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Research "Exercise recumbent bike vs upright bike"


  1.  Recumbent Bike vs Upright Bike: Which is Best for You?  LINK 
  3. But, the seat is not the only source of comfort. As opposed to an upright bike, where you grab onto the handles, hunched forward, on a recumbent bike, your hands are completely free. This allows you to watch TV, read a book, or play one of your favorite gamesLINK 
  4. This isn’t to say the recumbent bike is hard and has a steep learning curve however – it’s actually relatively easy. But it will be a new movement pattern for most of you and will take some getting used to. Typically after a few days on the recumbent bike, things will feel completely natural and you’ll be a pro at this type of cyclingLINK 
  5. Clients with knee, ankle, back and shoulder pain may find that the recumbent bike is more suitable for exercise. But, keep in mind the recumbent bike is suitable for almost all fitness levels. If you have clients that tend to suffer from knee and back pain, check out these two ISSA blogs for more resources on how to help them:

  6. 9 Tips to Make The Most of Your Recumbent Exercise Bike Workout  LINK 


$260  MaxKare Recumbent Exercise Bike Stationary Cycling Bike 8 Level Resistance Seat Adjustable Large Digital Monitor & Ipad Holder for Senior

  • Amazon Product Page LINK 
  • Possible video of it being put together  LINK 


$370  Sunny Health & Fitness Programmable Recumbent Bike - SF-RB4850, Black   LINK  


Knee Pain    link  link   link  Seat position  link


One exercise you can do is sit on the edge of your bed and slowly raise your lower leg until it is parallel with the floor. No weights are needed, just make the motion fluid and keep your feet aligned as you do it. The exercise will help the muscles that keep your kneecap tracking properly. I find that a few sets of 10 reps for a couple of days helps most of my sore-knee problems.


I had knee pain until I got my seat dialed in. I was over extending my legs. Pulled the seat up closer and the pain disappeared. Don't know if that is something you have tried but that is what worked for me.  


Kirkwood Elliptical  Precor EFX 

Feb 2011
Press the ENTER button (then keep pressing it)--> MANUAL --> WEIGHT --> AGE --> then set to Crossramp of 5 and Resist to 10.  Do for 30 minutes

(Kirkwood Elliptical Precor EFX) Said I was at Cardiovascular between heart rate of 115 and 140 (for my age and wieght)


Elliptical  burn top of thighs  30 minutes  (stairmaster, running, cycle)
Tread mill machine  (to warm up0
$380 on sale $220  from Big Five
Sole E25 $1000 
20 minutes to warm up 3 miles 
Recumbent  bike
Jon Moldenhauer likes it.  Sit down with back rest
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike  $450 instead of $600 list
Questions to ask
  • How old is it?  How much did you pay for it?
  • How quite
24 hour Pro
Precor EFX 576i  (time elapsed, time remaining.  distance, strides, total strides)
  Can set cross Ramp  1-20  and Resistence 1-20
Bike  Star Trac Pro 

Elliptical with no handles  Kirkwood  Sept 16  PreCor EFX 546i  $5,500 (Amazon)
  • Left knee started complaining afterward of 30 min Elliptical and then 6 minutes of both bike and elliptical
  • Maybe not a good idea since similar exercise to running which I hope to be doing 2 times a week still.
  • Hard to write
  • Easy to do 140 to 150 watts and 140 heart beat
  • Noisy (alot noiser than the
  • 30 minute manual workout 3654 Strides,  Distance 3.05
  • >= HR 140 is above Cardovascular.  Couldn't get above 153 (bug?).
  • strides  130,  Wat 157  Heart 128
  • Got Watt up to 185,  Heart pass 153 but would not display

Recumbent Bike  Kirkwood  Sept 15  Precor C842  no heart rate 
  • Only displayed one measurement at a time, had to rotate through them
  • Not much noise, pretty quite, even at higher speeds
  • Easy to write
  • Seat set at 5 from pedals
  • Resistance 9  rpm  72  watts 126
  • res  6  rpm 71   watts  96

