To begin with, it is important to determine the goals and objectives in order to immediately weed out inappropriate options. What do you need an exercise bike for?
- Simple maintenance of physical activity, rehabilitation after injuries. This includes activities for people of age, as well as those who are overweight. For these purposes, low / medium intensity cardio training is required with leisurely scrolling of the pedals 1-2 times a week.
- Losing weight, giving muscle tone. The simulator is bought for more frequent (2-3 times a week) workouts of medium intensity. Most versatile target group
- Fast weight loss, high intensity leg muscle training. Exercise bike is used for regular activities with high scrolling of the pedals and a serious load.
When choosing a construction type, consider your weight, training goals and personality. Do you have spinal problems? What is a comfortable workout for you?
- Upright exercise bike – has a fit like a classic bike. These trainers are more compact (great homebikes), simulates real-life driving and is suitable for intense workouts.
- Recumbent exercise bike – equipped with a backrest to reduce the load on the back. This type of fit is indicated for people who are overweight and have back problems. Horizontal type models are more stable and able to withstand the solid weight of the user.
Pay attention to the strength of the frame and the structure itself. Select the machine with a maximum load 20 kg higher than your actual weight.
If you plan to train intensively, exceptionally heavy simulators that can withstand a large load are suitable. Small and compact exercise bikes with small dimensions are not that strong and heavy. With intense training, they will be unstable, begin to wobble – this will reduce the quality and usefulness of the training.