Vibration Plates verses Exercise Bike
We often get asked whether a vibration plate is better than other types of exercise equipment, and we'll answer - it depends what for.
No type of equipment can offer a total all-round solution for fitness as it depends on your training goals. But while there are many benefits of using a power plate, they cannot improve your cardio-vascular fitness.
This is where something like a bike is really useful to complement your workout routine. If you have the money and the space, an exercise bike is a good option. If you don't, you can always combine running or riding a road bike with a Whole Body Vibration (WBV) training programme.
But it's not just about having the space that's an issue. Before you buy a bike or plate, consider whether you'll use it on a regular basis to get the most from it. The main benefit of vibration training for many is the time-saving element - ten minutes on a plate is the equivalent of one hours conventional exercise.
But some find the exercises a little dull and can lack the sense of achievement other forms of workouts can bring, for example, cycling 10 miles non-stop for the first time.
But then many find cycling boring. It comes down to how much you want to achieve your goals, whether it's weightloss, toning-up or improving your aerobic fitness, and what you're prepared to get there.
If you're sold on the idea of a plate, please see our buyer's guide. If you're not sure, you can read more about the benefits here.
If you think a bike is the way forward for you, please read on.
Benefits of Using an Exercise Bike
A bike, like any piece of equipment, has advantages and disadvantages. If you're very overweight, we think the pluses outweigh the negatives because the cycling action is a safe way to burn calories. They are quieter than a treadmill or rowing machine, and require only a small space to use.
Good variation of workouts - ie. interval, heart rate programmes, Tabata, time trials etc.
Ease of use - no technique, you just sit down and cycle.
Low-impact if you're overweight or recovering from an illness or sports injury.
Tones legs and bum.
Good for cardio fitness.
Different types of bike offer more choice - see below.
A good, durable model with built-in programmes doesn't have to cost the Earth.
Regular cycling can be dull.
Doesn't do much for your upper body.
Types of Exercise Bike
While there are dozens of brands on the market, to confuse the process of making a choice, there are also three types of exercise bike:-
The original home exercise bike and still the most popular, and as the name suggests, the position you adopt to use it closely resembles that of a standard road bike.
Compact, takes up little space.
You can vary riding position to work different muscles groups, and change the intensity of a session.
Wide price range from budget models up to well over several thousand, means plenty of choice for all budgets.
Some may find the saddles on lower-priced models uncomfortable.
If you're tall or overweight, an upright bike may feel unstable.
A number of the budget models are poor quality.
A recumbent bike can be one of the most comfortable ways to get fit. The saddles are bigger, softer and reclined giving a different position and therefore using a slightly different group of muscles.
Good choice if suffering from back-pain.
Position puts very little stress on joints - less than an upright or spinning bike.
Low risk of injury.
Some consider the recumbent position tones legs and bums better than an upright.
Some budget models have poor saddles.
A good model costs more than an upright model.
Of all the types of exercise bikes the spinners look by far the most high tech and cool! An intense spinning session burns calories a plenty and can be great for fat loss and cardio fitness.
Similar action to road-racing - many models tilt.
High intensity workouts - great for short sessions if your time is precious.
A 30 minute session you can burn up to 600 calories.
More positions possible than recumbent or upright works the quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, calves and even your abs.
Not suitable if very overweight.
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