A stamina bike refers to a stationary bicycle generally used indoors for exercise. These bikes allow the user to control the level of resistance and can be used for simultaneous cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Several gyms and fitness clubs offer high-end models with added features, and spin or cycle classes are one common group exercise class that uses the stamina bike. This equipment is also available in less expensive, lightweight models for an individual’s home use. While Stamina is a particular company that manufactures stationary bikes used for exercise, the name can be used in broader terms to include all upright or recumbent stationary exercise bikes.
A total-body workout can be achieved with the use of stationary bicycles. A stamina bike offers a low-impact exercise to boost cardio fitness and muscle strength and tone while burning fat. Generally, using a bicycle targets the leg and gluteus muscles; depending on the method of use, arms and abs can also get a good workout. Through the use of air or magnets, the user can control the level of resistance either by turning a knob or pressing buttons on the console. The higher the resistance, the greater the calories burned. Combining resistance and cardio training may achieve results and boost metabolism faster than doing cardio and strength workouts separately.
One may find rows of two types of stamina bike at a gym. A recumbent bike has a cradle-like seat with pedals directly in front of it so that a user is reclining with the lower half of the body remaining horizontal. The upright model more closely mirrors an actual bicycle with a saddle seat and pedals below, so that the user is more or less vertical. Group classes called cycle or spin bring a room full of stamina bikes together for about an hour of intense exercise led by a fitness expert or enthusiast. Many find the often challenging exercise more fun in a group environment that sometimes uses music and choreography.
Of the many types of home fitness equipment, the stamina bike is one most often purchased. This may be due to the fact that stationary bikes can be relatively inexpensive and portable. A stamina bike may be easily purchased, moved and used by an individual virtually anywhere with a stable surface. When introduced into an exercise regimen two to five times per week for a minimum of 20 minutes, stationary bikes may help deliver results in just a matter of weeks.