Exercise Equipment: the Dual Action Exercise Bike

by Jodee on April 19, 2011

If you like the idea of using an exercise bike for fitness but you also want to get an all-over workout, consider trying a dual action exercise bike. This type of model works your legs in the same way that any other stationary bike does, but it also allows you to move your arms at the same time.

A number of fitness clubs are providing this type of fitness equipment to their members. This model is also becoming popular among consumers looking for home gym equipment.

The dual action bike doesn’t just provide a workout for the legs and glutes; it also helps the user to strengthen and tone the arms and upper back. Being able to move the arms and legs simultaneously provides a better cardio workout. A person using this type of equipment would have the flexibility to control the intensity of the workout to achieve the results he or she is looking for.

Features of a Dual Action Exercise Bike

When considering buying a dual action exercise bike, look for one with an option to lock the handle bars. When the handles are unlocked, they move in conjunction with the bike pedals. Not all users will be interested in this type of movement every time they exercise using the bike. Even when the handles are unlocked, the user can still control the intensity of the workout by varying the speed of arm movements.

An adjustable seat is an important feature when looking for an exercise bike. The ones available at a gym or health club should be easily adjusted to accommodate users of various heights. Trying to use a bike with a seat that is not in the proper position can lead to strains and injuries.

A higher-end exercise bike will have a console indicating multiple readings while the equipment is in use. The user can see how long he or she has been pedaling, as well as the distance traveled during a session. The level of resistance may also be indicated on screen. In some cases, the on-screen indicator may also show pulse rate and the number of calories burned during the session.

Benefits of Using a Dual Action Exercise Bike

  • This piece of exercise equipment’s all-over workout will benefit people who want to burn fat for weight loss, as well as build muscle.
  • The exercise bike can be used for short, intense training sessions, as well as longer ones to build endurance.
  • This option provides a low-intensity workout, which will benefit people who have joint issues.

Working out with an exercise bike regularly can help to reduce stress, and may even help to combat depression. It helps to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular issues. For people looking for a low-impact way to get (and stay) fit, this option is definitely worth considering.

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