Best recumbent bikes
Upright bikes have always been very present in fitness centers but recumbent bikes are gaining more and more popularity and the interest of one type of bike compared to another is the subject of much debate between experts. Obviously, each type of bike has its advantages and disadvantages so for the practitioner it is a question of knowing what kind of training he favors and what are his limits/physical problems.
The recumbent bike has better ergonomics and biomechanics than the upright bike. Indeed, when using an elongated bike, the practitioner finds himself in an optimal position to obtain better results thanks in particular to the anatomical saddles that most devices offer.
The advantages of the recumbent bike
- On a straight bike the user positions himself above the frame of the bike while on an extended bike it is part of the frame. In such a diagram, the seat is almost aligned with the pedals.
- The user benefits from a very low center of gravity which makes the recumbent bike very stable.
- Sitting with your back rested and supported and arms hanging naturally on each side eliminates any muscle stress that could be placed on your wrists and forearms.
- The gluteal muscles, and especially the gluteus maximus, work more when lying down.
- Since the user's back is supported, there is no need to tilt the head or bend the back, which can be painful after a while.
- The seats on recumbent bikes are so comfortable that some people feel like they're in an armchair. We are far from the problem of the painful posterior on an upright bike.
- A natural position. Less inconvenience. These are real arguments, especially for those who are reluctant to exercise, to train more.
- For those who have back problems it is obvious that the recumbent bike offers the best solution.
- The same goes for practitioners who have neck problems.
We are not saying that upright bikes have no merit. They have their place in the scope of indoor fitness activities. In fact, many people claim that upright bikes offer more intense training, simply because recumbent bikes are more comfortable. The idea behind this argument is that if a practitioner is more comfortable then he will produce less effort. Of course, users who want to push themselves to the maximum limit of their performance can do so on any fitness machine.
In fact, the question for everyone is whether the user prefers to be comfortable during their training and whether this will help them achieve their fitness or rehabilitation goals. Whether you are an athlete looking for performance, a bike lover who wants to practice when the weather does not allow it, a practitioner who is recovering from injuries or an operation, or want to lose weight and tone your body , the comfort of the recumbent bike will encourage you to train longer than on a straight bike.
Whatever type of bike you want, keep in mind that the more comfortable you are on your device the more you will want to use it. And that is the most important criterion for choosing.