Best posture for exercise bikes
February 12, 2021 4:57 PM   Subscribe

Does it really matter if you sit upright or lean forward in the spin-cycle position?
posted by jojo and the benjamins to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not expert, but I think it depends on what you're trying to do.

If you don't care and you're just trying to spin your legs to get some exercise, I don't think it really matters all that much.

However, if you're doing some kind of focused, deliberate workout, then it can make a difference. For example, if you're doing low cadence, high intensity strokes (to simulate climbing, for example), then you will be more effective if you adopt a more upright posture. Conversely, if you're focused on high cadence pedal strokes in the 90+ rpm range like you want to simulate sprinting, then you're definitely able to do that more effectively with a forward lean position.
posted by kbanas at 10:24 AM on February 13, 2021

To take it a step further:

low-cadence, high intensity pedal strokes in a more upright position = lower heart rate, more about building muscle.

high-cadence, lower intensity pedal strokes in a more forward position = higher heart rate, more about cardiovascular exercise.

At least, that's my laymans understanding.
posted by kbanas at 10:26 AM on February 13, 2021

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