February 04, 2021 2 min read

Cardio exercise is a fantastic way to get the blood pumping and work off some of those extra quarantine pounds we’ve all been gaining. It’s a bit cold to go outside, so why not think about investing in some home equipment for convenient, year-round exercise? A home stationary bike is a great choice if you want something a bit different than just walking or running, so let’s look at the different types of stationary exercise bikes.

Upright

This is likely the type of exercise bike you’re most familiar with, as it’s the most common to find at your local gym. The upright bike features an adjustable seat with handles and pedals that go up and down rather than side to side. It’s about what you’d expect, as it most resembles an actual outdoor bike, though it comes with a screen for adjustable settings.

Recumbent

This exercise bike is a bit different from the upright in that it features a lower seat that is positioned further back and has you reclined rather than leaning forward. There are still handles attached to the front of the bike, but there is an extra pair attached further back on the side of the chair to give you something to grab if you can’t reach the front pair. This is the ideal option if you have concerns about back injuries.

Spinner

The spinner bike, sometimes referred to as a studio bike, most closely resembles a normal bike—typically featuring a large wheel in the front. You’ll also notice, however, that the seat is level with the handlebars, though there is room for adjustments. This will provide the most realistic biking experience indoors if authenticity is something you’re interested in.

Air Bike

Of the different types of stationary exercise bikes, the air bike is the best for HIIT interval training. The most notable difference in an air bike is the fan that you’ll find located near the pedals. As you pedal, the fan spins to provide extra resistance. The faster you pedal, the more resistance you encounter. This is an organic way to keep yourself challenged without worrying if you are accidentally using too much or too little resistance.


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