Recumbent Bikes
When shopping for exercise bikes, it's better to get a bike with as many variations as possible.   If you want an upper body workout as you pedal, you can easily add weights and do repetitions as you sit back in the recumbent bike seat.   If you're feeling particularly tired or lazy one day, you can have an easy workout where you can read a book or newspaper. If you really want to test your limits, you can crank up the music, set the machine to more difficult levels, and add some weights for an upper body workout.
Because you sit back and lower to the ground in a recumbent bike, it is better for your body. Most exercise bikes force you to hunch over, causing a stiff back. Some dual action bikes are back injuries waiting to happen. Recumbent bikes require that you sit with good posture as you pedal.
Recumbent bikes also offer one of the few cardio workouts  that put no pressure on your knees and other joints. You can't "cheat" on a recumbent bike and stand up when you're finding it more difficult to pedal. Standing like that on other types of exercise bikes puts unnecessary pressure on your knees and ankles. Recumbent bikes let your body exercise at an angle where your body weight is not stressing your joints. Even people with back and knee problems will find a recumbent bike easy to use.
Recumbent bikes can also allow men to get a great cardio workout without the discomfort that only a man knows on regular bikes or other types of exercise bikes. With the large, comfortable seats of recumbent bikes, you are much more likely to enjoy your workout pain-free.
If you move the seat of a recumbent bike up a bit to bring your legs higher, you can even target the lower abs and have to do less crunches to get the bottom of your six-pack!  Michael Walker is a freelance author providing useful information about fitness bikes, recumbent exercise bikes and spinning bicycles.
His numerous articles offer comprehensive tips and solutions for the fitnessenthusiast. Visit for more info
The impact on your joints of a recumbent bike is even lower than that of a stationary bike. This is because your feet are more at the same level with your body rather than lower.  asically all parts of your lower body stand to get a great workout from your use of a recumbent – your inner thighs, butt, calves, etc.  And if you move the seat closer to the pedals, you can even workout your lower abs!  If you want an upper body workout, too, you need only to bring in the use of free weights. Because you are so much more balanced when sitting on a recumbent bike compared to a stationary bike, you can even do bicep curls.  • It is easy to watch TV or look out the window or even look at the pictures in a magazine while using a recumbent bike. And the more entertained you are, the more you can take your mind off of your workout, and the longer you will be able to work out.

If your looking for some great tips and info on reducing waist size and firming up to combine with your exercise bike workout look at Lots of resources there to help.



For advice on how to lose bodyfat and get in great shape with an exercise bike workout and a home weight lifting routine, visit this . You will find plenty of diet and exercise advice that will show you how to get in the best shape of your life without ever stepping foot in a boring, sweaty gym!


For nutrition and health info laced with lots of good common sense to combine with your exercise bike workout...or not, take a look at has some different approches on the subject that may be just what you're looking for.

