EQUIPMENT REVIEWS

Which is better? Keiser M3+ Versus Schwinn AC Performance Plus

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Keiser M3 Plus compared to Schwinn AC Performance PlusIf you’re looking for a great indoor cycle, the Keiser M3+ and Schwinn AC Performance Plus are two of the highest quality and most popular options. There’s no arguing that these are great indoor bikes. But there’s plenty to argue about when trying to determine which is better. So let us help you with your decision. We’ll tackle the major differences and advantages between the M3+ and AC Performance Plus. Take a look as we compare the main features on these bikes and give you our choice for best indoor cycle between these excellent Keiser and Schwinn models.

Indoor Cycle FrameSchwinn AC Performance Plus compared to Keiser M3+

The Keiser M3+ (Plus) and the Schwinn AC Performance Plus (with Carbon Blue Belt Drive) are both ultra high quality machines that stand up to any Spin Bike. They both feature strong and lightweight aluminum frames. Just on design and aesthetics, we prefer the Keiser M3+. Its sleek brushed aluminum design is more attractive than the beefier white Schwinn, but we’re not about to make a decision on appearance alone.

The frame warranties on these bikes are identical at 10 years, so there’s nothing to compare there.

The maximum fully adjusted dimensions of the M3+ is about 57”x26”x51” (l x w x h) and it weighs 85 lbs. It will fit individuals from 4’10” to 6’5” and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. The Schwinn AC Performance Plus has a smaller footprint of 50”x21”x51”, weighs 112 lbs, has a capacity of 350 lbs and will fit riders from 4’11” to 6’8”. Both of these bikes will be stable and secure during your most intense workouts, but the Schwinn has a slightly sturdier frame and allows for a wider range of users.

Advantage: Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue Belt because of sturdiness and ability to accommodate a wider range of users.

Flywheel, Drive & ResistanceKeiser M3 Plus Review Comparison

Probably the most important feature on an indoor cycle is its flywheel. The M3+ has an 8 lb flywheel and the Schwinn AC Performance Plus has a 37 lb flywheel. The difference between the heavier and lighter flywheel is noticeable while cycling. The Schwinn has a smoother, more fluid motion. The Keiser also has a good cycling motion, but the Schwinn has a more natural outdoor cycling feel, especially when you’re in the lower resistance settings.

Both bikes utilize belt drive systems that require very little to no maintenance at all. Both bikes provide a smooth and very quiet ride. The AC Performance Plus strongly markets the Carbon Blue belt drive, which is a ribbed belt that moves over a sprocket like a chain drive bike (but smoother). This preserves the outdoor cycling feel.

Keiser and Schwinn both utilize magnetic resistance, but how you control the resistance is different on these bikes. The M3+ has a level near the handlebars that works together with the console to show you your level of resistance. The Schwinn has a more traditional set up with a tension knob that increases or decreases friction. It’s definitely nicer to see your resistance level on the M3+ and this allows you to return to previous resistance settings easily. Both bikes provide smooth and constant resistance.

The Keiser M3+ has a slightly better 3 year mechanical warranty compared to the 2 years on the Schwinn AC Performance Plus.

Advantage:  Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue for more realistic cycling feel.

Indoor Bike Components

The Schwinn AC Performance Plus provides double link pedals with SPD and toe-clip combination and provides an optional triple link pedal. The Keiser M3 Plus provides adjustable ShimanoTM combo pedals with toe cages and straps on one side and the other side fits SPD specialist shoes with cleats.

Both bikes have fully adjustable handlebars and seats. They have horizontal and vertical adjusts for both components. The big difference is the adjustability of the vertical motions. On the Keiser M3+ all of the adjustments are micro adjustable. This means you move the handlebars and seat anywhere horizontally and vertically and you can tighten them in that position. On the Schwinn AC Performance Plus only the horizontal movements are micro adjustable. To adjust the seat and handlebars vertically on the Schwinn bike, you must use pre-determined, drilled-hole settings and pin them in place. The Schwinn allows for a larger range of users, but with the micro-adjusts on the Keiser M3+, you’re more capable of getting that perfect cycling position.

The wear items warranties on the two bikes are identical at 6 months.

Advantage:  Keiser M3+for better adjustability.

Indoor Bike Console / ComputerKeiser M3 compared to Schwinn AC Performance Plus Spin Bike.jpg

The Keiser M3+ comes with the M Series console that provides readouts for RPM (revolutions per minute), power output in watts, heart rate, pedaling time, resistance, and odometer/trip distance. It has a backlit sensor that automatically detects ambient light levels and turns on the backlit display as needed.

The Schwinn does not come standard with a console. However, for $199 you can add the Schwinn MPower Echelon console. This will give you readouts for PRM, heart rate, stage time and total time. For $349 you can get the MPower Echlon Power console that gives you power in watts, RPM, calories and heart rate. It also gives you time, distance and power readings in stage and total. This console is backlit through button activation.

Advantage:  Keiser M3+ because no upgrade needed.

Click here for the lowest price on the Keiser M3+ Indoor Cycle.

Overall Winner Between Keiser M3+ and the Schwinn AC Performance Plus Indoor Cycles:

It’s very close, but our choice is the Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue Belt Drive. In our opinion the feel and cycling motion outweigh the Keiser’s console and slight advantage in component adjustability. Overall, the bikes are in the same general price range and you can’t go wrong with either. Click below for our full reviews of these indoor bikes.

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XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer Review

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Overview:XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer

The XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer, sitting among the best elliptical machines, is a well constructed and solidly-built. Its steel frame and 21 lb flywheel will keep this machine grounded during your most intense workout. Xterra includes a 325 lb maximum weight capacity and a lifetime frame warranty, which is better than most competitor models at this price point.

The FS 4.0e Elliptical Trainer also has some nice options to keep you comfortable during your workout. For instance, the oversized pedals are cushioned and have an ergonomic 2 degree inward tilt to take the stress off of your ankles and knees while exercising. The multi-grip handlebars allow you to get into a comfortable position easily. This elliptical also has comfort features like the MP3 compatible sound system to allow you to work out to your favorite music. The best feature however is that XTERRA Fitness gives you access to BitGym, a workout app that brings outside running to life.

