Stationary Bikes

Stationary Bikes | Buy Guide And Review

Staying fit is easy with the best exercise bikes if your local gym remains shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. An indoor exercise bike is an affordable piece when you're stocking up on the best home gym equipment. And it's a convenient way to go cycling when you can’t go outside due to bad weather or social distancing.

VIGBODY Exercise Bike Indoor Cycling Bicycle Stationary Bikes

 

✔ Sturdy Construction: Our Exercise Bike equipped with a heavy-duty square tube with a heavy duty bidirectional flywheel 24.2 lbs and holds up to 330LBS, very stable and durable.
✔ Adjustable To Fit Most Users: You can easily adjust the saddle’s height (33.5-38.5 in), the distance between your saddle and the handlebars and handlebar height (37.8-44 in), pedal toe clips with straps fit different shoe sizes.
✔ Adjustable Resistance: Switch up the intensity of your workout with the convenient tension knob. With a simple twist, you can increase or decrease resistance so your workout can remain challenging and effective throughout your fitness journey. Perfect for any user’s skill level.
✔ Keep Track Of Your Workouts: LCD monitor displays scan, time, speed, distance, calories, and odometer. You can adjust your workout speed and intensity and set your workout timer using these datas.
✔ Warranty: 12 months. Longer warranty, better service, giving you 100% satisfication for this Indoor Cycling Bike. Customer satisfaction is our top priority.

Product description

                                                           VIGBODY Exercise Bike Cycling Bike 

Our Exercise Bike is a great priced quality bicycle. With Comfort and Bicycle Durability are the main advantages for your Health & Fitness Workout Success. 

Starts pedaling towards your fitness with a quality stationary bike that offers a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride every time. Enjoy your successful quality 

workout start toning your body core and legs muscles.

Product Features

  •  Enjoy the comfort and pleasure of fitness training exercise now.
  •  Great indoor cardio workout equipment for cycling bike lovers.
  •  Easy & convenient to use for your comfortable riding posture, you can adjust Saddle horizontally and vertically, you can also adjust Handlebar vertically.
  •  High quality steel constructed, super strong and durable, Max user weight: 330lbs.
  •  Friction braking system and emergency lock, various tension / resistance control level to meet your needs.
  •  With comfortable padded seat handlebar and pedals.
  •  Multi-function LCD displaying-easily records and reads the exercise time, speed, distance, calories consumption, odometer.

Specifications:

Heavy Duty Flywheel: Free noise and Good resistance control

Drive: Belt

Net Weight: 64lbs

Carton Size:35×8.7×32.9in.

Lifetime warranty and great customer service.

Customer satisfaction is our top priority. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if this item dose not meet your expectations.

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike 

 

Assembly required
Assembled dimensions: 31”L x 19”W x 46”H | Folded Dimensions: 22” L x 20” W x 55.5” H
Easily adjustable to fit users 5’3” to 6’1”. Supports up to 300 lbs.
LCD Display: An easy to read large window (3.3”W x 1.5”H) LCD display that indicates distance, calories burned, time, speed, pulse and scan. Hand pulse sensors for monitoring your target heart rate
Space Saving Design: This compact bike can be easily folded to half of the assembled size. Can be moved with the included transportation wheels.
8 Level Tension: An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult workout.

Exerpeutic Gold Heavy Duty Foldable Exercise Bike 


Heavy Duty and High Durability steel frame construction with up to 400 lbs weight capacity. 20% more steel than the Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike for more maximum performance.
An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system for an easier or more challenging workout.
Folds to 1/2 the size, so it is uniquely compact; Folded Dimensions: 26.4″ L X 24.8″ W X 57.5″ H
Large comfortable seat cushion for people of any size, and easily adjustable to fit 5’1″ to 6’5″ user heights
An easy to read large computer LCD display that indicates calories burned, distance, time, speed, scan, pulse and odometer. Please refer user manual attached below for instructions and troubleshooting steps.

Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike

The Exerpeutic 500 XLS is designed to support up to a weight capacity of up to 400 lbs. Its heavy duty design and high durability will provide excellent workout results. Features like the ‘high torque’ 3 piece crank system, magnetic resistance, heart pulse monitoring and a ‘double drive’ transmission system are all included for a very affordable price. It can be folded up for storage and is perfect for limited sized rooms and spaces.

Flywheel and V-Belt Drive

The precision balanced flywheel and V-belt drive provide a smooth and quiet operation and will not interfere with watching TV or listening to music.

Product Dimensions and Weight

10 Tips: How to Choose the Right Exercise Bike

A squeaking stationary bike, an uncomfortable seat, an exercise bike without resistance… follow our buying tips and advice to avoid bad surprises! Here are the 10 most important criteria to look for when choosing an exercise bike.

