What Muscles Does a Recumbent Bike Work?

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The muscles that a recumbent bike works out depend largely on how you're using that specific piece of equipment. Find out what muscles a recumbent bike works out 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 take a look a which muscles we're using when we ride a recumbent bicycle. So a recumbent bike is a bike like I'm sitting on that has a back, a seat back that protects your spine. The muscles that you're predominantly use in recumbent cycling are exactly the same as the muscles you use in regular cycling. So the number one muscle we use is the quadriceps, the large muscle in the front of the legs, that's the biggest power house for the sport of cycling. The second muscle we use are the glutes, the glutes are really helpful in that pushing motion. The third muscle is actually surprisingly, the calves, we use our calves in the pedal stroke and then the fourth player is the hamstrings, the muscles in the back of the legs. So as we pedal, we want to keep the leg almost straight and the more resistance we have on our bike, the more we'll feel all those muscles working together, getting stronger with each pedal stroke. And don't forget that when we're cycling we can also engage our core, so by simply pulling the abdominal muscles in and drawing in on the muscles of the waist, we can make cycling a great workout for the abs as well. So thanks for watching. Again I'm Denise Druce. If you'd like more fitness tips, please visit my website.

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