This gym equipment guide to stationary bicycles covers the benefits of using a stationary bicycle, as well as the features and types of stationary bicycles.
Stationary bicycles are also called fitness cycles, stationary bikes, and simply cycles.
Benefits of Exercising with a Stationary Bicycle
Stationary bicycles provide cardiovascular exercise. Because of its versatility, a stationary bicycle is an ideal piece of gym equipment for use by multiple exercisers. This makes it a practical choice for a household with more than one exerciser.
Stationary bicycles can provide a wide level of exertion levels for exercisers. Stationary bicycles can be used for low-impact work outs. The exercise can be low-impact enough that the exerciser can comfortably hold a conversation.
Stationary bicycles for low-impact work outs are ideal for anyone who is uncomfortable standing while exercising.
A stationary bicycle is also a good choice for someone seeking a solid cardiovascular work three to four times a week.
For outdoor cyclists a stationary bicycle will keep them in shape and in good training when there is inclement weather.
2. Low-Impact and Good on Joints
Stationary bicycles provide a low-impact form of exercise. Use of a stationary bicycle will not cause impact the joints.
Home Use Benefits of Stationary Bicycles
Stationary bicycles can be used by people of all fitness levels. Almost everyone knows how to ride a bike, so for beginners, pedaling a stationary bicycle does not take a lot of athletic experience.
For intermediate and advanced exercisers, stationary bicycles provide a good cardiovascular exercise. Stationary bicycles can also be used for cyclists who are training.
Stationary bicycles are also relatively quiet compared to other cardiovascular gym equipment. They also take up less space than treadmills or elliptical trainers.
Features of Stationary Bicycles
A stationary bicycle should have an adjustable seat. The stationary bicycle should also have different levels of “resistance” so the exerciser can control their level of exertion. Most stationary bicycles also have built-in programs to simulate flat rides, hill rides, and other combinations of resistances.
The monitor on the stationary bicycle should also display the minutes already worked or the minutes left, as well as information on speed and distance.
Types of Stationary Bicycles
Spinner A bike used in spinning is different than other stationary bikes. There is no monitor and the angle of the bike differs.Although mostly used in the gym, some companies do make “home spinners.”
Recumbent – A recumbent bike is a reclining stationary bike. With a recumbent bike, your legs are out in front of you.
Upright – With a recumbent bike, your legs are underneath you.
Use of Stationary Bicycles in a Gym Setting
Stationary bicycles are placed alongside other cardiovascular equipment, for solo exercisers who like to work out at their own pace and style. Spinning classes offer a more challenging and competitive use of stationary bicycles in the gym.