O w n e r’s
Guide
E3600HRT AND R2600HRT
COMMERCIAL FITNESS BIKES
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ongratulations on choosing a VISION FITNESS Bike. You’ve taken an
important step in developing and sustaining an exercise program! Your
bike is a tremendously effective tool for achieving your personal fitness
goals. Regular use of your Bike can improve the quality of your life in so
many ways…
Here are just a few of the health benefits of aerobic exercise:
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Weight Loss
A Healthier Heart
Improved Muscle Tone
Increased Daily Energy Levels
Reduced Stress
Help in Countering Anxiety and Depression
An Improved Self Image
The key to reaping these benefits is to develop the exercise habit. Your
new Bike will help you eliminate the obstacles that prevent you from
getting in your exercise time. Snow and rain and darkness won't interfere
with your workout when you have your Bike in the comfort of your home.
This Owner’s Guide provides you with basic information on starting an
exercise program. A more complete knowledge of your new Bike will
assist you in realizing your goal of a healthy lifestyle.
Some kinds of service to your Bike should only be performed by your
VISION FITNESS retailer. Please contact your authorized VISION FITNESS
retailer should service be required. If a question or problem arises which
cannot be handled by your VISION FITNESS retailer, please contact us:
VISION FITNESS
500 South CP Avenue
P.O. Box 280
Lake Mills, WI 53551
Ph: 1.800.335.4348
Fax: 1.920.648.3373
www.visionfitness.com
Table of Contents
ALL MODELS
ALL MODELS
R2600HRT
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS . . . . . . . . . . 4
ASSEMBLY, PLACEMENT, MOVING . . . 6
SEAT ADJUSTMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
R2600HRT
E3600HRT
E3600HRT
GENERAL
CONSOLE
SETTING MPH/KPH . . . . . . . . . . . 10
POWER, EASY-START . . . . . . . . . . . 11
PROGRAM DETAILS . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
FEEDBACK DISPLAY . . . . . . . . . . . 13
CHOOSING PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . 14
CHOOSING TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
USING THE HRT PROGRAM . . . . . . 16
USING THE HEART RATE STRAP . . . . 17
GENERAL
TROUBLESHOOTING:
BIKES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
HEART RATE MONITOR . . . . . . . . . 19
COMMON QUESTIONS . . . . . . . . . 20
HOME WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
CORPORATE WARRANTY . . . . . . . . 24
DEVELOPING FITNESS PROGRAM . . 26
FLEXIBILITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
EXERCISE GUIDELINES . . . . . . . . . 29
TARGET HEART RATE . . . . . . . . . . . 30
RATE OF PERCEIVED EXERTION . . . . 31
WEEKLY WORKOUT LOGS . . . . . . . 34
MONTHLY WORKOUT LOGS . . . . . . 36
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R2600HRT
CONSOLE
SEAT
ADJUSTMENT
REAR FOOT
FRONT FOOT &
TRANSPORT WHEELS
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R2600HRT
COMMERCIAL SEMI-RECUMBENT FITNESS BIKE
CONSOLE
E3600HRT
SEAT
ADJUSTMENT
REAR FOOT
FRONT FOOT &
TRANSPORT WHEELS
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E3600HRT
COMMERCIAL UPRIGHT FITNESS BIKE
ALL MODELS
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
When using an electrical product, basic precautions should always be
followed, including the following:
Read all instructions before using this exercise product.
Your VISION FITNESS Bike is self-generating (requiring no external power
source) and in this mode, must be pedaled to power-up the console.
WARNING!
To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electrical shock or injury
to persons:
• Use this exercise product for its intended use as described in this
Owner’s Guide. Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer.
• Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
• Do not remove the Bike sidecovers. Service should be performed only by
an authorized VISION FITNESS retailer.
• Never operate this Bike if it is not working properly, if it has been
damaged, or immersed in water. Return the Bike to a retailer for
examination and repair.
• Do not use outdoors.
CHILDREN
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Keep children off your Bike at all times.
When the Bike is in use, young children and pets should be kept at least
10 feet away.
ALL MODELS
OTHER SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR VISION FITNESS BIKE
CAUTION!
