Recumbent Bikes Vs. Upright Bikes: Which one is best for you?

man riding an indoor fitness bike

What is your preferred cardio workout? Do you prefer running on a treadmill or using a WaterRower? Maybe you like using a stationary indoor bike? if you answered stationary bike which one exactly?

You see, stationary bikes come in all shapes and form factors. The most popular of the two are upright bikes or recumbent bikes.

With already lots of different types of cardio equipment to choose from adding more options can be very daunting. Luckily for you, The Fitness Shop in Melbourne can help with some of this confusion and help you determine which option best suits your fitness needs. 

Let’s start by taking a look at the differences between the two types of indoor fitness bikes. Hopefully this article will help you choose the right one for you! 

What are the Benefits of using a Recumbent Bike?

Firstly, let’s take a look at the benefits of using a recumbent bike.

A recumbent exercise bike is easier on the back, especially your lower back due to the way that you are seated. Also, a recumbent bike encourages better spinal posture as an upright bike has you hunched over the handle bar.

Recumbent bikes are gentle on all of your joints. Your lower back is supported by what is called a bucket seat and your knees and ankles are protected from high impact. The seat on a recumbent bike is larger than an upright bike and an upright bike has a small seat and may be very uncomfortable for some riders.

Generally, recumbent bikes are safe because you cannot stand up on the pedals. It is safe for individuals of all fitness levels and provides a very low impact workout. Due to its low impact, this reduces the risk of pain and/or injury. This can be beneficial for an individual with back and hip problems because the reclining position spreads weight over the back and buttocks areas.

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

Recumbent bike benefits infographic

What are the Benefits of using an Upright Bike?

Secondly, let’s take a look at the benefits of choosing an upright bike.

An upright exercise bike provides a more consistent workout since your body positioning is similar to the outdoor riding position of a normal bicycle.

Since you’re keeping the body in an upright position this provides a more efficient abdominal and full body workouts than the recumbent bike where you are more likely in a reclined position. This ensures that you are working the same muscles that are used outdoors. Using an upright bike also means that you will be working your arms out a lot more.

There is more of an upper body arm workout since you engage your biceps, triceps and shoulders in the upright position. Upright bikes are also more compact and have a smaller footprint meaning that these indoor spikes take up much less space in your home gym.

Are you ready to invest in an upright bike? Take a look at our full selection here at The Fitness Shop.

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

If you need any help whatsoever contact our friendly team at The Fitness Shop will make sure to point you in the right direction.