Click here to see the lowest price on the XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer.

Technical Info:

Dimensions:XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer

  • Height: 64.2”
  • Width: 22”
  • Length: 65.4”
  • Item weight: 155 lbs
  • Max user weight: 325 lbs

Features:

  • Heavy duty steel frame and 21 lbs flywheel ensure a smooth and secure stride motion.
  • Stationary lower handles with heart rate grips allows you to train in your target heart zone.
  • 20 electronic levels of resistance to get the intensity that you need without interrupting your workout.
  • Multi-grip handlebar controls so that you can easily adjust the resistance during your workout with thumb controls.
  • 18” stride with oversized, cushioned pedals with a 2 degree inward tilt to make your workout more comfortable.
  • Integrated audio jack and speakers to listen to your own workout tracks.

Computer Features:XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer

  • 6” blue backlit display allows you to easily monitor your progress.
  • BitGym app allows you to exercise on the most beautiful trails on earth from the convenience of your home.
  • Quick start feature allows you to get start to your workout.
  • 8 workout programs including:
    • Hill
    • Fat Burn
    • Cardio
    • Strength
    • Interval
    • User (2)
    • Manual
  • Display readouts include:
    • Time
    • Speed
    • Calories
    • Distance
    • RPM
    • Watts
    • Pulse

Warranty:

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Brake: Lifetime
  • Parts: 1 year
  • Labor: 1 year

Shipping and Assembly:XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer

Shipping costs will vary for the XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

Assembly of the FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer is pretty typical. It comes with an illustrated step-by-step manual to walk you through the process. Due to the number of pieces it is going to take some time; probably 90 minutes to 2 hours, but it is not difficult.

What We Love About the XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Machine:

Computer Programs

The XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer only has 8 pre-programmed workouts on the elliptical. They included standard workout programs that simulate hills, fat burning, cardio, strength and intervals. You can also design 2 custom workouts and manual choose your settings. The nice feature of the FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer is the availability of BitGym. BitGym is an app that brings trails from around the world to life. It makes you feel like you’re running on outdoor trails throughout the world by using the front-facing camera on your tablet or smartphone. This app will definitely keep you motivated and provide a wide range of workouts.

What Isn’t So Great:XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer

Stride

There are a couple things with the stride on the FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer that we don’t like. First, it is only an 18” stride. This might be an issue for you if you’re a taller than 6’. It’s possible that with the shorter movement that you may not be able to get your full stride and you’ll need to compact your movements. The best thing you can do is find a floor model somewhere and give it a test drive. The other thing we don’t like is that there is no ability to incline the machine. This limits the amount of intensity you can add to your workout. These two issues are a bit concerning considering there are competitor elliptical that offer better options for far less money. Take a look at our reviews of the NordicTrack E7.0Z Elliptical Trainer and ProForm Endurance 520E Elliptical.

Final Word on the XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer:

For the price the XTERRA Fitness FS4.0e Elliptical Trainer has some nice options. It is a quality constructed elliptical and has some really good exercise options. Our concerns with the stride length and lack of incline capability are definitely founded. For that reason there may be some better options on the market at a better price. If you’re interested check out our SOLE Fitness, Nautilus, and ProForm elliptical reviews.

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Fitleader FS1 Indoor Cycle Review

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Overview:Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike

Fitleader equips the FS1 Exercise Bike with some nice features that you wouldn’t expect to find in this indoor cycle price range. At this price point you generally don’t see indoor bikes or Spin bikes with the ability to monitor heart rate, but the FS1 Upright Exercise Bike has it. There are dual grips and readouts on the computer LCD so you can stay in your target heart rate zone.

The Fitleader FS1 exercise bike also has 8 levels of resistance, and full adjustability in the handlebars and seat. Both will adjust vertically and the seat also has fore/aft adjustments. With this ability, the FS1 Upright Exercise Bike can fit a range of users from 5’1” to 6’2”.

Click here to see the lowest price on the Fitleader FS1 Stationary Indoor Exercise Bike.

Technical Info:

Dimensions:

  • Height: 38.8”
  • Width: 25.3”
  • Length: 46”
  • Item weight: 69.3 lbs
  • Max user weight: 293 lbs

Features:Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike

  • Lightweight but durable steel frame.
  • 13.22 lb perimeter weighted, bidirectional flywheel for a true road feel with quiet and smoothly consistent workouts.
  • Dual grip heart rate sensors with monitor readouts to track your exertion output.
  • 8 levels of easily adjustable resistance for added intensity.
  • Dual action safety brake/resistance adjustment level.
  • Fully adjustable seat (vertical and horizontal) with large, comfortable cushion.
  • Convenient water bottle holder to ensure that you’re hydrated throughout your workout.
  • Accommodates riders 5’1” to 6’2”.

Computer Features:

  • LCD display.
  • Display readouts include:
    • Time
    • Speed
    • Distance
    • Calorie burned
    • Odometer
    • RPM
    • Pulse

Warranty:Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike

  • 1 year limited

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

The Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike doesn’t have a lot of parts that need to be assembled, which is pretty typical on indoor cycles. Along with the fully detailed assembly instructions, the process should take one person 30-45 minutes.

What We Love About the Fitleader FS1 Indoor Bike:

Computer

In a price range where a lot of exercise bikes are not providing a computer to track your workout statistics, Fitleader equips the FS1 Upright Exercise Bike with dual hand sensors and readouts on its computer display. We’re not sure if you’ll be able to find an indoor cycle for less money that provides heart rate monitoring. For cycling, and exercise in general, tracking your heart rate is extremely important for burning fat and improving cardio performance.

ResistanceFitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike

One feature that is unique to the Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike is the resistance lever. We think it’s a nice touch. Where most indoor cycles use a resistance knob to add intensity, Fitleader provides a lever with 8 different resistance settings. While there are only 8 settings, we like it because it allows you to go back to that specific resistance you like to work out on. For example, if someone else is using your bike and adjusts the resistance, it’s going to be difficult for you to find that exact resistance setting with an unmarked knob. It’s a small touch, but we like it.

