Upper body workouts to do with resistance bands:
- Rowing: Pulling an exercise band (that is looped over the front of your exercise bike) with your whole body focusing on the movement of your shoulders.
- Back flies: An upper back challenge that consists of taking each end of the resistance band in each hand and pulling across the body to form a T shape.
Exercises to workout with a medicine ball:
- Ab twists: Whilst holding the medicine ball in both hands, twisting the weight of your body and the ball to either side as far as you can reach whilst keeping your core tight.
Having an Exercise Bike at Home or at the Gym
A worthwhile investment for home gym equipment is an exercise bike. By having the machine at home, this allows you to avoid trips to the gym when you’re not in the mood as well as embarrassing moments! The gym equipment is there in a different room of the house all set up for you. However, each exercise bike comes with different specifications, we have listed the most common types to make it easier for you.
Buying an Exercise Bike
Firstly when deciding whether to by a stationary exercise bike or not it’s important to consider your options:
An upright bike. This is arguably the most common type of exercise bike. It’s popularity stems from its similarity to a normal bicycle.
- Benefit: depending on preference, you are able to ride this standing up or sitting down.
- Drawback: the positioning of the bike sometimes adds pressure to your hands and wrists and the seat is often described as uncomfortable.
Recumbent bike. This has a larger sit fitted to a reclined position further back from the pedals in a comfortable position.
- Benefit: the comfortable pedalling position places less impact on your joints, which are fully supported during the workout. This means fewer sore muscles and less fatigue.
- Drawback: since the position is comfortable and supported, workouts are not as high intensity as some would like
Dual-action bike. Unlike a typical bicycle, this machine had handlebars which move to help target your upper body. So if you prefer a combined workout rather than reaching for the upper body weights, this one could be for you!
Whatever the weather, you can always get your sweat on with an at home exercise bike. Whether it’s for cardio, muscle strength, fat burning or weight loss, this piece of gym equipment is an all round delight!