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Old 02-22-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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Why the air bike?

Always wondered why Crossfit boxes favored the air bike, why not a spin bike or even any other type of stationary cycle?
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:47 PM   #2
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Re: Why the air bike?

Not sure but all I can say is the thing will crank up your cardio and blow up your legs if you push it hard. I have a love/hate relationship with it....
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:09 PM   #3
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Re: Why the air bike?

They are brutal. End of story.

Spinn bikes can be too, but the arm movement is what makes the Airdyne the king.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:37 AM   #4
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Re: Why the air bike?

On a spin bike, who knows what you've got the resistance at? Maybe the last guy toned it down and you decide you don't want to change it. Now you're going for a Sunday stroll on a stationary bike. There's a pretty good chance you won't give it all you've got.

On an air bike, there's no way to fake it. When you get that thing moving, you're in for a good time no question.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:01 AM   #5
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Re: Why the air bike?

I suppose there are multiple motivations - like anything, willingness by a company to pursue a symbiotic marketing relationship probably plays more a part than anything other motivation.

But, from a "scientific" - rather engineering - standpoint, like the other guys mentioned, you just can't guarantee the same resistance on other technology platforms. Whether it's a magnetic resistance trainer, hydraulic fluid, or belt tension, the potential variability from one machine to the next can be very high, and for any of these, resistance will drift over time, and many designs will even drift during a workout as they warm up. With an airfan resistance design, the resistance for every machine around the room will tend to be much more consistent, and the machine won't drift as it warms up, nor as it "breaks in" or "wears out".

I'm sure the arm movement played at least a credited role in the selection process as well, considering that crossfit wants to be a "full body dynamic" discipline.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:51 AM   #6
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Re: Why the air bike?

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They are brutal. End of story.

Spinn bikes can be too, but the arm movement is what makes the Airdyne the king.
This, wrapped up in a neat little sentence of pain.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:18 AM   #7
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Re: Why the air bike?

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Spinn bikes can be too, but the arm movement is what makes the Airdyne the king.
What about elliptical trainer or cross-trainer (also called an X-trainer) ? I think they are even better than airdyne as you workout "standing" up vs "sitting"?
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:11 PM   #8
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Re: Why the air bike?

I always thought Mike Boyle was the one of the biggest and earliest advocates of the "air bike." See the attached link, which is work safe/family friendly. it explains why he likes it for conditioning.

http://www.enhancedfp.com/training/i...ing-mike-boyle
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