Posted on February 19, 2018 by Louisa Feary
They may bring back memories of the old-school stationary bike your parents used to have in the garage (and likely never used) but Airbikes are making a comeback. Here’s the lowdown on what they have to offer and details of three industry-leading choices.
What are they?
In contrast to a standard upright bike, where you would set a certain level of resistance (or watts), airbikes generate resistance based on how fast you pedal – the more you pedal, the harder it gets. You also work your arms at the same time, making it a total body exercise which you wouldn’t achieve on a standard static bike.
With CrossFit and HIIT continuing to surge in popularity, the airbike is a great piece of equipment to take your calorie burn to the next level.
Through using your arms and legs simultaneously, your heart rate increases about twenty percent higher than if using your legs alone. They are also said to be gentler on the joints, making them ideal for older exerciser-goers and for those seeking some temperate rehabilitation after injury.
Three of the best
Octane Fitness Airdyne X
The AirdyneX delivers virtually unlimited resistance and maximum effi ciency by converting the exerciser’s effort to intensity. Pedaling slowly yields lighter resistance, whereas a faster cadence results in greater resistance.
Because the fan enables exercisers to produce more power efficiently, they burn more calories on the AirdyneX bike compared to other fan bikes at the same RPM – for better results.
Featuring a 26-blade performance fan and a responsive, single-stage belt drive, the AirdyneX bike includes effective HIIT workouts, with a 20/10 interval program, a 30/90 interval regimen and a custom interval routine. A motivating tachometer on the console signals how hard exercisers are working, including the average calorie burn per minute, which drives users to push themselves harder.
Calibration technology delivers accurate and consistent results from bike to bike, so the AirdyneX bike is ideal for group challenges or competitions. Octane’s signature cushioned MultiGrip handlebars let exercisers choose from horizontal or vertical placement options to target different muscles and add variety.
Using air resistance, the Assault AirBike scales automatically to keep up with you as you push, pull and pedal with greater force and speed – the greater the resistance, the greater the benefits!
The bike’s unique design and on-board programming offers an endless variety of workout options, and can be used just as effectively for pre/post workout warm up/cool-downs. The Assault AirBike also shines as a post-injury rehabilitation tool, as it allows isolation/ integration of the legs/arms at a personalised pace.
Crisp and clear LCD display, large buttons and quick keys offer faster access to the on-board programs and can be swapped out in a fl ash. Choose from high intensity intervals, or set a target distance goals. Integrated messaging to help inspire you keeps the workout fresh and motivating, while outputs include Watts; Calories; Distance; Speed; Time; Odometer; Heart Rate Monitor, RPM, and Interval Training options.
All these great features built around a heavy-duty powder coated steel frame, stabilised to prevent sideto-side movement when in high use, with a comfortable Hybrid seat, reinforced pedals and crank with sealed cartridge bearings.
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Tested to withstand 1400 lbs of force, the StairMaster® AirFit™ offers a robust design and features dual action wind resistance that provides a total body cardio workout. The AirFit is designed to push you past your breaking point and keep working long after you can’t.
The AirFit fan system is manufactured from industrial-grade ABS for long-lasting durability, and features multi-axial curvilinear blade design for maximum performance. Low-maintenance twin belt transmission provides an ultra-smooth and quiet ride.
Unlike other fan bikes, the AirFit frame is not bolted together in key locations, it’s welded. We used 2 mm steel to provide maximum strength for the toughest riders – in fact, in testing we proved the frame can withstand more than 1,400 lbs of force! Perfect for people 4’11” to 6’8” tall.