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Krankcycling is the new bet for improving physical fitness

Krankcycling is the new bet for improving physical fitness

Have you ever thought of an inverted bike, where your feet stand still and your hands are moving in circular motion? The modality already exists in Brazil. This is krankcycling, a machine you practically pedal with your hands.

The creator of the novelty is none other than the South African Johnathan Goldberg or Johnny G as he is known in the fitness world, the creator of spinning . The great innovation of the device is that it concentrates the exercises in the upper limbs of the body, contributing to improve the cardiovascular conditioning. "Krankcycling is the first device on the market that exclusively uses the arms for cardiovascular work," says Ricardo Faiock, marketing supervisor at Johnson Health Tech Brazil, the company responsible for bringing the device to the country.

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In addition to stimulating the increase in heart rate, the device also serves to strengthen the arms, chest, back and abdomen. "There are six types of possible movements that will work the entire upper body to make the arms, chest and back stronger. You can perform the movements with only the right arm, only the left, with both simultaneously or interspersed , turning back or forth, "explains Ricardo.

The sequence of these movements and the load regulator, which increases or decreases the intensity of the exercise according to the needs of each one, brings benefits in increasing balance and stability. Ricardo Faiock recommends that training with krankcycling be done in an interleaved way to avoid injury and boost the increase of strength in all regions of the upper limbs.

Stir the body

Krankcycling was created with the aim of stimulating those users who, for some reason, have difficulty exercising. "The device is an alternative for people who have problems exercising their legs because they are injured or have joint problems, because it takes the pressure off the legs and allows the user to exercise better in these conditions," says Ricardo Faiock. Young people, adults, pregnant women and the elderly. Anyone can use the equipment, as long as they go through a medical evaluation first. In addition, the removable seat allows the physically disabled to use without major problems. "Today, the physically disabled do not have much space in the academies, because they have mobility restrictions, they can hardly have access to a group class." Krankcycling can help in this sense as well, "says Ricardo.

At the end of last year, the Fitness Industry Leader, together with the University of Wisconsin, decided to study the benefits of Krankcycling in relation to caloric expenditure.

By following up on 12 men and healthy women aged 20 to 30, who did daily 15-minute sequences with the device, the researchers concluded that the device is effective in developing upper body muscular fitness as well as increasing the body's aerobic capacity, contributing to increase calorie burn.

The study revealed that exercise done on the device can burn about nine calories per minute, or 259 calories in a 30-minute period. The research also showed that volunteers maintained a heart rate above 70%, which meets the recommended guidelines for obtaining cardiovascular benefits from a workout.

Dr. Cedric Bryant, a co-ordinator of the study, said people who regularly participate in Krankcycling receive exhaustive training that stimulates cardiovascular work and burns a reasonable number of calories. Therefore, it is a good training option for people with special needs, such as obese people.


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