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Old 08-14-10, 04:45 PM   #1
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Does time in the gym on a recumbent bike help on a regular bike?

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Old 08-14-10, 05:17 PM   #2
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Sure, any exercise helps and the recumbent will help lots. It just won't be as specific as on a bike.
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Old 08-14-10, 05:21 PM   #3
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I would think that anything that helps with cardiovascular endurance can help, somewhat.
As for straight improvement on cycling...probably only as much as Cardio goes.
Kind of like running on a tread mill as opposed to putting in actual miles on the road.
The regular exercise bikes at the gym actually bother my knees a lot, so I hit the elliptical machines.
Maybe a spinning class can help since you can get into a more conventional cycling position.
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I usually ride the recumbent exercise bike at the gym on my off days. I does feel like I'm using more hamstrings when riding it though. Could just be me...
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I agree it's good for the cardio, but not much beyond that. I ride a trainer in the wintertime when weather is bad. After a string of weeks on the trainer, I finally get outside to ride and can tell that I haven't been on the road. Similar to running on a treadmill & running outside. It helps, but IMHO, there is definitely a difference.
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I do not have fond memories of the recumbent bike at the gym. The setting is always too long or too short for me and that provided me with an uncomfortable squished session or stretched out session.

Are there any regular stationary bikes? They were more comfy and I did intervals on it. The cardio workout did help with stamina and I lost about 20 pounds over the winter. The 20 pound shortage mixed with the increase in endurance was a big help.

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