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Magnetic Recumbent and Semi-Recumbent Exercise Bikes

Exercise bikes are popular among cyclists, individuals trying to lose weight, and people who have had injuries to their knees and backs. Recumbent and semi-recumbent exercise bikes are similar to average exercise bikes, but the petals are further out in front of you, or directly in front of you. Semi recumbent exercise bikes have the pedals in such a place that your legs are down and in front of you at a 45 to 60 degree angle, whereas recumbent bikes' pedals are directly in front of you, parallel to your seat, or at a slight angle. Both offer riders the opportunity to exercise their lower bodies and burn calories.


Cyclists sometimes use exercise bikes to warm up before a ride. Cyclists may choose an upright exercise bike, or use their own bicycle on tracks, depending on preference. These bikes emulate a similar experience to riding or racing a bicycle. Still, some cyclists prefer implementing gym training recumbent and semi-recumbent exercise bikes to their exercise routines. Recumbent and semi-recumbent exercise bikes offer the rider a more comfortable experience for the lower back and knees, with a larger seat. For this reason, recumbent bikes more often see use in physical therapy and for people with injuries. Both recumbent and semi-recumbent exercise bikes offer riders the opportunity to burn the about same amount of calories, but the abdominal area exercises more with the semi-recumbent bike, as riders still need to support themselves a little.

Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bikes

Recumbent exercise bikes allow the rider to rest their abdominal muscles and offer a more comfortable experience. Riders may exercise longer on the recumbent bike than the semi-recumbent bike because it is more comfortable. These bikes are normally more expensive than semi-recumbent exercise bikes. Magnets serve as a force of resistance in exercise bikes. Other methods of resistance include fans and friction mechanisms.

Magnetic Semi-Recumbent Exercise Bike

Magnetic semi-recumbent exercise bikes often fold away for easy storage and take up less room than a fully recumbent bike. They are often less expensive and have less features, but this varies by model. Although the seat may be wide with support for your back, abdominal muscle strength is still important to keep yourself upright. Some complain that the seat is less comfortable because the seat can dig into the rider's legs as he pedals downwards.

Additional Features

The more technological features, including a screen that tracks progress and has pre-programmed workouts of various intensities, the more expensive the exercise bike. Other features include cup holders, a portal to charge your phone or MP3 player and play music from the speakers, a television, and even a worktop so that riders can pedal as they work on projects on their computers. Despite these features both offer riders the ability to burn calories. However, having extra features may incentivise people who are less likely to exercise.

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