The Rise of Cycling

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years you will have noticed the rise in the popularity of cycling. This has been particularly noticeable here in Wales, home of Equip4gyms and current Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas.

The increase in engagement with the sport of cycling can be traced back to the success of the British Cycling Team in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the two subsequent editions of the games. Add to this the success of British riders in the grand tours of cycling and government incentives such as the Cycle To Work scheme and you can understand how participation continues to rise annually.

By now, more than two million people across the UK cycle at least once a week, at all-time high according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK. With winter looming, however, cyclists will be less optimistic about hitting the road on their pushbikes and will be seeking other means of training in order to maintain fitness levels. Enter the exercise bike.

Not only do static bike machines offer a low-impact alternative to running, they can also help you lose weight while working your quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and core. They are machines that truly cater to the varying needs of every type of gym member, for example:-

Warm up/warm down routines – Pedalling slowly for 5 to 10 minutes of a workout. This is allows the body time to adapt to being in a state of motion, decreasing your chance of injury before a big weights session.

Cardio or HIIT workouts – The American Council on Exercise advises that interval training is the best way to maximise a cardio workout. For instance, cycling for one or two minutes as fast as possible, followed by a one-minute rest interval. Repeating this cycle of short, energetic bursts for up to 20 or 30 minutes followed by recovery for 10 minutes is just one of many examples of workouts that can be “enjoyed” on an exercise bike.

Rehabilitation training – these machines allow gym members with knee, hip or ankle joint problems, such as bursitis or arthritis, to exercise their heart and lungs without putting additional stress on weak or injured joints. Moreover, a bike offers exercise for those with balance problems, which can occur with older exercisers or those who have been inactive for a period of time.

Equip4gyms currently have some excellent offers available on a range of exercise bikes. These are refurbished to the highest standard and are guaranteed to meet fitness industry standards. Take advantage of an ever growing market and ensure you are well placed to attract new members of the cycling movement to your establishment this autumn.

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