1) The flywheel weight: comfort and fluidity

​The flywheel weight determines the comfort and fluidity of cycling. The higher is the weight, the more fluid and comfortable will the cycling be on the stationary bike. When the flywheel is too light, you may feel jolts when pedaling. The flywheel weight that you choose will therefore depend on your goals, whether you aim for climbing Mont Ventoux or simply cycling peacefully around the lake, and secondly on your budget, rather 300-600€ or towards 1.000€ or more.

Flywheel weightProfile / UsageExercise Bikes
> 15 kgExperiencedKettler Racer S
9-14 kgSporty / ReeducationDKN AM-3i, Skandika Cardiobike
7-9 kgBeginnerBH Fitness i.Pixel

OUR ADVICE : We recommend to choose a stationary bike with a flywheel of at least 7 kg for a comfortable pedaling without bumps. If you plan to exercise 2 to 3 times a week, you should consider a stationary bike with a flywheel above 9 kg.

2) The resistance : mechanical or magnetic?

The mechanical resistance is activated by turning the adjustment wheel on the stationary bike, whereas the magnetic resistance can be directly modified from the bike’s console (controlling a magnet that comes into contact with the wheel of the bike). Only the magnetic resistance allows you to have predefined workout programs with dynamic change of the resistance.

3) The Watts

The watts are a unit of measure of your pedaling power and are a good indication of the maximal power a bike can provide. High watts enable you to have a more precise and efficient training exercise. For example the stationary bike Kettler Ergo S has got a maximum of 600 watts. On the other hand the exercise bike Skandika Cardiobike Ulisses has got a maximum of 350 Watts.

4) The console: with or without Bluetooth ?

The stationary bike’s console had not been changing for ages… although our phones and screens keep evolving! The Bluetooth connection remedied that awkward (and unacceptable) situation since it allows to connect a smartphone, an iPhone, iPad or tablet to the exercise bike wirelessly and use it as the bike’s console.It is then possible to control the bike’s resistance directly from one’s smartphone, create new training programs and customize them, follow one’s training stats and even play a video game which is interactive with the speed and the resistance of the stationary bike (see the ). The Bluetooth is therefore a must!

5) The seat: adjustable?

Make sure the seat can be adjusted vertically to be able to adjust it to the height of your hips as it will prevent you from hurting your back and joints. The horizontal adjustment is a plus but is not necessary.

6) The handlebars: adjustable as well?

Make sure that the height of the handlebars can be adjusted so that you will be able to find your optimal position on the bike.

7) Upright bike or recumbent bike?

The stationary bike that we all know is the upright bike. The recumbent bike has a back support and enables you to seat properly on what looks like a chair. The recumbent bike is less demanding than the upright bike. Moreove, the range of the recumbent bikes is much more limited.

8) Maximum user weight supported

Have a look at the maximum user weight before buying your exercise bike. The stationary bikes from middle and high range usually support up to 130-150 kg whereas the cheapest models only allow up to 90-100 kg.

9) The design

Design both means the “industrial” conception or design but also its appearance (which is also important!). Look carefully at the material before buying your stationary bike: Are the pieces in metal (more durable) or in plastic? And choose an exercise bike that you like since it will probably stay in your bedroom or your living room!

10) Last but not least: the price of the exercise bike!

The price of an exercise bike may vary a lot, unfortunately like its quality! A 150 € bike is obviously much less robust than a 650 € bike, it has usually not the same pedaling fluidity and comfort (see 1. flywheel weight) and may be loud or even squeak after some time (even some days for the lowest quality stationary bikes). It is therefore recommended to think twice before buying a cheap exercise bike that won’t last more than a few weeks… and maybe invest a bit more in quality and durability. After all, good health and condition have no price 😉 almost! According to these criteria, our favorite at the moment is the DKN AM-3i.

 
Questions

What Muscles does a Stationary Bike Work?

The exercise bike offers a great cardio workout that is generally soft and smooth but it can also be very demanding, especially when the pedaling resistance is set at a very high level, and then have a significant effect on your calves and leg muscles, thighs and buttocks. In addition, cycling gives you well refined muscles since riding on a stationary bike involves a steady effort without jerks.

First and foremost, the exercise bike works out the most important of all muscles, namely your heart! Riding a stationary bike also has many health benefits, increases your endurance and stamina, and is an ideal sport to lose weight. The exercise bike can help you build muscle and target specific parts of your body, which is essential if you want to refine your body. The advantage with the stationary bike is that you can choose and modulate how much you want to work your muscles. The more you increase the pedaling resistance of your bike, the more you work your muscles and develop your muscle mass.

