May 15, 2017 3 min read

If you’re in the market for a cardio machine and want something that’s compact, easy to maintain, durable and relatively inexpensive – You should consider an exercise bike.

There are Commercial & Residential models to choose from and if the users are over 250-275 lbs, plan on using it over 3 hours per day or just prefer the health club type equipment you use in the gym, then a commercial grade exercise bike will be your best choice.

Most models are lightweight and have transport wheels making them easy to move around. Also, they are self generating so you have the freedom to put them wherever you want. The more expensive models normally have more workout programs, bigger screens, and a heavier weighted weighted flywheel

The flywheel mechanism is responsible for creating resistance, and the higher weighted ones deliver a wider range of smoother and more consistent resistantance when pedaling.


There are 4 main types of Exercise Bikes to consider before buying:



1. Recumbent Bikes:  Pictured is the top of the line model Precor 885 Recumbent Exercise Bike P80 Console.

These exercise bikes put the user in a seated back reclining position similar to a car seat. They are perfect for the lazy person who wants to do cardio workouts without any hassle. They can be used while watching TV or while talking over the phone. They are ideal for anyone with knee, hip or lower back sensitivities.

The large cushioned back pads and seats make them comfortable and easy on the joints. LifeFitness 9500HR is a great example of a commercial grade recumbent bike that has all the essential features and functions such as multiple workout programs/seat adjustments, calorie counter and heart rate monitor. There are also newer touch screens that are wifi compatible and have more workout programs and resistance levels to choose from. You can use the hill training programs to get the most out of recumbent bike training and use the different interval programs for lowering or raising the resistance for periods of time.




2. Recumbent Crosstrainers: Pictured is the perfect machine for physical therapy, the Nustep TRS 4000 Recumbent Linear Cross Trainer.

They have the same seat position as recumbent bikes but the lower body movement resembles an elliptical oval shaped motion rather than a circular bicycle motion. The upper arms move back and forth for a total body workout and some models allow them to be moved independently without the foot pedals.

Because of their ease of use, safeness, comfortable design and smooth gliding motion – Recumbent Crosstrainers are made primarily for senior citizens or people with serious health conditions, injuries or loss of mobility. The NuStep TRS 4000 has a smooth linear stepping motion and is considered the best rehabilitation machine ever made. They are also ideal for Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers, Hotels and Apartment Complexes with an older demographic. 




3. Upright Bikes: Pictured is the commercial grade Life Fitness 95ci Upright bike.

These have a smaller seat that resembles a bicycle and will force you to engage your core while in the upright position. It’s still a low impact workout however it’s best for people with stronger midsections and lower backs who want a tougher workout.

The LifeFitness 95ci Upright Bike is one of the most popular commercial grade models. They are ideal for Personal Trainers and Gym Owners who have a younger more athletic demographic.



Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle Guide Exercise Bike 


4. Spin Bikes:Pictured is the Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle.

These type of bikes are also referred to spinners or indoor cycles. These exercise bikes provide the most challenging workouts because of their higher resistance settings and HIIT style high intensity platform. Plus, the forward leaning position causing you to engage your upper body and core throughout the workout.

The higher resistance enables you to burn fat while really strengthening, tightening and toning your core and lower body. Some models will have an upgraded monitor option that tracks your rpms, watts, heart rate and other metrics. The most popular models are the StarTrac NXTs, Schwinn AC Performance cycles and Lemond Classic / Revmaster Pro spin bikes. 

They are a very low impact workout, causing almost zero stress and discomfort to the knees and lower back, making it ideal for 99% of people. Highly effective for burning calories and toning the hamstrings, quads, glutes and calves. Also, the cardiovascular aspect will help your heart stay strong and the circulation around the body will decrease inflammation and stiffness. Your metabolism will jump start, sweating toxins/chemicals from the body, all in only 20-30 mins.


When it comes to finding the perfect exercise bike for your home or business – we can help. Our Gym Equipment Experts are available 7 days a week from 5am – 10pm PST. Call us now at (888) 924-4244

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