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Treadmills and exercise bikes

Discussion in 'Fitness, Exercise and Sport' started by peacetrain, May 26, 2014.

  1. Nickglanf

    Nickglanf Type 1 · Active Member

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    Have you thought about a Rowing Machine as a option. I have been using one for the past two years. Rowing is mix of Resisstants training and cardio and you are working the legs , back and upper body. Has been said previously you could go to a local local gym on a free taster session and tryout exercise Bikes , Treadmills and Rowing Machines to see what suits you.
    #21 Nickglanf, Oct 14, 2017 at 6:47 PM
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  2. RFSMarch

    RFSMarch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am looking to buy a refurbished Kaiser M3 spinbike - they have proved to be the best rehab for my lack-of-cartilage knees and give me a good work out. If I win the lottery I will probably also look at the Woodway curve treadmills for home use. Think hamster-wheel (and now I understand why my furry little critter used to bite me if ever he came off his!)
  3. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    At one time I was tempted to buy a treadmill, but a trainer at my gym whose judgment I trusted warned me that they are high maintenance. You have to clean regularly UNDER the belt, as otherwise dirt damages it. You also have to consider very carefully the advertised speed/power. Having one that won't go fast enough to stretch you could be frustrating. By contrast, obviously a bike goes as fast as you can pedal. Treadmills are usually pretty noisy - you may have to consider the neighbours or even other people in your household. These days cross trainers are much more fashionable than exercise bikes. I have got one and it gives me a good workout because I am using my arms as well as my legs. Also, pedalling a bike you are not weight bearing, so it is not so effective for strengthening bones. I also have a Concept2 rowing machine. I find this the ultimate strenuous workout, but sometimes I don't quite feel up to its level! (Though of course one can always row gently.) Anyone rowing would do well to learn proper technique. Concept2 have good guidelines for this. Beware - EVERYONE at the gum, including the trainers, is rowing all wrong.
  4. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Alexandra100. Nice to hear from a " rower " .
    Ultimate workouts on rowing machines. They'll always be rowers available in every gym in the country.
    They get avoided like the plague by most and as you rightly say are usually used incorrectly.
    Lost track of how many times I've told people they don't have the damper on level 10.
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