Post # 1
I’ve been a regular at the gym for around 8 years and used to be crazy on cardio but over the last 2 years I decided to move to weight training which has been great. However with the wedding coming up I decided to start fitting in a bit more cardio and ordered myself an exercise bike to try at home. I’ve been using it for about a month now.
I wanted to talk to anyone else who uses or used an exercise bike regularly, my main questions are:
– How long do you typically use the bike in one session?
– Do you do any kind of interval training or just pedal away on the same setting?
– How has your body reacted to the training? Did you lose weight, did your legs get bigger, or more toned?
Post # 2
Hi, I do road biking, so it’s not exactly the same but…
like with any cardio, you really get the most bang for your buck with intervals. If I was doing a 30-45 minute session id do 5-10 min warm up, at least 20 minutes of high intensity interval training and cool down.
i would also play around with resistence. Hill climbing is what makes your thighs tight and booty pop 🙂
last year I actually gained a little weight from cycling because it really made me much hungrier. But once i really concentrated on fueling with healthier stuff I haven’t had that problem.
it makes your legs look fantastic btw 🙂 good luck!
Post # 3
I use the bike at the gym a lot because I have big boobs and foot pain. The bike doesn’t aggravate those issues. When I’m there to work out I use the hill training program. It’s a decent cardio workout but then when I start riding my real bike outside and I hit those killer hills I realize the exercise bike is not the same no matter what setting you put it on!
When I have a lot of reading to do for school I just pedal away at the same medium resistance. Then I don’t feel guilty for spending time working out when I have so much work to get done, but I also don’t feel guilty for sitting around on my butt. I think in the end it evens out because I’ll spend twice as much time exercising than when I’m not reading and focusing on a higher intensity.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I attend spin classes at the gym about 3-4 times per week. The classes are 60 minutes and we are constantly changing the resistance and speed. I went even more frequently the two months before my wedding in October and lost 20 lbs in those two months, but I was also tracking calories.
Post # 5
GulfCoastBride: Thanks for replying! My Fiance is a keen road biker too, I’ve often been tempted to join him but never really got round to it and now he is too far ahead for me (he does 7 hour intense rides at weekend with a group). I’m already starting to see a slight change in my legs which is great. Your workout plan sounds very intense, I’ve only got up to 30 minutes maximum so far and that is low intensity intervals! I’m already building up my time and resistance though so heading in the right direction
lampshade: Thats good that you have found a cardio which suits your needs. As you say the stationary bike can never mimic the real thing. My Fiance sometimes puts his road bike on the turbo trainer and rides stationary when the weather is bad and he says the same thing.
dancindavinci: Our gym has regular spin classes and I’ve often been tempted to try but i’m scared! To be fair I see people going in and out who look quite unfit and they manage to get through it so I would probably be fine! My friend went to them quite a bit before her wedding and described the feeling as “not knowing if she was going to be sick, stop breathing or actually die on the spot” !!!
Post # 6
jpbee: Spin class is SO fun! The music is so energetic, and really, everyone is just doing their own thing whether they’re beginner or advanced. It’s a really good workout!