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When it comes to losing weight as a big person, the traditional methods don’t always work or they are just too darn hard to physically complete. Which is why we can to start with exercises which are less stressful on our backs, knees and ankles. Recumbent bikes for overweight people are an excellent alternative to the traditional methods of ‘normal’ sized people.
But are recumbent exercise bikes the best workout for heavy to obese people?. Yes and no. While recumbent exercise bikes are more enjoyable and can be less painful on our bodies, (in particular the joints and lower back) the majority of the workout is focused on the lower body. Of course you can implement changes to your routine for a full body workout such as holding light weights in your hands while riding and even imitating crunch style sit ups.
As for burning calories and weight loss the recumbent bike does contribute a good amount. But in comparison to a Heavy Weight Capacity Treadmill, the recumbent bike falls short in quantity versus time. So you can burn fat faster as a large person quicker on treadmill when compared to the recumbent bike. But the treadmill can be more stressful on the impacting areas of the body if you’re a plus size person.
As we are all different and have various exercise restrictions there is no one is better than the other scenario here. Both the treadmill and the recumbent exercise bike have their place in the heavier person’s exercise routine. But for today we are going to be digging deeper and finding what we think are the best rated recumbent bikes for overweight people. Which include high weight capacities to meet our required weight needs.
If you’re just outside the weight capacity of a standard recumbent exercise bike (200-250 lbs) and in need of a 300 pound weight limit bike with all the bells and whistles. A true workhorse in the industry that will handle just about anything you throw at it?. Then I think you may appreciate the Diamondback 510SR, and your body may as well. However it is a little pricey, but totally worth every penny in my eyes. Especially when you’re an over sized guy wanting a pretty comfortable way to loose some weight by exercising.
First and foremost, as most readers of Big & Heavy are aware, I simply cannot get enough of the mesh materials. Whether it’s on a office chair, dining chair and even this particular recumbent exercise bike. Mesh backings/seats allow for airflow to our bodies and when exercising its a godsend. Plus the built in fan on this bike is very desirable, not too mention quite. Moving on…
The actual seat is very generous and should cater to many bigger back-sided people and it just looks super comfortable. Yes the seat does adjust and I’d say it could suit people between 5 foot and 6’6″ from my experiences.
Overall, if you have a few hundred bucks to spend on a high quality exercise bike, then the Diamondback is a good bike to consider. Diamondback are makers of multiple road/tour bikes and have the technology to bring this high standard into it’s recumbent bikes. It’s a exercise bike that kind of feels like riding a real bike, it’s that smooth and blissful I find. Combine this ease of use and comfort with the features like: user friendly LCD monitor/programs, cooling factors (mesh backing, built in fan), and a 300 pound weight capacity rating, you’re left with one good recumbent bike.
Proform gets our Editor’s Choice Award for best value for money when looking to buy a heavy duty recumbent bike. For a decent price, you get a high weight capacity exercise bike, (350 pounds) but this hybrid exercise machine by Proform also doubles as an Elliptical workout. But how does this 2 in 1 exercise bike hold up for heavy people. Lets find out.
Firstly what we love about the Proform Hybrid is how gentle the workouts are. Low impact exercising which is ideal for us bigger guys and gals. Plus with the Elliptical workout you are also getting upper workout at the same time unlike conventional recumbent bikes. Now before we go any further, you must understand that this bike is for home use, it’s not a Gym quality machine, which is fine considering it’s not priced over the top in our opinion. However don’t go into this expecting a Gym quality 24 hr a day exercise bike because you will probably be disappointed. Although, it’s very adequate for the common home usage by a 350 pound person. If you’re after a 350 pound capacity commercial quality recumbent exercise bike visit the Sole Fitness LCR Bike.
When you read the assembly instructions for this Hybrid bike, it clearly states to use adequate amount of grease on the required parts. Otherwise the bike will eventually make a squeaking noise and you my think the bike is broken. But it may not be, you must be generous with the grease and periodically re-grease the required parts. Like anything valuable, maintaining good maintenance should extend the life. As for assembly, I highly recommend you have 2 people go at this. Life will be much easier with an extra pair of hands.
As for comfort, the recumbent seat is rather enjoyable to use and very smooth. Switching over to Elliptical is a breeze as well, just like adjusting the pedals to suit your height. Only negative I could say about the elliptical is the strides aren’t long enough for tall people, however if you’re shorter than me, you will find the stride length probably perfect. A great piece of heavy duty exercise equipment at a reasonable price.
When you get into the 400 lb weight capacity range, you may find it hard to buy home use recumbent bike. This weight range seems like it is mainly for commercial use. Hence why they are usually more expensive. In saying this, if you can afford a more expensive piece of equipment, normally it’s of higher quality.
The Fitnex R70 states it has a 400 pound user weight limit. When it comes to heavy duty usage, its best to have the reassurance of a clearly stated weight capacity. As you might expect, the Fitnex R70 comes with all the bells and whistles such as:
The Fitnex recumbent bike appears well built and has a sense of quality and functionality. A high weight capacity makes this bike ideal for big people wanting to get their work out on.
As recommended by HCI Fitness, the PhysioStep MDX recumbent elliptical. Do your due diligence and research the product. Below you can find a short video testimonial.
This short video by HCI Fitness has a motivational testimonial by a current overweight user. See the results and check the YouTube comments to see if Stephen has updated his weight loss to date.