A Bothell-based company that makes portable full-body cycling equipment today announced a new bed bike and special pedal to help people who are bedridden get therapeutic exercise.
The bed bike is smaller and lighter, at 12 pounds, than Excy’s current line of portable exercise bikes, and is designed to help people with limited mobility pedal in a hospital bed or on a therapy table while lying down flat or partially inclined, according to a news release. The adaptive pedal keeps a rider’s foot locked in place to prevent it from falling while pedaling or resting.
The company said it has seen more demand for its products due to COVID-19 leading people to seek home exercise and strength-training equipment without the large footprint of traditional equipment.
“We’ve worked really hard to open up inclusive access to total body aerobic and anaerobic cycling exercise for every body type and age, regardless of injury, disability, or health condition,” Michele Mehl, cofounder and CEO of Excy, said in the release. “COVID-19 has only strengthened our resolve to knock down the barriers of exercise for all and stay laser focused on making access to physical activity and muscle strengthening exercises easier for those with underlying conditions.”
Like other Excy models, the bed bike offers a nonmotorized-, nonflywheel-centric design that requires constant rotational pedaling force throughout the entire 360-degree cycling stroke. Resistance is adjustable for cardio, strengthening, and range-of-motion exercises for pedaling in bed, but the device also can be pedaled as a recumbent bike while seated in a chair or as a tabletop upper body ergometer from a seated and standing position. Riders can pedal independently or with assistance from a therapist, trainer, or caretaker, according to the release.