What Isn’t So Great:

Durability

We question the durability of the Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise bike. With a light 13 lb flywheel and overall weight just over 60 lbs, this indoor cycle isn’t exactly a heavyweight. With a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs, we question whether a user approaching that can really go all out. The fact that Fitleader is only backing this bike with a limited 1 year warrant makes us think we’re not the only ones questioning it.

Final Word on the Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike:

At the mid-$300 price, the Fitleader FS1 Indoor Bike is an interesting choice. It has some great features that you won’t find on other bikes in this price range like heart rate monitoring and specific resistance settings. On the other hand its overall lightweight has a worried that it can take the abuse of a high intensity workout day-in and day-out.

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ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

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Proform 440 ES Recumbent Exercise BikeRecumbent Bike Overview:

ProForm has a good reputation for delivering highly professional exercise equipment and the 440 ES Recumbent Bike is no exception. This recumbent exercise bike has 25 levels of digital resistance that provide a smooth transition between intensities and a quick pedaling experience. Some other top notch components include a strong 3-piece crank system with a freewheel clutch, extra wide foot pedals and an oversized, comfortable seat.

Like many of ProForm’s other exercise equipment, one of the 440 ES Exercise Bike’s best features is its computer. This computer has 32 programmed workouts designed by fitness trainers for intense workouts. It is also iFit® compatible, which greatly increase your exercise options. The computer also allows you to use a chest strap to monitor your heart rate if you do not like using the dual grips on the bike itself. Finally, the computer keeps you connected with a port for you phone, iPod or MP3 player. The ProForm computers are hard to match.

Click here to see the lowest price on the ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike.

Technical info:

Dimensions:

  • Height: 58.9”
  • Width: 22.25”
  • Length: 52”
  • Max user weight: 350 lbs

Features:

  • ProForm 440 ES Exercise Bike 18 lb effective flywheel for a smooth, steady pedal stroke that just feels right. Fast gear ratio and effective weight placement mean you can count on a high-quality bike that will last.
  • 25 levels of digital silent magnetic resistance provide a smooth, quit ride while you adjust your workout intensity.
  • Built-in dual-grip heart rate sensors help you monitor your heart rate throughout your workout. This bike is also BLE compatible; wireless chest strap sold separately.
  • Oversized seat has added cushioning and easily adjusts so you find the perfect fit. Plus, the extra lumbar support really helps line up your posture so your back doesn’t ache while you ride.
  • 3-piece crank separates the spindle from the crank creating a stronger, more durable design and more realistic biking experience.
  • Freewheel clutch provides a circular motion that is smooth and natural so you can maintain your form and pedalling technique just like you would outdoors.
  • Extra wide ergonomic foot pedals with straps are designed to keep your feet in place, increase stability and keep you comfortable.
  • Integrated tablet holder keeps your tablet secure and conveniently close so you have access to all your training tools and entertainment.
  • CoolAireTM workout fan with two speed settings keeps you cool during your most intense workouts.
  • Adjustable levelling feet keep your bike stable on uneven surfaces.
  • Transport wheels to easily move the bike around the room for simple storage.
  • Water bottle holder to stay hydrated throughout your workout.

Computer Features:ProForm 440 ES Exercise Bike

  • 5” backlit display has a large viewing angle so no matter your height, you can always keep track of your workout progress.
  • iFit® Live mode enables you to communicate with your wireless network where you can download personalized workouts, create your own workouts, track results, race against other runners and many other features.
  • Compatible music port for iPod®. Plus, a USB charging station is included for your phone or MP3 player.
  • 32 built-in workouts that take the guesswork out of your workout by automatically adjusting the resistance of the exercise bike for increased intensity.
  • Workout data includes:
    • Speed
    • Time
    • Distance
    • Pulse
    • Calories burned (Cals & Cals/Hr)
    • Resistance

Warranty:ProForm 440 ES Exercise Bike

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Parts: 2 years
  • Labor: 1 year

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping cost for the ProForm 440 ES Exercise Bike will vary in price depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, if you purchase through Amazon.com, shipping is free for this machine.

Assembling the 440 ES is a quick process. Most of the main pieces are pre-assembled, so you’re only connecting the pieces together. Along with the detailed instruction manuals, one person should be able to complete assembly in under an hour. With two people it will go faster because so of the pieces are quite heavy.

What We Love About the ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Exercise Bike:

Quality & WarrantyProForm 440 ES Exercise Bike

There are a lot of nice recumbent bikes in the same price range as the ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike. They’re all constructed well and have great and very similar components and features. The one thing that sets the 440 ES apart is the warranty. Where nearly all other manufacturer’s are providing 5 and 10 year warranties, ProForm is providing a lifetime frame warranty on the 440 ES. This speaks well for ProForm as they truly believe that they have a quality bike that can take whatever you got.

Console

Like most ProForm models, the 440 ES Exercise Bike has a great computer packed with programmed workouts and additional capabilities. There are 32 built-in workouts designed by certified professional trainers that will automatically adjust resistance while you exercise. The 440 Exercise Bike is also iFit® compatible, which allows you to essentially bike all across the world with Google MapsTM routes. This computer also allows for the connection and charging of a phone, iPod® or MP3 player so that you can have some musical motivation while exercising.

Other Considerations:

Add-Ons at a Cost

Like many other recumbent bikes in this price range, the manufacturers equip them well and drawbacks truly are difficult to find. I guess if we had to identify something it is that ProForm provides some great capabilities for the 440 ES Exercise Bike, but some require an additional cost. For example, if you don’t already have an iFit® subscription, this will run you another $9-10 per month. Another add-on is the chest strap. You do have the ability to track your pulse through the grips, but if you want to utilize a chest strap, you’ll need to dish out a few more bucks.

Final Word on the ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike:

For around $600, the ProForm 440 ES is a great choice. It’s solidly constructed and has great features. Although most recumbent bikes in this price range do also, see our reviews of the Nautilus R616 and Diamondback 510SR. The one thing that the 440 ES Recumbent Bike has that others don’t is a lifetime warranty, which speaks volumes about ProForm’s confidence in their product.

