Hi. For the last 16 months I have been dealing with ankle and knee problems from a ski accident. One surgery is done, maybe another to come, it’s too early to tell.
I bought a Concept Two ski ergometer to maintain some fitness and sanity. It’s a great machine–you can really get a good upper body and aerobic workout without taxing your legs too much.
Now I’m thinking about getting a more “leg-oriented” machine to pair with the ski ergometer. I’m considering a cycling ergometer, a treadmill, or an incline treadmill.
Right now, this would be a device for rehab, and to maintain some fitness. Later, when/if my leg heals, it would be for more intense training.
My feeling is that a cycling ergometer would probably give me the lowest-impact most-efficient rehab. Any ideas on solid, durable cycling ergometers? The Life Fitness “IC” series looks not bad.
One problem is that in the past cycling has irritated my knee/knee extension muscles. Walking/hiking seems to irritate my knee less, hence my interest in treadmills.
Do the Nordic Track incline trainer work? I’m 90 kg…how stable are those machines? The front of the treadmill does not appear to be supported by anything…is that a potential issue? Any other options for stable, solid treadmills with some incline function (does not need to go to the highest grades).
I also have no need of all the fancy digital interface stuff. I could do without the interactive screens, but that seems impossible to avoid these days.
Any input appreciated.