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Choosing the Best Pedal Exercisers

by Juan Lopez September 30, 2019 0 Comments

under desk pedal exerciser

Pedal exercisers are an effective way to workout or rehab your arms and legs without investing in bulky exercise equipment. With a few different options available, we thought it would be helpful to break down the differences and offer recommendations tailored to your needs. Keep reading to learn more about the pedal exercisers you can choose from.

What to Consider When Choosing Your Pedal Exerciser

Learn more about each of these important considerations before choosing your pedal exerciser.


All of our pedal exercisers are compact enough to fit under a desk with plenty of space for knees when cycling. They can tuck away into small spaces for easy storage and portability. Our folding pedal exerciser collapses to an even more compact size by folding its aluminum legs inward. 


Each peddler is light enough for anyone to transport easily, letting you place them in storage or the trunk of your car for portability. The folding pedal exerciser is our lightest option, at just over 6 lbs, making it the ideal choice for travel and compact storage. The magnetic pedal exerciser is our heaviest model, weighing 22 lb. which makes it a bit more stationary.


The smart magnetic exerciser weighs 18.7 lbs but was designed with a handle so that you can conveniently move it from room to room.

Resistance Adjustability

Our pedal exercisers come in two different resistance mechanisms; friction and magnetic.

  • Friction

    The standard pedal exerciser and folding pedal exerciser offer friction adjustable resistance. Simply control the level of resistance at the turn of a knob which adjusts the pressure applied to the internal rotating mechanism to vary between more mild or intense workouts.

  • Magnetic

    A level up from friction based resistance, our original magnetic pedal exerciser or smart magnetic exerciser offers magnetic resistance for a smoother ride that’s virtually silent. With the use of magnetism and electricity, internal magnets attract or repel to provide the desired level of resistance. This technology is used in most high-end exercise bikes.

Smart Device Capability

The ability to track and log data from your workouts on your phone is a great way to monitor your progress and fitness journey. The Vive Smart Magnetic Pedal Exerciser pairs with most iOS and Android devices, plus it comes with our free ViveFit downloadable app to store all your workouts. It also houses multiple ride-along workouts to choose from with either personal trainers or scenic views.


Built-in digital displays are included with each pedal exerciser and are used to display a variety of health metrics like time, speed, distance, calorie burn, total rotations, and RPM. Using a one button interface, you can cycle through these options while exercising, letting you measure the effectiveness of your workout easily.

Our Recommendations for... 

Find the pedal exerciser for recovery, regular workouts, or any of the following needs.

Low Impact Cardio

If you’re looking for a versatile piece of equipment to help ramp up your cardio workout, then the magnetic pedal exercise with smart device capabilities is the way to go. This pedal exerciser connects to most iOS and android devices and allows you to store workout data at your fingertips. You’ll be able to monitor your progress and it even comes with a free downloadable app where you can find pedal exerciser workouts for your arms and legs.

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The ideal exerciser for travel is one that is lightweight with a compact design that is easy to carry. The folding pedal exerciser features a collapsible design that is just 9” tall and 6.2 lbs, with legs that fold inward. The built-in display lets you track time, distance, calories, and RPM with a clear digital display.

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Arm Workouts

Since pedal exercisers can be used with hands as well as feet, they are a highly versatile piece of equipment for anybody to use. Our folding pedal exerciser is lightweight and can easily be lifted up onto a table surface. It features ergonomic pedals that attach to feet with a comfortable strap while also contouring to hands for a desktop arm exercise. Customize your workout with an adjustable knob to fine-tune the resistance level. The standard pedal exerciser is another great option for arm workouts, with quiet and smooth operation that fits on most desks.

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Knee Replacement

When recovering from knee replacement surgery it is important to regularly exercise the legs. The magnetic pedal exerciser is a great option as it allows the user to gradually increase their resistance level, while a one-touch display lets you track time, speed, distance, and calories. Our standard pedal exerciser is also effective for knee recovery with its friction adjustable resistance levels.

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Office or Under Desk Use

Sitting long hours in an office chair can place strain on the body and lead to stiff joints, making it important to get physical exercise during your regular work day. What makes our magnetic pedal exerciser perfect for office use is its smooth operation that minimizes sound and distraction. It is compact enough to fit under a desk and will stay in place with its non-slip base.

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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Tracking your progress throughout physical therapy can be both helpful and motivating. Our smart magnetic pedal exerciser allows you to store data from sessions straight to your phone. Not to mention it provides a smooth ride with adjustable resistance that challenges you as you become stronger.


If you’re looking for a more basic model, our pedal exerciser offers a compact and portable workout that is perfect for physical therapy and rehabilitation. With an adjustable chair strap it stays stable on the floor for an effective leg exercise, while non-slip rubber feet can keep it in place on the floor or desktop for arm exercises. Take advantage of adjustable tension and bidirectional pedals to customize your workout.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Make sure you have all the info you need to get started with your very own pedal exerciser by hearing the questions of buyers just like you.

Are pedal exercisers effective?

Indoor cycles provide a level of cardiovascular engagement that is similar to a regular bike ride, burning an average of 300 calories per hour. This makes them great for boosting heart and lung endurance, while also burning fat and toning muscles.

How long should I ride a pedal exerciser per week?

Fitness needs vary from person to person but generally, doctors recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio on a weekly basis. When starting a new workout routine, it’s best to start slow and work your way up to your long term goals. When trying your pedal exerciser for the first time, starting with 15 to 20 minutes is a good idea.

Will pedal exercisers burn belly fat?

It’s a common misconception that exercises of any kind can burn fat in particular areas. In fact, weight loss can only happen across the body as a whole, when paired with a proper diet. The good news is that pedal exercisers can be a helpful addition to any fitness regimen.

Need More Help?

Get more information on all Vive Health products by talking to our customer service and product specialists. Call between 8:30am and 9pm EST daily at 1-800-487-3808 or email us at

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Juan Lopez
Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez is part of the product development and improvement team at His understanding of products and vast knowledge of consumer needs makes it easy for him to provide helpful information on choosing the best products.

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