If you experience chest pains, nausea, dizziness or shortness of
breath, stop exercising immediately and consult your physician before
continuing.
• Do not wear loose clothing that might catch on any part of the bike.
• Read this Owner’s Guide before operating this bike.
• Drink plenty of fluids during your workout.
CLEANING
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Clean with soap and slightly damp cloth only; never use solvents.
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ASSEMBLY
R2600HRT
If you have elected to assemble this product yourself, for your safety please
read and follow each of the steps in the enclosed assembly instructions. It
is recommended, when possible, that assembly be performed by an
authorized VISION FITNESS retailer. If you have any questions regarding
any part or function of your Bike, contact your retailer.
MOVING
E3600HRT
Your VISION FITNESS Bike has a pair of transport wheels built into the front
support tube. To move your Semi-Recumbent Bike, firmly grasp the rear of
the frame assembly, carefully lift and roll on the transport wheels. To move
your Upright Bike, firmly grasp the handlebars, carefully tip toward you,
and roll on the transport wheels.
CAUTION: Our Bikes are well-built and heavy, weighing up to 160 lbs.! Use
care and additional help if necessary.
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PLACEMENT IN YOUR HOME
R2600HRT
It is important that you place your Bike in a comfortable and inviting room.
Your Bike is designed to use minimal floor space. Many people will place
their Bike facing the TV or a picture window. If at all possible, avoid
putting your Bike in an unfinished basement. To make exercise a desirable
daily activity for you, the Bike should be in an attractive setting.
LEVELING
E3600HRT
The Bike should be level for
optimum use. If your Bike
wobbles, raise or lower one or
both of the adjustable levelers
located on the bottom of the rear
foot support. Once you have
leveled the Bike, lock the levelers
in place by tightening the wing
nuts against the rear foot support.
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SEAT ADJUSTMENT E3600HRT
E3600HRT
To raise the seat, simply pull
upward on the back of the seat to
reach your desired position. To
lower the seat, pull out the seat
adjustment knob and push down
on the seat to get to the desired
position. Be sure to turn the knob
in a clockwise direction until tight,
to secure the seatpost in place
prior to use.
SEAT POSITIONING
The seat is in the proper position
when your knee is bent slightly at
the furthest pedal position. The ball
of your foot should be centered on
the pedal.
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SEAT ADJUSTMENT R2600HRT
R2600HRT
While seated on the Bike, lift the
Seat Lever and slide the seat
forward or back. When the seat is
positioned properly, simply release
the Seat Lever to lock the seat into
position.
LUMBAR ADJUSTABLE SEAT R2600HRT
One of the principal reasons people do not exercise is because it is
not comfortable for them. On the Semi-Recumbent Bike, the area that has
the largest impact on comfort is the seat. If your seat is comfortable, you
are more likely to finish your workouts and achieve your fitness goals. With
the Vision Fitness lumbar control system, you can adjust the lumbar support
specifically for your needs. This will allow a longer, more comfortable
workout and will help you achieve your goals sooner.
To adjust the lumbar support,
simply turn the knob located near the
bottom of the backrest on the seat:
to increase the lumbar support,
turn the knob in a clockwise
direction; to decrease support,
turn the knob in a counterclockwise direction.
SEAT POSITIONING
The seat is at the proper position
when your knee is slightly bent
when the pedal is in the furthest
position, with the ball of your foot
centered on the pedal.
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SETTING MPH & KPH
E3600HRT
R2600HRT
Your R2600HRT/E3600HRT Console arrives preset to display Miles. If
you wish to display Kilometers, remove the Console from the Console
Mast by removing the four mounting screws. Inside the mounting recess
you will find a small switch; move this Kilometers/Miles Conversion Switch
to the left to display Kilometers. Remount the Console to the Console Mast.
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POWER
Your Bike is self-generating (requiring no external power source) and must
be pedaled to power-up the console. Please be sure to plug in the 9-volt
battery found in the back of the console.
R2600HRT
EASY START
Simply press the START button to begin exercising in the MANUAL
Program.
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R2600HRT/E3600HRT PROGRAM DETAILS
R2600HRT
Press START for Quick-Start
or customize your workout. No default time.
