Schwinn AirDyne Pro: Cardiovascular Workout Excellence
The Schwinn AirDyne Pro is an upright stationary bike designed to provide an excellent cardiovascular workout for both upper and lower body. It does not use a resistance adjuster because as the user pedals he or she turns a giant fan. The harder the person pedaling works, the greater the air resistance from the fan. This means that the harder you work, the greater the resistance. This is what makes it suitable for all levels of exercise, whether the rider is a beginner, someone recovering from surgery, or a professional who requires a bigger challenge.
The Air Resistance Advantage
The air resistance provided by the Schwinn AirDyne Pro upright bike makes it ideal not only for beginners or for people who are used the bike therapeutically, it makes it also suitable for professionals who need a higher level of resistance. The way this works is that the fan catches and resists the air. If you are pedaling slowly, the resistance is low. As you pedal harder, the fan picks up speed, catches more air and becomes harder to turn. It isn’t quite a perpetual motion machine, but it certainly is resistance that adjusts naturally to the user. No knobs, programming or other adjustment needed.
This does not mean that the Schwinn AirDyne Pro exercise bikes fail to provide information for the user to judge his or her cardiovascular workout. On the contrary, a built-in tachometer tells the user how much effort they are expanding, and even includes an odometer that lets you know the distance traveled were you not on a stationary bike. There are even pre-programmed HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts available to help you burn more calories. It should be noted here that the monitor is listed as a drawback: it has weak backlighting. Even so, it provides valuable information needed to help you plan your exercise regimen.
As you might expect from this bike company, the Schwinn AirDyne Pro exhibits quality all the way. The frame is extra sturdy, with a max weight limit of 350 pounds. The seat is well-padded for comfort. The frame is a little longer than your standard upright bike, but this seems to make it more stable. Stability is an excellent quality in a bike that makes the rider work as hard as the Airdyne Pro. It prevents wobble which can be disconcerting at high speeds, to say the least.
Mobile Handle Bars
The mobile handlebars on the Schwinn Airdyne Pro add the option of an upper body workout as well as lower. If you are wondering how that would work, take a look a the YouTube video of the Kill Cliff East Coast Championships in Boston. After watching these champions work the Airdyne Pro, you’ll never look at stationary bikes the same way again. By coordinating the handlebars and the pedals, you can get a full body workout that isn’t likely to be matched by any other style of exercise equipment. If you aren’t sufficiently coordinated to do both the legs and the arms at the same time, there is a footrest that allows you to do the arms by themselves.
No matter how good a product might be, there are always drawbacks. One is small and more of an inconvenience than a real problem. It has been noted that the display panel has a weak backlight which can make it hard to see – especially if you have sweat dripping in your eyes. The second is simply the nature of air-resistant bikes: they are noisy. The Schwinn Airdyne Pro is quieter than most because it is belt driven rather than using a chain. With that said, if you get enough wind moving through those blades, you are going to have some noise. Finally, there is the warranty. It has an excellent two-year warranty on the frame, one year on other parts, but only a six-month labor warranty. So you are covered for replacement parts, but not so much for labor.
The Airdyne Pro is an excellent exercise bike that will give you a real workout for both upper and lower body. It is designed with quality in mind, as well as useful monitoring and seat comfort. Stable, sturdy and functional, it is the one piece of exercise equipment that will essentially do it all. For those who have both limited time and limited space, it is an ideal exercise solution.