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Stationary Recumbent Bike Pros & Cons

900xlAthletes are always looking for ways to make their training session more comfortable, and this is one of the reasons why recumbent bikes are constantly growing in popularity. Indeed, instead of keeping your body in a forced upright or leaned over position, you can easily kick up your legs and relax as you pedal. The best thing about recumbent bikes is that you won’t wake up all achy and sore the following morning, which means that you can easily resume training and gradually build up enough strength and stamina to add extra minutes- or maybe hours- to your workouts.

As effective as these machines are, however, they do have certain disadvantages that some people might find problematic. It’s ultimately up to the user to carefully measure the advantages and disadvantages before deciding whether they want to invest in this machine or not. Here are some of the major pros and cons of stationary recumbent bikes.


  • Practical for obese or elderly people: This is the one piece of equipment that overweight, obese or elderly people can use in all safety. Indeed, the machine gently positions your body in such a way so as to take the weight off your knees and joints, which largely eliminates the risk of injuries. Additionally, opposed to spin bikes, recumbent bikes usually come with a high maximum weight capacity, as is the case with the Exerpeutic 900XL that sports a maximum of 300 pounds.
  • More comfortable: As previously mentioned, there’s really no beating the comfort factor when it comes to stationary recumbent bikes. In fact, regular users often report that they hardly feel like they’re working out. By this token, these machines provide a highly relaxing sensation while helping you burn more calories.
  • Easy to do two things at once: This is one of the rare fitness machines that are actually silent and comfortable enough to allow you to do two things at the same time. This way, athletes can lounge back and exercise while watch their favorite movie, read a book or magazine or even use their tablets. This certainly helps the hours go by far quicker and you might even put in more minutes without even realizing it.

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  • Can be boring for some: Although for the most part a reclined position offers more comfort than the traditional upright, more energetic people might not exactly like the idea of sitting in such position for an hour. Indeed, experienced athletes who are more used to other sweat-inducing activities such as treadmills or steppers might find recumbent bikes rather dreary, which will not motivate them to put in more effort.
  • More expensive than upright: Admittedly, recumbent bikes do come in a wide range of prices. However, these models tend to be costlier than upright bikes, as well as bulkier. This is because they normally come with added features to maximize comfort while limiting the risk of injuries. By this token, someone who is trying to stick to a very limited budget might find it easier to invest in a regular upright bike instead.
  • Not suitable for people with limited floor space: One major issue with recumbent bikes is that they tend to take quite a large amount of floor space, something that can be detrimental to anyone with limited living quarters. They aren’t exactly easy to store away either, especially when compared with mini-steppers or upright bikes. However, it’s also worth mentioning that there are some foldable recumbent models which might be a good alternative for people with limited space, such as the Exerpeutic 400XL.