Considering a recumbent elliptical bike? One of the latest trends in fitness equipment is machines that let you do more with less.
And one of the best ways to do this is with a recumbent bike / elliptical trainer combo. This 2-in-1 machine basically acts as a recumbent bike – or as an elliptical trainer.
With a few quick adjustments, you can switch back and forth – from bike mode to elliptical trainer mode. Some of the most popular recumbent bike/elliptical trainers are the Proform Hybrid Trainer and the Confidence 2-in-1 elliptical.
So is this the right machine for you? Well, here are some of the benefits (and the drawbacks) to help you decide:
Benefits of recumbent elliptical trainers:
1 Get 2 Machines For the Price of One
These days, everyone wants to get more for less. And if you can get 2 machines for the price of 1, that’s even better right?
Most elliptical bikes are around $500 – $600. Now if you bought a decent bike along with a well-made elliptical, you’d probably be spending about $1500. So this is a fantastic way to save money and get more for less.
2 Great Way to Crosstrain
Want to burn calories? Just use the elliptical trainer for an overall, total body fat-burning workout. Want to work out some stress? Relax in the recumbent seat and cycle away while you watch TV.
A bike elliptical combo is a great way to change things up and crosstrain. There are technically 3 motions you can do (not including the crosstraining that resistance gives you).
You can pedal forward in the bike mode. You can also pedal/run forward while standing in the elliptical mode. And you can pedal/run backwards while in the elliptical mode.
So if you’re a bit on the ADHD side when it comes to exercise, a recumbent elliptical can help you by giving you lots of different things to do during your workout time!
3 Great for Family Exercise
This is a great machine for families – since everyone has their own preferences when it comes to exercise. So if your teenager wants to crosstrain for the long distance running team over the winter, maybe he’ll want to use the elliptical.
If your spouse wants to stay in shape – but he has a bad back, he may prefer the recumbent bike.
By having these options, you’re ensuring that more people in the home will use the fitness equipment you’re investing in – which is always a good thing!
So those are 3 of the main benefits you’ll get with a recumbent bike elliptical. Are there any drawbacks?
Well, there are a few things you should be aware of. Because of the limits of the design (and depending on the model), you can’t always use the moving hand bars when in bike mode. Also, the pedals on these machines usually don’t come with toe straps. They are more like elliptical pedals than bike pedals.
Also be aware that the consoles on these units tend to be very simple with fewer built-in workouts and feedback options. They don’t give you as much as a regular elliptical or a regular bike would give you.
So those are a few things to be aware of before you buy. Whatever you decide to get, research is key.
Take your time, think about what you need and research different brands and options before you buy. That way you’re guaranteed to get a better machine that you’ll love using!