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what other excerise equipment do you use besides the bike?(15 posts)

what other excerise equipment do you use besides the bike?Gall
Oct 19, 2002 12:27 PM

I was thinking about getting something to use at home besides using my bike the trainer.

what else out there is a good piece of equipment that will help my cycling?

re: what other excerise equipment do you use besides the bike?TREKY
Oct 19, 2002 1:40 PM
Try finding a good elliptical trainer.I found that it is a good way to get you heart rate training without the shock and pounding of a treadmill.

Make sure whatever you get it is a quality machine from a fitness store rather than going to Walmart or some other discount store.You may spend a little more but it will last longer and won't end up being an expensive place to hang your clothes.
Concept II rowing machine - a lot. IMHO the best workout. nmBrianNYC
Oct 19, 2002 2:09 PM
More info please Brian....rtyszko
Oct 20, 2002 4:03 AM
What kind of heart rate can you get going on this thing? Is it durable? Will it add mass to the upper/lower body, or just tone? I'm looking for something to do in the off season and I don't want to drop too much cash.

The info....(long)BrianNYC
Oct 20, 2002 5:04 AM
I got mine new direct from Concept II (I think that is the only way) for about $1200-$1300. I am sure you can find them on ebay used for a lot less (too many people buy exercise equipment and never use it). They are very robust (maintenance is easy, just oiling the chain per the instructions), I have over 1500 KM (I did 1000 KM in the first year - you can get a certificate for that - which is A LOT) on it so far and it works just like it did when I got it (they use them at better gyms, which I always saw as a good selling point regarding durability and reliability).

It does not put on mass at all (a big reason I got it since I didn't want any more mass), but it will tone your entire upper body into the best shape of your life - abs, lats, pecs, you name it (think of it like cycling, why that is so good for the legs - constant use - it is the same princilple), and keep your legs in shape (if you use good form - too many rowers just use their upper body). I lost fat from places I didn't even know I had fat.

As for how high you can get your heart rate up? As high as you want, really...the harder/faster you row, the more resistance there is. I got mine with the "rowing computer" and a Polar heart rate monitor (never have used the hr monitor though), but the computer will tell you watts, split times, etc., and you know your heart rate is way up there - I do - and for a long time too. One thing to remember, since you are also using your arms/upper torso, your wattage will not be as high as on a bike, so you can't make comparisons there, but it is a hell of a workout. My favorite is to try to do 7 KM in under thirty minutes (which I find a hell of a work out), or to see how many KMs I can do in an hour. Also, you can watch TV pretty easily when you are doing to make the time go by quicker.

Go to a gym to check one out - I've seen them at almost every gym I have ever been in. I am not sure about other rowing machines as to quality (I know Schwinn makes one that I think is less expensive), but the Concept II is the top of the line in rowers (unless they have come out with the C III).
fyi - nmBrianNYC
Oct 20, 2002 5:49 AM
Thanks for the info. (nm)rtyszko
Oct 20, 2002 1:25 PM
Concept II rowing machine - a lot. IMHO the best workout. nmwaynebo
Oct 21, 2002 10:35 AM
Concur. Great full body exercise that increases your low back flexibility too.
re: what other excerise equipment do you use besides the bike?ridingthegyro
Oct 20, 2002 1:06 AM
I use a tunturi stationary bike and a treadmill on bad weather days. The treadmill is not bad, a little change of pace.
running shoes and weight machine. nmJuanmoretime
Oct 20, 2002 3:27 AM
weight machine...C-40
Oct 20, 2002 4:32 AM
I bought a Wieder home gym for $400 four years ago. It's been a great tool for improving cycling strength during the winter.

Get a machine with leg press, leg curl, leg extension at the minimum. Mine also has butterly, arm press, an overhead cable for crunches & pulldowns and a low cable that can be used for a wide variety of arm and leg exercises.

I have a homemade chinup bar that's great for hanging knee raises. Works the arms and abs at the same time.

Freeweights can also be used for squats, and a variety of arm exercises.

A winter weight training program can susbstantially improve comfort and performance in the early season. One of the primary causes of aches and pains on the bike is weak arms and midsection. A weak midsection is also the primary driver for raising the handlebars more than 8-10cm below the saddle.
re: what other excerise equipment do you use besides the bike?theeatkins
Oct 20, 2002 4:33 AM
Besides my wind trainer for my bike, I also use a good quality treadmill. I find it's a faster way to keep cardiovascular conditioning. Not to mention my weight!
Nordic TracDaveG
Oct 20, 2002 7:31 AM
I use a Nordic Trac cross country ski machine in the winter to break up the monotony of the bike trainer. I find it less boring than churning away on the bike. Uses slightly different muscles, but keeps the cardio fitness. Helps to use a HR monitor.
2nd thatEager Beagle
Oct 21, 2002 7:30 AM
I have one that I got when I hurt my knees a while back - they are great exercise - a real hard work-out without stressing the body.
A pair of Brooks Beasts and...DeRanger
Oct 20, 2002 10:14 AM
...a Weider Olympic weight set.

I don't really think of cycling (road or dirt) or paddling as "exercise" - to me, it's recreation. Running and lifting is exercise that makes it possible for me to enjoy my bikes and my kayak.

DeR (...splitting hairs...)