I've heard that upright are more effective, but have always found recumbant more comfortable on the bottom and back. I've only used them at the gym so I'm not familiar with a lotta home brans.
2007-11-25 08:04 pm (UTC)
If you have any back issues - recumbant is a necessity.
I have one that we picked up at a "sports equipment resale" store called "Play It Again" out here. I couldn't for the life of me tell you the model without venturing into the basement - but it has been perfect for home use.
When it comes to stationary bikes, I'd say skip most of the bells and whistles, you really just need to make sure it has a way to adjust tension and the ability to adjust the seat.
You might want to look at the used market tho - stationary bikes in particular are machines that get little use before being resold.
Used is a good idea - there is a Play it Again not far from us. Thanks!
I probably can't afford (and really don't need) a gym model. They are designed to take hours of riding every day.
I like the idea of a recumbent because I can read while I use it. But it just seems so...casual. How can it really be exercise?! ;-)
But is it as effective of a workout?
Yes and no. You can get a good workout on a recumbent, but you will probably need to work out on higher levels to do so. Also, the strength you build on it won't translate all that well to real bike riding, which I know you do sometimes.
I intend to use it in conjunction with my NordicTrack ski machine, so as to work different muscle groups on different days.
Yay glutes! I really need to work them. Thanks for the input.
Back when I was still going to a gym, my trainer told me I should use a recumbent because of my heart and back issues, but that when I was in better condition I should switch to an upright because it would be a better workout.
Yeah, that's what I'm wondering about. I ride my bike in the summer, but the seat is never wildly comfortable. I'm debating whether the workout on recumbents is really up to par.
Upright vs recumbent seems to be very much a matter of what's comfortable for you. I love the recumbents, since they're more comfortable for sitting, but they kill my husband's knees. Is there anyone local who has a gym membership and could take you in for one day, or can you get a one day pass at a local gym? Those seem more common around the end of the year/ beginning of the new year, since lots of people join gyms around then.
That's a good idea--we have a good community gym and I could go there for a few bucks.
i'm looking into buying a mini one, which is basically just the pedals. You can then sit on any surface you want which will be awesome for my bad back (and my tush which always hurts on a reg bike)
I've tried to use those and found them a little too wobbly for me - I'm a klutz and need something solid to anchor me!
Whatever you decide, try the one you're going to buy before you buy it! Think about how you're going to use it, look for little things like whether the seat is comfortable, how adjustable things are (and if you can adjust them to fit you), whether the water bottle holder / towel bar / magazine shelf is in a position that works for you, and so on. If it's a comfortable piece of equipment, it will be far less likely to turn into a coat rack than if there's something about it that just bugs you every time you get on it.
I already have eliminated Edge brand - every model I've tried just feels wrong. I will definitely test drive the finalists!
i go to the gym fairly often and i like recumbent more, the personal trainer i had recommended it for my back. (supportive.) i don't know what brand it is, but it's nice because it's got handles that measure your pulse and tell you if you're in the right range or not, and it's fairly simple. i personally love it very much, though i don't own one of my own.
That's very helpful - thanks for the input!
Recumbent works for me, and mine has several programs of difficulty [incline, etc.]. I get a damned good workout from mine.
It ran less than $150.00 at Sears.
Remember, I'm a cardiac patient with a shattered knee, so your mileage [no pun intended] may vary.
You are also a teeny lil thang. I suspect that with my rather more robust size something a bit sturdier will be required. But thanks for the input - so far recumbents are taking the lead.
I always found the recumbent more comfortable but as mentioned by others, it is not as strong of a workout. Normally, I would put in a few minutes on the recumbent after getting in some solid time on the elliptical and/or treadmill.
Don't forget to check craigslist! sparklie_lady got a great deal on her treadmill that way.
Have you thought about one of those frame things that turns your outdoor bike into a stationary bike? I am blanking on the real name but it might be worth looking into, since you've already invested in a bike you like.
Yeah, I thought about it, but honestly the bike seat is not very comfy and if I have no scenery to look at I will be concentrating much more on the relative discomfort of my tush.
Ooh, glad you asked. My husband and I are in the process of shopping for one for him, so I'm curious to see what people say. :)
2007-11-26 09:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't read all the comments so this might have already been suggested. My dad has a type of rack that holds the drive wheel of the bike off the ground and you can then use your own bike! He digs it, I'll try to get the brand name of it if I can.