E3600HRT
The Intervals Program
alternates between periods of high effort and
recovery. This program will help you increase
your aerobic capacity so you can function at
a higher level of intensity. Time defaults to 24
minutes.
The series of hills will lead
to improved endurance and aerobic
capacity. It is also a great calorie-burner. Time
defaults to 32 minutes.
This program promotes
weight loss by keeping a consistent workload
over an extended period of time. The small
increases of intensity create additional calorie
burn. Time defaults to 48 minutes.
The Mountain Program
gradually increases resistance over time. This
program is designed to strengthen your heart
in addition to the muscles of the lower body.
Program defaults to 48 minutes.
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Set your exercise Target
Heart Rate, and the computer will adjust the
resistance according to your Heart Rate. This
is a great program to optimize your exercise
intensity. Time defaults to 32 minutes.
All programs have 16 levels of resistance.
FEEDBACK DISPLAY
PROGRAM LEVEL
Shown as Miles-per-Hour or
Kilometers-per-Hour. View the current
cycling Speed.
View the chosen Program Level.
Indicates the difficulty of your
workout, with L1 being the lowest
workload and L16 the highest.
R2600HRT
SPEED
Shown as Miles or Kilometers.
View Distance during workout.
TIME
Shown as Minutes:Seconds. View
the Time remaining or the Time
elapsed in your workout.
HEART RATE
Use the contact grips or telemetric
chest strap to monitor your Heart
Rate at any time during a workout.
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DISTANCE
WATTS
A measurement of workload. May be
used to evaluate and quantify your
fitness progress over time.
CALORIES
Shown as estimated total Calories
burned during workout.
RPM
Shown as Revolutions-per-Minute.
Improve cycling technique while
reducing leg muscle fatigue by
pedaling between 80 & 100 RPMs.
FINISHING
If you want to view your feedback information, begin or continue
pedaling within 30 seconds of completion of your workout. The console
will display your feedback information for 30 seconds, as long as there is
an RPM signal.
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CHOOSING A PROGRAM
R2600HRT
If you do not choose a Program,
the console will default to the
MANUAL Program. If you wish to
choose another Program, simply
press one of the other Program
buttons.
E3600HRT
CHOOSING A LEVEL
After you have chosen a Program,
the Level will default to L6 and then
flash. You may use this default
Level or choose another by using
the LEVEL ▲ or ▼ button; L1
provides the least resistance, L16
the most.
CHOOSING WIEGHT
A weight of 150 pounds or 75
kilograms will be displayed in the
WATTS window. To adjust this
weight, press the WEIGHT ▲ or ▼
button until you reach your desired
weight.
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CHOOSING A TIME
To set exercise time, press the
TIME ▲ or ▼ button until the
desired time is displayed.
R2600HRT
STARTING
E3600HRT
When you are ready to begin
exercising, press START.
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USING YOUR BIKE’S HRT PROGRAM
R2600HRT
Use the chart on Page 17 to determine your Target Heart Rate. You can
use the Heart Rate grips but, for better results, follow the instructions on
Page 17 to place the wireless transmitter on your chest.
E3600HRT
Choose the Heart Rate Program
by pressing the ♥HR TRAINING
button.
Using the LEVEL ▲ or ▼ button,
select your Target Heart Rate,
visible in the LEVEL window.
Using the TIME ▲ or ▼ button,
select your Time, or you may use
the default time of 24 Minutes.
When you are ready to begin
exercising, press START.
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The first three segments in the program will be a warm-up period that will
start at Level 1. You can adjust the warm-up to your desired intensity.
Beginning in the fourth segment, the program will begin to adjust resistance until you are within +/-5 beats-per-minute of your Target Heart Rate.
During the final two segments, you will begin your cool-down at 50% of
your ending resistance level. You can adjust the resistance to your desired
cool-down level.
WIRELESS CHEST TRANSMITTER
R2600HRT
Prior to wearing the Strap on your
chest, moisten the two rubber
contact pads with several drops of
water and spread about with your
fingers.
TRANSMITTER STRAP PLACEMENT
E3600HRT
Center the Transmitter Strap just
below the breast or pectoral
muscles, directly over your sternum
with the VISION FITNESS logo
facing out. Adjust the elastic strap
length to avoid bouncing or
sliding.
