It can be confusing for anyone new to the gym scene as to which equipment is best for them to use as well as how to use the many different kinds of weight and cardio machines. Even something as simple as a stationary bike can become confusing or even overwhelming with three different options plopped in front of a first time gym goer. So to help those newbies that want to fit in seamlessly with the established local gym rats here is a basic overview of the three types of stationary bikes that you may find in your local gym.
Traditional Stationary Bike
This type of bicycle looks similar to the bikes that you ride outside. The main difference is that the indoor version is attached to a stand in order to keep it immobile. There is a wide selection of versions of this type of bike that range from the basic air resistance bike to the computerized versions that can be programmed to simulate different global terrains. As with outdoor bikes, these bikes come both with lock-in pedals or standard pedals.
For the most part this type of bicycle is used in spin classes. In appearance they are very similar to the traditional stationary bike. However all of these bikes have lock-in pedals to keep your feet from slipping during the fast paced portions of the spin classes. Some of these types of bikes may come with oversized padded seats for a more comfortable ride. It is important when riding any bike that has lock-in pedals to take the time to learn and practice the proper way to get on and off of the bike in order to avoid falling or injury.
These are those funny looking bicycles with the pedals sticking straight out in front of the rider. This style of bike is good for people who have knee, hip, and lower back issues because the reclined position takes the strain off of those joints and the lower back as you pedal. To properly ride this type of bike you need to make sure you have the seat positioned correctly. When seated your seat should be back just enough that when your leg is extended into the downward position there should be a slight bend in the knee. If
you have questions as to whether you are positioned correctly ask one of the on-site staff to look at your positioning and help you fit the bike to your body.
Whoever wrote the old adage, “It’s as easy as riding a bike.” obviously never stepped into a gym full of exercise equipment and three different types of bicycles that are all ridden differently. That doesn’t mean that your gym experience has to be an overwhelming one though; doing your research before you go for the first time and asking the right questions of the right people will keep you safe from injury and make your gym experience a pleasant one.