Kranking is the new fad that should be sweeping the nation, if we want buff Madonna arms. Burn off lunch in 30 minutes? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, maybe not. Lest you think Kranking is just another fitness trend, this upper body exercise machine gives you an intense workout, while building muscle and burning fat to boot. Think of it as a bicycle for the arms. The inventor of the Spinning machine created this device when he became injured; it’s an upper body stationary handcycle, which allows you to stand and pedal with your arms vigorously, giving your entire body a workout. A recent study put Kranking to the test and concluded that the new exercise fad really does tone muscles and burn calories while improving overall cardiovascular health.
The study examined volunteers who spent 30 minutes in a standard Kranking class. Their heart rates and perceptions of how difficult the workout was were recorded. Researchers found that on average each participant burned 269 calories in the 30-minute session. Kranking also significantly increased the test subjects’ heart rates, and was an affective cardiovascular exercise.
Adding a Kranking session to your normal workout routine has also been touted for maximizing core strength and building abdominal muscle. Since the upper body is used primarily in the Kranking workout, it may be especially helpful for those who have bad knees, ankles or other lower body limitations. In fact, the machines are wheelchair-accessible, making them user-friendly for people with disabilities. But for anyone who’s willing to Krank it out, this upper body workout is proven to pack a serious punch.