TARGET HEART RATE
Target Heart Rate is a percentage of your maximum heart rate. Target Rate
will vary for each individual, depending on age, current level of
conditioning, and personal fitness goals. Exercise heart rate should range
from 50 - 90% of the predicted maximum heart rate for most healthy
adults. A guideline for Target Heart Rate follows:
50 - 60%
60 - 75%
75 - 90%
Beginning Exercisers or Health Concerns
General Fitness or Weight Loss
Improve Aerobic Capacity or Athletic Performance
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TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR FITNESS BIKE
Our Bikes are designed to be reliable and easy to use. If, however, you
have a problem, these troubleshooting steps may indicate the cause.
PROBLEM: The Console does not light up.
SOLUTION: 1) Pedal bike to light up console.
SOLUTION: 2) Replace 9-volt battery in back of console.
GENERAL
PROBLEM: The Bike is making a
clicking noise.
SOLUTION: Using a 15mm
wrench, remove both the right and
left pedals. Apply grease to the
threaded portion of the pedals
and reassemble the unit, making
sure the pedals are as tight as possible.
PROBLEM: The Bike appears to work, but there is no resistance change.
SOLUTION: The magnetic brake assembly is not working properly; please
contact your retailer.
PROBLEM: The Bike makes a squeaking or creaking noise.
SOLUTION: Check and tighten all the bolts on the Bike again.
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PROBLEM: The seat on your
recumbent bike rocks from side to
side.
SOLUTION: With a 13mm
wrench, loosen the Fixing Nuts on
the side of the seat frame. With an
11mm wrench, pivot the Adjusting
Post so the Fixing Nut is at the top
of the slot. Tighten the Fixing Nut
with the 13mm wrench.
NOTE: If the above steps do not remedy the problem, discontinue use and
contact your retailer.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR HEART RATE MONITOR CHEST STRAP
PROBLEM: No pulse reading appears.
SOLUTION: There may be a poor connection between the contact pads
and skin. Remoisten electrodes.
SOLUTION: Transmitter is not properly positioned. Reposition the chest
strap.
SOLUTION: Verify that the distance between transmitter and receiver is not
beyond the recommended range of 36 inches.
PROBLEM: There is an erratic pulse rate.
SOLUTION: Chest strap is too loose; readjust according to directions.
NOTE: Heart rate monitors may not function properly on some people for a
GENERAL
variety of reasons. It may be necessary to experiment with the fit and
position of the chest strap. Outside interference sources such as
computers, motors, electric dog fences, home security systems remote
controls, CD players, fluorescent lights, etc. may cause problems for heart
rate monitors.
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COMMON BIKE QUESTIONS
GENERAL
Q: Are the sounds my Bike makes normal?
A: Our Bikes are some of the quietest available because they use belt
drives and magnetic resistance. We use the highest grade European
bearings and top quality belts to minimize noise. However, because the
resistance system itself is so quiet, you will occasionally hear some slight
mechanical noises from the drive train. Unlike older, louder technologies,
there are no fans or friction belts to mask these sounds on our Bikes. These
mechanical noises, which may or may not be intermittent, are normal and
are caused by the transfer of significant amounts of energy to a rapidly
spinning flywheel. All bearings, belts and other rotating parts will
generate some noise, which will transmit through the casing and frame. It
is also normal for these sounds to change slightly during a workout, and
over time, because of thermal expansion of the parts. Keep in mind that,
while you workout, you’re sometimes exerting the equivalent mechanical
energy of a washing machine or dryer!
Q: Why is the Bike I had delivered louder than the one at the store?
A: All fitness products seem quieter in a large store showroom because
there is generally more background noise than in your home. Also, there
will be less reverberation on a carpeted concrete floor than on a wood
overlay floor. Sometimes a heavy rubber mat will help reduce
reverberation through the floor. And, finally, if a fitness product is placed
close to a wall, there will be more reflected noise.
Q: When should I be worried about a noise?
A: As long as the sounds your Bike makes are no louder than a normal
conversational tone of voice, it is considered normal noise. If your Bike is
louder than this, you may want to call your service technician. Sometimes
an initial diagnosis can be made over the phone.
