Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to pain management and medical devices.
LegXercise is a health device used to improve mobility, support circulation and relieve pain. The device moves the legs from a seated position to simulate walking, and its manufacturer claims that “Relief is Just a Click Away.”
But is LegXercise actually proven to work or are these just marketing claims? Will it have the same health effects as walking? What retailer sells LegXercise for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of the device?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze how LegXercise is proposed to work and whether it has any research backing.
We’ll share our thoughts on the potential health benefits of LegXercise compared to walking, provide a cost comparison featuring which retailer sells LegXercise for the best price, and share real user reviews of the device.
Is LegXercise Proven to Work?
The LegXercise machine does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials.
None are referenced on the brand’s website at the time of publishing this article, and we can’t find any on PubMed, which is one of the largest free clinical trial databases.
This means that LegXercise is not clinically proven to have any specific health effects.
However, similar devices have been studied in clinical trials.
A clinical trial published in the Journal of Rural Medicine tested the effects of a similar device called the Leg Exercise Apparatus (LEX) on blood flow.
Blood flow increased by 76% when using the leg exercise device compared to at rest, which was greater than the standard ankle-movement-related exercises that are typically recommended.
A 2016 clinical trial found that this same device increased muscle activity.
Based on the available research, we consider LegXercise potentially likely to be effective for improving blood flow and supporting circulation.
However, it may be more sensible for consumers to consider purchasing the device which was clinically tested called the LEX.
We cannot find any medical evidence that LegXercise is likely to relieve pain, because its manufacturer hasn’t proven such and we can’t find proof that similar devices relieve pain in clinical trials.
But how do real users rate and describe the effects of the LegXercise? We’ll review in the next section.
Real LegXercise User Reviews
A YouTube creator named “Graying With Grace” who reviews a variety of devices for older adults reviewed LegXercise including safety tips, how to properly set up the device and whether or not he recommends it:
A YouTube video from the popular “QVCtv” channel includes a live product remo of LegXercise:
Where to Buy LegXercise for the Best Price
LegXercise is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown for the original model and the “Pro” version at the time of publishing this article:
Amazon: $179.94 (link to official Amazon listing)
Brand website: $169.94 (link)
Sears: $199.94 (link)
Walmart: $199.94 (link)
Amazon: $199.94 (link to official Amazon listing)
Brand website: $199.94 (link)
When the price is the same, it typically makes the most sense to purchase directly from the manufacturer in our opinion, because this may reduce the risk of counterfeit products and increase options if the device is defective or causes injury.
The Amazon listings are the only third-party listings from the official manufacturer.
Will LegXercise Cause Weight Loss?
As stated in the first section of this article, LegXercise doesn’t appear to have been studied in any clinical trials so we can’t say definitively whether or not it causes weight loss.
However, we can make an educated guess based on the device type.
Any device that increases metabolic rate and calories burned is likely to contribute somewhat to weight loss, because weight loss is a simple thermodynamic process that requires calories expended to exceed calories ingested.
As we documented in our review of another seated leg exercise machine called Cubii, indoor cycling is clinically shown to cause significant weight loss, and since LegXercise is a less intense version of that exercise, we believe it may be effective for moderate weight loss.
We hope that in the future, the brand funds a clinical trial testing whether their device causes weight loss.
Real Customers Review LegXercise
Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.
LegXercise Pro is the brand’s most-reviewed product on Amazon, with over 2,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Casey” who gives the product a 4-star rating and claims it’s convenient and effective:
“I am 80 and despite various physical problems I am having no problems handling it. I am feeling the effects in my feet, but nowhere else yet. (I am hoping it will help with edema and restless leg syndrome, but it is too soon to tell.) I will update this review in a couple of weeks, but it looks promising so far. It is very intuitive and easy to use.”
The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Bonnie Swank” who claims it’s a waste of money:
“This product is a $200 joke! It does nothing for circulation. It's two speeds might as well be one speed and neither of them move enough to make ANY kind of change. Please do not buy this machine it's a total waste of money. Additionally I've tried to contact the sellers in order to return the machine and have had NO response.”
LegXercise’s manufacturer, a company called IntelliBrands, LLC, has an average review rating of 1 out of 5 stars on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website.
The brand currently responds to all customer complaints which is a sign of a high-quality brand, and we’d recommend that displeased customers publish a complaint on this channel, because it may expedite resolution.
Free Seated Leg Exercises
For consumers uninterested in LegXercise or who may not be able to afford the device, The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has a YouTube video that’s only two minutes long with some seated leg exercises that may promote circulation:
Can Food Supplements Naturally Relieve Pain?
Cinnamon is a spice that has been studied for its ability to reduce pain and support joint health, and it can be taken in a more potent, extracted form. A clinical trial published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that cinnamon supplementation at a daily dose of 500 miligrams (mg) reduced inflammation and joint swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
A 2020 clinical trial found that cinnamon supplementation reduced inflammatory markers. The study authors concluded that “Cinnamon could be regarded as a safe supplement to relieve pain.”
Illuminate Labs manufactures a Ceylon Cinnamon Extract supplement that’s potent (standardized to minimum 8% flavonoids) and third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy (test results published transparently on the product page). It only costs $15 for a monthly subscription.
Interested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Ceylon Cinnamon Extract at this link to the product page on our website.
Collagen is the core structural protein in joints. The body produces it naturally, but its production decreases with age. Medical research has shown that collagen is effective for reducing joint pain in athletes at a 10 gram (g) daily dose, and for reducing arthritic pain generally (meta-study, doses ranging between 40 mg and 10 g daily dose).
We recommend Bulletproof Collagen Powder as our top collagen product because it provides an effective collagen dose per serving (20 g) and contains one single ingredient: collagen peptides sourced from grass-fed animals. There are no questionable additives. This supplement only costs $43.95 for over a month's worth of product.
Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen powder at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.
We are not suggesting that either of these supplements should be used to treat any specific medical condition, we're simply sharing clinical data on the pain-relieving effects of natural compounds that may be useful to some consumers.
Pros and Cons of LegXercise
Here are the pros and cons of LegXercise in our opinion:
- Unlikely to cause side effects
- May improve circulation
- May improve muscular function
- Easy to set up
- Doesn’t appear clinically tested
- Somewhat expensive
- Unproven pain relief claims