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ProForm 310 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike View

ProForm 310 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike

Strengthen your heart and build more lean body mass targeting the large muscles in your legs, thighs and buttocks using the ProForm 310 CSX recumbent exercise bike. With a 5kg (11lbs) Inertia Enhanced flywheel, it ensures smooth action and to vary workout intensity, there are 16 levels of computer-controlled Silent™ Magnetic Resistance. The bike is fitted with a clear, large LCD display offering continuous exercise feedback and a wide choice of 17 programmes enables you to challenge yourself and stay focused on the goal. The 310 CSX puts less stress on your knees and hips and a comfortable position while exercising is provided by its oversized and cushioned seat. Thanks to iFit® Coach BLE functionality (12-month subscription included), the bike gives you access to ever-growing interactive workout library and for listening to energizing, uptempo tracks, it includes two 2'' speakers and an audio port for your iPod or MP3 player.

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DKN EMB-600 Exercise Bike View

DKN EMB-600 Exercise Bike

Built to last, the DKN EMB-600 exercise bike has a heavyweight 16kg (35.2lbs) flywheel to ensure an ultra-smooth pedal movement. At the heart of the EMB-600 is its innovative EMS brake system providing really fast resistance changes to make the bike perfectly suited for high intensity interval training. Thanks to 32 levels of digitally controlled magnetic resistance and a choice of 16 challenging programmes, the machine is great for users of all fitness levels. A blue backlit LCD display is easy to read and user-friendly, whereas 4 user profiles allow for a more personalised feedback. To enable you to maximize training efforts and take on the real-world adventures from the comfort of your home, the intuitive console works with compatible apps through Bluetooth connection. Plus, the machine makes longer riding experience comfortable with a multi-grip handlebar, an adjustable seat with extra-wide, soft padding and oversized cushioned pedals with a 2-degree inward slope.

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ProForm 325 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike View

ProForm 325 CSX Recumbent Exercise Bike

Made to motivate you to reach your goals and provide effective and enjoyable workout sessions, the ProForm 325 CSX recumbent exercise bike offers a 7kg (15.4lbs) inertia-enhanced flywheel for smooth and quiet operation. Thanks to 22 digital levels of SMR Silent™ Magnetic Resistance, you can vary the intensity of each session, whereas an impressive choice of 25 programmes helps to keep yourself challenged. The bike is compatible with iFit® Coach BLE technology (12-month subscription included) to ensure unlimited online training options and has a clear round Watts LED display with Endurance, Tempo and Peak zones. For a comfortable workout position, there is a sliding saddle with lumbar support and to attach a music source and entertain yourself while exercising, the machine features a music port for iPod/mp3 player and stereo speakers. Plus, thanks to an adjustable tablet holder, you can multi-task while working out.

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NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Recumbent Exercise Bike View

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Recumbent Exercise Bike

The NordicTrack Commercial VR25 recumbent exercise bike provides a safe, effective and low impact workout for users of all ability levels. It is easy on the lower back (lumbar spine) and gentle on all your joints and ensures smooth operation thanks to a hefty 11kg (24.2lbs) flywheel. For increasing workout intensity, the VR25 features 26 digital levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance and there are OneTouch™ controls for easy selections. Your workout feedback is provided on a clear 7" full colour capacitive touch display and the machine is compatible with iFit Coach technology (1-year Family membership included) to deliver a huge selection of interactive workouts and a uniquely individualised fitness program. With a reclined body position, you can exercise while maintaining a good spinal posture, and an oversized, lumbar-supported, cushioned seat with Easy Glide adjustment makes the VR25 comfortable and suitable for users of different heights. For heart rate measurement, use hand pulse sensors or a Bluetooth® smart wireless receiver with an included chest strap and push yourself harder every time watching your favourite shows and listening to energizing tunes thanks to a pivoting tablet holder.

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NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio Indoor Cycle View

NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio Indoor Cycle

Cycle around the world and enjoy energetic, interactive workouts using the NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio indoor cycle. With an inertia enhanced flywheel, the bike ensures fluid and quiet action and to let you train at the right intensity, it has 22 digital levels of SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance. Featuring a decline/incline range of -10° to +20°, the indoor cycle simulates the actual landscape and lets you add more versatility to your training routine. The machine is fitted with a massive 10” full colour capacitive touch display providing continuous feedback on crucial workout data to help you track your progress and offers a wide choice of programmes with a manual one, a daily updated map based workout and 50+ video workouts. Plus, it boasts iFit® Coach functionality (1-year Family membership included) for unlimited interactive training options. For a comfortable riding position, there is an ergonomically designed seat with horizontal and vertical adjustment, as well as a non-slip, multi-position, adjustable handlebar. To deliver more challenge and variety and help you achieve your goals faster, the S10i comes with two 1.4kg (3lbs) dumbbells.

