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What are additional ways to use an ergometer?

When most people use an upper-body ergometer, they sit on a chair or in a wheelchair as they concentrate just on an upper-body workout. If you do not have a lower-body injury, you can incorporate the upper-body ergometer into a circuit where it offers a good change of pace from other cardio programs, such as running or biking. You can also vary the routine by standing and getting your whole body invovled in high-intensity intervals. This is effective going forward and backward to work additional muscle groups in the upper body. You can also replace the chair with a stability ball. This still offers the benefits of reducing the stress on a lower-body injury, but introduces some stability exercises to help with core strength. Doing this in both directions is also very helpful.

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