bike indoor

We all want to exercise more efficiently.  Sometimes it’s not about the joy of riding; it’s about maximising our results whilst minimising the time we spend doing it.  But can we expect to reap the health benefits of cycling from just 15 to 20 minutes exercise a day?   Is 15 minutes of cycling a day enough? Any exercise is better than no exercise…

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Switzerland makes me think of Toblerone. But you’re probably more refined than that.  You might think of Rolex watches, pocket knives or cheese with holes in it. If you’re really fancy, you might say clockwork or CERN, but Switzerland is also home to the 2000-Watt Society. It’s hard to imagine what 2000-watts (or 2kW) looks…

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uncomfortable bike seat

Stationary bikes are uncomfortable as hell in the beginning. Getting a few rides under your belt will help. Positioning the saddle and handlebars correctly can also make a big difference to the comfort of your ride, but why are indoor bikes so uncomfortable? And what can riders do to relieve sore sitz bones, aching coccyx,…

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It’s just like riding a bike…  So the saying goes. It’s one reason why stationary bikes are a gym staple: most of us already have experience of riding one. And they’re beginner-friendly and far less intimidating than treadmills, ellipticals and fixed-weight machines. But what are the benefits of a stationary bike? What is a stationary…

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woman tying trainers

2020 was a tough year, no kidding. And it’s going to be a while until we’re back to something resembling normality. COVID-19 has complicated our personal and professional lives in ways few could have imagined before the pandemic. We’ve all been told by several Government-backed scientists that regular exercise is crucial in reducing the risk…

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New year, new me – right? If only it was as simple as setting an intention. New year fitness goals may be easy to write down but they’re tough to keep up. This has never been truer than right now.  COVID-19 has closed the gyms and made group exercise, even outdoors, impossible. Our free time now…

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man running on treadmill

Which is better: cycling or treadmill? There isn’t a universal answer to this question, because it depends. Cycling and running both have advantages and disadvantages, and the weight of one over the other will depend on an individual’s circumstances and needs. What’s better for one person isn’t necessarily best for another. Before we explore this…

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spin bike without a screen drawing

Indoor bikes are sexier than they used to be.  Remember when indoor bikes were paired right down and stripped back to basics? Pedals, handlebars, an uncomfortable saddle…If you were lucky, there was a drinks holder.  Then sensors, calorie counters, heart-rate monitors started appearing on exercise bikes and now you have indoor bikes with touch screens and…

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exercise-bike-spin-bike

Indoor fitness bikes and exercise bikes aren’t the same, but they are part of the stationary bike family. Both resemble the type of outdoor bicycle you may have ridden as a child. Both have pedals, wheels, handlebars and a saddle but unlike those childhood bikes, they’re fixed in place no matter how hard you pedal.…

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close up bike on road

Will Cycling Give You Abs? Cycling won’t give you rock-hard abs but that doesn’t mean that your core won’t benefit.  And building a stronger core will make you a better cyclist, too.  In cycling, you use your abs for stabilisation; your core keeps you steady and stable in the saddle. This is intensified when you’re…

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