The Spin Bike is quickly rising up the charts to be one of the most popular exercise machines today. It is simple to use and the amount of energy one will expend in one session will guarantee quick results in terms of weight loss, building up muscles and increasing your stamina. But before you are able to get all the benefits of using this high intensity exercise machine you will need to first set it up, a process that several people seem to have a problem with. But do not fret as we will help with you with your dilemma with our simple guide to setting up your spin bike.
Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the Parts
Most stationary bikes will have a couple of adjustment knobs that you should be aware of from the get go. Most of the time, this equipment will at least have four knobs present. Each are mostly located above and below the handlebars which you can use to move the bars back and forth and up and down. The other two can be located on the seat which you can also adjust to lift the seat up and down or move it front or back.
If you are planning to adjust your spin bike then a good method to ensure you are able to obtain the best positioning is by steadily moving each from the back towards the front and from the bottom upwards until you get the most comfortable level.
Step 2: Guide on How to Get the Perfect Seat Height
The best way to determine the perfect height for your seat is to stand beside the spin bike and adjust the seat to the same height as your hips. An alternate way to get the best positioning for the seat is by once again standing beside the bike, facing forward and raising your leg to a 90 degree angle and adjusting the seats so that it is at the same height as the midpoint of your raised leg.
Step 3: How to get the Best Distance between the Seat and the Handlebars
This one is simple. What you want is for the top of your knee to line up perfectly with your toes when you are halfway through your pedal stroke. Think of it like a clock, the 12 would be the top position while the 3 is the halfway point. At this position your knees should be able to form a straight line towards your toes. You can also try adjusting the seat to the neutral position as this works for most people.
Step 4: Adjusting the Handlebars
This one will be all up to your own personal preference but there are a couple of guidelines you should consider. When using the spin bike, your back must remain straight. If you are forced into an arched position then you need to readjust your sitting position. What you need to keep in mind is that your hands should be resting comfortably at the handlebars with your elbows only slightly bent with your back straight at a neutral position. Tinker around with the knobs until you get the most comfortable position.
Step 5: Safety First
Before hopping on your spin bike make sure that all locks and knobs are secure. You do not want the whole machine to fall out beneath you the moment you start your spinning session. Double check everything to avoid injuries.
Those are the key guidelines in setting up your spin bike. Keep every step listed above in mind to ensure that you will achieve the best possible position to ensure maximum benefit of your session. Of course, you should always keep safety in mind to ensure that everything flows smoothly.