Question: I have chronic back pain. What’s the best stationary bike for me?
Answer: This may come as a surprise (and be sure to check with your physician first), but for people with chronic back pain, an upright bike may be the best choice. Here’s why: An upright bike requires a higher degree of balance, which more directly engages your core—which in turn helps build the necessary muscles to support and strengthen your back, and alleviate chronic pain.
While a recumbent bike is a terrific choice for folks for whom easy access is important (as in, it’s easy to get on and off the bike)—and certainly a recumbent bike is superb way to stay fit—for the challenge of chronic back pain specifically, an upright bike just might be the best way to go.
“I get a lot of clients coming in, asking about the best cardio workouts for back pain,” says Rob Villavicencio, manager at Gym Source in Greenwich, CT. “Many of them have jobs where they’re sitting at a desk all day. An upright bike puts them in a new position, works their abs and back and core, and within a few weeks they’re back pain is better. ”
Rob explains that for many of his clients who are physical therapists and trainers, and upright bike is a key component to helping their own clients alleviate chronic pain.
At Gym Source, we’ve got your back, by offering a multitude of cycling options, with the popular Schwinn Carbon Blue and its famous CarbonDriveTM belt, which users continually call an “incredible ride.” Another favorite is the LeMond G-Force UT Training Bike, thanks to its 13 custom workout programs, comfortable seat, and ergonomic handlebars, designed to keep workouts engaging and exciting. The TRUE ES900 Upright Bike provides realistic cycling with superior ergonomic design including gel seating, aero bars, and armrests for long distance sessions.
Visit your local Gym Source to try all these bikes and more, and be “back” in action in no time. To learn more, stop by your local Gym Source store, or visit us online.