Cycling is a great form of a cardiovascular workout. It helps you strengthen various muscle groups in the body, especially in the lower half of the body and the abdominal region. Regular cycling can also help you lose weight. It’s also a low-impact workout, which means that it doesn’t exert much pressure on the joints.
However, not everyone likes to cycle outdoors, because of traffic and pollution. This is where spin bikes and exercise bikes come into the picture. Both types of bikes allow you to cycle and workout in the comfort of your home or in a gym. You can also workout on spin bikes or exercise bikes irrespective of the weather conditions outside.
Spin bikes and exercise bikes are two types of stationary bikes, but there are a few fundamental differences between the two. These differences have a direct impact on the level of workout.
Traditional exercise bikes are computerised workout machines that are available in all gyms these days. There are two types of exercise bikes. The first is the upright bike, in which the rider is seated in an upright position. It allows you to work out the quadriceps, calves and hamstring muscles vigorously. The second is the recumbent bike, in which the rider is seated back with the legs extended forward. This is ideal for those who have back problems. Yet, it delivers a good level of workout. Typically, exercise bikes have a number of built-in modes or settings that allow you to begin with a low-intensity workout and slowly pick up the pace.
They also fall into two main types, one being commercial exercise bikes and residential. At Physique, we also specialise in remanufactured and refurbished gym bikes which may be something of interest as you can get the benefit of a new bike, without paying the price of a new one.
One of the key focus of exercise bikes is the comfort of the user. Hence, the seats are adjustable and wider than a regular bike. Exercise bikes are also equipped with a display unit that allows you to keep track of distance covered, heart rate, calories burned, etc. Some of the top-end exercise bikes also provide an entertainment console, with the option of connecting your phone and listening to music or watching something as you pedal.
Spin bikes are essentially a stripped down version of an actual bicycle. It allows riders to get as close to the experience of racing an actual bike outdoors as is possible in an indoor setup. Spin bikes provide a more strenuous workout than exercise bikes if done properly. These bikes have reinforced frames that are more sturdy, which will allow you to stand up on the pedals and cycle in a completely upright position.
This will exert a lot more pressure on the various muscles in your lower body. As you pedal in an upright position, your upper body muscles will also get a thorough workout. The flywheels in spin bikes are significantly heavier as well, which requires a lot more effort to pedal. You’ll be able to improve your stamina and endurance a lot more with a spin bike as compared to an exercise bike.
Exercise bikes are ideal for beginners or those dealing with back and joint pains. It will allow you to slowly build strength and then move to more strenuous workouts. On the other hand, spin bikes require a little more time to get used to but provide a more intense workout.