Exerpeuticâ€™s 4000 recumbent exercise bike is one of the high-end bikes from Exerpeuticâ€™s recumbent bike range. It has an impressive maximum user weight capacity of 325 lbs, 24 magnetic tension resistance levels and 12 pre-set workout programs.Â
The seat is comfortable and ergonomically designed with air cushioning and it is also adjustable to accommodate users with various heights. The 4000 model is suitable for users in the height range 5â€™0- 6â€™3. The seat also has comfortable armrests and a ventilated backrest, keeping you cool during the workout.Â
Product Dimensions: Height: 41 inches (104.1 cm), Length-58 inches (147.3 cm), Width- 30 inches (76.2 cm). It is recommended to keep at least a 12-inch clearance from the bikeâ€™s dimensions for convenient use and storage.
Machine Weight: 71 lbs (32.2 kg)
Maximum User Weight Capacity: 325 lbs (147.4 kg)
Resistance Levels: 24- Magnetic Tension Resistance
Warranty Info: 1 year for the Frame, 90 days for parts. All parts are only covered for home use.Â
Workout Programs: 12 Pre-set course profiles. Also includes Heart Rate Recovery Test, Manual Workouts where users set their own resistance levels and Random Program where a course profile and workout is created at random.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Contact heart rate sensors available on the handlebar grips
Seat: Adjustable seat with backrest and armrests that are ergonomically designed with thick cushioning.Â
Connectivity: Bluetooth Enabled
Power Requirements: 100-220 V 50/60Hz, 0.2 A -INPUT. Adapter and cable are provided with bike.
Console: Display information include things like time, pulse, calories, speed, RPM, Heart Rate Control, 4 individual settings, 7 training modes. Console also displays user profile information such as gender and weight.
Extra Features: Water Bottle Holder, Tray to hold electronics
Assembly and Transport: Contains adjustable levellers on rear stabilizer to maintain stability. Also has transport wheels at the front for easy transport.
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Despite being a recumbent bike, the bikeâ€™s layout is that of an upright chair connected to pedals and a drive system. It is a bit different to some of the brandsâ€™ recumbent bikes where the seat is in a slanted or reclined position.
One of the stand out features of the Exerpeutic 4000 recumbent bike is its thick, cushioned seat. The seat itself is about 17 in W x 13 in L (43 cm x 33 cm) in dimensions, so while the bike itself can hold an impressive 325 lbs in user weight, the seat itself may be too restrictive for someone who weighs close to the maximum capacity.
The Exerpeutic 4000 bike incorporates magnetic resistance which helps to transition between different resistance levels as quietly and smoothly as possible. It is not as clunky as mechanical forms of resistance. The resistance works by moving the distance between the flywheel and magnets to change the resistance. Closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the greater the resistance. Overall, there are 24 different resistance levels to choose from, so you can try out as many course profiles as you wish.
The console is pretty simple and easy to use. It is a single LCD display screen which features information about the user and their workout. The display will show the following information:
- Course Profile: Commonly shown on any exercise bike, this gives the signature profile of the workout you have chosen. The grid is split into small, uniform segment, with each segment representing a certain duration of the workout. The coloured bars show the chosen resistance level for each workout segment.Â
- Time: Shows the time duration of the workout
- RPM: Â Shows the pedalling speed in revolutions per minute
- Speed: Shows speed of the current workout
- Distance: Shows the distance you have â€˜pedalledâ€™ if you were on a normal road.
- Heart Rate: Shows your heart rate in beats per minute (BPM)
- User Profiles
Users can create a user profile that stores their workout statistics for future reference and other personal information about themselves. You need to enter information such as gender, weight, age and height.
- Manual Workout Mode
Here, the user is able to create their own workout and choose their resistance levels throughout the workout. You have to create distance and calorie goals by pressing the UP and DOWN buttons. You can change the resistance level by pressing the UP and DOWN buttons too.
Heart Rate Recovery Test:
This is an 8-minute test that tests your physical fitness level. The resistance will keep adjusting to maintain a 50-watt workout.