Schwinn Active 20 Series Recumbent Exercise Bike 
  • The bike is very quiet, easy to use, and does not hurt my back.
  • The settings and seat position are easy to adjust. The resistence level and exercise routine controls are straight-forward. The machine is quiet with even resistence at all speeds and resistence levels. The seat is wide and comfortable with solid arm rests. The structural components are heavy-duty but the bike can still be moved around without much effort.
  • this machine hardly makes any noise.
  • the lack of a back light on the computer monitor makes the screen very hard to read and it is pretty annoying (I keep a mini flashlight nearby). However, I understand that technology is expensive and part of the reason this bike is so affordable is because it lacks the backlighting. It is a tradeoff I am willing to deal with for the great price.
  • In an effort to help others who buy this bike, the chair locking lever is tricky. When we assembled the bike the chair just kept sliding down the incline and would not lock into place. When I pushed the locking lever down I would stop when I felt resistance because it felt like it would break it for sure if I pushed any harder. I had to wait until the next day when Schwinn's customer service line was open. They were very helpful and told me they get tons of calls about this. Basically, the locking device is a suction cup and you have to push the lever down hard to lock it even though it feels like you are about to break it. Considering so many people have problems with this they should have given consumers a heads up in the assembly instructions.
  • The only downside is that it is hard to read the LCD screen.
  • Some favorites include the comfortable seat with a wide range of adjustments, generous size pedals, water bottle holder conveniently placed up front, and just enough computer programs to make it interesting. It's quiet, straightforward to operate, has nice lines, is solidly built, and you don't have to plug it in.
  • The active 20 is the smoothest and quietest exercise bike I have ever ridden. It has plenty of difficulty settings and can even maintain your target pulse if you feel like holding onto the handles for your entire workout. I usually read a book or play video games, so my pulse is unavailable. The unit is very sturdy and quiet. It is a lot larger than it looks in the photo, but has little wheels in the front, so you can move it easily despite its weight. I am pretty handy and it took an hour to assemble. Nothing difficult, just tedious tightening of bolts. My only criticism is that the seat is flat and the quality of the foam is not that great, so after a while, it gets a little uncomfortable. Not a problem at the price.
  • as other reviewers have stated. It only took us an hour to put together.
  • We can watch tv while using it, which is a nice way to pass the time. We have a very small house and it fits nicely in it.  it's is hard to read the screen because there is not a backlight and the letters are a bit hard to read.
  • This is not our first Schwinn, but this model ranks up there with the best.
  • I recently purchased this bike. It is everything I had hoped for. I did alot of research before purchasing this one. I read the reviews & the description about the bike and decided to get it. No regrets.
  • The only thing I wish was that is had a backlit screen but thats much more money. There is another similar machine with a backlit screen for a similar price but its garbage compared to this one.
  • I had the same problem after assembling my exercise bike. It turned out I was not pushing down on the leveler hard enough to lock the seat into place. After the first time, it has been easy to adjust the seat and have it lock in place. If this does not help, I recommend calling Schwinn/Nautilus customer service. I found them very helpful.
  • Love this product. I can exercise my legs without stress on my knee joints - and read while riding. It takes up little space - much less than I expected.
  • I looked all over for a bike that would fit my small stature (4'10" 80 lbs) This bike is just what I needed. I can use it as well as my husband (5'10" 200lbs)
  • As far as sturdiness, I'm currently 6'3" and over 200 lbs and it doesn't shake or lean one bit, and it's on carpet. Also, it's silent! Set it up pointed at your TV, set up a small fan close by and you've got one great tool for getting a little exercise. I usually walk for 2-3 miles per day, but this is much more pleasant, as Minnesota weather can be a little harsh for walking during some months.
  • This Schwinn has a variety of programs that vary the resistance throughout the workout that I really enjoy. I pick a different one each day to mix it up a bit. There's also some other programs that focus on keeping you in your target heart rate, etc. For some reason, I find it enjoyable to watch all the stats the control module displays. Calories burned, distance traveled, watts generated, etc. The only con I could possibly list would be that your bum might get a bit tired reaching the 1 hour mark. And really, it's only the first week or so I noticed this, but it's something to consider. The seat and seat back are both adjustable, so make sure you're comfy!
  • I weight about 170 pounds and there are absolutely no issues with creaking, wiggling or loose parts. The heart rate monitor works perfectly. The programs on the bike work well also...  the machine is very quiet. There are numerous options on the machine regarding the method of workout - the variety is great. The cupholder was a nice surprise - I didn't think I would use it but I do. Assembling the machine was quite easy. I did that in about an hour and a half, . The only possible thing I could say negatively is the seat could be a bit more comfortable, but it's not that bad.
  • It is VERY sturdy and incredibly quiet
  • I have tailbone problems and this bike has not aggravated them yet. The back support can be attached lower or higher depending on preference. I know that with it mounted on the low position the back support is great. The display is hard to see.
  • I purchased this bike during my recovery from a total knee replacement. I found that using a bike during my physical therapy greatly enhanced my ability to bend the knee. I especially love the recovery function. We have a camp in Maine so I wanted something that could be taken apart and reassembled easily......we are now in maine and I'm able to continue with my regular exercises.
  • Very comfortable to use. Instruction booklet is good. Haven't used all the features yet but the bike is very well made and very quiet and smooth to operate.
  • The bike really is super quiet! The programs are easy to use. I think at the highest setting even a pro could get a descent cardio workout.
  • I will get on the bike and watch a favorite show and before I know it I've been going an hour and burned 1000 calories, it's awesome. I am so happy with my purchase, it doesn't take up too much space and it's very quiet. I'm happy I've finally found something that works for me.
  • Very quiet so you can use phone or watch television.
  • the heart monitor isn't very accurate
  • It apparently puts pressure on your tailbone, if you stay on it for more than about a half-hour. Eventually, both my husband and I have had trouble with our toes going numb. Something is getting pinched.