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Exercise Bikes

The exercise bike is an ever-popular piece of fitness equipment found in homes and gyms the world over. Why is it so popular? For starters, exercise bikes are easy to use and very effective. They're also practical as they don’t take up as much space as other types of fitness machine. And, last but not least, buying one doesn't have to break the bank.

In our exercise bike buide below we’re going to look at how to choose the right model for you, explaining some of the important things to consider before pressing that but button. Did you know, for example, that there are different types of exercise bike that suit different purposes? Keep reading to find out about this and much more!

What can an exercise bike do for me?

Cycling on any kind of bike regularly will improve your overall fitness and help you stay healthier. Regular cycling will burn calories, help you lose weight, increase your stamina, build up your muscles, improve your cardiovascular fitness and provide many other related health benefits.

Plus, stationary cycling is impact free, so there’s no extra stress placed on your ankles, knees, back and other joints and body parts. This means it’s very friendly on the body and makes indoor cycling a popular exercise activity for people of all ages and fitness levels.

What types of bikes are there and which is for me?

Now we know that indoor cycling is beneficial it’s time to look at the bikes themselves. There are 3 types of exercise bike: upright, recumbent and Indoor cycles.

Upright – these provide a sitting position replicating that experienced on a road bike, you can also lean forward although obviously you work your core more in the upright position. Upright exercise bikes are very popular, delivering solid workouts while not taking up too much floor space in the home and appealing to a very wide range of users. They are also available in every price category in exsitence so whether you're looking for an inexpensive model to get started on or a bike that's going to be used by lots of people every day there are plenty of models to choose from.

Recumbent – the seats on a recumbent bike are reclined with back support, which rests the abdominals and lower back. But the revised seating position accesses a greater proportion of your back leg muscles (glutes and hamstrings) while you cycle. Recumbent models are especially suitable for those more out of shape or who are recovering from an injury, offering lower intensity riding and increased comfort.

Indoor cycles – also known as spin bikes, indoor cycles can often be found with a chain or belt driven pedalling system that is closer to a real-world outdoor riding experience. Resistance is typically set by turning a manual dial, though some electronic models can be found at the higher-end of the pricing spectrum. An indoor bike is probably the best choice if you’re a cyclist in training or want to concentrate more on performance or do interval training.

How do I choose the bike for me?

The first step is to decide which of the above types of bike suits your needs best. Having an idea of your budget is also important – you could spend under £100 on an exercise bike or over £5000! For under £100 you’re looking at simpler models with more basic build and features although there are compact folding bikes at this price point (see Storage below).

From about £200 to £1500 you’ll find a choice of uprights, recumbents and indoor cycles to meet all home workout needs. Upwards of £2000 you’re looking at more commercial quality machines.

Resistance is an important consideration because as you get fitter you’ll need to increase the resistance to challenge yourself and continue improving. Most upright and recumbent models will have magnetic resistance systems with a number of levels which you control via buttons on the console or handlebars. Indoor cycles have manual resistance usually controlled via a hand knob. You can also find air bikes, where the resistance is related to how hard you pedal.

Having a good selection of workout programs will help to keep you interested and challenged as your training programme progresses. Pre-set workouts, where the computer takes you through a defined session, can be scaled up in intensity as you get fitter by increasing the resistance level.

The weight of the flywheel has an impact on the smoothness of the ride. 7kg and above is a good level for most bikes, though some have ones weighing well over double this! More basic or compact bikes tends to have quite light flywheels, meaning they're easier to carry and store.

What ‘extras’ do bikes have?

User profiles, heart rate measurement, tablet and smartphone connectivity, interactive functions like iFit and other workout apps via Bluetooth, speakers and audio inputs are all available on certain bikes. These are by no means essential but can enhance your sessions and encourage you to use your bike more. It’s worth remembering that some manufacturers will focus on the quality of the parts and build rather than extra features.

What if I want to store it?

Exercise bikes don’t generally weigh as much as other cardio equipment, but even so they won’t fit in most cupboards. That is unless you choose a folding bike. These are extremely practical where space is limited as they are light and fold, so you can store it away when not in use and quickly and easily place it in the desired location when you’re ready to ride.

How do I get started?

Now you’ve got more of an idea about the types of bike our there, it’s time to start looking for your new fitness companion. Head up to the top of this page to begin browsing our range of top quality home exercise bikes. There are filters to refine your search by price, bike type and brand.

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