Lets the user â€˜designâ€™ their own workout by choosing resistance levels for each workout segment. You can set time, distance and calorie goals here.
Heart Rate Control:
The user is able to select a heart rate zone and the tension will adjust to maintain the heart rate in the selected zone. You can select from: 55%, 75% and 90%.
The console generates a random course profile for the user. This feature is great if you donâ€™t like predictable workouts and want to try something new regularly.
- This function allows the user to follow one of the 12 pre-set workouts available on the console.Â You can set time, distance and calorie goals with this feature.Â
- The pre-set programs are labelled P1-P12 and feature a variety of course profiles, giving you the ability to change up your workout routine. P1-P3 are relatively light weight exercises with low resistance levels. A certain set of resistance levels are repeated through the workout to form a repeated pattern. These are great if you want to do some low-intensity steady state cardio or even as a warm up for fitter people.Â
- P4, P7 and P10 offer a â€˜pyramidâ€™ type workout, where you start off at low resistance levels and reach a high peak resistance level before gradually returning to the original level. These are great if you want to challenge yourself and reach a new â€˜maximumâ€™ every time.
- P5 and P9 start off with low resistance levels that keep gradually increasing towards the end, with the highest resistance level being at the end of the workout.
- P8, P11 and P12 offer â€˜intervalâ€™ type workout, where you rapidly increase the resistance level at certain intervals. These are great if you want to build up your endurance and stamina. These can also be made into great high-intensity cardio workouts if done at the correct duration and speed.Â
While the Exerpeutic 4000 bike has impressive features such as a very high user weight capacity and a lot of resistance levels, there is still room for improvement, especially when you compare it to other recumbent bikes on the market at a similar price range.Â
For example, Schwinnâ€™s 230 bike is around the same price as the Exerpeutic 4000 but has over 20 pre-set workout programs, while the Exerpeutic 4000 has 12. The seat adjustability is also relatively limited, as you can only adjust the seat horizontally. In Schwinnâ€™s 230 bike, the adjustability rail is aligned diagonally so when you adjust, it adjusts both horizontally and vertically.
Also, even though the Exerpeutic 4000 has a very high maximum user weight capacity (even higher than Schwinnâ€™s 230), the seat is quite restrictive in space due to the arm rests and handlebars getting in the way. So, even though it can support heavier people, they may not be as comfortable in a small seat.Â
To summarize the features of Exerpeuticâ€™s 4000 bike, here are a list of pros and cons:
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- The Exerpeutic 4000 has a very impressive maximum user weight capacity at 325 lbs.
- Has a water bottle holder and tray to keep electronics.
- The seat is heavily padded, with 3 inches of cushioning using novel Air Soft aerodynamic breathable fabric technology. The seat also has arm rests for comfort and a contoured backrest for optimum spinal support. The backrest is made from mesh, so, it is well ventilated.
- Possible to do various types of exercises, whether it is steady-state low-intensity cardio or high-intensity interval training.
- With over 24 resistance levels, the bike is suitable for a wide audience of varying fitness levels.
- Adjustable levellers on stabilizers to maintain stability.
- Transportation wheels at the front help to move the machine easily.
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- Seat is only adjustable horizontally, and the backrest is not adjustable at all.
- The machine uses magnetic resistance, so thereâ€™s a risk that it could interfere with medical devices such as pacemakers.
- There are only 12 pre-set workout programs
- The seatâ€™s arm rests and handlebars are quite high up and could interfere with people getting on or off the bike.
- Warranty only lasts one year.
[wpsm_testimonial] Verdict: To conclude, Exerpeuticâ€™s 4000 bike caters to a wide range of users of varying heights and fitness levels. It has an impressive 24 resistance levels and a maximum weight capacity of 325 lbs. The bike enables you to do a variety of exercises, ranging from low-intensity cardio to high-intensity interval training, thanks to features such as heart rate control programs. Â [/wpsm_testimonial]