What is LegXercise?LegXercise [also pronounced as “Lexercise”, “LegXerciser” or “Lexerciser”] is a leg mover machine that provides passive leg moving exercises to elderly people who cannot use the regular leg exercise machines like the pedal machines and the elliptical machines. It is a passive gym that can help you get to your goals without putting any physical effort into it. The LegXercise machine comes in three models – Original, PRO and the MAX
What does the LegXercise Do?“Keep your legs moving while you are seated”, that’s the purpose of the Lexercise machines. It simulates your natural walking motion. It engages your leg muscles and causes the blood to flow towards the heart, boosting blood circulation. The leg exerciser helps the stagnant blood circulate out of your legs and back to your heart. The heart then pumps the NEW “oxygen-rich” blood to the leg areas. The “walking” motion of the LegXercise stops your legs from falling asleep thus reducing numbness and cramps.
Benefits of LegXerciseLegXercise has been designed for the benefit of those who want to get the benefits of exercising but can’t do them for one reason or another. If circulation is a problem for you, then this passive gym claims to be the right solution. It is said to be efficient and can be used while you are watching TV, reading or at work or in a meeting too. LegXercise claims to be the alternative for you without putting in a lot of physical effort.
LegXercise aims to improve blood circulation
It can be a major hindrance for many today and that’s where it aims to help you with. LegXercise is known for its motorized continuous reciprocating movements that are responsible for activating blood circulation. And that too while you are seated. As a result you can get instant relief from pain or swelling, which could become the bane of your existence. LegXercise is also meant to aid those who are suffering because of achy and tired legs that can have a serious impact on your lifestyle.
LegXercise works for people with sedentary lifestylesAnd there are millions of those today, who are confined to their seats because of the work they are involved in. Being seated in one place for long hours can hamper blood circulation and immobility can also lead to muscle atrophy. But these problems can be avoided by the use of LegXercise, if its claims are to go by. That’s because LegXercise lets you move your legs back and forth alternatively while you remain in your seat. LegXercise also ensures that your feet get a smooth massage while blood circulation in your legs is naturally boosted. You get a sensation of comfort, which can work wonders for your feet.
LegXercise offers you several benefits. While back and leg pain is reduced, it can also decrease the proliferation of varicose veins and cellulite. What’s more, it can reduce instances of stiff knees too. Ergo Therapy is at the heart of LegXercise, which is why its movements are precise and without vibrations so that it works effectively while offering you comfort too.
LegXercise ModelsLegXercise comes in three models – Standard [Original], MAX and Pro. The below comparison will help you identify the differences between them.
The ORIGINAL LegXerciseProvides 2 settings, 1410 (1.07 km) and 1650 (1.25 km) steps per hour. This the cheapest of the three LegXercise machines. Here are the Pros and Cons of the ORIGINAL model. This model costs $139.94 (at the official website LegXercise.com). Dimensions: 8.50″[H] X 18.00[W] X 16.00″[D]
LegXercise MAXThe MAX model of the Lexercise looks similar to the ORIGINAL one but is 23% faster. You can do 70 steps per minute (as opposed to 54 steps of the ORIGINAL model), i.e 4200 steps per hour which is roughly equivalent to 2.66 km per hour! The MAX Lexercise also comes with a more powerful motor.
LegXercise PROThe PRO version features a “concave track” and has the same features as that of the MAX model and some extra features too. The concave track depicts your natural walking motion more correctly. The added features include increased range of motion which provide more movement than the models (Original and MAX). The PRO Legxercise also include a step counter to track your progress.The forward and backward motion of the foot pedals create constant movement and flex at both knee and ankle joints [the earlier Legxercise models engage only the KNEE joints]. The Legxercise PRO is more comfortable than the STANDARD and MAX model because it is sits inclined towards to your body so you don’t have to stretch your feet to keep them on the pedal.
Official website: Legxercise.com
The Original Legxercise REVIEW STATSThe ORIGINAL Legxercise has about 166 reviews with 3.8 star ratings out of 5. Out of the 166 reviews, 25% of the reviews are COMPLAINTS (1 and 2 star ratings). The verdict is not in the favor of the machine. The pros and cons of the exerciser are summed up here.
Legxercise MAX REVIEW STATSThe MAX Legxercise has about 90+ reviews and 3.7 star ratings. Here too 25% of the reviews are 1 and 2 star ratings which are basically the complaints about the product. This is substantial number of complaints.