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Q: What kind of routine maintenance is required?
A: We use sealed bearings throughout our Bikes, so lubrication is not
needed. The most important maintenance step is to simply wipe your
perspiration off the Bike after each use.
Q: Will the magnets wear out over time?
A: No, we use permanent magnets that will retain their braking force
indefinitely in this application. One of the big advantages of a magnetic
brake is its long life, since there is no physical contact between the
flywheel and the magnet surface.
Q: How long will the drive belt last?
A: The computer modeling we had done indicated virtually thousands of
maintenance-free hours. These belts are now used in far more demanding
applications such as motorcycle drives.
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LIMITED HOME USE WARRANTY
VISION FITNESS extends the following exclusive, limited warranty, which shall
apply only to the use of the device in the home, for residential, non-commercial
purposes. Any other use of the device shall void this warranty.
VISION FITNESS hereby extends the following limited warranties for the following
components of the device, for the time period indicated:
FRAME - LIFETIME VISION FITNESS warrants the Frame against defects in
workmanship and materials for the life of the product, so long as it remains in the
possession of the original owner.
GENERAL
CAMBRIDGE MOTOR WORKSTM GENERATOR SYSTEM - LIFETIME
VISION FITNESS warrants the Cambridge Motor Works ™ Generator System
against defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the product as long as
the device remains in the possession of the original owner.
ELECTRONICS & PARTS - THREE YEARS VISION FITNESS warrants the Electronic
components, and all original Parts against defects in workmanship and
materials for a period of three years from the date of purchase, as long as the
device remains in the possession of the original owner.
LABOR - TWO YEARS VISION FITNESS shall cover the Labor cost for the repair
of the device for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, as long
as the device remains in the possession of the original owner.
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LIMITED HOME USE WARRANTY (continued)
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY
The exclusive remedy for any of the above warranties shall be repair or
replacement of defective Parts, or the supply of Labor to cure any defect,
provided that Labor shall be limited to two years. All Labor shall be supplied by
the local Retailer and the product must be located within that Retailer’s service
area. Products located outside the Retailer’s service area will not be covered by
the Labor warranty.
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EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
This warranty applies only to the original owner and is not transferable. This
warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective Frame,
Cambridge Motor WorksTM, Generator, Electronic component, or defective Part
and is the sole remedy of the warranty. The warranty does not cover normal wear
and tear, improper assembly or maintenance, or installation of parts or accessories
not originally intended or compatible with the Fitness Product as sold. The warranty
does not apply to damage or failure due to accident, abuse, corrosion,
discoloration of paint or plastic, or neglect. VISION FITNESS shall not be
responsible for incidental or consequential damages. Parts and Electronic
components reconditioned to As New Condition by VISION FITNESS or its
vendors may sometimes be supplied as warranty replacement parts and constitute
fulfillment of warranty terms. Any warranty replacement parts shall be warranted
for the remainder of the original warranty term.
VISION FITNESS expressly disclaims all other warranties, express or implied,
including but not limited to all warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or of
merchantability. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and your rights may
vary from state to state.
WARRANTY REGISTRATION
Your warranty card must be completed and sent to VISION FITNESS before a
warranty claim can be processed. You may also register via our website at
www.visionfitness.com. Inside the enclosed warranty card, you will find a
customer survey. Your care in completing the survey will be of value to us in
serving you in the future. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. We
are certain you will enjoy your new Fitness Bike. Thank you for selecting a VISION
FITNESS product.
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LIMITED COMMERCIAL WARRANTY
COMMERCIAL USES DEFINED VISION FITNESS warrants the E3600HRT &
R2600HRT Fitness Bikes for use in non-dues paying commercial facilities.
Examples of non-dues paying commercial facilities include but are not limited to:
Hotels, Resorts, Police and Fire Stations, Apartment Complexes, Rehabilitation and
Sports Medicine Clinics, and Hospitals, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.
Please note: VISION FITNESS does not provide any warranties for the E3600HRT
or R2600HRT when used in dues-paying facilities such as YMCAs, Private Health
Clubs, or Colleges and Universities. For such facilities, all warranties including
implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose and merchantability are
excluded.
