Disclosure: I was provided a free LegXercise PRO unit by Intellibrands for the purpose of this review. However, I have not received any compensation for the review and the opinions are my own.
The LegXercise PRO is an automatic leg movement device that is primarily designed to increase blood flow and circulation in the feet and legs. The device moves your feet back and forth and for you passively – there is no active movement on your part. The device is designed for older adults who are unable to safely walk and exercise or who have pain or health issues that prevent them from walking normally.
Video Review of the LegXercise PRO
Check out my video review if you’d prefer to hear about the LegXercise Leg Exerciser and see it in action.
What Does the LegXercise PRO Do and NOT Do?
The manufacturer, Intellibrands, claims that the device will:
- Soothe pain and discomfort
- Reduce swelling in your legs, ankles & feet
- Stimulate healthy blood flow
It’s very important that you understand upfront what this device does – and doesn’t do. It is designed to provide passive movement of the lower legs to boost leg circulation.
It is NOT designed to build muscle or provide a cardiovascular workout. It’s not going to raise your heart rate enough to make a difference for your heart. It’s not going to increase your muscle mass. You aren’t going to get buff or even toned legs from an exerciser like this.
But if you suffer from poor circulation, swelling, or leg cramps that become worse during periods of inactivity, it will get your blood flowing – much more than if you were sitting still. It’s also a great way to get your legs moving (if limited) while watching TV or doing other passive activities like working a puzzle, sitting on the porch, or crafting.
How Does the LegXercise PRO Work?
To set up and use the device, follow these simple directions:
- First, plug in the power cord and the remote control (yes, it is corded – not wireless) then flip out the small legs on the bottom of the unit.
- Next, sit the LegXercise in front of you while seated. You want it to be slightly in front of your legs so that your knees are slightly bent.
- Then, using the remote control, choose speed #1 or #2 and let the machine do the work.
Note that you shouldn’t push the pedals or try to force them to move. Just sit your feet on them and let the machine move your feet with as little pressure as possible. The automatic movement counter will keep track of the number of movements for you.
Parts of the LegXercise PRO
- Power Cord – it has a simple 2 prong box style adapter that comes on many electronic devices. It plugs in underneath the device near the bottom and has a track for routing the wire to keep the device flat on the floor.
- Remote Control – this also plugs in on the bottom towards the right side of the main unit (left if you have if flipped over). The remote is corded which has some advantages and disadvantages. With a cord, you won’t lose the remote or have to buy and change batteries. But it could become a tripping hazard so be sure the cord is out of the way before standing and moving near it. The buttons aren’t the raised style – they are just printed on the control itself. Activating the buttons required very little force to work and they give a satisfying click when pressed.
- Speed Settings – There are two speed settings for the device simply labeled 1 and 2. There is a noticeable difference in the speeds and you will hear the difference in the motor noise between the two. Even on speed 2 you aren’t going to “feel the burn” or get your heart rate up – but, again, the machine isn’t designed for that.
- Rear Legs – there are two small legs on the back side of the machine near the top. Flip these out from the base to add some “up hill” angle during use. This provides better posture and slightly more flex in the ankles.
- Movement Counter – I have seen this referred to as a “step counter” but I don’t think that is an accurate label. The machine only moves your feet about 2-1/2 inches per movement. So, unless you have mobility problems and a shuffling gait, this really doesn’t qualify as a “step”. The display is bright red and easy to see while being used. The numbers are 1/2″ high. Note that the Movement Counter will reset as soon as the OFF button is pressed.
- Foot Pedals – the pedals have a rubber gripper surface on them. I used the device barefoot and it was perfectly comfortable. It could also be used with senior-friendly shoes or your favorite slippers too. They measure 5 inches by 11 inches. I wear a size 9-1/2 Men’s (US) shoe and they were about the size of my foot. There are no straps on the pedals but my feet stayed right in place. Note that they are close together – only about an inch apart. So if you are a larger person, have large thighs, or your legs tend to abduct, you may have some difficulty keeping your feet on the pedals.
My Personal Experience with the LegXercise PRO
The folks at Intellibrands sent me a free unit so that I could share my own, personal experience with you based on actual use of the product
It was pretty simple to set up the device for first use. Just plug in the power cord and the remote control. Then, flip out the incline legs and set it in the floor in front of you.
Use of the Device
I am actually using the device at my desk while I type this review.
Simply choose a speed setting (#1 or #2) on the remote control to start the machine. It provides a gentle, rocking back and forth motion which is surprisingly a bit soothing.
There is some definite motor noise which you can hear in my review video if you want to check that out. You may have to turn the TV up a notch or two at home but it’s not at all intrusive. If you are in an open office environment that prizes quiet and are next to others, it might be a bit too loud. It would probably be fine in a cubicled or private office environment too.
The motor does strain if you push against it or put pressure on the machine by leaning forward. My advice is to sit back and relax and let the machine do the work. Otherwise you could burn up the motors or risk injury to yourself.
In my test, I recorded 1591 movements in 30 minues while on speed 1 and 2204 movements on speed 2. So for speed 1, you can expect about 3200 movements per hour or an equivalent waking distance of 667 feet or 0.13 miles. On speed 2, you can expect about 4400 movements which equates to a walking distance of 918 feet or 0.17 miles.
When you are finished, simply touch the off button on the remote control and the machine will stop.
It’s important to note that the movement count will reset and disappear the minute you press the off button on the remote. So, if you are keeping track of your “steps” on an ongoing basis, be sure to look at it before hitting that off button.
Important Safety Warnings
- Check with your doctor before using any exercise device.
- Do not stand on the device. It’s designed to be used only when sitting – it’s not an elliptical trainer or ski device.
- Do not force the device to move.
- Be careful about cord placements to prevent tripping.
- Move the device out of the way when not using.
My Review of the LegXercise PRO
I found the LegXercise PRO to be simple to set up and extremely easy to use. Almost any senior or elderly person will feel comfortable using it. The tech is basic and there isn’t anything off-putting or intimidating about it. The remote and movement counter are both easy to read as well.
Does it work?
Well, I am not a doctor and I don’t typically have leg pain, so I can’t give a glowing testimonial that it healed me. But, I can see how it would help sedentary elders get the blood moving in their legs and feet and improve their poor blood circulation which has been shown to reduce leg pain and swelling. Just be realistic about what your goals are and what the device is supposed to do for you.
- Entirely passive – it does the work for you
- Easy to set up and use
- Buttons and display are easy to see
- Two speeds for people just beginning
- Remote is corded so it won’t get lost and no batteries
- Because of pedal spacing, may not work well for larger people or people with larger legs that abduct
- A bit noisy if you want to use it in a quiet environment
- Counter resets to zero as soon as off button is touched
- Two cords could be trip hazard if not safely located
Summary of My LegXercise PRO Review
I do recommend the LegXercise PRO, especially for seniors and elderly folks who need a passive way to exercise their legs if walking is unsafe or not an option for other reasons. It is simple to use, easy to understand, and extremely safe when used properly.
Just make sure that you understand this is not designed to provide a cardiovascular or muscle building workout. The device is designed to provide automatic movement of the legs and feet to stimulate blood flow which, in turn, reduces leg pain, cramps, and lower extremity swelling.
The LegXercise PRO is a capable and easy to use automatic leg exercise machine for seniors and the elderly. It is designed to provide passive movement to the feet and legs to stimulate blood flow which, in turn, reduces leg pain, cramps, and swelling.