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Exercise Bikes:

Exercise bikes, like treadmills, offer a very natural and familiar form of exercise that most people enjoy performing. Though exercise bikes offer a non-weight bearing and low impact form of exercise, they still provide and excellent cardiovascular workout that really gets the heart rate elevated.

Exercise bikes come in two styles: Recumbent exercise bikes and upright exercise bikes. If space is an issue, the upright exercise bike is probably the best piece of cardio exercise equipment to place in your home gym. Its small foot print and easy mobility make it a great choice.

The recumbent exercise bike offers a more comfortable seating position, providing lots of back support along with a larger seat to sit on. Most of the exercise bikes we sell offer quiet, smooth magnetic resistance. Many of the bikes do are self powered and do not need to be plugged into an outlet. This provides the convenience of placing the exercise bike anywhere in your home gym. Like most pieces of exercise equipment, a mat is recommended to protect the surface where the bike is placed.

Stationary exercise bikes provide a safe, comfortable and highly affordable means of low-impact cardiovascular exercise. There are several factors to consider when purchasing one of these popular machines. Two of the most important factors are positioning and means of resistance.

Upright Exercise Bikes: With an upright bike, your legs are directly below your torso, as they are on a regular bicycle. On a recumbent bike, your legs are stretched out in front of you and you can lean back as you ride.

Recumbent Exercise Bikes: are easier on your back, and especially recommended for beginners and people with age or health issues. With either style, take your time adjusting the seat and pedal positions. At the fullest extension, your knee should be bent just enough to prevent locking.

Resistance can be provided by fans, belts, gears or flywheels. Most modern bikes use magnetic resistance, which is easily adjusted by the user. Since there are few moving parts and no friction (the flywheel never touches the magnets) these bikes are highly durable and easy to maintain.

At Fitnessgiant.com, we have an excellent selection of exercise bikes, both upright and recumbent. You'll be amazed at how economical this option is for your cardio fitness program. The 4600 Recumbent Bike, for example, offers magnetic resistance, adjustable arms and a multi-function electronic meter for feedback, yet costs under $300. The Conversion II offers both a recumbent bike and a rower in one piece of equipment. Visit our site and see all the other options available to you. And if we don't have exactly the machine you want, we'll get it for you.

    Treadmills vs. Ellipticals vs. Bikes - Which is right for you? By Doug Wulff

    Consumers are faced with many different equipment options to try and meet fitness goals, and sometimes it can be confusing. So here is an easy-to-use reference guide that will help determine what type of equipment is best suited to you.

    Directly below is a summary comparison of elliptical trainer vs. treadmill vs. exercise bike training options to show the physiological benefits of each. This information presents an effective way to decide which is best for your individual needs, and help you get started on the right path to fitness.

    Treadmills - Maximum opportunity to increase cardiovascular, weight loss and bone density.

  • Burn more calories than bike or elliptical
  • Build maximum lower extremity bone density
  • Customize workout with Decline / Incline features
  • Minimal impact with SOFT deck technology

    Elliptical Trainers - The benefits of weight-bearing exercise without the impact.

  • Low impact workout that's easy on body and joints
  • Arm handles allow for a full body workout
  • Lower perceived rate of exertion
  • Burn fewer calories per hour than a treadmill

    Exercise Bikes - Low impact. High performance.

  • Low-No impact workout easiest on body and joints
  • Available in upright and recumbent, for virtually every performance level
  • Most economically priced piece of equipment
  • Lowest calorie burn / hour compared with a treadmill and elliptical


    This popular form of weight-bearing exercise offers you the best opportunity to build bone density in the lower extremities and greatly improve overall muscle tone. Unsurpassed for a cardiovascular and fat-burning workout, the treadmill can help you to burn 50 to 250 more calories an hour versus a stationary bike or an elliptical machine.

    While running and walking generally create more impact on your bones and joints than exercise bikes or elliptical machines, most high-end treadmills are constructed with surfaces that help to absorb impact and pounding. This provides a big advantage over outdoor workouts on asphalt or concrete.

    Most treadmills also include electronic features and settings that allow you to customize your workouts to meet your specific fitness needs. Almost all models include speed and incline settings and can be programmed for individual calorie-burning, speed and mileage goals.

    Besides offering all the benefits of an outdoor walk or run (without the hassles of obstacles or the environment) in the comfort of your own home, the treadmill has proven to be the clear training choice for achieving maximum fitness results in the shortest amount of time.


    Part treadmill, part stairmaster, and mimicking the pedal movement of an exercise bike, the elliptical trainer offers a unique combination of fitness benefits, without the impact on knees, back, hips or joints. This weight-bearing exercise allows you to burn calories more efficiently than non-weight-bearing workouts, plus effectively builds bone density.

    More than just a lower-body exercise, arm handles combine with leg motion to provide a total body workout. In addition, the elliptical helps to create a lower "perceived rate of exertion" - you do more work and burn more calories while feeling like you're producing less effort.

    This cross-training-style machine can also typically be programmed through electronic settings to meet your specific goals of calorie burning, speed and distance. One other unique advantage is that the elliptical can also be "pedaled" backwards in addition to forward, to effectively work a full range of leg muscles.

    The elliptical has proven popular with those who are looking to receive the benefits of a full-body, weight-bearing workout, without the stress and pounding.

    Exercise Bikes:

    Although they have been in existence for years, exercise bikes have returned to the forefront of the workout scene. This is due in large part to advances in technology, improved designs and the immensely popular "spinning" programs that allow participants to simulate outdoor cycling in the comfort of their own homes or a group classroom setting.

    Unlike other forms of "weight-bearing" exercise (such as running or walking), exercise bikes offer participants an opportunity to increase their heart rates without substantial stress on knees, ankles, feet or hips. In addition, built-in resistance features allow you to tailor your workout to your specific goals, by simulating hills, flat ground and rolling terrain. Many models even offer electronic features, which allow you to program the bike for a specific goal or workout. This is very helpful for achieving effective, measurable results.

    Generally available in recumbent or upright designs, stationary bikes are designed for practically every level of performance and body design, whether you're an experienced cyclist dedicated to improving your peddle stroke or a weekend warrior simply looking to break a sweat.

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