6 Reasons That A Bike Trainer Shines For Weight Loss

Not too long ago I read an inspiring account of a British man who lost 364 pounds by riding a bike. It was certainly inspiring for anyone looking to lose weight, but it also gave me some insight into some of the obstacles faced when a person is overweight and wants to use exercise (as they should) in their weight loss program.

The article also led me to believe stationary bikes or indoor bike trainers can go a long way toward overcoming some of those obstacles.

1). Embarrassment Reduction Factor: When Gary Brennan started out his weight loss journey at 559 pounds, he got on his bike and faced a problem much less obvious than merely getting the wheels to turn.

He was embarrassed.

The second day out he was embarrassed again...but still got on the bike. But not everyone looking to lose weight will want to get on a bike and ride down the street in front of all of their neighbors.

That's where riding indoors (at least initially) on a bike trainer shines. With no one around to witness the first few rides, one more excuse to not get started exercising is eliminated.

2). One Mile Down The Road And Then What? What do you do when you're out riding and you can't go any more? In the case of Gary, he got half a mile before he had to get off the bike and sit down to rest for ten minutes on a bench. When riding indoors, there's never an 'inconvenient' time to take a rest when you need to.

3). No Hills: There aren't any hills on an indoor ride (unless you want them to be there). Not being able to control the terrain can be another obstacle between you and starting a bicycling exercise routine. Unless you live in a pancake-flat area, there are going to be uphills that just aren't 'doable' when you first get started. On an exercise bike, the only time you'll have to go uphill is when you decide to crank up the resistance on the machine.

4). No Destructive Shock To The Joints: If there's one indisputable feature about a bicycle, it's that it is 'smooth'. The pounding to the ankles, knees, and hips that is usually a part of exercise formats just isn't there.

5). Speaking Of Weather: Although I love to ride my bike, I have to admit that extremes in weather can get in the way. Whether it's too hot, or too cold...a bike can be a miserable place to be sitting some times of the year. When you're riding inside, the weather isn't a problem which is critical. The last thing you need is to have a tremendous (or tenuous) exercise program interrupted by a season of bad weather.

6). Why Not A Gym? If riding a bike in front of a couple of people is awkward...what are we to think of showing up at a gym? At a gym you'd better be wearing the right clothes. You should also be prepared to get looked at by people who should 'get a job' and not spend so much time on the bar bells. And then there's the time spent traveling to and from the facility.

So those are a few reasons that it makes a lot of sense to incorporate indoor cycling into your weight loss exercise program.

And in case you're wondering if it works...it doesn't take too much in the way of Google searching to find case after case of formerly obese people who now have a body that they can be proud of and who began their journey on the seat of an indoor bike.

About the author: Ron Fritzke is a cycling product reviewer who's spent a lot of time recently investigating indoor bike trainers. When he's not on his bike, he's writing articles like this Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer review for his website.


Written by Brad

This blog is my weight loss journey and hope this journey will help in losing some extra pounds.


Bicycling is one of the fastest weight loss exercise according to the speed and time duration of your exercise. It’s good because you’re not just burning fats but also traveling around your place or city and that’s not boring. Sounds cool for me, actually I go bicycling with my son every weekend.

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muscle said...

I absolutely love your blog because I myself is searching of techniques on how to get rid of my excess fats and thus lose weight. I am really in favor of natural ways because it promotes healthy life style and can't cause harm.

Thanks for this post about cycling. I wonder how many people use bikes to lose weight?

Edward Platz said...

Hello there, my name is Edward Platz.And I have to say that I admire you. Why?
Two years ago, I was overweight and have all the related problems: health problems, family problems, emotional problems…
At this very day, after 15 months of smart fitness training, not only that I have lost 54 pounds of body fat, but I also succeeded in building a lean and much stronger physique. I am in the best shape of my life and as healthy as I can be!
I am a 36 year old man and a full time single parent of a 7-year-old daughter. I have a very demanding job. And, according to my doctor, my biological age is now, no more then 27! In addition, my ex-wife thinks I am super hot…
Well, what do you think about that? …No, not about the “ex-wife thing”…
At this very moment, I can live the life most people cannot, because I decided to do what most people do not: start a very smart fitness program and a tasty diet plan.
So, please Be Strong and Patient! Persevere!

To your best year ever!
Edward Platz,Full-Time Dream Achiever

belen said...

That make sense to me, biking is a good option and a cheaper way to lose weight compare to working out in gyms and etc. plus eating the right food I guess.

Riding a bike is one of the safest and healthiest routine for an effective weight loss. Good article.

Primobolan said...

Love bike trainers, I just turn on my favorite show and away I go.
An hour passes like nothing.

Dominique said...

For every individual, the rate of weight loss will vary depending on that individual's genetics, level of external exercise, motivation, and commitment.