  • but the Schwinn had much better features, smoother and obviously better built. For just a little more than the others, you get a great bike, and this is considerably less than what other quality bikes are going for. All the parts were carefully packaged (nothing missing!) and instructions were easy to understand.  Once put together, I thought that the seat adjuster was broken, but it turned out just needed a firmer push to lock in place - it works perfectly, quiet, smooth, provides a great workout and I absolutely love and recommend it!
  • This exercise bike is EXACTLY what my overweight body and bad knees need. I get great exercise from the programs, it was fairly easy to put together, and the thing is just so quiet its unbelievable. I have it facing the TV in the gameroom and I watch ballgames and exercise at the same time. Absolutely the best online purchase I have ever made.
  • He cannot use it because, being 6'2, he finds it 'tight'. I, on the other hand, have been using it almost every day. It is extremely quiet and comfortable. I do not use the programmed workouts, but I set my resistance and check my own heart rate monitor (which is necessary since the bike's monitor does not work properly). The screen is a tad small, but not so small that it would bother a person with normal vision. This bike is quite good for cardio. It makes it easy to get a workout in while watching your favourite show or reading a magazine. For global fitness, make sure you also lift some weights.
  • It adjusted easily to suit user heights ranging from 4 ½ feet to 6 feet (70 to 185 lbs). The seat was well cushioned and comfortable enough for extended use. The unit was extremely silent and smooth at all resistance levels. There was no smell of any sort even after 60 minutes of continuous use at higher resistance levels. The Active 20 is well built with heavy duty metal parts. It is very stable and did not rock or sway during use. This unit is heavy, but the built in tilt up wheels made it easy to move. My only minor complaint is the battery powered display (4 C sized batteries were included in the package) can be hard to read at times, since it does not have internal lighting. The control was easy to understand and use, even without reading the directions. New resistance took a second or so to kick in after any adjustment. The resistance levels should be adequate for most people, but the availability of even higher levels would have been nice. The heart rate monitor was accurate, but the calorie calculator must be way off. There is no way I can burn off 250 calories in 15 minutes on this unit
  • You can barely hear it.
  • I ordered this so that I could play video games/watch tv while exercising and it works great. The other reviews are pretty accurate. The seat wears your bum out a little bit, but after a few weeks of using it you toughen up.
  • Its a good thing I get up at 4:30am but then again its so quiet nobody knows I'm on it.
  • While the back rest is "adjustable" (meaning, you can screw it into place in two different places), the bottom is not, and frankly, I find it uncomfortable. After sitting there for 30 minutes, my tuchus is not happy with me. I don't know if it's the angle of the seat or what, but it just isn't comfortable.
  • It is now July 2009 (after 4 months) and my bike is still going strong. There are four pretty rambunctious kids and a husband that all like to hop on and give it a whirl. The handle bar sensors are still accurate, which I tested several times by just taking my pulse rate the old fashioned way(finger on the pulse for 10 seconds).
  • I would make is that the display screen should be back lit. The screen is easy to read , as I said in my earlier review, in regards to the size of the graphics. However I have found that it is harder to read without a light shining on it from behind me.
  • I love this exercise bicycle. I have had it about a month and have used it every day. I usually find exercise equipment too boring to stick with it very long, but this is different. I can watch tv and almost forget I'm exercising.
  • It has built-in front rollers for easy portability, just lift the rear part and push to move it.  For two older folks with arthritic knees, it is a perfect way to get our exercise!!!
  • Seat is a little uncomfortable after an hour or so but not too bad. I agree with the reviewer who was 6'6", this bike would be uncomfotable for anyone over 6'2. I am 5'11" and the seat is almost back to it's limit on the frame.
  • I have back problems so I chose this kind of a bike. It does not hurt my back. I do wish that the seat was a bit longer, my butt hurts a little some times.
  • The seats are well cushioned and large enough for a big guy like me...6' at 250lbs. No issues there.
  • I've had it for about a month now and have used it almost every day for at LEAST one hour. I've gone up to two hours at once, and the only thing holding me back from doing more is the seat does get a little uncomfortable after that long (don't worry, for one-hour sessions it is fine).
  • I've had it for about a month now and have used it almost every day for at LEAST one hour. I've gone up to two hours at once, and the only thing holding me back from doing more is the seat does get a little uncomfortable after that long (don't worry, for one-hour sessions it is fine). Why is it good for gamers? I have put a folding table between my computer table and the bike, which means I can easily just move keyboard, mouse, and monitor over any time I use the bike. I looked at a lot of solutions, but this one is cheap and effective (there are better ones for significantly more money than one folding table). Thus I can play games, surf the web, or watch movies while I bike. I don't even notice the time going by. I've biked during full movies. Finally I can do my favorite hobby AND get exercise at the same time.
  • Be aware that the heads of most of the bolts are the same size but that there are exactly two bolts of a slightly shorter length. It is important that you get them in the right place!
  • The unit makes almost no noise. The only thing you hear is a quiet whisper as you turn the pedals. You also hear a very light crank sound when the unit switches between the lower and the maximum levels. Comfortable. The seat is wide enough and soft enough that I can sit on it and work out for up to 90 minutes, break a good sweat and feel comfortable the entire time. Cons:
    1. Resistance level. The highest resistance level is not much of a challenge (then again, this depends on your fitness level). I am sure that a pro biker will laugh at it while someone intermediate like myself will be OK with it as it provides a good cardio work out.
    2. Seat adjustment. This might be an advantage to some people depending on tastes. But the way by which you adjust the seat is by a pressure/lock type mechanism. I don't know how this will hold out over the years but by then I might be sick of the machine and wish to replace it for something fancier.
  • we added a pillow for our 6 year old daughter.  The bike is extremely quiet, and does not interfere with our tv viewing, and the console is compact enough to not get in our way. We have had recumbent bikes in the past; however, this is by far the best one we had.
  • I liked the fact that the monitor is battery powered so I do not need to position the bike near a plug.

