Exerpeutic 300SR Foldable Recumbent Bike Review

Exerpeutic 300SR Foldable Recumbent Bike Review


Exerpeutic 300SR Foldable Recumbent BikeThe Exerpeutic 300SR is slightly different from conventional exercise bikes. Whereas most mimic standard bicycles in terms of body posture and seating, the Exerpeutic has you sat back in a chair with a comfortable seat. It’s easy to see what the appeal of this is, but is the product really all that good? Let’s have a more in depth look to find out.


Key Specs For The Exerpeutic 300SR


RRP: $189

Year Of Release: 2011

Dimensions: 33 x 19 x 46 inches

Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs

LCD Computer Display? Yes


Exerpeutic 300SR: The Pros


Easy Assembly: If you’re worried about having to do some home assembly with the 300SR then you’ll be relieved to know that assembly is easy. The instructions are easy to follow and there aren’t too many parts that need to go together. You’ll have this assembled in no time at all, and you’ll be working out before you know it.


Storage: One of the main innovations of the 300SR is in storage. Whereas other exercise bikes take up a lot of floor space and pretty much get left wherever they are set up (they do have rollers to help with moving, but because of their size they are usually left in one place) the 300SR has an innovative design which allows it to fold.


Once folded, this exercise bike only takes up half the space, and can easily be stored away in a cupboard or under the stairs. If you live in a small apartment then this could be ideal.


Comfortable Seat: The other significant difference between this and standard exercise bikes is the seating. Other bikes use a simple bike saddle – replicating the real experience of bike riding. This can be uncomfortable after a while, and if the seats aren’t well designed it can make working out a literal pain in the ass!


What the 300SR has instead is a large, flat, cushioned seat. The whole of your rear is firmly supported ensuring that you don’t have excessive amounts on pressure on any one area. This makes the seat far more comfortable than others, giving you a more pleasant exercise experience.


On top of this, there is a large back rest which encourages you to sit back as you exercise. This helps you to maintain good posture with decent back support, and may also provide some relief to those with back problems who suffer using standard exercise bikes.


Quiet: This is one of the quietest exercise bikes in this price range. It’s almost silent, meaning that you can easily watch TV or listen to music as you exercise. It also means that you won’t annoy anyone else who you share your house with. If you really want to, this bike is so quiet that it’ll allow you to exercise whilst watching TV with other people without even annoying them.


LCD Display: For those of you who appreciate being able to see what speed you’re going at, how far you’ve been, how long you’ve been going for and more, the LCD display will fulfill your needs. It’s large so it’s easy to see even while you’re leaning back in the seat.


Sturdy: Despite the fairly small size of the 300SR, and its fold-away design, it remains sturdy in use. This is partly due to the seat, and the sit-back posture that puts less weight on the pedals and keeps your centre-of-gravity more centralized. It’s also built of strong materials, which means that it should last a reasonable length of time.


Cheap: On top of all the comfort that the 300SR offers, it’s also easy on your wallet. It’s actually one of the cheapest products in its category!



Exerpeutic 300SR: The Cons


Hear-Rate Reading: If knowing your heart-rate during your workout is important to you, then you should invest in a wrist-mounted heart-rate monitor. The included heart-rate monitoring technology is alright, but not wholly accurate. It’s sometimes up to 10 – 15 beats out. That’s a pretty significant error, so it’s not really sufficient for exercise guidance.


Calorie Reading: Like the heart-rate reading, the calorie reading is inaccurate. This is because calorie burning is dependent on more than just the intensity of exercise. It is based on a whole range of things that include weight and percentage of body-fat. The built-in calorie tracker doesn’t know all this other information so can’t possibly give you a true measurement.


Flimsy Display: A small, but potentially very annoying, issue with the 300SR is the flimsy build of the LCD display. It’s very easy to damage when moving the exercise bike around, or when assembling it for the first time. Just a little bit too much pressure can cause it to snap. The rest of the bike is of good solid build quality, but this could do with improving.


Is The Exerpeutic 300SR Worth Buying?


Overall, it’s hard not to recommend this exercise bike to anyone on a tight budget. If you’ve got more cash to splash then you might want to go for a traditional style exercise bike as it’ll offer you a slightly more intense level of workout. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a light cardio workout while you watch TV there are few better options in the same price range.


