Are Recumbent bikes good for losing weight? I heard that since you're
laying back against the seat you don't work as much muscles which makes your
body not burn fat as efficiently.
If they are good for losing weight, are recumbent bikes good for increasing
performance in bicycling? My boyfriend does triathlons in the summer and
wants to train in the winter inside.
I like recumbent bikes because they are comfortable but I need to know if
recumbent bikes are good for my goals of losing 15 pounds as well as my
boyfriend's goals of training the bicycle part of the triathlon.
So my basic question is: Are recumbent bikes good for weight loss and
performance? How do recumbent bikes compare to upright sitting bikes,
elliptical trainers, etc.
Are Recumbent Bikes Good for Weight Loss & Improving
Without taking any personal issues into consideration, the short answer to
your question is yes. Even cheap recumbent exercise bikes are just as
capable as the $5-10,000 top-of-the line brand new equipment at any high-end
Pedaling against the resistance that recumbent bikes provide will cause your
heart rate to elevate which in turn burns calories which causes your body to use
the excess energy (calories) in which most of it is in the body's fat stores.
This "fat burning" is the same on all cardio machines.
The weakness of recumbent bikes versus other pieces of cardio equipment is
the lack of variety. Other than the programs which your recumbent bike
offers (as well as upright stationary bikes) which can manipulate resistance
and/or ask your to manipulate speed the only mode of exercise you will be doing
on it is pedaling in the same direction.
If you're not in love with bicycling or training for a triathlon like your
boyfriend there is a good chance you will get bored with a recumbent bike.
Also if using your recumbent bike is your primary source of physical activity in
your exercise program, the seat will rob your body's core muscles of the extra
work (not very much, but still significant) you would be doing with a standing
form of cardiovascular exercise or even an upright stationary bike.
Recumbent Bikes vs. Other Forms of Cardiovascular Exercise
As mentioned before, the mode of exercise is limited with a recumbent bike.
The latest forms of exercise equipment are beginning to come out with multiple
ways to exercise on them. Whether it be pedaling backwards, changing the
incline, changing the resistance, using the handles, or changing the entire
movement most new cardio machines offer better variety compared with recumbent
Are recumbent bikes good compared to these machines for raising the heart
rate and burning calories? Absolutely. Will these new cardio
machines be more fun to use than the recumbent bike? Probably. This
is probably the most important aspect of any cardio machine because if you end
up not using it, it will not help you burn calories so make sure you try a
variety of machines to find which one you like the best before you settle on a
Are recumbent bikes good for getting your heart rate up high enough to
improve your cardiovascular fitness as well as burning calories efficiently
enough to achieve weight loss? Yes.
Are recumbent bikes the best piece of exercise equipment to buy? No.
Recumbent bikes are often cheap compared to more 'advanced' pieces of cardio
equipment so they are always an option but, there are cardio machines out there
which offer far more benefits including variety of exercise, intensity levels,
movements and more muscle mass involved to name a few.
If your sole form of exercise is using your home cardio machine, a recumbent
bike would not be recommended, but if you plan to use your recumbent bikes as
part of a balanced exercise program then go for it!