Swinn 230
  • Has same poor lite
  • I'm only 5' tall and it's easily adjustable for my height.
  • I'm 5'4", and have no problem reaching the pedals. And yes, the seat wobbles just a bit. Not an issue, as much of the exercise equipment I've used has the same behavior.
  • I have a bad back and arthritic knees and this machine has really helped me.
  • I read in a review that it didn't fit anyone 5'4" or smaller. I'm here to say that that's not what I found. I'm just under 5'4" and my mother is 5'2" and we fit fine on the bike.
  • I'm 72 and had a back injury a few months ago. The only way I was getting around was slowly and with a cane. After using this bike for 2 weeks I'm up to 4 miles in 15 minutes and my back no longer aches but I'm walking fine now.
  • When I originally purchased this product, I was severly disabled with hardening of the arteries and had very weak legs. It was very difficult to get any exercise with my legs. Most exercise bikes, even on the lowest tension setting, provided too my much resistance and I was not able to use them. When I read a review of this product from a woman with MS who also had compromised leg function, I knew product was for me. I was not disappointed. I was able to ride the bike on the lowest setting, and while I had to stop frequently, I was able to get some exercise. I had surgery to correct the problem and now have full leg function. I now use the program settings on the bike and am up to level 5. I ride the bike very day. I would be lost without it.
  • Had a squeak (mentioned in other reviews) - easy to eliminate with cardboard gasket at front seat post/seat rail connection.
  • My wife who has a bad back can ride 30 minuntes with ease. Anyone with a bad back, or those who have had surgery for back problems can finally exercise in confort!