Legxercise PRO REVIEW STATS29% of the PRO reviews are complaints with the 1 and 2 star ratings. It is worth noticing that the 1 and 2 star rating reviews are consistent across all the Legxercise models. In-fact they are more in the case of Legxercise PRO. So this indicates that the “root problem” with the leg movers has not been addressed even in the newer PRO model.
Works Within Its LimitsRecommended usage is 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Overall it works good as an exerciser to people with walking issues. Many people find the ORIGINAL version to be slower to their liking though it is comfortable to use. The foot pedals are a bit small and people mention in their reviews that they should be a bit wider. Some users have recommended placing just one foot on the Legxercise machine for more comfort.
Easy to UseThe Lexercise is easy to use. You just have to plug it in the socket, place your feet on the two pedals. The Legxercise is particularly a boon for people with walking disability. The leg machine can be placed on the wheel chair for them to exercise their legs and improve blood circulation. Though it is better to consult your physician before using it.
Leg Exercise Wherever and Whenever You WantSome of us do not have a liberty of doing strenuous leg exercisers due to various health conditions like COPD. The LegXercise provides gentle “workout” the swollen legs. The Legxercise also benefit diabetic people. The Legxercise also help with cramps and varicose veins. People with arthritis can also use the Lexercise machine though it is not an alternative to walking. You can include the Lexercise routines in your exercise regime. The Legxercise is a good exerciser for all those who have a sedentary job or have to stand for long duration. It is not only for those who have issues with mobility and leg pain, you can start using the Lexercise as a PREVENTIVE measure too.
Max Weight LimitReviewers complain that the promoters of Lexercise machine cleverly hide the max weight info on the official website (Legxercise.com) – the “Max User Weight”. All the exercisers claim to support max user weight of 250 lbs. But users complain that if you are a big person the motor “groans” as you put pressure on the pedal. The max user weight of the PRO model is just 200 lbs, lesser than the other two.
UncomfortableWhen you sit straight up you exert more pressure on the pedal which immediately slow down, so you have to lean back to put lesser pressure on the Legxercise pedals. This situation makes it very inconvenient to use the Lexercise. The ORIGINAL Legxercise has the foot pedals much too close, this causes strain on your hips and knees and they hurt, as per the reviews.
Cheaply BuiltMany of the complaints are regarding the quality of the exercisers. The material is cheap plastic and the casing is light. The machines are lightweights and they do not have the strength to take weight of more than 200 lbs. With slight pressure they stop moving. Also the design looks flimsy and many buyers feel it wouldn’t last longer to cover the price. Some reviews also mention that the exerciser quits working in just a few weeks. The motor of the Legxercise is lightweight and under-powered. You cannot use the exercisers on highest setting for more than an hour. This complaint applies to all three models – Original, MAX and PRO.
Lacks the Stride and Slow MovementsOther dominant drawback of the Legxercise is the lack of stride. Though the commercial says it mimics walking motion, the stride is like a “baby step”. Users complain they hardly felt any movement in the knees, not even a mild exercise. “This kind of stride is not going to help with the blood circulation”, users say in their reviews. “The stretching of the legs would offer better movement than the Legxercise” – one user complains. The movement of the pedal is very slow. Some say it is very very slow while others say there is not much difference in the settings – it is slow and slower.
Does not work for Restless LegsUser reviews reveal that the Legxercise PRO model does not work for restless legs syndrome. “In-fact the Lexercise has made it more worse”, complains a reviewer. It does not work with the swollen legs either.
NOISYThe Legxercise machines are very noisy and the constant sound of the motor is a distraction when you are trying to focus on the work. So not suited while you work. You can’t watch TV with this on, its that noisy.
So, does the Legxercise Work?Most people feel that it does not do anything, this is probably because you expect too much from the Legxercise machine. And it is not the buyers fault, the promoters of Lexercise have made it look like a wonder machine that is going to take away all the pain. If you are looking for a REAL machine for leg movement than go for an elliptical which offers better range of motion and actually WORKS.
No SettingsThe Legxercise PRO model does not have any settings to adjust the speed of the pedal movement.
Does not Vibrate/MassageThe Legxercise machine does not vibrate and hence does not provide relaxation massage like the Power Legs.