Recumbent Exercise Bike

 

Sunny Health and Fitness SF-B1203 Indoor Cycle Trainer Review

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Indoor Cycle Trainer Overview:Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer (SF-B1203)

The Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer is everything you’d expect for an entry-level indoor cycle or Spin Bike. The bike has a heavy steel frame and a decent sized flywheel at 22 lbs that will keep the bike grounded while you are pedaling hard. This bike definitely feels heavier than the 61 lb overall weight of the machine.

The Indoor Cycle Trainer is somewhat adjustable with both vertical and horizontal adjustment capability to the seat. The seat will adjust from 27” to 33” seat to pedal distance. The handlebars on the other hand are fixed and cannot be adjusted. Sunny Health & Fitness also equips the Indoor Cycle Trainer with a basic computer monitor that will display or scan through performance statistics so that you can track your performance. This is definitely a plus at this price point.

Click here to see the lowest price on the Sunny Health and Fitness SF-B1203 Indoor Cycle Trainer.

Technical Info:

Dimensions:Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer (SF-B1203)

  • Height: 45”
  • Width: 22”
  • Length: 32”
  • Item weight: 61 lbs
  • Max user weight: 220 lbs

Features:

  • Adjustable seat height.
  • 22 lb flywheel.
  • Chain drive mechanism for smooth and quiet workouts.
  • Heavy duty crank and steel frame.
  • Adjustable resistance.

Computer Features:

  • LCD display.
  • Display readouts include:
    • Speed
    • Distance
    • Time
    • Calories

Warranty:Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer (SF-B1203)

  • Frame: 1 year
  • Parts: 90 days

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

The Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer isn’t difficult to assemble. It comes with a fully illustrated, step-by-step assembly manual. There are a good number of bolts that you will use to connect all of the components, but it’s not hard. Assembly will take you less than an hour and then you can start working out.

What We Love About the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer:

ComputerSunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer (SF-B1203)

The best thing about the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer is the computer. At this price range, a computer isn’t a given. Sunny Health & Fitness puts a very basic monitor on the Indoor Cycle Trainer, but it has everything that you’ll need to track your performance from workout to workout. While exercising, you can see your statistics for speed, distance, time and calories burned. There is even a scan feature that will score through these settings while you work out.

What Isn’t So Great:

No Taller Users Allowed

One of the biggest complaints about the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer is that it’s hard or impossible to adjust it to fit taller users. By tall users, we mean 5’10” and taller. The handlebars on this bike are fixed and can’t be adjusted in any way. The seat can be adjusted up and down and it also has fore/aft adjustability. Even so, it’s not going to accommodate a lot of people. It’s seems that Sunny Health & Fitness needs to address the size restrictions on the Indoor Cycle Trainer.

QualitySunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer (SF-B1203)

One very concerning issue that a lot of users have with the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer is its overall quality. There seems to be a lot of issues with the quality of this bike. Reports include assembly issues, bent and broken pieces, to creaking and clicking noises upon initial use.

Final Word on the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer:

For under $200, you shouldn’t be expecting an ultra-high performance indoor cycle, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a great bike. There are definitely a lot of user complaints surrounding the quality of the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer and that should be factored into your ultimate decision. Generally, Sunny Health & Fitness provides a solid bikes at low prices, like the SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike (check out our review). If you want to stay under $200, that may be a better option. The quality and adjustability are better, but you won’t get the computer.

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Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle (JX-7038) Review

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Overview:Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle (JX-7038)

The Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle is a solid indoor bike with some really nice components. The best being the low maintenance, belt drive mechanism. Along with the heavy 40 lb flywheel, the Club Revolution Indoor Cycle has an ultra smooth and quiet cycling movement. It also has a heavy frame, steel pedals and a 300 lb weight capacity that accommodate stand up pedaling for a realistic cycling experience.

The Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle has the typical adjustability that you will find in other exercise bikes in this price range, which include vertical adjustments in the handlebars and seat and fore/aft seat adjustments. The Club Revolution Indoor Cycle will accommodate a wide range of users from 5’2” to 6’3”.

Click here to see the best prices on the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle.

Technical Info:

Dimensions:

  • Height: 46”
  • Width: 20”
  • Length: 45.5”
  • Item weight: 102 lbs
  • Max user weight: 300 lbs

Features:

  • Balanced 40 lb flywheel creates momentum to provide the feel of an outdoor bike ride.
  • Belt driven mechanism allows for a smoother peddling motion.
  • Adjustable aero style handlebars with forearm supports to have you feeling agile and focused.
  • 2-axis adjustable seat provides comfortable biking experience for various users.
  • Easy-to-use resistance knob simulates different types of terrain to challenge your workouts.
  • Built-in brake system brings flywheel to a fast stop with minimal effort.
  • Adjustable basket cage pedals.
  • Transport wheels to easily move into smaller spaces when not in use.
  • Water bottle holder to hold your favorite drink to stay hydrated and focused during intense workouts.
  • Accommodates riders 5’2” to 6’3”.

Computer Features:Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle (JX-7038)

  • None.

Warranty:

  • Frame: 2 years
  • Parts: 2 years
  • Electronics: 90 days

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

The Club Revolution Indoor Cycle goes together very quickly. Marcy provides all of the tools you’ll need and detail assembly instructions. All you need to do is attach the base to the frame, add the seat, handlebars and pedals. All in all the process should take less than an hour.

What We Love About the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle:

Cycling Motion

We love that the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle is belt driven. For a mid-$300 price tag, you’ll be hard pressed to find an indoor cycle that is anything but chain driven. The belt drive is great for maintenance purposes, but it also provides a very smooth, very realistic pedaling motion. Combine this with a heavy 40 lb flywheel and solid steel pedals and you get a motion that simulates a realistic outside, road experience. Again, for this price, this is one of the best riding experiences you will find.

What Isn’t So Great:

Adjustability

The one thing that could be better with the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle is the adjustability. Marcy claims this bike fits a range of users from 5’2” to 6’3”. However, several shorter users have commented that the handlebars are a far reach and that they can’t get into a comfortable position no matter how close they move the seat toward the handlebars. Providing a fore/aft adjustment to the handlebars could possibly solve this, but in this price range, we doubt that you’ll find any bike with that option. So, if you’re a shorter user, it may be beneficial to give this bike a spin before making the purchase.

