Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Upright Exercise Bike Review
Today, there are many people that are skipping the gym. That doesn’t mean they’re not working out …it just means they’re bringing the gym to their home. With all of the different exercise equipment available, you can easily bring a gym to your home and workout on a daily basis, without having to worry about going to a crowded gym. Today, we’re looking at an interesting exercise bike.
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If you're looking to build up a home gym and find that you're lacking in the cardio department, the Schwinn Airdyne is a very good addition to include, for many reasons which we'll cover below. Cardio is an important part of exercise and increasing your stamina, and is usually paired up with strength training to increase cardiovascular muscles.
Of course, there are many different cardio machines out there, some of which have been designed by Schwinn too such as Schwinn 430 elliptical or other Schwinn Elliptical models, the Schwinn exercise bike, the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike, or the Schwinn 170 upright bike. So what makes this one special?
Why an Upright Exercise Bike?
We know what you’re thinking right now – you’re probably wondering why you should choose an upright exercise bike.
Compared to other pieces of exercise equipment, an upright bike tends to put less stress on your joints and tend to be a lot more comfortable. An upright bike can help you learn to keep your form accurate as they don't provide a back support unlike a recumbent exercise bike, meaning that you have to train yourself to sit in the right position, giving you more skills when it comes to riding in the outside on a real bicycle, especially as an upright bike has the rider seated in a similar position to a bicycle.
Why the Schwinn Airdyne?
The Schwinn Airdyne works with wind resistance, which is unlimited. Rather than having set resistance levels, where you can only go so high and then max out your skill, with a Schwinn Ardyne, the wind resistance will increase depending on how hard you peddle. The harder you go, the more resistance you'll met with. This also means that the bike will match what you're capable of, rather than trying to push yourself through a harder resistance level and risk hurting yourself.
The price at purchase is around $600 dollars for just delivery, but you can also opt to pay approximately another $80 and have it expertly assembled for you too. The bike is not too heavy, but may require two people to lift it but once it is out of the box, setting it up is easy and is something that could definitely be done at home without shelling out extra money for someone to do it for you. It comes with s complete manual to help, and ensures that the Schwinn Airdyne is successfully assembled to reduce the chance of injury or fault.
As for size, the Schwinn Airdyne comes in around 46 x 27 x 15 inches and weighs approximately 120lb, meaning it's not too big nor heavy and can be relocated if necessary – even easier thanks to the wheels that come with it. It's a good size, and can easily be kept out of the way in the home.
It comes with a large padded seat to ensure comfort, but these are interchangeable if you find something that is more comfortable for your body type. The peddles are under the body, to the side of the seats, replicating a real bicycle in positioning.
It also incorporates your arms into the work out from the way you lean forwards and how the handle bars are positioned, giving you a good upper and lower body workout in one, compared to most bikes that just offer the lowerbody. You can also use it just for an upperbody work out and not include the legs at all. When you're holding onto the handle bars, there is a heart rate monitor built in that will track your pulse and beats per minute and display them so you can keep an eye on how hard you're pushing your body as you workout.
The console included with the Schwinn Airdyne monitors everything and gives instant output results so that you don't have to wait for a report to be generated. It shows six different readouts at one time, too, meaning you're not having to slow down to flick between screens to find the results you're looking for and you can keep track of your entire workout from one screen, including calories, time and distance.
If you're interested in interval training, the Schwinn Airdyne also boasts a new RevMeter RPM gauge, so you can keep track of your revs and set yourself goals to improve.
The bike itself is perfect for home use, as it can be adjusted to fit different people. The seat can be lifted higher or dropped lower depending on the user and it's easy to change between workouts, meaning there's no reason a whole household can't use one bike.
There are additional accessories available to purchase, such as wind shield that prevents the fans from directing the wind directly at you and making it difficult to focus on your workout. There's also a reading rack that can be purchased, where books or even a table can rest so that if you're looking for a casual workout, or some entertainment to make the time go faster, you can prop a device there easily enough and read or watch as you ride.
All in all, the Schwinn Airdyne is a good piece of equipment, it's designed to be as easy or as challenging as you'd like it, with multiple features to help you improve along the way. It's study and well designed, ensuring that it'll last you a good amount of time.
It's worth the money and will ensure that you're getting a good workout every time you use it, thanks to the wind resistance feature – the only limit there is to how hard you can push yourself depends on how hard and fast you can peddle. It's all completely in your hands with the Schwinn Airdyne, making it a perfect choice for those who don't know where to start, or have a long way to go on their journey to health. It's also a good place to start for beginners who are looking to lose weight, as they can definitely perform interval training and high intensity exercises on there to push their bodies higher and burn more calories.