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elliptical machine or stationary bike?
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:53:22 PM »
Hi all -

I go see my OS on Apr 7. At that time, I feel we will be scheduling an HTO. I want to be proactive and try to get my legs as strong as possible. For the past month, I've been using the elliptical machine for 20 minutes/day and started doing leg curls, leg extensions and leg press with light weight 3x/week this past week. I was wondering which would be better at strengthening my legs: elliptical machine or stationary bike?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and opinions -
Mimi
Denver, CO
8/99 - ACL recon, pretty much trashed now with severe OA (RK)
3/07 - scoped and medial meniscectomy (removed 75%) (LK)
10/07 - Hyalonic injections,no relief, moderate OA in medial compartment (LK)
5/15/08 - HTO (LK)
8/6/09 - HTO Hardware Removal (LK)

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Re: elliptical machine or stationary bike?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008, 09:34:59 PM »
I personally find the bike very helpful.   

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Re: elliptical machine or stationary bike?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 04:34:16 PM »
I tried the elliptical fro 2 minutes and my knee screammed at me....GET OFF! The worst experience for me. I ride the bike.
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chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
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Re: elliptical machine or stationary bike?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2009, 03:21:42 AM »
By it's nature, you'll get more of a body workout with the elliptical because you are supporting your entire body weight, which is something you don't necessarily do (unless you stand up) on a stationary bike.  I would let your knee be your guide in this.  Both pieces of equipment put a fair strain on the patella femoral joint, and both require that they be fairly well "fitted" to your stride or bike stroke.
If you have the luxury, why not do both?  Trade them off and see which one your knee tolerates better.  A good mix-up of exercises is really optimum for the body.  A good lower body workout with weights will help too.

Good luck, keep working it!!!


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Re: elliptical machine or stationary bike?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2009, 01:46:56 PM »
at the gym where I work out and take PT they have a recumbunt elliptical. It looks so cool. They only have 1 and they are asking people to give them comments about it. Everytime I go someone is using it so it must be good. I hope to give it a try really soon. But right now I am having a flare up really bad and couldn't even ride the bike for 5 minutes.

I sure could use a total body work out but right now its abs and upper body.
dislocated patella and chopped off most of chondal 1985
chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
ACI  quater size defect-surgery failure
lateral meniscus repair2002
chondroplasty, lateral Meniscectomy2006
synvisc & orthovisc injections 2008/2009
drained and cortizone injection 2008

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ElliptiGO: part bicycle, part elliptical
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 10:38:56 AM »
Whatever type of exercise equipment we have as long as we enjoy using it, there's no problem. Me?I'd go for it as long as I get to maintain my figure and be able to flaunt it. The ElliptiGO is part bicycle, part elliptical. The exercise machine transportation system was intended by an Ironman who had been badly injured in an accident. The ElliptiGO rides like an elliptical, however moves like a bicycle. The ElliptiGO has eight gears and operates much like a bicycle. An ElliptiGO can be ridden just about anywhere you would ride a bicycle. [Spam link removed by KNEEguru]
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