When gym equipment started becoming available to consumers decades ago, the exercise bike was probably the first one that made its way into people’s home. To this day, it’s still one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment for at-home fitness enthusiasts, with good reason. In addition to improving physical and cardio conditioning, the exercise bike allows for high intensity training and muscle stimulation.
When researching the best exercise bike, you need to look beyond the manufacturers' popularity and really dig into the specs so you can make an informed purchase and ensure your flashy exercise bike won’t become a glorified clothes hanger in just a few months.
Here are some tips on what to consider when buying an exercise bike.
An exercise bike at home brings, above all, convenience. Many people stop exercising regularly due to lack of time. Having a exercise bike in your bedroom and home gym guarantees that you'll get your cardio workout any time you want.
Here are some other advantages of having an indoor bike:
The stationary bike offers a linear and incline-free pedalling. The intensity of the exercise is controlled by the resistance chosen by the user when pedalling. For this reason, it is the most suitable option for beginners or those with knee problems.
On the other hand, the Spin® bike simulates a more realistic cycle, as it offers incline options and greater resistance variation. No wonder it became popular in gyms with group classes. Due to the more intense workout, the Spin® bike offers a greater caloric burn, ranging from 500 to 650 calories lost per hour.
Among the different types of exercise bikes, the upright bike stands out due to a more intense cardio and muscle workout, in comparison to a recumbent bike.
The upright bike is the most common model we see more in commercial gyms and home gyms. It suitable for the vast majority of people, but, in particular, for those looking for a traditional exercise bike, and for those without health requirements that might prevent its use.
The recumbent bike does not require an advanced fitness level. In fact, it manages to reduce the impact on joints, which helps muscle recovery and improves blood circulation.
The recumbent bike also benefits the glutes and the core without putting too much stress on your back muscles or spine. They are ideal for lighter or intermediate cardio workouts. However, if you have limited space, bear in mind that recumbent bikes are usually larger than upright bikes.
When choosing between a Spin bike and an Upright bike, it's important to know what your goals are. A Spin bike offers a full body workout, but an Upright is suitable for all fitness levels.
With four different exercise bikes to choose from, the Hit Fitness G exercise bike series is unrivalled in performance, quality, and design. Combining style with fluidity, this series of exercise bikes will provide an endless array of calorie-burning cardio workouts.
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