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Buy an ergometer

The ergometer has long been one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment and is an essential part of home fitness. This is because it works like a bicycle, which is why it is also called a bicycle ergometer, bicycle trainer or fitness bike. The movement is well-known and very simple. Its compact dimensions mean the ergometer is the perfect cardio machine for training under your own roof.

What is an ergometer?

An ergometer or bicycle ergometer has numerous advantages. Most important is its ease of use: The ergometer is easy to operate for anyone, regardless of age, fitness level or training goal. Simply stand on the pedals and you can start cardiovascular training on your ergometer and improve your fitness.

Whether to warm up or to achieve set endurance goals – the ergometer offers extremely goal-oriented training. This depends on an important setting that sets ergometers apart from simple home trainers: the watt function.

The wattage represents the value of the power output to be provided. With an ergometer, you can accurately measure the power output. This function isn’t part of a home trainer, which isn’t watt-controlled. The watt function allows you to see how fit you already are. You can also set and carry out a training program suitable for this level. This will enable you to reach your training goals quicker and more efficiently.

Ergometer watt function

Who should train with an ergometer?

Like home trainers, ergometers are very easy to use. The movement is similar to that of a typical bicycle (bicycle ergometer). It needs no further explanation. Beginners will learn how to use the ergometer very quickly. Advanced users will also enjoy training on the ergometer.

The resistance can be set very precisely with the watt function. Setting options such as time, distance, calorie consumption and heart rate are among the basic features of the ergometer. Set your own personal training goal and watch your training succeed. Regular training will increase your fitness and you will quickly notice an improvement.

Training on the ergometer or home trainer is one of the most joint-friendly forms of cardio training. 70 to 80 percent of the body weight is taken by the seat. As a result, the joints are significantly less stressed when cycling than jogging. The seat position of the bike trainer also allows older people a pleasant way to keep moving regularly. We recommend the Cardio Strider recumbent bike, a special kind of ergometer.

Ergometers and home trainers are therefore suitable for anyone who enjoys typical cycling. Whether you want to improve your stamina and fitness, lose weight or reach individual cardio training goals: With the ergometer, you can realise your desired endurance program.

What does training with the ergometer do?

The most important thing for every athlete is to achieve their personal goals. Some people just want to fit into their favourite jeans again, others want to cycle around Lake Constance. No matter how extreme your plans are: With regular use, an ergometer will ensure you realise your goal.

With the ergometer, you specifically work on endurance and one thing in particular: your heart muscle. In addition to cardiovascular training, the home trainer or bike trainer also strengthens the leg muscles. The thigh, buttock and calf muscles in particular are strengthened while cycling.

What should you look for when buying an ergometer?

There are some criteria that should be considered when buying an ergometer. The flywheel mass, weight and maximum weight rating are some of the indicators of a high-quality ergometer. First, you need to be clear about training aims and wishes. What functions are important to you? How often and how intensively do you want to train?

Once these basic questions have been answered, there are some features that are particularly important when purchasing an ergometer:

  • The braking system
  • The speed independence
  • The flywheel mass
  • The weight of the machine as well as the weight rating
  • Training programs and functions

The braking system on an ergometer could either be a permanent magnet system or an induction brake. The permanent magnet moves mechanically, while the induction braking system is controlled by current and voltage. This allows fast and accurate resistance adjustment. An induction brake is definitely the best choice for ergometers and very important when training for a long period or for therapeutic purposes.

The term speed independence is only relevant for ergometers and not for home trainers. It means that no matter how hard or fast you pedal, always the same power output is generated. This means that when you pedal slower, the resistance is increased. Likewise, when you pedal faster the resistance lowers. So the power output (wattage) always remains the same. An advantage of this function is that the cardiovascular system and muscles are continuously worked and don’t experience peaks or troughs.

The flywheel mass is decisive for the quality of movement and the smooth running of a home trainer. However, the flywheel mass alone is not the deciding factor for proper running characteristics during training. The ergometer should also be fitted with ball bearings. We recommend a flywheel mass of at least 8 kg. The HAMMER ergometers all have a flywheel mass of 8 kg or more.

The weight of an ergometer or home trainer is key to its stability. Added to this is the maximum weight load, which determines how many kg of body weight the machine can hold.

Training programs and functions are the most important motivational factors in a training machine. Training computers for fitness equipment, whether in an ergometer, a home trainer or, for example, a cross trainer, can differ hugely. You should consider what you want the computer to do. Do you need pre-set programs? Do you need extras like an AUX connection for music?

There are some basic functions which every ergometer needs to have:

  • Time
  • Distance
  • Calories
  • Heart rate
  • Watt
  • Speed

The watt function is particular to an ergometer. Most fitness equipment, like the Exum, have pre-set programs. Interval sessions or hill/valley functions motivate you to go beyond your limits. Other fitness equipment, like the FINNLO MAXIMUM S by HAMMER ergometer B22, even has in-built extras like a USB charging port. You have to decide for yourself how important technology is and what your home trainer needs to do.

There are different heart rate measurement options for ergometers. It is either measured via an integrated ear clip or a chest strap sensor. A chest strap is more accurate, so this is what we recommended. In heart rate-controlled training, you can set your own upper heart rate limit that you do not want to exceed.

Placing a protective floor mat beneath your fitness equipment also makes sense. The protective floor mat protects your floor and also reduces noise.

Test ergometers yourself

Convince yourself of the quality of our HAMMER ergometers. You are always welcome to pop into our HAMMER STORES across Germany and in Switzerland. Test all our products, from cross trainers to home trainers, ergometers, rowing machines and other fitness equipment, and let our experts advise you. In our pleasant atmosphere, our teams of specialists will give you all the time you need.

HAMMER expert advice (043 - 544 21 69)

Our service team is made up of state-approved fitness trainers and experienced product consultants. Here at HAMMER, we live for fitness and know what we are talking about. Fitness, training and nutrition – we know what we are doing and are happy to take the time to help you. Of course this also still applies after you have bought your ergometer or home trainer. We look forward to your call (043 - 544 21 69). Come one step closer to your fitness goals starting today – your body will thank you and repay you with a higher quality of life.