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recumbent bike or treadmill?
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I have both in my basement. When I can get to the gym, whats my best bet???

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I would probably vote for the treadmill. You have to engage your core more when you run than when you're sitting back on the bike so I personally think you might get a better overall workout.

But, like Ken said- do whatever is fun for you and will keep you going!

Ashley Kairit 18k
7 years ago
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Yeah, I really like the idea of doing both from a circuit standpoint & as a way to shock & confuse the body.

But my own personal opinion is that I personally find it extremely challenging to get a true & solid cardio workout from the recumbent bike alone.

I feel the same way about the recumbent bike as I do abdominal machines; they serve a purpose but your valuable time could be maximized in other areas –I’m just saying. If I do utilize the bike, first I would shoot for the upright bike & second, I would use it as a burnout enhancement or as a cool down option.

Tony

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Tony Nicholson 141k
7 years ago
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As I am an eternal member of the walking wounded club ( rotator cuff, badly repaired patella tendon, former back patient wiht bulging discs and fractured vertabrae { thank you IDD therapy!!Happy })--
and not only did the recumbent bike hurt my back, it bothered my knee AND I struggled to feel like I was really "working" on it.

Because of aformentioned knee, elliptical and treadmill are only "sometimes" things, and the upright bike is my best friend. I work at a relatively high resistance, alternate between 200 and 250 watts-- sprints in my own way.

It certainly seems to be working for me, as I get the knee stabilized to do more on the treadmill (I miss my stairmaster!!!) this is a workable solution.

Vicki Bowland 53k
7 years ago
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Vicki, who doesn't love the stairmaster????

Ken, don’t get me wrong, I do believe there is a place for the recumbent bike (different strokes for different folks), but it’s critical it’s utilized in the proper setting, i.e. with the proper motivation, direction & with a solid strategy in place.

I just see so many people practically sleeping on them or texting, playing a game or reading –not that there’s anything wrong with that, but c’mon, let’s work & work hard whilst we are there; right? I know you would never let one of your clients to get away with that. The folks who break a solid sweat & increase thier heart to an effective level, they receive the true benefits of the equipment.

With the business we’re in, I’m in, I talk countless people out of buying a home grade or retail version of a recumbent bike/treadmill; not because they can’t last, be utilized or serve as a good backup tool when getting to the gym is not an option, but the majority of the cases I see, people buy them & they turn into overpriced clothe hangers. There is a reason why consistent gym work is effective as all would hopefully agree.

Again, just my opinion, so don’t be mad at me & 1,000,001 reason why I love AF.

Tony

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Tony Nicholson 141k
7 years ago
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Choose whichever one you like better or that feel would enjoy most at the moment. Get on, have fun, torch calories. Maybe even do a little of both for some variety during your session.


7 years ago
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Ken: email me please, I need to ask you something! Happy

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Debbie Pias 57k
7 years ago
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Tony, I personally like to use the recumbent bike to introduce clients to fun and exciting world of high intensity interval training. As long as you can adjust the resistance and keep a good tempo you can fire up the muscles and cardiovascular system.


7 years ago
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If you are purchasing a recumbent bike to reduce back pain from an upright riding position or as a mode of rehab/prehab for a knee or hip surgery... it's a great purchase and a lower price point than a treadmill... BUT a treadmill has more versatility for your in home needs- interval training can change with more than just speed and resistance as in a bike... it can also include incline. Secondly you can do more than just run or walk on a treadmill you can move sideways and backwards hitting the inner/outer thigh muscles, hip stabilizers and even more backside training glutes and hamstrings.. important to train those for a back low back or sciatica. Sears.com is a great web site to find your "best buy".

Andrea Metcalf 228
7 years ago

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