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Upright vs Recumbent bike?

I hopped on a recumbent bike yesterday at the gym and had one hell of a time enjoying it.  I couldn't get my heart rate up and felt bored the entire time.

Will I feel differently if I use an upright?  I need something to fill my "off" days but this apparently wasn't it.  What do you prefer for a good cardio workout?  Or perhaps I'm doing something wrong... which is entirely possible.

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Re: Upright vs Recumbent bike?

  • Personally, neither. I would choose a spin bike if given the option. At my last gym they put the old spin bikes in the main cardio gym and put new spin bikes in the spin room. I would hop on the old spin bike every once in awhile and it's much better than the upright or recumbent bikes gyms usually have.

    If you have a bike, you should just go outside! That's really what I prefer!

  • dup, sorry.

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    Personally, neither. I would choose a spin bike if given the option. At my last gym they put the old spin bikes in the main cardio gym and put new spin bikes in the spin room. I would hop on the old spin bike every once in awhile and it's much better than the upright or recumbent bikes gyms usually have.

    If you have a bike, you should just go outside! That's really what I prefer!

    Good advice, thank you!  I do have a bike but I'm normally doing this rest workout over lunch so going home to get my bike isn't an option.

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  • I hate recumbent bikes at the gym. Go for the spin bike.
  • My former trainer was famous for saying (or yelling, ha!), "No one ever lost weight on a recument bike." I personally don't think they're worth the effort - for me, neither is an upright. Spin class, regular outdoor bike, or nothin'. ;-)
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  • On days when I have no energy I do the recument bike.  It is pretty easy.  I agree with the spinning bike rec
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  • Another vote for spinning. DH got me a recumbent bike a few years ago and I used it very minimally. So minimally that I was able to sell it for a nice price recently.
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