Exercise bikes and indoor bike trainers are popular ways to exercise in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re getting started on your fitness journey, or you’re an experienced cyclist, they can be great additions to your home workout routine. Our expert guide details the ways a Wattbike smart trainer can help improve your cycling performance.
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When comparing exercise bikes to a bike trainer, there are differences which make a impact to your overall performance and ability to improve your fitness and cycling goals:
Indoor trainers - In comparison, indoor trainers like the Wattbike Atom smart bike, can be much more advanced. The Atom is a type of cycling machine that brings you so much more than an exercise bike. The technology used in our indoor bike trainers are much more advanced than your typical exercise bike.
Exercise bikes - A type of cycling machine you can keep in your home, to support your fitness. An exercise bike in its very basic form is a fixed flywheel bike that either gives no data or will only give you very limited data, such as distance and calories burnt.
If you’re choosing between an indoor trainer and an exercise bike, there are many reasons why you might consider them. The benefits of indoor cycling can include:
Indoor training on an exercise bike or indoor trainer can be a great help to your fitness targets and training plan. However, you need to ensure you’re getting the most out of your bike trainer. With the Wattbike Atom, you’re guaranteed unparalleled data and performance tracking, to push you to reach your goals:
With the Wattbike Hub cycling app, you can choose the type of cycling workout you want to complete. Tailor your workout to suit your training goals, no matter what area of cycling you want to tackle. Whether you want to improve your pedalling, or improve your cycling endurance, you can with the help of our curated workouts, designed by industry experts.
Whether you’re new to indoor cycling, or have years of experience, you can set yourself training goals and stick to them with our indoor trainer. The Wattbike Hub provides the chance to workout with a training plan, and tackle curated cycling workouts to keep you on target. Not only that, but you’ll see the data from every ride, to best identify where to improve.
Assessing your progress and identifying where you can improve is easier than ever with our smart indoor trainer. With dedicated indoor trainer performance tests to complete, you can measure yourself against your goals. You can complete time trials or test your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) to monitor your progress and stay on track.
For those who are beginners to indoor cycling, the data captured by our smart bike becomes the best tool in your training. You’ll find performance metrics to support your cycling by showing where you need to improve. Our Polar View and Pedal Effectiveness Score (PES) can help you dig into the data behind every ride. Many may begin their indoor training with an exercise bike, turbo trainer or bike rollers, before realising they need to upgrade.
Thanks to a number of Wattbike compatible indoor cycling apps, you can channel your passion into an interactive experience. These apps can help to keep you focused on your goal, while recording the cycling data from every single ride. Follow real-road routes in virtual worlds, or try a number of workouts and share your ride stats with friends.
Whether electromagnetic or air resistance, indoor trainers can make the difference between a good and a great workout. You’re in control if you want to be, with the ability to customise your virtual gearing or adapt the resistance with the touch of a button. Alternatively, you can select ‘ergo mode’, and the indoor trainer will adapt to the elevations in your selected route or resistance in your selected workout - so you can focus on your pedalling. Some exercise bikes may offer adaptive resistance, but they may be more basic.
Our indoor trainers are easily adaptable to fit every member of the household, where a standard exercise bike may restrict you. With the options of a racing saddle or comfort saddle available, adjustable handlebars, and pedals, you can ensure everyone can train effectively.
Exercise bikes can offer a solution to getting your fitness up to standard without having to leave the house. However, there are some areas where an exercise bike alternative may offer more benefits to your training:
When you’re choosing between a bike trainer or exercise bike, you should consider all of the reasons you may wish to invest in one. Ranging from your performance targets to your space constraints, here’s an overview of what you should consider: