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Old 10-02-2020, 06:36 PM
Sunset Dragon Sunset Dragon is offline
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Upright Exercise Bike vs Spin Bike

I have a problem with my knee and my leg muscles need to be strengthened. At this time, I am unable to use weights or perform squats. It has been suggested that I either swim or use an exercise bike to maintain fitness.

I am interested in purchasing an exercise bike primarily for the purpose of strengthening my legs. For those who have used both kinds of exercise bikes mentioned in the title, would you recommend one over the other?

I read that the spin bike is great for cardio, but I also read that once you gain momentum, the wheel can spin without you needing to force the pedals to move. I read that the pedals on the upright bike stop moving the moment that you do, therefore requiring constant effort. If this is the case, it sounds like the upright bike with resistance would be better for me to build leg strength versus the spin bike. However, I don't know if this is true and was wondering if anybody has any thoughts about it.

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Old 11-02-2020, 08:10 PM
Lucky 1 Lucky 1 is offline
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I find an elliptical jogging machine to be far better than a stationary bike or treadmill.....you get a vastly better cardivascular workout and a lot more muscle use without any of the pounding on he joints you get with running or weights.

My own favorite is the Precor EFX 541.........in between weight training days....I do cardio on one of these several times per week...its a great workout and easy on the joints.
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Old 14-02-2020, 04:46 PM
Sunset Dragon Sunset Dragon is offline
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Sounds like a good workout, Lucky. I always liked the idea of the cross trainer, but couldn't take to it when I finally tried it in the gym. I couldn't get a rhythm going and felt 'clunky'. Perhaps I just needed more time to adjust to using it. I have read that the stationary bike is superior when targeting the quads and hamstrings, particularly with increased resistance. Mind you, I've read a lot of things. The cross trainer is no doubt superior when it comes to a full body workout and cardio. Opting for it has definitely crossed my mind, but I'll probably still opt for a bike as it feels right at least at this time. Still not sure whether to go for spin or upright, though. Probably upright. I'm hoping to be able to use weights for the upper body workout but that depends on other factors. I'm very much rehabbing my whole body, which became neglected after picking up numerous injuries in sports - in that sense the cross trainer does make sense! Back and forth I go.
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