A dual action recumbent bike is a recumbent bike with exercise arms. The exercise arms are similar to the arms found on dual action ellipticals. Some also call this style of stationary bike a recumbent cross trainer.
Dual action recumbent bikes deliver an upper and lower body workout. You workout your quadriceps (quads,) Hamstrings, shins, calf muscles, and glutes with the pedals on a dual action recumbent bike. By pushing the exercise arms back and forth, you activate your pecs, deltoids, triceps, and biceps.
Dual Action Recumbent Bike Vs Recumbent Bike
There are several reasons to purchase a dual action recumbent bike over one without dual action exercise arms. One of the best reasons for choosing a dual action bike is the access to an upper body and lower body cardio workout.
By combining your upper body and lower body workout into one, you can potentially cut down on the fitness equipment needed. Of course, the exercise arms won’t replace your regular strength training with weights. However, you can maintain some upper body strength with the dual action exercise arms.
Combining your leg exercises along with your arm exercises, you’ll save time. By doing both body exercises at once, you’ll cut your targeted cardio workouts in half.
Why buy a dual action recumbent bike / recumbent cross trainer over an elliptical cross trainer?
A cross training elliptical is easier on your knees than running. However, upright bikes are as easy on your knees as an elliptical. Moreover, recumbent exercise bikes are easier on your knees than an upright stationary bike! Did you follow us there?
TL;DR Recumbent bikes are easy on your knees, easier than an elliptical or bike.
Commonly, recumbent bikes are suggested for those with knee problems or knee pain because of the unique angle at which one pedals while sitting. Even for those without knee issues, sitting back with a back pad allows the rider to workout for a longer period of time without the need to stop and puts less stress on your back throughout the workout.
If you want to get a stronger leg workout, you can simply use the pedals only. Prefer to focus only on your upper body? Use the arms on a dual action recumbent bike without using the pedals. Or, mix and match throughout your workout as you desired.