No Computer

The other thing we’re disappointed about with the Club Revolution Indoor Cycle is that there is no computer. Just because you’re dropping into the lower price ranges, doesn’t mean you should go without the ability to track your workout statistics. Performance measurements are key in knowing if you’re improving and for setting goals to work toward. There are plenty of options in this price range that provide a basic computer. Check out our reviews of the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer (SF-B1203), the Exerpeutic LX7 Training Cycle or the Fitleader FS1 Upright Exercise Bike.

Final Word on the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle:

At the mid-$300 price, the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle is a good choice. The best thing is the belt drive which not only provides smooth and quiet cycling, but also cuts out the messy maintenance that you need to do with a chain drive. A couple of complaints we have deal with the lack of computer and whether this bike is best for shorter users. If those issues don’t affect you, then the Marcy Club Revolution Indoor Cycle should be an easy decision for you.

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LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike Review

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Overview:LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike

The RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike provides the high quality performance that you come to expect in the LeMond brand. It has a strong x-frame design and steel tubing that ensure a stable footing while cycling, and the 41 lb flywheel and Kevlar belt ensure a quiet and smooth movement during your intense spin bike sessions.

The LeMond RevMaster Indoor Cycling Bike will fit anyone from 4’6” to 6’6”. This is made possible due to adjustability of nearly every component of this bike. The handlebars and seat have both fore and aft adjustments and the posts can be adjusted up and down. The traditional handlebars allow you to utilize a number of different grips and get into multiple cycling positions. This bike really is for just about everyone.

Click here to see the best price on the LeMond RevMaster Indoor Cycling Bike.

Technical Info:

Dimensions:

  • Height: 46”
  • Width: 23”
  • Length: 42”
  • Item weight: 110 lbs
  • Max user weight: 300 lbs

Features:LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike

  • Strong, steel X-frame is more stable and allows fast, easy access to all seat, handlebar and height adjustments.
  • Frame undergoes a 17-step rust inhibitor process prior to durable powder coat process.
  • 41 lb center-balanced flywheel is easy to reach high RPMs with less runaway feeling.
  • Kevlar belt for a smooth and quiet ride. Never needs to be replaced due to stretch or oiled like the chain bikes.
  • Designed with the resistance pad on top of the flywheel for improved long-term quality.
  • Micro turn adjustment knob adjusts resistance smoothly and quickly to increase or decrease the intensity of your workout. By simply pressing down on the same knob, the braking system activates quickly and safely.
  • Anatomically designed saddle provides support and ultra comfort.
  • The numbered dual position seat slider for fore/aft fit provides more than enough range to properly fit almost any user.
  • Height and fore/aft measurement ruler allow for quick adjustments for a proper fit every time.
  • Custom BMX bottom bracket and cranks are designed to withstand greater force loads for exceptional product durability.
  • Traditional handlebar design allows multiple hand positions and ease of use.
  • Easy adjustment floor levelers.
  • Water bottle holder is mounted to the handlebars allowing you to take a drink without disrupting your form.
  • Accommodates riders 4’6” to 6’6”.

Computer Features:LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike

  • None

Warranty:

  • Frame: 5 years
  • Parts: 3 years
  • Wear Items: 1 year
  • Labor: 1 year
  • Accessories: 6 months

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

Assembly for the RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike is very simple. The bike will arrive in one carton. The assembly process involves 6 bolts; 4 for the front and rear stabilizer bars and 2 for the water bottle holder. There are also 2 brass washers; one for each of the fore/aft adjustment handles. After that, you can start exercising. The whole process should take you less than half an hour.

What We Love About the LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Bike:

Adjustability

The LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike will fit just about anyone. It claims to accommodate anyone from 4’6” to 6’6”. That’s one of the biggest ranges we could find on an indoor cycle. The RevMaster Sport has micro-adjustments all over this bike. The handlebars have height and fore/aft adjustments to get you into the most comfortable cycling position. The seat also has height and fore/aft micro-adjustments. What else is nice is that the height adjustments are all numbers and the fore/aft adjustments use ruler markers so that movements can be made quickly between different users.

What Isn’t So Great:LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike

Computer

Our biggest complaint about the RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike is that there is no computer. At this price range, we would hope to get something to track our performance. As you could imagine, with no computer comes no heart rate monitoring as well. This is equally disappointing in itself. If you take a look at our other reviews in this price range and even our reviews under $1,000, you’ll see that there are plenty of other bikes that offer computers, some basic and some a little more advanced. If this is something that you’re looking for, there are other options out there.

Warranty

First, there is no doubting the quality behind the LeMond brand and the RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike. This bike is made with high quality steel and has a strong x-frame design that will take a beating. That being said, even with the most durably constructed exercise equipment, it’s reassuring to have a good warranty. LeMond warranties just about every component of this bike, but none of the warranties are very strong. The warranties range from 5 years on the frame all the way down to 6 months on the accessories.

Final Word on the LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike:

Two things are certain when you purchase the LeMond RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike; this is a quality bike from a top of the line brand; and this bike is sure to fit anyone with all of the adjustment capabilities. For right around $1,000, those are definitely two positives. The lack of computer and weak warranties with the RevMaster Sport Indoor Cycling Bike, however have us looking at our options.

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NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer Review

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Elliptical Trainer Overview:NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

One of the most well-known names in exercise equipment brings a top-quality elliptical trainer at a very reasonable price with the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer. At this price range, this elliptical has everything that it should and everything that you will need. You’re getting a quality piece of exercise equipment backed with a lifetime frame warranty.

NordicTrack packs the right features into the E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer. Features like 20 levels of automatically adjusted resistance, the ability to incline automatically up to 20 degrees, and a 20” stride that is sure to accommodate nearly every user. The most impressive feature however is that NordicTrack is packing 20 pre-programmed workouts into this elliptical and then also equipping it with iFit® capability that provides you with an endless library of workout options. With features like these the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is hard to beat.