GENERAL
FRAME - LIFETIME VISION FITNESS warrants the Frame against defects in
workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner as long as the
device remains in the possession of the original owner.
CAMBRIDGE MOTOR WORKSTM GENERATOR SYSTEM, ELECTRONICS & PARTS
- THREE YEARS VISION FITNESS Warrants Generator System, Electronics &
Parts against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of three years from
date of original purchase, as long as the device remains in the possession of the
original owner.
LABOR - ONE YEAR For a period of one year from date of purchase, VISION
FITNESS, through its local retailers, will provide the necessary labor for repair and
replacement of frames, electronics, motors, and parts under this warranty, as long
as the device remains in the possession of the original owner.
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LIMITED COMMERCIAL WARRANTY (continued)
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY
The exclusive remedy for any of the above warranties shall be repair or
replacement of defective parts or the supply of labor to cure any defect, provided
that the labor be limited to one year.
GENERAL
EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
This warranty applies only to the original owner and is not transferable. This
warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective frame,
electronic component, or defective part and is the sole remedy of the warranty.
The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, improper assembly or
maintenance, or installation of parts or accessories not originally intended or
compatible with the product as sold. This warranty does not apply to damage or
failure due to accident, abuse, corrosion, discoloration of paint or plastic or
neglect. VISION FITNESS shall not be responsible for incidental or consequential
damages. Parts and electronic components reconditioned to As New Condition
by VISION FITNESS or its vendors may sometimes be supplied as warranty
replacement parts and constitute fulfillment of warranty terms. Any warranty
replacement parts shall be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty
term.
VISION FITNESS expressly disclaims all other warranties, express or implied,
including but not limited to all warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or of
merchantability. This warranty gives you specific rights, and your rights may vary
from state to state.
WARRANTY REGISTRATION
Your warranty card must be completed and sent to VISION FITNESS before a
warranty claim can be processed. You may also register via our website at
www.visionfitness.com. Inside the enclosed warranty card, you will find a
customer survey. Your care in completing the survey will be of value to us in
serving you in the future. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. We
are certain you will enjoy your new Fitness Bike. Thank you for selecting a VISION
FITNESS product.
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DEVELOPING A FITNESS PROGRAM
WARM UP
When you exercise, you need more oxygen to fuel your muscles. This
oxygen is carried to the muscles through blood. The increasing demands
of exercise will cause increased breathing rate, heart rate, blood flow and
blood temperature. As your blood temperature rises and more oxygen is
released, the temperature of your muscles will increase. This allows the
muscles to burn calories and create energy for exercise.
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A warm-up activity should be a progressive aerobic activity that utilizes the
muscles you will be using during your workout. There is no set intensity with
which to warm-up. A typical warm-up will produce a small amount of
perspiration but not leave you feeling fatigued. Intensity and fitness level
will affect the duration of your warm-up, but five to 10 minutes is usually
recommended.
A gradual warm-up will do the following:
• Produce faster, more forceful muscle contractions.
• Increase your metabolic rate, so oxygen is delivered to the working
muscles more quickly.
• Lead to efficient calorie burning by increasing your core body
temperature.
• Prevent injuries by improving the elasticity of your muscles.
• Allow you to workout comfortably longer because your energy
systems are able to exercise, preventing the buildup of lactic acid
in the blood.
• Improve joint range of motion.
• Psychologically prepare you for higher intensities by increasing
your arousal and focus on exercise.
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FLEXIBILITY
Before stretching, take a few minutes to warm-up, as stretching a cold
muscle can cause injury. When stretching, you should start slowly,
exhaling as you gently stretch the muscle. Try to hold each stretch for at
least 15 to 30 seconds. Don’t bounce when you stretch. Holding a stretch
is more effective and less of a risk for injury. Don’t strain or push a muscle
too far. If a stretch hurts, ease up.
SEATED TOE TOUCH
GENERAL
Sit on the floor with your legs
together and straight out in front of
you. Do not lock your knees.
Extend your fingers toward your
toes, exhaling as you go. Hold the
stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
Return to the start position, and
repeat the stretch as necessary.
