The Power Rider is an aerobic and strength training home exercise machine that uses an unusual body pumping type of motion to exercise your body. The Power Rider is capable of offering various levels of resistance and isolating either the upper or lower body during a workout. Consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
To properly create the movement on a Power Rider, you must sit on the seat, place your hands on the handlebars and feet on the pedals. Your knees will be bent and upper body will lean forward. At the same time, you must pull with your arms and push with your legs. Your body will straighten out to an almost standing position. Then you bend it back to the start and continue. You can switch your hands from a palms down to palms up grip to hit the arm muscles from different angles.
While using the Power Rider, it is possible to isolate either the upper or lower body muscles. To isolate your upper body, place your hands on the bars and feet on the pedals, but only pull with your arms with no help from your legs. To isolate the lower half, reverse the sequence to push with your legs but no pulling wit the arms.
Aerobic Exercise Benefits
By working continuously on the Power Rider for at least 20 minutes, you can achieve and effective aerobic workout. According to Georgia State University, aerobic exercise can boost your mood, lower your resting heart rate, improve your sleep and energy levels, give you a sense of well-being, increase levels of the "good" HDL cholesterol, improve blood circulation and help you to lose weight.
Strength Training Benefits
Isolating the upper and lower body on the Power Rider will help to build muscles. Strength training, notes Georgia State University, can increase the range of motion in your joints, boost your metabolism, improve balance and insulin sensitivity, reduce body fat and decrease blood pressure.
If the Power Rider doesn’t seem to fit your body quite right, it is easy to adjust. To move the seat, turn the lock knob counter clockwise, then pull it out and slide the seat to the new position. Tighten the lock knob clockwise before you resume your exercise. To move the handlebars, loosen the lock knob on the swing frame, pull it out and either raise or lower the bars. Pulling the lockpin out of the swing frame bracket and re-inserting it to a different hole will modify the resistance. The top hole offers the least resistance, middle hole is medium and bottom hole is the most difficult.