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Technical Info:

Dimensions:NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

  • Height: 67”
  • Width: 25”
  • Length: 66”
  • Item weight: 214 lbs
  • Max user weight: 300 lbs

Features:

  • 15 lb inertia-enhanced flywheel engineered for incredibly smooth, quiet and natural performance.
  • 20 digital resistance levels to adjust the intensity of your workout with the touch of a button.
  • Oversized, adjustable foot pedals with a 20” stride to target different muscle groups and add intensity to your workout.
  • 0-20 degree power incline with quick adjustment allows you to modify your incline to focus on specific muscle groups without losing your focus during your workout.
  • Dual grip sensors built into the handlebars to see your heart rate on the console and to target your intensity.
  • Integrated book/tablet holder to help you pass the time.
  • Water bottle holder so you can stay hydrated throughout your workout.

Computer Features:NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

  • 5” backlit display keeps you workout stats right in front of you.
  • MP3 compatible so you can listen to your favorite music with the built-in sound system.
  • iFit® compatible provides you with unlimited workouts designed by certified personal trainers.
  • Provides global Google MapsTM routes, extensive fitness tracking and an unlimited workout library.
  • 20 workout apps including:
    • Calorie workouts
    • Performance workouts
  • Display readouts include:
    • Calories (Cals & Cal/Hr)
    • Distance
    • Pulse
    • Resistance
    • RPM
    • Stride
    • Time
    • Speed

Warranty:

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Parts: 1 years
  • Labor: 1 year

Shipping and Assembly:NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

Shipping costs will vary for the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

Like most elliptical, the E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer comes with a lot of bolts and pieces. Fortunately, it also comes with a detailed, step-by-step assembly manual. So, while it’s going to take you a little time to get together, somewhere around 2 hours, it’s not going to be too difficult.

What We Love About the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer:

Computer Programs

The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer has 20 programmed workouts on its computer console, which is above average at this price point. But what puts it over the top is that it also has iFit® compatibility. You will need to make a small investment and subscribe to iFit® in order to take advantage of this, but your workouts then become practically endless. iFit® gives you access to Google MapsTM where you can literally train anywhere in the world. The program provides you street views from around the world and automatically adjusts the incline and decline to simulate the actual terrain. You also get custom-built workouts are provided by top fitness trainers like Jillian Michaels, which also automatically adjust your workout intensity.

StrideNordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

At this price point, you are typically looking at elliptical machines with an 18” stride. An 18” stride doesn’t accommodate a lot of the taller users. The E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer, however, has an adjustable 20” stride. This will provide a smooth and more natural movement for just about everyone. To add some intensity to your workout, NordicTrack also equips the E7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer with the ability to incline this motion up to 20 degrees. This will ensure a custom workout fit for your preferred intensity.

What Isn’t So Great:

Comfort Features

We’ll tell you up front, that we’re really reaching for negatives to the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer. So, with that being said, we’ll point out that the E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer doesn’t have a fan. This may sound minor, but it’s definitely a nice feature to have. Another nice feature would be the ability to use a hands-free, chest strap heart monitor, which is also not provided. We’ll add that at this price range, it may be difficult to find on any elliptical. So, enough with our nit-picking.

Price

For under $800, NordicTrack is giving you everything that you need in an elliptical trainer…a quality, name brand machine, tons of workout options, great stride length, great resistance and intensity options, etc. I guess the only thing wrong is that there is another elliptical on the market that provides these same things, just cheaper. If you’re interested in hearing more, check out our review of the ProForm Endurance 520 E Elliptical.

Final Word on the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer:

You won’t be disappointed if you make the move to buy the E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer.  There are only a few names in the fitness industry that are as recognized as NordicTrack.  You’re getting a name brand manufacturer in the fitness industry with quality components. You’re getting tons of workout options and great features in comfort, resistance and intensity. That being said, NordicTrack isn’t the only one out there making great elliptical trainers at great prices. Make sure you take a look at all of your options and assess all of your needs before making that move.

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Stretching Machine Reviews for 2017 – Best Stretch Machines with Comparisons

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Stretching MachineStretching Machines Overview:  

It might seem a bit strange to use a piece of equipment to aid in stretching tight muscles, but stretching machines are welcome tools for those who want to improve flexibility by allowing muscles to stretch and relax more quickly.

Everyone knows the feeling of tight muscles. It can range from stiffness to outright pain. And taking the time and, more importantly, knowing how to work on stretching out each muscle group can be challenging.

Devices such as leg stretchers or stretching machines that are designed for the whole body help to gently extend muscles into a more useful state of flexibility.  It might feel like an unfair advantage, but those who have made the leap never look back.  People who do any kind of physical exercise, including running, lifting weights, dancing, martial arts, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, and more, all can often use a helping hand, or in this case piece of stretching equipment.

Keep in mind, not all stretch machines were built the same, nor are they built to stretch all the same muscle groups. So we will break down the two main types to help you decide which might work best for you.

1. Stretch Machines for the Whole Bodystretching machines

Stretching machines such as the Precor 240i StretchTrainers represent a type of machine that targets broader areas of the body including the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, arms, upper and lower back, plus much more. Ideally it hits every major muscle group with a gentle but effective stretch. Among its many benefits, this kind of stretching machine can effectively help reduce back pain, improve posture, reduce joint and muscle tightness, and supercharge overall flexibility.

What to Look For in a Full Body Stretch Machine:

  • Targets all core muscle groups
  • Sturdy construction
  • Comfortable padding where you need it (seat and knee pads)
  • Wrist straps
  • Great warranty
  • Well designed ergonomics
  • Ability to accommodate all sizes of user
  • Small footprint and easy transport

Best by Price:

Precor 240i Commercial Series StretchTrainer – $750 – 74 Amazon Reviews

LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretch Partner Stretching Machine – $499 – 61 Reviews

2. Leg Stretching Machines (aka Splits Machines)Century Versaflex Leg Stretching Machine

This is the type of machine that focuses on helping people stretch their legs, especially their hamstrings by incremental increasing degrees. An example of this is the Century Versaflex Stretching Machine. If doing the splits is important to you, as it can be for martial arts practioners and dancers, this is the type of machine you want. But it’s also a great machine to use if tight hamstrings are a problem for you, or you just want to be able to touch your toes a little easier.