STANDING QUADRICEPS STRETCH
Using a wall or your Bike to
provide balance, grasp your left
ankle with your left hand and hold
to stretch. Your knee should be
pointing to the floor. Hold the
stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
Repeat with your right leg, and
continue to alternate for the
number of desired repetitions.
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STANDING CALF STRETCH
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Standing about 3 feet from a wall,
take one step forward with your
left foot. Place your hands on the
wall in front of you. Slightly bend
your elbows and point your shoulders, hips, and feet directly
toward the wall. Bend your left
leg, slowly using the movement to
control the amount of stretch in the
right calf. Your heels should stay
on the ground. Slowly bring yourself back to the starting position,
and switch legs. Alternate for the
number of desired repetitions.
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EXERCISE GUIDELINES
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends the
following exercise guidelines for healthy aerobic activity:
Frequency: Exercise three to five days each week.
Warm-up:
Warm-up five to 10 minutes before aerobic activity.
Duration:
Maintain your exercise intensity for 20 to 60 minutes.
Cool Down: Gradually decrease the intensity of your workout, then
stretch to cool down during the last five to 10 minutes.
NOTE: If weight loss is a major goal, participate in your aerobic activity at
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least 30 minutes for five or more days each week.
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EXERCISE INTENSITY
To reap the most cardiovascular benefits from your workout, it is necessary
to exercise within a recommended intensity. The three ways to monitor
exercise intensity are Target Heart Rate, Perceived Exertion, and the Talk
Test.
TARGET HEART RATE
Target Heart Rate is a percentage of your maximum heart rate. Target Rate
will vary for each individual, depending on age, current level of
conditioning, and personal fitness goals. Exercise heart rate should range
from 50 - 90% of the predicted maximum heart rate for most healthy
adults. A guideline for Target Heart Rate follows:
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50 - 60%
60 - 75%
75 - 90%
Beginning Exercisers or Health Concerns
General Fitness or Weight Loss
Improve Aerobic Capacity or Athletic Performance
Use the chart below to determine your Target Heart Rate.
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RATE OF PERCEIVED EXERTION
Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is one of the easiest ways to monitor
exercise intensity. By becoming familiar with the RPE scale, you can
continually assess your level of intensity and insure a level of exertion that
is comfortable. An increase in exercise intensity is directly related to
elevation in exercise heart rate. Consequently, RPE can be used alone or
together with heart rate when monitoring exercise intensity.
RPE SCALE
GENERAL
0
Nothing at all
.5
Very, very weak
1
Very weak
2
Weak
3
Moderate
4
Somewhat strong
5
Strong
6
7
very strong
8
9
10
Very, very, strong
Maximal
The recommended RPE range for most people is between 3 (moderate)
and 5 (strong). The RPE should be independent of your pace; it is
dependent on the feelings caused by the exertion.
TALK TEST
The “Talk Test” is a quick and simple check of exercise intensity. If you have
trouble completing a sentence, you are working too hard. You should be
able to speak freely without gasping for air.
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ACHIEVING YOUR FITNESS GOALS
GENERAL
An important step in developing a long-term fitness program is to
determine your goals. Is your primary goal for exercising on your VISION
FITNESS Product to lose weight? Improve muscle tone? Relieve stress?
Prepare for the spring racing schedule? Knowing what your goals are will
help you develop a more successful exercise program. Below are some
common exercise goals:
•Weight Loss & Maintenance
•Improved Body Shape & Tone
•Increased Energy Level
•Improved Cycling/Cross Sports Performance
•Improved Cardiovascular Endurance
•Stress Reduction
•Improved Sleep Patterns
•Improved muscular strength
If possible, try to define your personal goals in precise, measurable terms,
and then put your goals in writing. The more specific you can be, the
easier it will be to track your progress. If your goals are long-term, divide
them up into monthly and weekly segments. Longer term goals can lose
some of the immediate motivation benefits. Short-term goals are easier to
achieve. Your VISION FITNESS Product console provides you with
several readouts that can be used to record your progress. You can track
Distance, Calories or Time.
KEEPING AN EXERCISE DAIRY
Photocopy the weekly and annual log sheets on the following pages to
make your personal exercise log book. As time goes by, you’ll be able to
look back with pride at the work you’ve done. As your fitness improves,
you can look back and see how far you’ve come.
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