Outdoor Bikes Versus Indoor Bikes: Which Should I Get For Weight Training? Fitness. It’s a noble pursuit to want to improve, not just how you look, but how you feel as well. And it’s a journey that’s spiked with periodic muscle soreness, the yearning for the food that you used to eat all the time (that you suddenly can’t for the sake of maintaining your macros), and the routine that you need to maintain. It takes as much mental toughness as much as physical toughness to reach your fitness goals. Luckily, there are so many ways to work towards your goal. There is a surplus of equipment that will help you progress toward your intended direction. One piece of equipment that has always been a mainstay in every gym or fitness center is the humble bike. No gym is complete without stationary bicycles. However, many people have been making the case that outdoor bikes, or “real bikes” are most effective at helping you reach your goals. Well, I did quite a bit of reading on the matter and here’s what I found: So, outdoor bikes differ from indoor bikes in two main ways: Design So, “real bikes” are your run-of-the-mill bike. They are built with efficiency in mind, meaning they come with gears that help generate more power per exertion you put in. And these gears work in the same way that the transmission systems on cars do. Lower gears are designed to help produce more power while higher gears are designed to allow for less restricted movement. These higher gears allow riders to cruise on flat roads and to coast downhill. In contrast to this, stationary bikes are designed to create a consistent resistance to the rider’s exertion. This is achieved through the addition of a flywheel that can be adjusted to provide more or less resistance to your movements. This component is responsible for that “heavy” feeling when pedaling on a stationary bike. So, in this regard, stationary bikes may be more appropriate for your work out simply for the fact that a steady and consistent exertion is required. Muscle Engagement Sure, it’s easy to simply say that there’s no difference in terms of muscle group exertion since they both require the legs to turn the pedals. However, that’s an error in itself. One has to understand the environment at which each bike is used. The outdoor environment is characterized by varying terrain. Sometimes riders coast downhill, sometimes, they have to exert extra effort to traverse an uphill slope. This means that depending on the type of terrain you’re moving through, you would be engaging different muscles. Hamstrings, quads, calves, and shins are all used during an outdoor cycling session. In contrast to this, stationary bikes are meant to provide constant resistance without any variance to the required amount of exertion required. These machines primarily focus on the development of hamstrings and quads. Now,  what’s the answer to our question? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that despite the fact that regular bikes engage more muscles and burn more calories than stationary bikes, you have to consider that the goal here is to progress in your weight training. This means involving several other workouts. And these workouts are often more effective at helping shed fat when they are focused on specific muscle groups. The fact that stationary bikes can easily complement other workouts is more than enough reason to recommend these over regular outdoor bikes for the goal of weight training.
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Outdoor Bikes Versus Indoor Bikes: Which Should I Get For Weight Training? Fitness. It’s a noble pursuit to want to improve, not just how you look, but how you feel as well. And it’s a journey that’s spiked with periodic muscle soreness, the yearning for the food that you used to eat all the time (that you suddenly can’t for the sake of maintaining your macros), and the routine that you need to maintain. It takes as much mental toughness as much as physical toughness to reach your fitness goals. Luckily, there are so many ways to work towards your goal. There is a surplus of equipment that will help you progress toward your intended direction. One piece of equipment that has always been a mainstay in every gym or fitness center is the humble bike. No gym is complete without stationary bicycles. However, many people have been making the case that outdoor bikes, or “real bikes” are most effective at helping you reach your goals. Well, I did quite a bit of reading on the matter and here’s what I found: So, outdoor bikes differ from indoor bikes in two main ways: Design So, “real bikes” are your run-of-the-mill bike. They are built with efficiency in mind, meaning they come with gears that help generate more power per exertion you put in. And these gears work in the same way that the transmission systems on cars do. Lower gears are designed to help produce more power while higher gears are designed to allow for less restricted movement. These higher gears allow riders to cruise on flat roads and to coast downhill. In contrast to this, stationary bikes are designed to create a consistent resistance to the rider’s exertion. This is achieved through the addition of a flywheel that can be adjusted to provide more or less resistance to your movements. This component is responsible for that “heavy” feeling when pedaling on a stationary bike. So, in this regard, stationary bikes may be more appropriate for your work out simply for the fact that a steady and consistent exertion is required. Muscle Engagement Sure, it’s easy to simply say that there’s no difference in terms of muscle group exertion since they both require the legs to turn the pedals. However, that’s an error in itself. One has to understand the environment at which each bike is used. The outdoor environment is characterized by varying terrain. Sometimes riders coast downhill, sometimes, they have to exert extra effort to traverse an uphill slope. This means that depending on the type of terrain you’re moving through, you would be engaging different muscles. Hamstrings, quads, calves, and shins are all used during an outdoor cycling session. In contrast to this, stationary bikes are meant to provide constant resistance without any variance to the required amount of exertion required. These machines primarily focus on the development of hamstrings and quads. Now,  what’s the answer to our question? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that despite the fact that regular bikes engage more muscles and burn more calories than stationary bikes, you have to consider that the goal here is to progress in your weight training. This means involving several other workouts. And these workouts are often more effective at helping shed fat when they are focused on specific muscle groups. The fact that stationary bikes can easily complement other workouts is more than enough reason to recommend these over regular outdoor bikes for the goal of weight training.
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