Recumbent Bike vs. Upright Bike
As you can already guess, the body position is one of the most obvious differences between these two types of exercise bikes. When using a recumbent bike, your body will be in the horizontal position, with the pedals being right there in front of you. This position will help you work on your legs and glutes harder than you would be able on an upright bike, but it also has a disadvantage – on the upright bike, you’re able to stand up and easily simulate the action of being on an outdoor bike while climbing the hill with it.
Since they’re smaller and take a smaller amount of material to be manufactured, the upright bikes are often less expensive than their recumbent cousins. This is why they can be purchased for an affordable price (~$150), while the recumbent bikes tend to be a lot more expensive – they could cost you as much as $500.
Most of the people would think that you can lose much more calories when using an upright bike since the recumbent models have that relaxed and less active look. However, even though this is true, the differences are minimal at best, as it all depends on how intense your workout will be in terms of resistance, speed, and length.
Both types of these fitness devices are very efficient when it comes to giving you results, especially if you’re trying to lose some weight. But the difference is the level of comfort you’ll get with each one of them while trying to achieve this goal – the recumbent bikes are, obviously, much more comfortable as they allow you to use them in a very relaxed position, with your legs in front of you and your back having a comfy support. Extended usage of an upright bike could cause problems such as pain in your butt and the lower back, which is a significant disadvantage.
When you’re on an upright bike and using the pedals, your body should be in the same position as well – the user needs to maintain a good posture and keep his back as straight as it is possible. This type of bike will, also, allow you to use the slouched position, i.e. to lean forward like the professional cyclists do when they’re racing. The recumbent models, on the other hand, force you to remain in the relaxed position, because of the seat’s and the back rest’s position.
The back pain
People who have back pain usually look to all sorts of cardiovascular exercises, so that they can lose weight around their bellies and therefore remove the back pain. When it comes to this, a recumbent bike is a better choice – it has a comfortable seat that will support you when you’re exercising, while the upright model can put a considerable amount of stress on your back.
As you can see, both types offer a quality workout and the chance to reach your fitness goals, but they still have differences between them. In our opinion, a recumbent bike is a better choice – although it has some flaws, exercising on it is much more relaxing, and doesn’t put as much strain on your body like the upright model does. If you use it regularly, you will certainly achieve almost the same results as you would with an upright model.