Cardio Exercises Equipments

You decided it’s time to have your own cardio equipment to workout whenever you want, but you don’t know which one to buy. I tried to describe the most common equipments so you could choose the right one for you. Here it goes!

Recumbent BikeRecumbent Bikes

These machines have a more comfortable seat with back support. If foot straps are provided, using a recumbent bike will require slightly more effort from the hamstring muscles and glutes. Most newer models of stationary bikes provide a touch grip heart rate monitor or heart rate chip that will read heart rate during exercise. Because your body weight is supported by the bike seat, more emphasis will be placed on your leg muscles, requiring you to work harder to get your heart rate up.

Upright BikeUpright Bikes

There are a few different options in this category. Most Health Clubs provide a higher quality stationary cycle that uses an electromagnet to change resistance. This type of stationary cycle is the best kind. You can change your speed or resistance without any delay. Again, because you are supported by the bike seat, more emphasis is placed on the major muscles of the legs and you will have to work harder to increase heart rate. Other types of stationary bikes include ergometer and wind resistance. The ergometer uses a friction resistance such as brake pads that tightens on the wheel. You will not be able to adjust tension or resistance on a wind ergometer bike. If you are in the market for purchasing a stationary bike, your best option will be a higher quality electro magnetic upright or recumbent bike.

Cross TrainerElliptical Trainers

Trainers simulate an elliptical style movement similar to walking or running, but without the impact of walking or jogging. Because you are not lifting your feet, less work is required from the legs than if you were to walk or run on a treadmill. You can, however, increase or decrease the amount of resistance. Most elliptical bikes also have a ramp that allows you to increase or decrease the angle of inclination. This does not necessarily increase or decrease your effort, but instead it will target different muscles.

These machines allow for effort from both the upper and lower body. The user is able to adjust both the speed and resistance with an immediate response time.


These are the most common type of equipment. They simulate a very familiar motion: walking, jogging or running. Most treadmills on the market are equipped with a flexible walking deck that reduces the amount of impact an exerciser will receive on their joints. This is a very helpful feature that will contribute to a more enjoyable overall experience.

Features that you may want to look for include:

  • Flexible walking deck;
  • Heart Rate compatible;
  • Emergency stop button;
  • Pre-programmed workout routines (interval, manual, hills etc.);
  • Light weight, quiet and durable design;
  • Life time warranty.

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