RE: Any one recommend a good exercise Bike?
hi body4life, i'm a bikeaholic and do 3-5 (30-45minute sessions) a week and have been using an upright exercise bike on and off for 5 years so i know what i'm talking about regarding exercise bikes. here's a few things to take into consideration before spending your cash.........
1. unless you're buying second hand, make sure you get at least a 2 year warranty as things can go wrong with the moving parts. also ask the supplier as to who takes care of their warranty (usually a 3rd party) and then phone that company to make sure that they pay for collection and delivery of your bike, should it need to be fixed at their premises.
2. usually, upright bikes can be very uncomfortable and especially so if you're a big guy. therefore, i strongly advise you to get one with a gel seat and not the usual padded one as that's just asking for a stiff arse.
3. make sure to get one with magnetic resistance.
4. don't worry about getting a bike with hand grip pulse sensors as it means you have to keep your palms in contact with them all the time in order to get a reading. this can prove uncomfortable as you'll want to change hand positions during your workout, especially when the going gets tough. most bikes these days have these sensors (as does mine) but the best way to monitor your heart rate is to get a heart rate monitor watch with chest strap. polar are by far the best that i've used and i've got their cheapest one (Â£40 from argos).
5. further to point#4, in order to monitor your workout (especially high intensity interval training), a hrm watch is paramount. if you use it in conjunction with a well designed hiit program, you can build up some kick ass fitness levels, not to mention the fact that the fat will fly off.
6. further to point#5, when using a bike for fat loss or to improve your fitness level, you don't want to do steady state cycling. high intensity interval training is the way to go. when i first started biking, i used to do steady state but then i realised that by varying the intensity, my workouts were far more effective as steady state meant that my body adjusted to the physical demand and thus burnt less calories. hiit is also better for preserving lean body mass.
7. the workout i do now has been carefully designed by myself and is the optimal way to get the best out of your time on the bike with some serious fat loss and fitness gains. i'll soon start a new thread in the training section describing exactly how it works and how anyone, regardless of fitness levels can make it work for them.
ok, that's all from me. when my bike training routine is up, i'll edit this post and link to it.
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