Exerpeutic 4000 Review 2019: Magnetic Recumbent Bike

Exerpeutic’s 4000 recumbent exercise bike is one of the high-end bikes from Exerpeutic’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. 

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 5’0- 6’3. The seat also has comfortable armrests and a ventilated backrest, keeping you cool during the workout. 

The bike has a simple walk-through design, making it easier to get on and off the bike.  The bike is a moderately priced bike, retailing online at a price range of $380-$410, which is decent for a bike with that many resistance levels.

Exerpeutic 4000 Magnetic Recumbent Bike with 12 Workout Programs

General Information and Technical Specifications

 

 

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 bike’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. 

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. 

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.

Exerpeutic 4000 Magnetic Recumbent Bike with 12 Workout Programs

Exerpeutic 4000 Recumbent Bike in More Detail
Frame, Layout and Overall Design

Despite being a recumbent bike, the bike’s layout is that of an upright chair connected to pedals and a drive system. It is a bit different to some of the brands’ recumbent bikes where the seat is in a slanted or reclined position.

For the Exerpeutic 4000, the seat is adjustable bi-directionally and has two arm rests like a computer chair. The handlebars are quite high up and connected to the arm rests. So, you’re gripping the handlebars while resting your elbows on the arm rests. 

The chair has a sturdy backrest made from a metal mesh to keep you ventilated. The upright backrest is good in a way, because it offers solid back support and helps to keep your spine straight and upright while working out. For some people, this may prove to be a better design that makes them more efficient at working out compared to the upright exercise bike or the reclined seating position found in some bikes.

The seat, console and drive system all rest on a solid horizontal bar, which itself rests on a front and back stabilizer. There are adjustable levellers on the rear stabilizer to maintain stability in uneven flooring.

The frame itself is made from steel, which is needed to maintain stability during vigorous exercises. The bottom part of the frame is made from cylindrical bars which makes the frame even stronger and explains why it has a very impressive maximum user weight capacity of 325 lbs.

The bike is easy to get on or off, however, it is not a completely walk-through design because the chair’s armrests and handlebars are quite high up. They could interfere with someone getting on or off the bike.

Seat Design Features

Exerpeutic 4000 Magnetic Recumbent Bike with 12 Workout Programs

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 cushioning material of the arm rest and seat incorporate ‘Air Soft’ material technology which uses aerodynamic health care technology to allow users as much comfort as possible during their gruelling workouts. The seat has very thick padding, about 3 inches and covered by soft fabric upholstery.

Although the backrest is not adjustable, it is sturdy and contoured which offers good spinal support. It is also made from a polyurethane frame with a synthetic mesh, offering ventilation and keeping you cool and dry through rigorous workouts.

The seat itself is horizontally adjustable, which will take the seat away or towards the pedals as you like. Hence it caters for users from a range of heights, as short as 5’0 to as tall as 6’3. People who are outside this range can still use the bike, but it may not be as comfortable. If you’re shorter than 5’0, you may not be able to reach the backrest and if you’re taller than 6’3, you may not be able to extend your legs fully. The seat is not vertically adjustable.

When fully assembled, the seat comes to about 21 inches (43 cm) off the ground. The arm rests are tilted outwards, along with the handlebars and are approximately 27 inches apart at their widest point. The handlebar grips have stainless steel contacts that form contact heart rate sensors to send your pulse rate to the console.

Drive and Resistance

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.

Console Design and Features

Exerpeutic 4000 Magnetic Recumbent Bike with 12 Workout Programs

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. 
  • Time: Shows the time duration of the workout
  • RPM:  Shows the pedalling speed in revolutions per minute
  • Speed: Shows speed of the current workout
  • Distance: Shows the distance you have ‘pedalled’ if you were on a normal road.
  • Heart Rate: Shows your heart rate in beats per minute (BPM)

Workout Programs
  • 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.

Personal:

Lets the user ‘design’ 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%.

Random:

The console generates a random course profile for the user. This feature is great if you don’t like predictable workouts and want to try something new regularly.

Program Workouts
  • This function allows the user to follow one of the 12 pre-set workouts available on the console.  You can set time, distance and calorie goals with this feature. 
  • 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. 
  • P4, P7 and P10 offer a ‘pyramid’ 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 ‘maximum’ 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 ‘interval’ 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. 
Limitations

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. 

For example, Schwinn’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 Schwinn’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 Schwinn’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. 

Exerpeutic 4000 Magnetic Recumbent Bike with 12 Workout Programs

To summarize the features of Exerpeutic’s 4000 bike, here are a list of pros and cons:

PROS:
  • 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.

CONS:
  • Seat is only adjustable horizontally, and the backrest is not adjustable at all.
  • The machine uses magnetic resistance, so there’s a risk that it could interfere with medical devices such as pacemakers.
  • There are only 12 pre-set workout programs
  • The seat’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.

Verdict: To conclude, Exerpeutic’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.  
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