Leg or splits machines often have a control wheel that allows you to slowly increase the amount of your stretch. And comfortable padding comes into play here since your legs will be extended out by the leg supports. So make sure you choose a machine that is adjustable and comfortable.

What to Look For in a Leg Stretching Machine:

  • Sturdy construction
  • Padded panels
  • Adjustable back support
  • A control wheel is better than a ratcheting incremental stretch.
  • Easy assembly

Best Leg / Splits Machines by Price:

Pro Leg Stretcher by TMAS – $209 – 83 Reviews

ProForce Stretchmaster II Leg Stretcher – $249 – 35 Reviews

Valor Fitness CA-27 Leg Stretch Machine – $181 – 42 Reviews

Our Top Picks

We split up our picks for the best stretch machine into the two main categories of stretch equipment: the full body stretch machine, and the leg stretch machine. The desired flexibility results that users may be looking for in a stretching machine occasionally overlap, but these two categories of equipment are separate enough that two top picks will probably be of the most help.

Top Full Body Stretcher Pick:

Precor 240i StretchTrainer

Precor StretchTrainer

Precor 240i StretchTrainer

The Precor 240i stretch machine is a commercial-grade, multi-functional tool that is durable, comfortable, and designed to stretch every major muscle group. This device comes at a premium price, but it’s worth the “stretch”, as you’re going to experience levels of flexibility you didn’t know were possible through the variable stretch exercises you can perform with it. Stretching in yoga class or any other classes is an excellent way to improve your body. However, with a full-body machine at home, even bett er, right near where you spend the most time, you’re going to use it a lot more and thus get a lot more flexible and faster. The Precor 240i StretchTrainer is the cream of the crop in this area. Athletes such as golfers, baseball players, and tennis players used this stretcher to stay highly flexible and improve their game, but it’s truly transformative for anyone of any age or flexibility level. The best part is, having a Precor at home, you’re going to use it every day.

Notable Features:

  • Stretch Exercise Variations
  • The Precor 240i StretchTrainer allows for eight core stretch exercises including lower back, shoulders, upper back, glutes and hips, hips/legs/back, inner thighs/groin, and quadriceps.
  • It has a handy placard attached that explains each stretch.
  • Move and Store – It’s only 60 lbs, with a compact footprint of 52 L x 28 W x 36 H) so it’s fairly easy to move and store within your home.

Click here or the button below for our full review of the Precor 240i StretchTrainer:

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Top Leg Stretcher (Splits Machine) Pick:

Pro Leg Stretcher by TMAS

Pro Leg Stretcher

Pro Leg Stretcher by TMAS

Our pick for the best leg stretcher is the Pro Leg Stretcher by TMAS. The Pro is a split machine that allows you to work on stretching your hamstrings and improve your splits even beyond 180 degrees. We’ll just say right off the bat, a great feature is that the Pro Leg Stretcher comes fully assembled in the package. It’s a rugged, well-built product that is going to take your leg stretch to the next level as well as last for as long as you’re using it. Beyond being a sturdy leg split machine, the Pro has padded foot rests, padded seat, and great adjustable back support for a comfortable and customizable stretch.

Notable Features:

  • Control wheel – The great thing about a control wheel on a stretch machine like this is that you can increase your stretch by tiny increments instead of pre-defined cranks or notch levels. To keep tabs on your progress, just count the number of wheel rotations you can get to.
  • Fully assembled – The fact that it comes assembled just gives the Pro an edge.
  • Sturdy construction – It’s made to last.

Overall, most leg stretchers will get results, but if you’re looking for top of the charts efficiency and ease of use (and assembly), the Pro Leg Stretcher has the edge. We’ll be covering other models in future leg machine reviews, so stay tuned.  Click here or the button below for our full review of the Pro Leg Stretcher by TMAS:

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Benefits of Using Stretch Machines and How They Work

Getting a deep, satisfying, and beneficial stretch is a never-ending quest for everyone from superstar pro athletes to regular, mortal humans. Dancers and martial arts practitioners can spend years working on the flexibility their hamstrings to improve their splits using traditional methods. Golfers try stretching their back, hips, and arms to get their drive more accurate. But once we stop stretching, your muscles immediately begin to revert to a tighter state. It might protect the body in some ancient way, but for us today, it’s just frustrating.

One advantage that a stretch machine has over stretching in a class, is you really go at your own comfort level without feeling the pressure to overstretch. Any good yoga instructor would never push you too far, but it can be difficult to gauge where your current limits are. In the privacy and comfort of your own home, you can really take the time to slowly, session by session improve and deepen your flexibility.

Martial Arts Leg Stretch Machines

As we have noted above, the Pro Leg Stretcher works great as a martial arts leg stretcher. Almost any martial arts enthusiast can benefit from being loose and limber especially when doing the splits. Trying to achieve the splits without a machine can get you there, but enhancing your stretch with a dedicated martial arts stretching machine can get you there faster, more consistently, and with results you can measure. With its control wheel, the Pro Leg Stretcher split machine allows you to gradually increase your stretch at your own pace and comfort level.

Martial Arts Full Body Stretching Machines

Martial arts stretch equipment also doesn’t have to only mean something that works your legs or helps you do the splits. Stretch equipment such as the Precor 240i StretchTrainer or Lifespan StretchPartner are full body stretching machines that can help someone practicing anything from karate to jiu jitsu to Krav Maga gain more flexibility by targeting almost every major muscle group.

stretch machineOther Considerations

Stretching Machine Exercises and Workouts

Once you purchase a stretch machine, obviously you’re going to want to start using it right away. But it’s important to think about and carefully consider your goals. What areas of your body are experiencing stiffness? What degree do you want to achieve for doing the splits on your split machine? Are you going to commit to a daily regimen of stretching?

Develop a Stretching Habit

At any age, we’re going to feel muscle tightness. It’s just the nature of having muscles, tendons, and joints. But as yoga practitioners, athletes, and martial artists can testify to, learning and getting into the habit of doing a proper stretch routine can work wonders for your body and overall well being. If you already workout, it’s easy to end the workout with stretch exercises. If you don’t workout, what are you waiting for?

