Spinner Bikes

Written by Sierra Rein
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Spinner bikes are the essential element of any spinning class or indoor cycling exercise program, as they are specially designed to simulate road rides. These stationary bikes provide the user with a number of different resistance settings and adjustable seat and handle levels. A front dial can increase pedaling resistance to simulate climbing a hill, or decreasing it to simulate flat or downhill racing. Spinner bikes are usually found in professional gyms as a part of instruction classes and can be purchased for home use as well.

One of the most common complaints from spinner bike users is purchasing a bike with an uncomfortable seat. Ideally, the seat should be well padded and individually adjusted to each rider's unique height and leg length. If the seat is uncomfortable or ill-adjusted, the rider can experience numbness in the upper leg and groin areas. He can also be in danger of placing his back and spine in an incorrect riding position, which can lead to pinched nerves, sore muscles and chronic pain.

Other considerations when choosing between spinner bikes can include whether or not they are equipped with safety foot straps or alternative pedals that can be swapped out in case the rider owns specialized cycling shoes. Some cycling machines are also fitted with electronic computers that can read and adjust the resistance and speed rates to specific spinning programs. These can be combined with heart rate monitor transmitters to create a personalized and incredibly effective calorie-burning workout program, even when exercising at home.

Proper Seating Positions on Spinner Bikes

After an instructor has adjusted the seat and handlebars, the rider should mount the machine and make sure that her knees to not become fully straight when the pedal is pushed to its limit. Her arms and elbows should be relaxed above the handlebars and bent slightly to absorb incoming shock. The hands can go either towards the center or on the outside of the handles for a wider grip. When the instructor or machine gives out the order to "stand," it means lifting the buttocks off the seat and when the order goes to "jump," this means lifting and lowering the upper body rhythmically.

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