Recumbent Bike vs. Upright Bike: Which is Best for You?

Which is your preferred work out? The treadmill? Rower? Stationary bike? If you answered stationary bike, is it an upright or recumbent bike? With already lots of different types of cardio equipment to choose from adding more options within an option can be daunting. The Fitness Shop can help with some of this confusion and determine which option is best for you. Let’s start by taking a look at the differences between the recumbent and upright bike.

Recumbent Bike Benefits

  • Easier on the lower back (lumber spine) due to the way that you sit in the bike. A recumbent bike encourages better spinal posture than the upright bike that has you hunched over the handlebars.
  • Gentle on all your joints: your lower back is supported by the bucket seat and your knees and ankles are protected from potential injurious impact.
  • The seat is larger: an upright bike has a smaller seat and can be uncomfortable for some riders.
  • Generally safer because you cannot stand up on the pedals. It is safe for individuals of all ability levels and provides a low impact workout.
  • Due to the low impact, the recumbent bike reduces the risk of pain. This can be beneficial for an individual with back and hip problems because the reclining position spreads weight over the back and buttocks.

Looking for the right recumbent bike for you? Take a look at our selection here.

Upright Bike Benefits

  • Provides a more consistent workout since your body positioning is similar to the outdoor riding position. This ensures that you’re working the same muscles that are used with outdoor riding which is more of a total body exercise.
  • Since you’re keeping the body upright this provides a more efficient abdominal muscle workout then the recumbent bike where you are in a reclined position.
  • There is more of an upper body arm workout since you engage the biceps, triceps, and shoulders in the upright position.
  • Upright bikes are more compact and have a smaller footprint (they take up less space in your home gym)

Ready to invest in an upright bike? Take a look at our selection here.

At the end of day choose which option best fits your needs and remember all equipment is only beneficial if you use it. Don’t forget to set attainable goals and practice a healthy lifestyle.