If you’re new to working out at a gym or you’re planning to start small and slowly grow into working out regularly, the gym bike is the right starting point for you. A gym bike or stationary bike is the ideal cardiovascular workout equipment for beginners.
It’s easy to use and provides the same sort of cardio workout as the treadmill. You can easily set up a gym bike in a spare room in your house or even in one corner of the bedroom. If you prefer the gym, then any decent gym is equipped with multiple gym bikes.
It’s safer than cycling outdoors because you don’t have to contend with the traffic, pollution or pedestrians, especially if your city doesn’t have dedicated cycling lanes. In addition to all of this, pedalling on a gym bike works out some of the major muscle groups in your body.
Lower Body and Abdominal Muscles
The action of pedalling on the gym bike strengthens your glutes and thigh muscles, along with your hamstrings, calves and quadriceps. All of these muscles are activated at the same time, which means you do not have to work on each muscle individually.
There are two types of gym bikes. The first is the upright gym bike. You sit in an upright position on this type of gym bike and it allows you to fully extend your legs and pedal standing up. This puts extra pressure on all of the aforementioned muscles as well as the core muscles in your body. Your abdominal muscles and the obliques get strengthened in the process.
The second is the recumbent gym bike. The pedals are in front of you instead of below you in this type of gym bike. As you pedal a recumbent gym bike you also work the abdominal muscles, along with the leg muscles. This is ideal for anyone with back problems, as you get to sit back and pedal.
You can also tighten your core while pedalling the gym bike to increase the core strength of your body, which becomes useful while doing a number of more strenuous workouts later on. As you progress onto the treadmill or cross-trainer, the muscle strength gained from working out on a gym bike will hold you in good stead.
As you workout on a gym bike, you are also providing the heart with a much-needed workout. This is the reason why cycling is a cardiovascular workout. It increases your endurance and stamina as well as improves blood circulation.
Most gym bikes have built-in programs to mimic the conditions of a cycling track or a dirt track, among others. This allows you to experience workouts at different intensities. You can also change the resistance levels of the pedals to increase the intensity of the workout.
Spend some time with a trainer at the gym or consult a personal trainer to learn the tricks of working out each muscle group of your body on a gym bike or stationary bike.