Ergometers are a type of exercise machine that measures the amount of exercise completed and energy exerted during physical activity. Ergometers can provide a gentle or intense workout and are suitable for a wealth of fields including:
- Fitness testing
- Sports science
- Rehabilitation & physical therapy
At HaB Direct, we supply a range of ergometers from trusted brands including Monark, Wattbike, and h/p/cosmos. To help you get the most out of your new ergometer, we can offer full training from one of our experts.
Types of ergometers
Different types of ergometers offer different solutions for maximising and testing performance, reducing injury risk, and rehabilitation. At HaB Direct, we have cycle, stair, ladder, cross-trainer and treadmill ergometers for sale.
Within the cycle ergometer category, there are three specific types of ergometers – upright, recumbent and upper body. Upright and recumbent focus on exercising your legs whilst upper body ergometers workout your arms. To find out more, read our advice on how to choose the ideal cycle ergometer and browse our cycle ergometers here.
Ladder ergometers provide a full-body workout since climbing stairs involves multiple muscles. These ergometers are more suited to endurance training in athletes but also help with fitness testing in occupations such as firefighters. Find your perfect ladder ergometer here.
Basic treadmills will do the job if you’re only looking for a running machine for the home gym. But they don’t have the extensive features of a treadmill ergometer that allow for fitness testing in sports science, research, and rehabilitation fields. As well as running, some of these treadmill ergometers are suitable for wheelchair users and cyclists too. Discover our treadmill ergometers here.
Benefits of ergometers
Whichever ergometer you choose, they all have amazing benefits to health, fitness and performance. Some of the top reasons to opt for an ergometer include:
Our range of high performance treadmill ergometers and cycle ergometers are perfect for a wide range of fitness tests, including VO2 max testing and Wingate testing. Link suitable ergometers to third party devices, such as CPET systems and you have the perfect system for testing athletes fitness/performance levels. The test results can be used as markers of sporting excellence, or to quantify whether a training programme is producing suitable improvements in an athlete’s abilities.
Aids rehabilitation & improves joint mobility
People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from ergometers, and they are ideal for rehabilitation. Our range of rehabilitation cycle ergometers are designed with easy access, so they are perfect for the early stages of rehabilitation following injury/surgery to help improve joint mobility.
HaB Direct can assist in ensuring treadmill ergometers are designed and built to cater to your specific needs. You have the option to include unweighting systems, practitioner seats, and adjustable handrails amongst other features.
Medical Health Screening
Exercise Stress Testing (or Exercise Tolerance Testing) is widely used within medical health screening protocols to diagnose conditions such as coronary heart disease, or screen for irregularities such as Arrhythmias. Generally, a Medically Certified ergometer (treadmill or cycle ergometer) will be used in conjunction with other medical devices such as CPET systems or ECG devices for a more complete diagnostic system.
Build power, endurance and stamina
Using a combination of strength and cardio, ergometers can provide a full-body workout. Since major muscle groups are targeted at once, you can achieve fitness goals more efficiently. This type of fitness training will help to build power, endurance and stamina, leading to improved sports performance.
Training with an ergometer encourages your heart to pump blood more efficiently and can lower blood pressure. In turn, your cardiovascular system is strengthened which is particularly beneficial for those at risk of a heart attack.
Explore ergometers for sale at HaB Direct
At HaB Direct, we have a wide collection of ergometers for sale. If you’re unsure of what type of ergometer you require, our friendly team can offer advice. Just give us a call on +44 (0)1926 816100 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, please contact us and someone from the team will be in touch with you.