Welcome to Cindy's review of recumbent bikes. An ISSA certified personal trainer gives her opinions.
These bikes are an exellent choice for anyone wanting to work the muscles of the lower body (upper body too with the lever-arm options) and increase cardio function with aerobic exercise.
The main advantage of the recumbent style over upright exercise bikes is the ergonomic comfort of a seat with a back in it over the more traditional saddle but if you prefer, please see Cindys'
Upright Exercise Bike Review.
Aerobic exercise, to be effective, must last longer than 15- 20 minutes and be done 2 to 3 times per week. That amount of time in a traditional upright saddle can result in 'saddle soreness'. This can be especially true for anyone who is overweight. However, if you are accustomed to a road bike and want to stay in condition in the off-season, an upright exercise bike might be a better choice for you.
Recumbent bikes also offer much better lower back support for those with lower back pain problems.
I have also noticed that these bikes are the most popular in the gyms and many people bring reading materials to help pass the time while working out. I've tried this myself and reading while on a recumbent bike is quite comfortable.
Something to look for when buying online or at a store is a trial period. Usually described as a 30 day (or more) money back guaranty, this gives you the opportunity to try the bike out for a period of time risk free, and if for any reason you find it is not suitable, it can be returned for a refund or exchange. This will give you some peace of mind.
For online shopping from quality, reliable companies for exercise bikes please have a look at Weslo Bikes and the Reebok RB 345 Recumbent Bikes
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