Upright Bikes vs. Recumbent Bikes

Gym enthusiasts are always looking for ways to diversify their cardio.  But what other options are there than the average treadmill or elliptical?  Exercise bikes are a great alternative to the typical cardio workout.  They are a safe and effective way to create a low-impact training environment. Two popular options are upright and recumbent bikes.  But how do they affect our workouts differently?

Upright bikes are designed to simulate traditional outdoor bicycles, with upright positioning and handlebars higher than the seat.  They engage lower and upper regions of the body simultaneously, therefore, burning more calories.  The upright bike is considered more of a total body workout than its counterpart, the recumbent bike.  Conversely, recumbent bikes have a reclined seat that provides back support and puts less stress on your joints and muscles.  Even though they typically burn less calories, recumbent bikes are generally safer and more inviting to users recovering from an injury or dealing with chronic pain.  One of the most enticing features of the recumbent bike is the larger seat.  Whereas the upright bike typically has a smaller seat designed for greater range of motion.  If you are concerned about size, have no worries!  Both upright and recumbent bikes are very economical and will consume minimal space in your gym. 

As for the technology when choosing the best fit, the fitness industry has a wide variety of options.  These options range from a simple digital interface for a more budget-friendly, easy-to-use alternative, all the way to offering users an interactive console that is fun and packed with entertainment.

In conclusion, adding both the upright and recumbent bike options to your gym allows enthusiasts to choose a bike that burns more calories via a total body workout or a bike that is gentler on healing joints and muscles.  

For more information about upright bikes versus recumbent bikes and how we can help—contact Gym Source today.