We had this problem too. I'm over 6' and my wife is 5'. I called the Schwinn customer service, and they said that their bikes were designed for people as short as 4'10", but they have had many complaints from people even as tall as 5'4" that they had trouble reaching the pedals.

The problem is the step-through design. In the older designs, and in the current Schwinn Active 20 design, there is a continuous rail from the seat to the pedal unit. This allows the seat to get very close to the pedals. The trade off for the step-through, is that it does not allow the seat to get as close to the pedals, and those with shorter legs have problems. The Schwinn person suggested we get the Active 20, or if we wanted a more robust machine, to look for one of their older designs.

We found a Schwinn 213. It is a model that Schwinn doesn't make anymore, but there are a few out there if you search for them. It adjusts to fit both of us quite easily.
My guess is that it is the 231 before they changed the design to be a step through.

The upright stationary exercise bike has been around for quite some time but recently the recumbent exercise bike has become increasingly popular. There's some debate about which is better. Personally, I believe they both have advantages and disadvantages. Which one is best depends on your overall fitness level and what it is you want to achieve using a bike.

Both types of bike have their negative and positive points. As the recumbent bike is a relative newcomer that's proved to be quite popular, let's take a look at it first.

Advantages of a recumbent exercise bike

Comfort is without doubt its biggest selling point. Many complain of being saddle sore when using a traditional upright; no matter how padded the seat is, after any length of time your rear end gets a little sore. However, with a recumbent, you sit in a chair - not on a seat - and this eliminates a sore bottom.

People with lower back problems find the support offered when sitting in a seat in a reclined position enables them to cycle for longer, than they would do on an upright, thus getting a better workout. People who are overweight also find it more comfortable to recline in a chair rather than sit on a seat.

Cycling in a reclined position works the gluteal muscles more than cycling upright. If you're looking to improve the shape of your butt, the recumbent is the way to go.

Sore or numb wrists and fingers are a thing of the past as you hands no longer support the weight of your upper body.

The recumbent exercise bike is also more ergonomic. This means that breathing is improved as abdominal muscles relax, which in turn leads to a better cardiovascular workout.

Disadvantages of a recumbent bike

Unlike an upright, your movement is restricted. And, many fitness experts believe that the reclined position encourages a slower, less intense workout.

Advantages of an upright bike

Your movement is not restricted so you can choose to either sit down or stand up as you pedal. This means that you can exercise different areas of muscle. Many models also come with handle bars that allow the rider to either cycle in a sitting up position or in a more competitive, racing position.

Uprights take up less space and generally cost less because there are fewer parts to the frame. This means that for the same money you generally get a better bike with an upright model.

Most fitness experts tend to agree that you get a more physical and intense workout on an upright.

Disadvantages of an upright bike

These have already been listed in the advantages of a recumbent bike section.

In conclusion, upright bikes are more suited to those who are already in shape and want workouts that will keep them that way or take them to the next level. A recumbent exercise bike is best suited for those who've never exercised before, who have back problems, overweight, or have mobility problems. But whichever model you think is best for you, you should give both types a try out before you buy.

Follow the links for more detailed recumbent exercise bike reviews on models like the Schwinn exercise bike, the Lifecycle exercise bike and many more.


Elliptical machines are made with a wide variety of stride shapes, however, depending on how they are made. Some are long (more like running), but some ellipticals have their footpads attached directly to the flywheel. This means that the stride shape will be almost a circle - not really an elliptical. The stride is so humped it feels more like bumping up and down. This humped stride is ergonomically disadvantageous and makes it hard to get a good rhythm and a good workout.
Get 18" to 20" stride length
Footpads no more than 6" apart
Lastly, the elliptical motion and stride on the Sole e35 is more ergonomic and natural than it is on the 418. The Sole has a 2 degree inward slope on the pedal track that will greatly reduce ankle and knee stress that's common to some other elliptical trainers in this market.  from here 
2) Heart monitor - it's a cardio machine so monitoring your heart rate is a critical aspect of doing a cardio workout. You can always augment with a wrist mounted heart monitor, but having the heart monitor integrated into the electronics head is a great convenience. Heart monitoring in the head unit is implemented with either an associated chest strap or a pair of hand grip sensors - or both. Grip mounted sensors are almost always on the stationary grips (the pair of grips in the middle that do not move. That's a disadvantage because using the moving arm grips is a big part of the workout. Chest straps are better (because you get to use the moving arm grips - and it's nice not to have your hands limited in motion and/or placement) but some folks don't love straps because they get sweaty and you have to take a moment to put them on or off. I highly recommend you at least experiment with chest straps, however. Knowing your heart rate and pushing it to an appropriately challenging level is central to getting a good cardio workout.

