EDITOR’S NOTE: This post deals with Aldi’s portable pedal exerciser. If you’re looking for the Crane Foldable Exercise Bike, you can find it here.
Yesterday I picked up Aldi’s Crane Pedal Exerciser as a Special Buy (ALDI Find). I work at a desk 30 hours a week and worry about spending so much time sitting down. I’m at a healthy weight, but I’d like to get more exercise, and this looked like a convenient way to do it.
At $29.99, the Crane exerciser is priced far below comparable models, which can easily cost over $100. Pedal exercisers can help you burn calories and fight the risks of a sedentary lifestyle; but if you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll also need to diet and get other forms of exercise.
Putting the exerciser together is easy and quick … if you read the instructions. First I tried to wing it, and I spent 5 minutes uselessly trying to screw in the left pedal by turning it clockwise … only to see in the manual that it had to be turned counterclockwise. Once I followed instructions, it came together in a few minutes. The package comes with all the tools you need and the battery for the display screen is pre-installed, too.
Fitting It Under My Desk
The machine fits easily under my corner desk at work. I do have to sit farther away than usual to avoid banging my knees against the desk, but I can still reach my keyboard. For reference, I’m 5’6” and have long limbs. I imagine if you are shorter, you could sit closer in, and if you are taller, your arms would still be able to reach your computer.
Of course, you could also use this at home in front of a couch, or wherever you find it convenient. The machine is small enough that it could fit in any number of places at work or home.
Working While Exercising
Admittedly, it feels a little weird to pedal furiously while typing this at the same time. I can do it, but if I need to really concentrate on something, I find myself pausing in my exercise. It’s also harder to move the mouse because I keep bumping my right knee on my right arm. But it’s my first day, so I think these problems will go away in time.
Today I’m trying out 10 minute spurts of intense pedaling on medium resistance. But I could pedal more slowly for longer periods, or turn up the resistance to burn more calories. How you use the machine is really up to you, which I like. The resistance is easily adjustable, and you can feel the difference when you turn the dial.
Tracking Calories and Time
The computer tracks your time, distance, speed, and calories. I’m skeptical of how accurately it’s tracking my calories because I’m not able to program my weight. So I would be cautious about relying too heavily on the numbers. I’m more interested in my total minutes of exercise, and I like that the clock “pauses” when I pause and then resumes (until I clear it out for the day). This will help me track my exercise throughout the day.
At such a low price, the Crane Pedal Exerciser is a good buy. I wish it worked more than just my legs, but I’m glad that I can burn calories and get a little exercise while sitting at my desk.