exercise bike vrs abdominals

  • BeachStud2014

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    Jul 27, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    do you think that exercise bikes make it harder to keep a ripped stomach and if so how do you get the correct balance without losing your ripped core
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    Jul 27, 2008 8:41 AM GMT
    Its actually quite the opposite. If youre speaking about indoor cycling - particularly in a group class setting - it is one of the best ways to work your abs.

    I can personally attribute mine to spin class. I rarely do crunches.

    You must engage your core for the entire class - to keep your balance - while shifting side to side - during drills and intervals....

    Its literally the best thing for your abs - not to mention a low impact way to burn up to 1000 calories in an hour

    (which is essential because no matter how many abdominal exercises you do, they wont show unless you are at your ideal weight)

    So....

    Hop on the bike icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 27, 2008 8:58 AM GMT
    I second what major said above. Spinning definitely helps strengthen your core muscles.

    When spinning the key is to not lean so much on your hands. You should be able to spin with a light grip (where you can take one hand off with ease and still keep your balance).

    Diet plays a very significant role in abdominal definition. I do not know the exact % off hand, but I think you have to be around 10% body fat to see your abs...don't quote me on that though.
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    Jul 27, 2008 9:24 AM GMT
    I have a question about this spinning thing too. Are you sitting down on a seat like the stationary bikes at the gym, and if so, how high up should the seat be relative to your foot at the lowest point of the downward stroke?
  • reload16

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:33 AM GMT
    Major saidIts actually quite the opposite. If youre speaking about indoor cycling - particularly in a group class setting - it is one of the best ways to work your abs.

    I can personally attribute mine to spin class. I rarely do crunches.

    You must engage your core for the entire class - to keep your balance - while shifting side to side - during drills and intervals....

    Its literally the best thing for your abs - not to mention a low impact way to burn up to 1000 calories in an hour

    (which is essential because no matter how many abdominal exercises you do, they wont show unless you are at your ideal weight)

    So....

    Hop on the bike icon_biggrin.gif



    Burn 1000 calories? when I do indoor bicycle in the gym, I only burn like 300-350 in one hour. It says so on the bike. How do u burn that much? That would so awesome if I can burn that much in an hour.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:58 AM GMT
    Exercise bikes are just one way of doing cardio

    having a sexy six pack is 40% ab work
    and 60% cardio anyway
    getting the body fat down to show the abs
    where you burn even more cals on an exercise bike
    is during a Spin Class

    where an instructor has you go at different rates and speeds to maximize the effort
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    Jul 27, 2008 10:01 AM GMT
    alexander7 saidI have a question about this spinning thing too. Are you sitting down on a seat like the stationary bikes at the gym, and if so, how high up should the seat be relative to your foot at the lowest point of the downward stroke?


    No...most good spinning instructors know how to organize their routine so you spend a good amt of time out of the saddle (off the seat), thereby allowing you to really engage your core abdominals. When you are sitting, your seat should be high enough so that at the base of your downstroke your leg is slightly bent (not quite full extension...but getting there).

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    Jul 27, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    When standing next to the bike - your hip bone should align with the saddle. And when on the bike - with your leg extended down - you should maintain about a 5% bend in your leg.

    Its important to remember what was mentioned before and use light grip during your ride. A good way to remember this and test yourself is to lift you fingers and thumb off the handle....simply resting the side of your hand on the handle bar, whether in first or third position.

    Regarding how many calories you burn....

    Its all up to you.

    Almost every class I burn over 900 calories. Turn up your resistance!!!! If youre getting your heart rate up to 80% of your max for an hour - the calories just disappear.

    Remember to hydrate. I tend to lose more than three liters of water in one hour in a spin class. Dripping does not describe how much one should sweat.

    (PS - Im a certified spin instructor)
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    Jul 27, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    But guys, what if I dont have fat? My abs are pretty flat, and no matter what I eat, ice cream, burguers, pizza, cookies they remain the same, should I do 100% abs work?
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    Jul 27, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    So, this is going to be the point where everyone laughs, but, having not really been in a gym, let alone spin class...what's spinning?

    Honest question. Honestly embarrassed. Let's leave it at that.
  • BeachStud2014

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    Jul 27, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    ok the bike i purchased is one of the bikes where the handlebars move back and forth as you pedal now is there a diffrence in the standard bike where the handlebars dont move and what one is more effective
  • CincyBOJ

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    Jul 27, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    rustispassionate saidSo, this is going to be the point where everyone laughs, but, having not really been in a gym, let alone spin class...what's spinning?

    Honest question. Honestly embarrassed. Let's leave it at that.


    thanks rusti for saving me the embarrassment of asking this question. lolicon_redface.gif
  • reload16

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    Jul 27, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    Okay. i am definetly going to try to take a spin class so I can find out what you guys all talking about. And plus I can remember the way you sit and ride the bike icon_razz.gif I definetly can use an 1000 calorie ride icon_biggrin.gif
  • GQjock

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    Careful what you wish for....

    hehe icon_wink.gif
  • reload16

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    GQjock saidCareful what you wish for....

    hehe icon_wink.gif



    LOL icon_razz.gif well I am very familiar with indoor bicycle riding just not spinning. so I am ready for the challenge icon_biggrin.gif And pluss with spinning I can burn 3 X more calories.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:44 PM GMT
    charlitos saidBut guys, what if I dont have fat? My abs are pretty flat, and no matter what I eat, ice cream, burguers, pizza, cookies they remain the same, should I do 100% abs work?



    No just keep bragging so the rest of us can HATE you icon_rolleyes.gif



    KIDDING!
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:38 AM GMT
    [quote]


    No just keep bragging so the rest of us can HATE you


    KIDDING![/quote]

    icon_sad.gif well you can always pick between hate me and f&%#$ me though icon_razz.gif. I want to build nice abs i always skipped them but i know i need to, Im scared of cardio training cause Im kinda slim and its been just 3 months i started training.