Body Rider Fan Bike Review

Body Rider Fan Bike Review


Body Rider Fan BikeThe Body Rider Fan Bike is a low cost alternative to many upper body and lower body exercise bikes on the market today. Many people have started turning away from traditional exercise bikes in favor of more comprehensive exercise bikes that provide a full body workout more suited to general fitness.


The Body Rider Fan Bike has synchronized dual-action handlebars that work the upper body and arms in tandem with the legs. Add in to the mix a pedal powered fan to keep you cool during your workout and you have a pretty impressive exercise machine at a fraction of the cost of bigger brand name exercise bikes. The question is – does the Body Rider Fan Bike really offer a genuine alternative to more costly, recognizable exercise bikes, or is it just a cheap knock-off?


Key Specs for Body Rider Fan Bike


RRP: $299

Year Of Release: 2009

Dimensions: 45 x 23.2 x 45.6 inches

Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs

LCD Computer Display? Yes


Body Rider Fan Bike: The Pros


Upper & Lower Body Exercise: The main benefit of the Body Rider Fan Bike is the combination of both upper and lower body exercise that it provides. Many people looking to get fit in their own house invest in an exercise bike that does not feature any upper body workout option, and they can often see slower results than those that do invest in a more comprehensive exercise bike.


The handlebars are extremely well designed, and although there is no option to fix them in a stationary position, they are conveniently placed so that they do not get in the way when you are looking to only work your legs. The tension on both is very easily adjusted through a simple tension knob, so you can very simply customize your workout to suit your needs mid workout. A fixed option for either the legs, arms, or both would be a huge addition, but for this price it would be asking too much seeing as many more expensive options don’t have such a feature.


Fan: Anyone who has used any kind of exercise equipment in the comfort of their own home will confirm that it can get very hot very quickly! The Body Rider Fan Bike has a built in fan to combat this exact problem. Powered by your exercise, the fan increases and decreases in power in conjunction with the speed you are doing at the time.


This is not a big powerful fan that will keep you completely cool, but it will certainly help keep your temperature at a more comfortable level. The fan can also act as an incentive to push yourself harder.  The harder you pedal the stronger the fan breeze, so when you’re reaching the end of your workout you can reward yourself with a sprint finish and a more powerful breeze!


Assembly: You wouldn’t expect assembly to be too difficult for an exercise bike at this price, but the big surprise is how easily the pieces can be put together. Many low cost exercise machines feature cheaply made parts that struggle to fit together, but the Body Rider Fan Bike can not only be put together quickly but with consummate ease. The instructions are clear and concise, and while any assembly will always be a simpler task with two people, solo assembly is certainly achievable in a reasonable timeframe.


Body Rider Fan Bike: The Cons


Seat Comfort: The Body Rider Fan Bike stumbles at the same hurdle as many of its more expensive peers; seat comfort. In fairness, the Body Rider never claims to have the most comfortable seat in the world – merely an adjustable one. The seat is a metal base with a hard rubber covering that does absolutely nothing for your behind. Thankfully, because the cost of the Body Rider is so low, factoring in the cost of a comfortable gel seat cover is no big issue for most people and the problem is moot. Even so, the Body Rider Fan Bike has missed an opportunity to really stand out from the crowd here.


Height Restrictions: The Body Rider Fan Bike claims to have an adjustable seat that can be raised to suit all shapes and sizes, but in reality this is misleading. At best, the Body Rider would be suitable for someone of height 6 1 with average length legs. Any taller than that, or even slightly shorter with longer legs, and this is not the exercise bike for you. Even with the seat position in its most raised position, tall users will find the experience a little cramped and simply not comfortable enough to gain any kind of real workout satisfaction.



Is the Body Rider Fan Bike Worth Buying?


If you are looking for a modern, technically sophisticated exercise bike, or even a luxuriously comfortable exercise bike, then you should give the Body Rider Fan Bike a miss. This is a low cost exercise bike aimed at those on a budget who are looking to invest in a cheap and cheerful exercise machine that will allow them to keep fit. The seat is very uncomfortable, and very tall users should definitely look elsewhere. However, there is an awful lot to be said for an exercise machine that costs so little and offers so much. Use the Body Rider Fan Bike properly and you will see results, and for that it deserves some credit.

