Recumbent bikes are fantastic – but have you ever wondered what muscle groups they work? Read on to find out plenty about these awesome muscle groups and how you can hit them with a good cardio workout on the bike!
The big muscle on the front of your leg is called your quadricep, and it is the primary muscle that is used on the recumbent exercise bicycle. This is an extremely strong muscle! By working this muscle, you are definitely going to feel a burn. But, that’s a good thing – the bigger the burn, the better the workout. Work the quadricep muscle naturally on your recumbent bike.
That’s right, glutes are definitely used on the recumbent exercise bike. The glute (or butt) muscles are responsible for the pushing motion of your cycling. Working this muscle on the bike will help you to tone up – but not bulk up. The recumbent bike is perfect for strengthening and toning your butt.
Calves can be a hard muscle to work, but your bike can help you there! Make sure that you are using proper form on the recumbent bike (we’ll get in to that on another post), and you will surely hit your calves hard! Your calves help to properly hold your legs in position while you’re cycling. Again, cycling helps to tone this muscle, rather than bulk it up.
Your hamstrings (the muscles behind your leg) are an important muscle group! They are worked very well by the recumbent exercise bike. As your leg comes back in your stroke, focus on squeezing the hamstring for a really nice and toned leg!
Strong hamstrings are extremely important to your overall health and safety. Often times, we can develop strong quadriceps but weak hamstrings. This causes an imbalance of strength on your leg, and can result in a very painful injury such as an ACL or MCL tear or sprain. Ask anyone who’s expereinced either of these injuries – you want to avoid them at all costs! These injuries can result in surgery, and even if they don’t, your mobility will be limited for quite some time, and you’ll likely be in a pretty good amount of pain.
The takeaway here? The recumbent exercise bike is a perfect way to not only keep this muscle strong and toned, but to keep your joints safe.
So there you have it – the four muscle groups that are worked by the recumbent exercise bicycle! Hop on the bike today – burn some calories and enjoy yourself.
Don’t have a bike? Check out our buying guide to find out what bikes we like this year: 2014 Recumbent Exercise Bike Buying Guide