In CrossFit, cardio-based exercises can include running, swimming, rowing, and now…. the Air Bike! But what’s so special about Air Bikes?
Air Bikes are a great ‘default to’ exercise. If running or rowing is currently something you are unable to do due to injury, the Air Bike is a great way to modify that movement in your workout. If you have a rolled ankle or a quad or hip flexor strain, Air Bikes provide a good option for exercising safely. It could potentially be a great tool for rehabilitation as it provides safe movement with no impact. It also allows the area of the injury to move and provide blood flow to the area to aid in recovery.
Air Bikes are also great for metabolic conditioning, as it can help break through plateaus in your training. If your aerobic capacity is not feeling as if it has improved, Air Bikes are a great way to incorporate interval training to build your aerobic capacity without losing strength and muscle mass.
This epic stationary bike provides active recovery benefits as well. If your rest days consist of sitting around with no mobilizing, odds are that your recovery is probably not fantastic. Of course, mobilization can benefit your recovery if it includes smashing or rolling out sore spots, but increasing blood flow to different areas of the body can also benefit your recovery. You can get the blood flowing by going for a walk or even a ‘light’ row, but Air Bikes can be another great tool for recovery.