One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “Which machine is right for me?”
While the Trainer and the Ergometer have some crossover benefits, they are designed for very different purposes. Which one is right for you depends on your personal needs, training goals, and other factors. While this blog post may certainly help you determine which machine best suits your needs, we encourage you to contact our Customer Support team with any questions or for a personalized recommendation based on your goals!
The Vasa Trainer
The Vasa Trainer was specifically designed to maximize dry-land strength and conditioning workout programs. It has always been a sport-specific, functional strength training machine. You can do over 200 exercises for strength, endurance, power, and rehabilitation, making the Vasa Trainer one of the most versatile exercise machines available today. It works by lifting your body weight up the inclined monorail and then lowering it back down.
The Vasa Ergometer
The Vasa Ergometer is ideal for athletes who, for whatever reason (e.g. time, proximity, weather), can’t get enough pool/water time. It allows athletes to simulate swim strokes by pulling on cords that drive a fan flywheel with variable wind resistance. It’s like a “swimming treadmill” that provides excellent endurance exercise. You can vary the resistance, your stroke rate and your stroke power to fine-tune each workout – from light, range of motion, rehab work to swim-set simulations, or from race intensity simulations to maximum power intervals.
Kayakers and canoe paddlers can connect the Kayak Adapter and Paddle Shaft to the Ergometer drive cords to simulate paddling endurance or anaerobic interval workouts. Cross country skiers can kneel on the bench to simulate double poling and single poling exercises. You can also attach Forearm Cuffs, Ankle Straps for leg exercises, or use the Exercise Handles for a variety of functional upper body exercises.
Every Vasa Ergometer is compatible with the electronic Power Meter (optional), which provides precise, instant feedback for these variables: time; distance; pace; stroke rate; right and left arm force; and watts. If one side is weaker than the other, the monitor displays it. It is ideal for doing repeatable training workouts and for performance testing.
Both the Vasa Trainer and the Vasa Ergometer allow you to work on stroke technique and rehabilitation work. Both contribute to your overall endurance, as well.
Many athletes, coaches and clubs own both the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer to gain the maximum conditioning benefits and options.
If you would like a personalized recommendation based on your specific training needs and goals, we would love to help you! Please contact us.