Upright Bike Vs Spin Bike
When it comes to training at home it's important to remember that what works for one person might not necessarily work for you. Therefore, there's a few things to consider. Firstly, what are your health goals? Understanding what you want to achieve will help you decide what style of training you’ll use. As a result, this will help determine which equipment suits your style of training. Secondly, how much space do you have? Your space will need to be functional, so the equipment and flooring you choose needs to optimise your workout area. Thirdly, what is your budget? Ultimately this will be a deciding factor for the type and style of equipment you purchase.
When it comes to bikes there is a lot of variation. Here we provide a brief breakdown of Spin Bikes vs Upright Bikes.
- Traditionally have a wider range of adjustments - Seat height and handlebar height as examples
- Simple to use
- You can stand up on a spin bike
- Great for high intensity interval training (HIIT)
- Similar position to a road bike
- They have a fixed gear, so when you stop pushing the pedals, they keep turning and allow you to keep the legs working when slowing down
- Tend to be cheaper and compact
- Some models contain cycling and fitness programs
- Body positioned in a more upright position, for some this is more comfortable
- Some models have a console with useful information about speed, time, calories burned
- Can do a whole range of workouts
What is best for you?
As the end user you'll need to find a solution that suits your needs. When it comes to recovering from an injury or suffering from hip and back problems, recumbent bikes tend to be a better option. If you're accustomed to spin bikes from spin classes or the position of your body in road cycling then we would suggest a Spin Bike. If however you still want a good workout, but want that to be more comfortable, then the upright style of exercise bike will be your best choice.