The muscles that work on stationary bike

The muscles that work on a stationary bike

Besides the heart, the muscles targeted by the stationary bike are first the leg and thigh muscles as well as the buttocks (or glutes) and then the abdominals and back muscles.

You are not going to have beautiful thin legs or the perfect buttocks overnight without effort! For that, you need to workout regularly and be constant. You’ll see the results after a few weeks. Be patient and persistent and you will see the effect of the exercise bike on your body. If you want to track the evolution of your muscle mass, you can do it with a body fat scale.

In general, you should start seeing the first effects after a few weeks, about 4 to 6 weeks. Your legs, thighs and buttocks are more firm. And your workout should also feel easier and less demanding after 4 to 6 weeks than it was at the very beginning. After 6 weeks, continue working out at this pace and eventually increase the duration and intensity of your exercises, not too much though because doing too much could have a negative impact on your motivation.

After 2 to 3 months, you should clearly see that your legs, your thighs and your buttocks are much more muscular than when you started exercising. Your muscle mass has increased and your fat mass decreased so that your body shape has become more athletic.

Does the exercise bike make your legs and thighs bigger? Don’t worry: cycling regularly will not make your legs or your thighs fatter! The exercise bike offers a cardio workout (cardio training) that will tone and refine your legs, thighs and buttocks. If you want to increase the volume of your muscles, then you will have to combine regular training on an exercise bike for 1 hour every day or even more at a very high resistance level with weight training to build muscle. Moreover, the results are (unfortunately) not coming overnight … you must persevere ;).

It all depends on your goal: lose weight (and fat) and tone your muscles or gain muscle mass and volume?

1. To tone and strengthen your legs and thighs muscles and get strong buttocks, you can for instance do a HIIT training on your stationary bike 2 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes, alternating between high intensity phases and recovery phases. Increase the resistance of your bike during the high intensity phases in order to make your muscles work. You should alternate HIIT with cardio workouts of 45 to 60 minutes or more once or twice a week in order to burn fat (aerobic exercise). You will combine fat and weight loss during cardio workout with muscle growth during HIIT training.

2. To muscle your legs and thighs, you can focus almost exclusively on HIIT training with high increases in the pedaling resistance of the bike. For example, you can do 3 to 5 HIIT workouts per week for 20 to 30 minutes.

Here are two exercise bike training plans for gaining muscle and losing weight (N ° 1) and for a greater muscle growth (N ° 2):

Training Plan – N°1

• Combined Cardio & HIIT Workout on Monday (30 to 45 min)

• Cardio Workout at a medium intensity on Thursday (45 to 60 min)

• HIIT Training every Saturday (20-30 min)

Training Plan High Intensity N°2

• HIIT Workout on Monday and Wednesday (20 to 30 min)

• Cardio Workout on Thursday (30 to 60 min)

• HIIT Training on Saturday (30 to 45 min)

The exercise bike is the perfect sports to tone and strengthen legs, thighs and buttocks but also to work the arms, abs and back muscles. Always start your training session with a warm-up at moderate intensity for 5 to 10 minutes and gradually increase the resistance of your stationary bike. The higher the resistance, the more your muscles work. It takes (a little) time to get results, gain muscle and get rid of fat. Perseverance is the key to success 😉

  • The quadriceps and the harmstrings, muscles of the front and the back of the thigh, are constantly working while you are pedaling.
  • The gluteal muscles or glutes (large, medium and small buttocks), also called glutes, are also working out when you are pushing the pedals.
  • The calf muscles, called triceps sural, located at the back of the leg.

The muscles of the lower limb (in red on the diagram) are mostly working while you are exercising on your stationary bike. The muscles of the upper limb are also working, though to a lesser extent than your legs, thighs, calves and buttocks.

The muscles in the upper part of the body

  • The abdominal muscles or abs ensure the posture and the balance of the pelvis and the spine.
  • The back muscles, the quadratus lumborum muscle and iliopsoas (in yellow on the diagram), also help to maintain your position and support the spine.
  • The biceps and triceps, muscles from the front and back of the arms, allow you to hold the handlebars. The arm muscles (in green on the diagram) work more when you tighten the handlebars, especially when sprinting, or when you are riding out of the saddle with high resistance.

When you are pedaling out of the saddle with high resistance, you put more pressure on your arm muscles (biceps and triceps) and on the muscles of the lower back while your thigh muscles (quadriceps) and your buttocks work less because you are using the weight of your whole body to cycle and thus your legs have less effort to provide.

Make sure you have a good position on your exercise bike and you set the saddle at the right height in order to avoid any problem, tendinitis or muscle pain.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Your muscles need resistance to work! The more you increase the pedaling resistance of your exercise bike, the more strength you need to provide and the more you work your muscles. On the contrary, if the pedaling resistance is too low, you will hardly increase your muscle mass.

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