, there was no pain and just swelling in my knee. That was to be expected, however.
An ice pack for 20 minutes after my workout did the trick. Ice packs are the best pain med around and I just love using them on my knee.
Note: Even though this machine was my favorite prior to my total knee replacement, my knee was very painful at times. The rest of my body felt great, though. Plus, the cardio workout is just great with this machine.
I can’t wait for my next session!