Stretch Equipment for Older Adults

Many people who are older might be experiencing stiffness in their muscles and joints. Unfortunately, that’s just a part of aging. Fortunately you don’t have to just accept it! A little discipline and habit-formation can get you incredible results with a stretch machine such as the Precor 240 StretchTrainer. Perhaps you make it a routine to get right on your Precor right after a morning walk (it’s always a good idea to warm up your muscles before stretch exercises). If a walk is part of your routine already, then 10 to 20 minutes on the exercise equipment can flow nicely right after.

A Word of Caution

As with any piece of exercise equipment, you should always check in with your doctor before you embark on a new flexibility program with a stretch machine. It’s smart to know what you’re capable of and understand your limits before starting. A quick appointment with your physician can help you safely start your routine and gaining flexibility quickly while avoiding injury.

Final Word on Stretching Machines

Pieces of exercise equipment such as a rowing machine or elliptical trainer can give you a great workout, help you lose weight, or get your cardio working. But stretch machines are a different breed. You might not ride your spinning bike every single day because you probably want to rest your legs to avoid overuse. However, with a stretch machine, you can absolutely use it every day. Of course, you want to be careful and very methodically and gently increase your flexibility. But if you want relief from tightness or to deepen your stretch, a stretch machine will help you get there. Between leg stretchers/split machines and full body stretching machines the uses will of course overlap. And the kind of device you choose really depends on your needs. But whether you’re doing it for sports or just to limber up after a long day hunched over a computer, the results from using a stretching machine can be incredible.

 

Here’s a video of a woman demonstrating use of a leg stretching machine. As she points out, you should always be properly warmed up when using one of these devices:

 

Velocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike Review

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Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent BikeOverview:

Typically with a recumbent bike you’re not going to get a full body workout; they’re just not designed for that. Well, Velocity Exercise breaks that mold with the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike. This bike comes with a rotating upper body exercise system that moves this machine beyond just the typical cycling motion. You will truly get that full body workout with the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike. Velocity also put together a quality, well-built recumbent exercise bike in this model. It has a steel tube frame and a nicely weighted flywheel that provides a quiet and smooth cycling motion.  The Velocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike takes ergonomic exercise to a new level and is worth a look.

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Technical info:

Dimensions:

  • Height: 49.61 inchesVelocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike
  • Width: 24.21 inches
  • Length: 50.39 inches
  • Product Weight: 97 lbs

Features:

  • Structural tube frame and an ABS plastic shrouding provide a sturdy exercise
  • Rotating upper body exercise system ensures a full body workout
  • 8 levels of magnetic tension resistance
  • 5K weighted flywheel for a smooth, consistent workout
  • Heart rate monitoring on handlebar grips
  • Transport wheels for easy mobility
  • Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs

Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike ComputerComputer Features:

  • LCD display
  • Scan program
  • Workout data includes:
  • Distance
  • Calories
  • Odometer
  • Pulse
  • Speed
  • Time

Warranty:

  • Five (5) year warranty on frame.
  • 90 day monitor warranty
  • 30-day warranty on all other parts

Shipping and Assembly:Velocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike

Shipping cost for this Velocity Recumbent Bike will vary in price depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, if you purchase through Amazon.com, shipping is free for this machine.

Assembling the Velocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike is very easy. Velocity Exercise provides a step-by-step assembly manual with pictures of the assembly process to assist the user. Assembly goes fast and should take an hour at most.

Background on Manufacturer:

Velocity Exercise is part of CAP Barbell, Inc, one of the oldest and largest fitness products suppliers in the world. Headquartered in Houston, TX, their products are sold internationally from mass merchant stores to commercial gyms. Velocity Exercise provides quality home exercise equipment engineered to deliver comfort, control and convenience. They have lines of upright bikes, recumbent bikes, elliptical, rowers, indoor cycles and treadmills.

Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent BikeWhat We Love About the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike:

Most of what we like about the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike is already discussed above. This bike is a solidly built piece of exercise equipment with a unique design. This bike provides something you never get with a recumbent bike; a full-body workout.

Upper Body Workout

The best feature of the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike is its rotating upper body workout system. This is unique to this bike. Other recumbent bikes only have stationary handles to support the pedaling motion. They really provide no other purpose. This Velocity Recumbent Bike truly provides a full body workout with this system.

Solid & StableVelocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike

The Velocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike is well built and solid in construction. Its size provides a good base and center of gravity. Additionally, the 5KG flywheel balances the bike well and provides a smooth cycling motion. The Dual Motion Recumbent Bike is going to stay put during your most intense workouts.

What Isn’t So Great:

Console

The console on this Velocity Exercise Magnetic Recumbent Bike isn’t super high tech. It’s not a deal breaker, but it has basic readouts and a scan feature.  Other recumbent bikes in this price range come with mobile device connections, programmed workouts, and some even come with the ability to connect to apps to download exercise data. Better equipped consoles provide motivation to extend your workouts and keep you coming back. You won’t get that on this bike. Check out the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike for more console features.

Heart Rate MonitoringVelocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike

Another drawback of the Velocity Exercise Dual Motion Recumbent Bike is its heart rate monitoring capability. You can only check your pulse through the hand grips. This requires you to hold on to the grips for 15-30 seconds in order to transfer your pulse to the console readout. There is no capability to use a chest strap monitor, which is far more accurate and allows hand-free monitoring. Additionally, you can’t use the rotating upper body system and check your heart rate.

Final Word on the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike:

At this price range, the Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike might not be for everyone. If you’re looking for a recumbent bike with all of the bells and whistles and modern conveniences, this isn’t for you. Another recumbent bike in this general price range that’s worth a look is the Exerpeutic 900XL.

The Velocity Dual Motion Recumbent Bike doesn’t have the most advanced console that provides programmed workouts and app connectivity. This bike doesn’t connect to mobile devices or even provide a cooling fan. This is, however, a versatile recumbent bike that will ensure a full-body workout, literally. Its unique design works out the upper body while still providing a great recumbent bike cycling motion. So, if you’re looking for a great workout and don’t care about the rest, then this is your bike.

 

Recumbent Exercise Bike