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer Review


The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer aims to provide a two in one solution to home exercise equipment by offering an elliptical trainer and a stationary exercise bike all in one. The big problem with exercise machines that attempt to combine multiple platforms into one machine is that they inevitably provide both but excel in neither, but the Body Champ Dual Trainer claims to flawlessly integrate both bike and elliptical to provide two independent machines for the price of one.


With 10 preset workout programs, an adjustable seat which can be set both vertically and horizontally and a walk through design, the Body Champ Dual Trainer is proving popular with buyers looking to save money on expensive equipment. The question is whether the Body Champ can really offer the best of both worlds, or is it trying to do too much?


Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer



Key Specs for Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer


RRP: $400

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 12.5 inches

Weight: 90 lbs

Weight Capacity: 275 lbs

Stride Length: 14-Inch



Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer: The Pros


Flexibility: There are no two ways about it – the option of using your machine as an exercise bike one day and an elliptical trainer the next is extremely appealing. Both exercises work different muscle groups, and varying your workout will inevitably lead to more rounded results.


Large numbers of people are investing in home use exercise equipment not out of desire, but because gyms can be prohibitively expensive. The opportunity to effectively purchase both an exercise bike and elliptical trainer for less than $300 is not only extremely tempting – it’s good economics. The resistance on the Body Champ Dual Trainer is quite challenging, and there is no doubt that this machine gives you a workout.


Price: Even if you were to buy a cheap exercise bike and a cheap elliptical trainer, you would be hard pushed to get both for less than the Body Champ BRM 3671. Furthermore, you would more often than not be sacrificing quality for price. At considerably less than $300, the Body Champ Dual Trainer makes an awful lot of sense for people looking to start off their home exercise equipment collection, or those on a budget. For beginners, this is a nice investment that will allow for a varied workout that will build up fitness while staying interesting.


Lightweight: At 90 pounds, the Body Champ Dual Trainer is extremely light. The lightweight design does lend itself to some potential pitfalls mentioned below, but it also allows users to easily move and relocate the machine.


Assembly: The lightweight design also makes assembly quite easy, and one person will be able to assemble the Body Champ without any great difficulty thanks to the simple instructions.


Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer: The Cons


Stride Length: At 14 inches, the stride length is simply too short for some users. Although people under 5’6 might not experience any discomfort, users any taller than this will have to get used to what feels like an unnatural and restricted stride.


For comparison, most gym exercise machines feature a stride length of 20+ inches. There are many elliptical trainers that feature smaller stride lengths similar to the Body Champ Dual Trainer, but using the Body Champ as an exercise bike makes the issue far more noticeable. For users 6 foot and taller, this will not be a comfortable experience.


Sturdiness: As mentioned above, when manufacturers go for lightweight machines they often end up sacrificing other benefits. In this case, the lightweight design of the Body Champ Dual Trainer means that the device is not nearly sturdy enough for people 200 lbs. and over, nor for users looking for vigorous exercise. There is a noticeable wobble at fast speeds that cannot be rectified by tightening any bolts of screws. If the Body Champ simply featured heavy duty stabilizing bars, the weight would still be considered lightweight but the overall balance would be significantly improved.


Resistance Levels: Unusually for an affordable, lightweight exercise machine, the resistance levels start off too tough. The first level of resistance on any exercise machine should be an introductory level which encourages first time users to get moving; the resistance can be increased at a steeper rate if need be. With the Body Champ Dual Trainer, the first level of resistance is actually quite tough, and this can be discouraging for beginners.





Is the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer Worth Buying?


There is a lot to be said for dual trainers, and the Body Champ BRM3671 is certainly one of the better choices in the field. Those on a budget, or those looking to introduce themselves to home exercise equipment, could get a lot of value from a two in one product like the Body Champ Dual Trainer. It’s light, easy to use, and provides a tough workout with some flexibility.


That being said, it should be remembered that the resistance levels are not ideal for those who have extremely little leg power, or for people over 6 feet tall. These users would be better off finding an alternative that is more suited to their specific needs. The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer will never find its way into any serious athlete’s home gym, but it could very well find its way in to yours.



Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike Review

The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike


Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike

Schwinn AD2 Airdyne

The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike is the latest Airdyne exercise bike to hit the market. The Airdyne design by Schwinn has been going for decades, and is proving as popular today as it was on its release.

  The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike uses wind resistance technology to provide a powerful workout entirely dictated by your own pace. The faster you go, the bigger the resistance. Schwinn claim that the AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike is more than just an exercise bike – they say the AD2 provides a full body cardiovascular workout that is perfect for both your home and your fitness needs.   There are cheaper wind resistance exercise bikes on the market though, so what makes the SchwinnAD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike truly stand out from the rest?  


Key Specs for Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike  

  • RRP: $599
  • Year Of Release: 2011
  • Dimensions: 58 x 25 x 48  inches
  • Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs
  • LCD Computer Display? Yes

  Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike: The Pros  

Full Body Cardiovascular Exercise:The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne exercise bike not only works as an exercise bike but as a total body workout. The arm holds are perfectly synchronized with the pedals, so your entire body is in fluid motion while exercising. Many people find that a standard exercise bike can leave them with strong leg muscles and increased fitness without ever really working their upper body and arms. The AD2 Airdyne ensures this will never happen.   Furthermore, if you are looking to focus on your upper body and arms, the Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike has fixed point footrests, meaning you can work solely on your upper body and arms. This offers a level of workout flexibility that many competitors cannot match.  

Progressive Resistance: The beauty of the Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike lies in the concept. By using wind resistance technology, the AD2 Airdyne simply has no upper limits on how fast or how tough a workout you are looking for. At a gentle pace, the fan encounters little wind resistance and as such the ride is easy going, but every increase in pedal power is instantly met with an increase in resistance. This simple yet brilliant design means that even hard-core cycling enthusiasts or users looking to really focus hard on their upper body will never hit a cap on how hard they can push. Simple, yet brilliant.  

Assembly: As anyone who has ever bought and assembled an exercise bike before will testify to, exercise bikes can be notoriously difficult to assemble on delivery. With so many working parts, mechanical resistors and electrical connections, assembly can take hours and leave you never wanting to see the bike again! The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne isn’t one these bikes.   The simple design of the AD2 means that there are relatively few pieces to be put together, and it can easily be completed within the hour! This is an extremely welcome surprise, and other exercise bike companies would be well advised to take look at the AD2 Airdyne’s construction and see how they could simplify their own exercise bikes.


      Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike: The Cons  

Seat Comfort: Without being too harsh, there is none. Schwinn claim that the seat on the AD2 Airdyne is a padded, comfortable seat suitable for extended periods of use, but this simply isn’t true. The seat is extremely hard, the padding is non-existent and extended use will inevitably lead to cramps and pains.   Without a doubt, the seat is by far the most disappointing aspect of the AD2. Anyone looking at investing in a new AD2 Airdyne should include the cost of a padded seat cover. Thankfully, there are plenty of seat covers that can be bought to match the AD2 Airdyne, but it’s just a shame that something so easily fixable was missed by Schwinn.  

Stationary Arms: While the Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike offers users the chance to use fixed leg points to focus on their upper body and arms, there is no such option to work solely on the legs. The option to turn off the arm movement would give an already decent exercise machine a huge advantage over its peers, but for now you will have to be content to rest your hands on your thighs when pumping your legs alone!  

Is the Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike Worth Buying?  

Schwinn have a fantastic reputation in this market, and it’s well earned. They pioneered wind resistance technology for exercise bikes many years ago, and while others have tried to get in on the game, Schwinn have stayed at the forefront of wind resistance technology.   The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike is not the most multi-functional exercise bike that you will ever use. While the wind resistance allows users unlimited resistance, it does limit them somewhat in the variety they can apply to their exercise routines. As well as this, the seat is just poorly designed and a huge disappointment. That being said, the Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike is a fantastic exercise bike for those looking to work their whole body and get fit from home. Well-made and easy to assemble, it will suit many users perfectly. If you are buying, however, you would be well advised to invest in a comfortable padded seat cushion – you might as well do it now because you will end up doing it later.

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Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike

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