Schwinn Airdyne Upright Exercise Bike Benefits and Tips
Submitted on Sat, 16 Oct 2010
The Schwinn Airdyne upright exercise bike still sells after nearly 30 years and the design is largely unchanged. Even though it does not have many newer innovative features of other newer bike models, Airdynes still have a following in spite of the limitations. These machines remain favorites for several reasons, including the longevity of the machines, the dual action feature and the type of exercise routines possible. My experience with the AirDyne is mostly only with one bike but it is the same one I have pedaled for nearly 20 years in total. Following are more detail about what you get with the bikes and why it matters. These basic features and benefits apply to the similar Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp exercise bike too.
The bikes have been used many times in gyms and clubs since the construction and design stands up to the hardest use. They certainly can handle any amount of punishment from home users. Here's why. The frame is a heavy weight welded and stamped steel structure made to be rock solid to provide a no sway, no rock ride even under the hardest of use. Lesser bikes often rock and roll, leading to failure just from the mechanical stress of constant movement. The nearly 100 pounds Airdyne takes serious pedaling and pumping with nearly no movement. What's more the resistance system is just simply a fan. No friction system to wear out and no electrical resistance design to fail leaving the bike useless, the fan just works. Simply turning the fan faster makes for more load against the rider. Here's why the fan resistance makes for a better ride.
Dual action bikes, of which the Air-Dyne was the leader, make for a smooth, balanced workout. It's balanced in several ways but especially so as all the main muscle groups get into the act. That's so of course because the action synchronizes arm motion with leg motion. By working both upper body and lower body, you get better overall results faster. Part of the advantage to any exercise bike workout, especially the dual action equipment, is the muscle toning and building is the real key to long-term weight loss and fat burning. How so? Building muscle makes for increasing the at-rest or basal metabolism. Faster metabolism means better weight control and less fat accumulation.
But maintaining an exercise bike routine only happens if the ride is something that gets done. Boredom stops many exercise plans and that's another advantage of machines of this type. By engaging arms and legs in the work and making it easy to vary speed and thus pedaling load, it makes for a less boring ride. Most more modern bikes use magnetic resistance and computer power to simulate real world riding. The Airdyne lacks heavy computer power but substitutes a comfortable ride and the more total engagement of the limbs and shoulders to keep the ride less of a chore. It's still work, but with a little imagination and some thought it's easy to mix it up and keep at the workouts which is a must to get results.
Stationary bikes still remain a favorite way to exercise as other fad machines come and go. Bikes are especially useful at home since the convenience makes it more likely that the workout programs actually get done. The Schwinn Airdyne upright exercise bike remains a popular choice because of it's basic durable design and the quality of the dual action workout that is possible with these machines.
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Ride exercise bicycles to stay trim all the time. The Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike helps you burn fat with a simple to use bike that will most likely last as long as you want to use it.
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