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What is Kranking?

Upper body rotational exercise isn’t new. The first arm-cranking machine was patented 73 years ago, but despite almost 80 years of research on the physiology and effectiveness of this form of exercise, the idea of using the arms for cardio has never caught on.

Why? Because the existing apparatus for this type of exercise, the Upper Body Ergometer (UBE), is viewed as something used for rehabilitation, not exercise. Many feel that performing upper body rotational exercise on a UBE is unexciting and the machine itself uninspiring – consequently, the benefits have gone largely unknown and under-appreciated.

In contrast, the Krankcycle® is beautiful. Kranking is fun, intuitive, and easy to learn. It can be used on the cardio floor, with a Personal Trainer, or in a group setting. Kranking provides unprecedented physiological benefits, and is far more effective than the UBE.

Kranking is the first exercise program to focus on the upper body as a way to build cardio fitness. It represents a new way to build aerobic capacity and upper body strength, burn calories and build core stability. And since it utilizes the upper body instead of the legs, it represents a unique cross-training opportunity for athletes of all types.

Benefits of Kranking

Studies have shown that Kranking increases VO2 max and will significantly improve cardiovascular fitness. For the first time you can get a great workout using just your upper body.

Increased Upper-Body Strength

Kranking facilitates muscle growth and increased definition, so participants develop strength while getting a great cardio workout. Get better results with less time at the gym.

Core Strength and Stability

The coordinated series of movements in Kranking cause activation of the core muscles for stabilization, resulting in increased muscle use and improved strength. It develops sculpted arms and tight abs – all without a single crunch or bicep curl.

Weight Management/Weight Loss

The Krankcycle provides greater comfort during exercise to encourage longer duration. Increases muscle density in the upper body improving 24-hour fat oxidation rate.

A New Cross Training Option

Kranking allows athletes to train at a high level and maintain/improve cardio fitness while resting primary muscles (legs) for recovery or while rehabilitating an injury. Variety is the key to safe, successful training.

Watch Johnny G in action, talking about Kranking: