Unlike upright bikes, the recumbent variety offers a more comfortable experience, raising the pedals so they’re almost level with the seat and providing you with a back to rest against.
The focus of recumbent bikes is entirely on working out the legs and less on the core, often providing a harder workout because you’re pedaling against gravity, not just the tension of the machine. These machines offer no less an intense workout than those achievable with upright bikes but are particularly effective for people with lower-back pain who can’t use other exercise bikes for significant periods of time.
Recumbent bikes are an excellent option for those with low back pain as the bike provides added support for the back. Recumbent bikes are also good for those who are new to cycling. A recumbent bike can provide a cardiovascular workout for users of all ability levels. Want to give it a try but can’t decide which type of stationary bike (recumbent or upright) is best for you? Check out our article here on the differences or better yet stop by The Fitness Shop in Melbourne to speak to one of our knowledgeable consultants.