Types of Ergometers
Several types of ergometers are available:
Upper-Extremity Ergometers: Saratoga Cycle
|Composite photo of the Saratoga Cycle and close-up views of the regular and two modified grips.|
|Photo of a man who uses a wheelchair using the Motomed Viva.|
|Photo of a young man who uses a wheelchair working the upper and lower extremities on a power trainer.|
|Photo of two SCIFIT machines, one being used by a person in a wheelchair for upper body exercise.|
The SCIFIT Power Trainer provides an upper- and lower-extremity workout. While the upper extremities are at work, the lower extremities are stabilized by support boots and are moving passively or actively (depending on the individual's preference) at the same ratio.
The SCIFIT Pro II allows users to get a cardiovascular workout from a seated position or a wheelchair. The Pro II is also a 3-in-1 ergometer, allowing for exercise of the upper, lower, or both extremities.
The number of different types of ergometers, as well as the list of manufacturers and suppliers, is too large to include in this document, so consider those presented as examples of many of the options. Prices range from $50 to $3,500 depending on the model and its features. Individuals interested in purchasing an ergometer should thoroughly investigate the various options.
|Photo of the clinical restorator ergometer|
|Photo of a young woman in a wheelchair using the clinical restorator with her lower body.|
|Photo of a man using the clinical restorator for his upper body.|
The Pedlar and Thera Fit models are similar in function. They can both be used with upper and lower extremities. The Thera-Fit model can be purchased with active and passive training options.
|Photo of the Pedlar inexpensive ergometer|
|Photo of the Therafit inexpensive ergometer with foot pedals attached.|