Thinking about a Livestrong stationary bike? Wondering if it's the best buy for you?
While they are not as well known as some other brands out there, Livestrong exercise bikes are quickly becoming popular with buyers looking for a well-made bike that won't break the bank.
Livestrong is actually owned and manufactured by Johnson - one of the largest fitness equipment companies in the world. They also own high end brands like Matrix and Vision. Plus, part of the proceeds from the sale of these bikes go to the Livestrong Foundation which helps to fight cancer.
But what about the bikes themselves? Well, here's what you need to know.
Livestrong makes a range of stationary bikes including upright, recumbent and sports bikes. They make residential (for home) bikes (under $800) and even commercial bikes ($2000-$3000).
This article will focus on the main benefits of the residential upright and recumbent bikes (although they also make some incredible indoor cycling bikes for the year-round cycling enthusiast).
#1 Livestrong Interactive Technology with Free USB drive
With most Livestrong stationary bikes you get a free USB device you plug into your bike while you workout. The device saves the stats from your last 5 workouts. When you're done you plug the USB into your computer and it uploads your workout to Livestrong website.
So you can easily track your workout history over time, set and reach new fitness goals. You can also download new workout programs from the internet to use with your bike.
#2 Step-Through Design
Livestrong recumbent bikes offer a step-through design so it's easy to get on and off the bike. There's no barrier to hop over in the middle of the bike when you get on. This is great, especially for those of us who may not be as coordinated as we'd like to think.
#3 High Seat Backs with Lumbar Support
The recumbent bikes have very comfortable seats - with high seat backs and lumbar support to give you a more comfortable - and properly positioned - ride.
#4 Push-Button Magnetic Braking Resistance
Instead of turning a knob to increase or decrease resistance, you just press a button to select the resistance levels you want on these bikes. This makes it much more convenient to change your resistance through your ride.
#5 iPod Docks with Speakers
Most models come with a handy iPod or mp3 hookup. So you can plug in your mp3 player or iPod and listen to your favorite tunes or audiobook through the built-in console speakers. This can make your workouts a lot more enjoyable.
#6 Hand Grip Heart Rate Monitors
It's easy to stay in your target fat-burning zone with these bikes. They all include a hand-grip heart rate monitor so you can get constant feedback on your heart rate via the console.
So those are the main benefits of Livestrong stationary bikes. Are there any weaknesses?
Well, they aren't as well known as some other brands because they've only been out for a few years now. So they can be harder to find. Plus the home models don't have as many bells and whistles as the commercial models (but they're also $2000 less so...)
But overall, if you're looking for a solid-feeling, ergonomic stationary bike with a strong name behind it for an affordable price, you may want to consider a Livestrong stationary bike.
There are currently no comments on this post. Be the first one!