Does a Stationary Bike Tone the Butt & Thighs?

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Whether or not a stationary bike tones the butt and thighs depends largely on a few key things. Find out if a stationary bike tones the butt and thighs with help from a leading health and fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Denise Druce a fitness instructor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Let's look at ways a stationary bike can help you tone your butt, your glutes and your thighs. So stationary cycling is a lower body activity and the majority of the work happens when you're pushing the pedals forward, when the peddle comes backwards, that's a natural reaction to the other pedals pushing. So I really like my students to focus on the front of the pedals stroke. So the first thing you want to do when you get on your bike is make sure you have enough resistance on your bike that you can feel the front of the pedals stroke. With that in mind every time your leg pusses forward, you're strengthening your glute muscles, you're also working your quads, your hamstrings and your calves and don't forget that you're getting a great core workout when you're sitting on a stationary bike because you have to keep your abdominals engaged in order to support your spine. The best way to really tone and strengthen your lower body muscles though is to do some strengthen training after your ride. So a couple if ideas, you can pick up some dumbbells or a light bar, stand with your feet hip distance apart and do some basic squats. That a great way to strengthen all of the muscles in your legs, also back lunges, stepping back to keep your front knee alined with your front ankle. Those are great ways to tone your lower body. I'm Denise Druce. If you'd like more fitness tips, please visit my website.

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