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Biodex BioStep® 2 Semi-Recumbent Elliptical Machine

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ETA Compliance Review

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Naturally Smooth... Positively Effective

The elliptical motion of the BioStep 2 is naturally smooth and continuous; very different from the stuttering stop-start motion associated with other recumbent steppers. The step-through frame, simple easy-to-see and use display and comfortable, robust design make the BioStep 2 the obvious choice for cross training.

The Biodex BioStep 2 Helps Patients and Their Therapists Achieve Multiple Rehabilitation Objectives
If there is one piece of equipment for all your patients... this is it. The BioStep 2’s fluid, elliptical motion is forgiving on the knees, ankles, hips and lower back… a natural closed-chain low-impact functional exercise. The BioStep 2 reduces joint impact because the user is not required to lift and strike their feet on the walking surface. By combining lower extremity motion with upper body, the BioStep 2 provides a total body workout in both forward and reverse directions, thereby involving different muscle groups.

Ideal for Older Adults
Low impact total body exercise is ideal for senior fitness. The low-impact elliptical motion of the BioStep 2 reduces the jarring impact often associated with the stop-start motion so common with other recumbent steppers. The BioStep 2’s motion also helps strengthen the muscles important to maintaining function; those muscles specifically associated with mobility, walking and balance.

Great for Cardiac Rehabilitation
BioStep 2 incorporates both the upper and lower extremities into the cycling motion; patients experience less local muscle fatigue. This allows similar heart rates to be achieved at lower rates of perceived exertion when compared to traditional exercise ergometers. Blood pressures can be checked while the patient continues to exercise by simply releasing one arm while the other three extremities comfortably continue to perform the exercise.

BioStep 2 is ideal for patients who may experience leg claudication during exercise. Patients can easily reduce the effort in the involved leg, while keeping heart rate elevated, by transferring a greater portion of the workload to the non-involved extremities. When the cramping subsides, exercise can be transferred back, proportionately, to all four extremities.

Wellness/General Aerobic Conditioning
BioStep 2 provides a zero impact, safe and comfortable total body workout in both forward and reverse directions, making it ideal for general aerobic conditioning of your adult population.

  • Elliptical motion - provides smooth continuous “zero joint impact” exercise
  • Self-powered, self-charging, cordless capability
    - use it anywhere
  • 1:1 arm to leg motion - for natural arm swing rhythm
  • Pivoting handgrips – provide comfort for patients with forearm or wrist impingements
  • Rotating seat to 90° on either side and step-through design
    - for easy and safe entry and exit
  • Optimized seat height - for wheelchair transfers and controlled hip flexion
  • Up to 600 watts - to accommodate a wide spectrum of users
  • Constant resistance with 20 effort levels - provides greater program options
  • Heart Rate Monitoring - Polar® contact handgrips (telemetry compatible) to ensure proper training intensity
  • Sturdy, well-placed grab handles to facilitate patient transfer
  • Large easy-to-use “Quick Start” display - features time, RPM, watts, calories, METs, distance, total steps, heart rate
  • Large utility holder - provides a convenient storage place for water bottles and allows for hands-free reading
  • Robust design - for heavy institutional use
  • Optional Stabilization Packages - Standard and Advanced

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ETA Compliance Review

While there are currently no technical requirements for exercise machines and equipment, section 1004.1 of the 2010 ADA Standards requires that these machines have a clear floor space so that a transfer can be made from a wheelchair to the equipment. The pivoting seat and step-through design can assist with transfers and getting on/off of the equipment. Foot straps, hand straps, a seat belt, and movable armrests are offered as a basic stabilization kit, with additional features offered as an advanced stabilization kit.

Product Compliance

Not applicable; There are no technical requirements in the 2010 ADA Standards for this product

Disability Types

  • Dexterity
  • Other Mobility
  • Wheelchair/Scooter

Product Application

  • ADA Covered Facilities
  • Multi-Family Residential
  • Non-Architectural Product
  • Single-Family Residential
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Rehabilitation for the Parkinson's Disease Patient - a Biodex Informational Video (04:25)

Body In Balance addresses the needs of their Parkinson's Disease patients using the Biodex Balance System SD, BioStep Elliptical and Gait Trainer 3. Using "Big Step" technique on the Gait Trainer mitigates the standard shuffle. Patient claims "the more I exercise, the less I shake."
Restoring ambulation slows decline in older adults   a biodex informational video

Restoring Ambulation Slows Decline in Older Adults - a Biodex Informational Video (03:42)

A demonstration of how ambulation exercises improve independence and social behavior.  Viola, a near wheelchair-bound resident, exhibited mobility improvements after using the Biostep Semi-Recumbent Elliptical machine.