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The Recumbent Bike

The Recumbent Bike is new to our range and is already proving popular! Perfect for warming-up and for low impact cardio training, it burns calories and improves balance, flexibility and muscular strength in the lower body.

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28th April 2022

From rowing machines to exercise bikes, at Fresh Air Fitness we take the indoor gym outdoors, enhancing every workout with the power of natural daylight and fresh air, whilst doing our bit to get Britain Fitter! 

We offer award winning outdoor gym equipment and one of the largest ranges in the UK. Today we will continue to focus on our fabulous cardio range, taking a closer look at the fantastic Recumbent Bike

Below we explore the huge range of benefits that exercising on the Recumbent Bike has on the mind body and soul, providing you with an easy-to-follow workout plan that incorporates this versatile piece of outdoor gym equipment, whilst highlighting the technical and user specifications as well.


Body Benefits

The Fresh Air Fitness Recumbent Bike is an excellent piece of outdoor gym equipment, perfect for warming-up and as a core part of any workout.  It offers cardiovascular training that will also improve your balance, flexibility and muscular strength, toning and strengthening muscle groups in your thighs, calves, glutes and core.

The Recumbent Bike will provide you with a workout similar to going on a bike ride, but in a laid-back position, supporting the back, making it ideal if you are less mobile or returning to fitness and want to build up your fitness levels gradually with low impact exercise. 

Using this piece of equipment should not be underestimated- cycling for an hour can burn between 450-750 calories on average!



Not only will you burn calories, but the Recumbent Bike is perfect for toning your body too.

The cycling motion will strengthen and tone the muscles in your legs- particularly benefitting your thighs and calves. The muscles in your core will also be engaged while you cycle. While cycling, you activate your abs to keep your body stable as you pedal. Your abdominal muscles (and the posterior muscles of the abdomen) contract isometrically to provide stability. These constant contractions in your core help to tone the abdominal muscles. They also improve abdominal muscle strength and endurance.


Balance & Flexibility 

Cycling on the Recumbent Bike will gently work on your balance and flexibility, but it is particularly good for those preferring a low impact exercise as it has a wider and lower seat than an upright bike and full back support. 

Additionally, recumbent bikes put less strain on your joints, which is ideal for those with arthritis, and they are on the whole much easier to balance on and sit comfortably.

Mood & Mind 

Natural sunlight helps give your workout a fresh, energising feel in a way that artificial or fluorescent lighting indoors can't reproduce.

For a double whammy for your health, pairing time outdoors with physical activity immediately impacts our mood and mind, proving a boost of Vitamin D. 

When exposed to sunlight, our skin absorbs vitamin D, a critical nutrient that prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and even some cancers.


Burning Calories at the Outdoor Gym 

As a part of our cardiovascular range, cycling on the Recumbent Bike will use your energy to warm up your muscles and get your heart burning, which will in turn burn calories. This type of exercise, combined with a healthy diet will support weight loss. 

And the best thing about this piece of outdoor gym equipment is that it is completely free to use and can be found in a park near you - no need to invest a fortune in your own bike or an expensive monthly gym membership.

Workout Plan

  • Keep your core engaged and start cycling your legs at a slow speed for 5 minutes to warm up
  • Switch to a medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Then alternate between a fast speed and medium speed for the next 15 minutes.
  • Finally, cool down by cycling your legs at a slow speed for another 5 minutes. 

Approximate calories burned: 225-375 in 30 minutes.

Arranging an outdoor gym installation

Since 2007, we have designed, manufactured, and installed over 4,000 outdoor gyms across the UK. Our team is here to help answer any questions you may have. 

If you would like to find out more about how to install an outdoor gym in your local park, school, or green space, you can complete our brief enquiry form: or call us on tel. 01483 608 860. 

If you would like to find the nearest outdoor gym to you, use our free outdoor gym locator tool

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