Proper cardio training is a whole topic - but short and sweet - to find your cardio target levels:
i) start with 220 and subtract your age (I'll use 40 as an example) - 220-40 = 180 (165 for me). That's your maximum heart rate, "MHR".
ii) Multiply your MHR by 60% (.6) to find your "low and slow - fat burn" target, 70% (.7) to find your aerobic threshold, 80% (.8) to find your aerobic peak and 90% (.9) to find your maximum safe limit. So for the 40 year-old example:
(93 for me) 180*.6 = 108 (get above this for low and slow fat burn workouts)
(108  110)180*.7 = 126 (get above this for aerobic workouts)
(124  125)180*.8 = 144 (this is the target for aerobic peaks)
(139)180*.9 = 162 (this is your warning threshold - back off)
So a good workout for a 40 year old would involve 5 minutes or so of warm up ramping heart rate up into the one hundred and teens. Then upping the resistance to bring heart rate into the mid 120s to 130s for the body of the workout (20-30 minutes) and then a 5 minute ramping down cool down with stretching to follow. This is a rough guideline - individuals are all different of course and there's plenty of controversy about how best to work out. If you're just starting out, shoot lower until you feel ready. If you're very fit, maybe you'll want to get above 80% for more time. But if you're coming from a place where you have no idea about what cardio levels to shoot for, this little calculation is a whole lot better than nothing. The great thing about using cardio levels to work out is that this will automatically compensate for your evolving fitness level. As you get more fit, you'll have to up the resistance higher to hit your target heart rates. This is exactly what you want. As long at your are hitting your target heart rates you'll be getting a good workout.
4.0 out of 5 stars Assembly Notes, August 15, 2009
By  Mel L. "ml" (Broadview Heights, OH) - See all my reviews
Overall good product. Level "1" seems a bit more like Level "2 or 3" at the gym, 
but think it'll work out well in the long run. 

Also, good assembly instructions too, but here are 4 simple pointers that should 
help you avoid any squeaking problems: 

1. Buy a spray can of WHITE LITHIUM GREASE from K Mart etc. for a few dollars. 

2. Before assembling each part where two parts come together, clean out the 
metal shavings (left from the manufacturer) inside the holes as best you can. 

3. Spray the inside and lubricate all joints and rods with the white lithium grease 
(a better quality grease that doesn't degrade as much over time). 

4. IMPORTANT: On Step 7-3 (Install Right and Left Lower Handlebars), it says to 
"Use the two supplied combo wrenches to 'thoroughly tighten' the hardware", but 
I found that if you over-tighten this, even with plenty of lubrication, it will 
squeak a minute into using the machine. Simple fix: Get it lightly snug, then 
loosen the two bolts just a bit.

Lifestyler Cardio Fit  The Rider  from Sears




The Lifestyler Cardio-Fit is a "low impact full body motion" bike with "adjustable dial resistance". 

It's one of the best gym equipment for tight legs, buttocks, thighs, and stomach, because it works out the entire body through movement. 

This equipment offers a unique form of cardiovascular benefits and greater toning results. 

Great way to stay in shape throughout the year. 
LifeStyler CardioFit Plus - Exercise Machine 
Originally $300 and now $30!!! 
Model: 831.287724 

-Gently Used 
-Low Impact 
-Push and Pull Motion 
-Quick Set Adjustments 
-Dial Resistance for ease 
-Electronic Meter 

Push and pull exercise equipment for building strength and endurance with low body impact. 
Quick change feature lets you switch from pushing to pulling exercises. 
Simple to operate - sit on bike, and push with your legs, while pulling towards you, the cardioglide motion will 
primarily work your legs, butt, back and arms, and secondarily works your chest, triceps and abs. 
Great for good workout! 

Meter counts time, speed, Distance, calories, and repetitions. 


Pickup in Wentzville, MO, Cash or equivalent only! 
Call (740) 463-0732 

Call 209-676-0803 for


Date: 2009-09-15, 1:00AM PDT
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Date: 2009-09-16, 6:13PM PDT
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Offered for sale is a Healthrider recumbent cycle model CC125. This machine has not been used much and is in excellent condition. It has an LCD console that displays all pertinent information and can be programmed for various workouts. It also has a pulse monitor. The console will also hold a book and 2 water bottles. This is a solidly built piece of equipment and is very heavy. Included is the original manual. This item was purchased at Costco for $500.00. Asking $225.00 OBO. This can be your ticket to great health or an expensive clothes hanger. If interested or if you have any questions, please call 919-5013 and please leave voice message if no answer. Thanks for looking. 

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Can't find this model.  Health Rider only sells one model.

Diamondback recumbent exercise bike like New!#! (Sacramento)

Date: 2009-09-16, 7:06AM PDT
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This Diamondback recumbent exercise bike is up for sale. Bike is in great condition with little use! A great workout without leaving your home. 
E-mail me your offers at I have posted more pictures and info on the link below. Thanks. 

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