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What Muscles Does a Recumbent Bike Work?

Well, everybody has been on the “Health conscious” mode at least once in our lifetime wherein the show does not last for more than a month or a month and a half! Actually, I am way too surprised about the actual cause of giving up. And the reason is “It sucks”.

In the beginning, we are super-excited to follow the “Planned diet”, and then, eventually, we feel suffocated by all the rules and restrictions made up by ourselves. Don’t worry! It is a natural human tendency! We are so acquainted with having served with the great varieties that it seems effortlessly natural to gravitate expecting for a change!

A recumbent bike is that piece of “workout material” which promises to offer a change that you are looking for.

A quick intro:

A recumbent bike is more of a bicycle which features the upward compatibility. The only difference between a bicycle and a recumbent bike is the built up idea. A recumbent bike supports your back as it offers you a comfortable back seat so that the whole body can be easily accommodated in that spacious area. The pedals are up and front, so that, when you pedal, you will be in a horizontal form. The cardiovascular workout offered by this bike makes every inch of your muscle get activated. Some of the major muscles include:

The hamstrings:

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The hamstrings are the muscles located beneath the upper part of the thighs. These choose quads as their opposing partner! The hamstrings and the quads play the game in making your knees flexible. You can feel the muscles getting activated while pedaling. When you go for a bent position from a straight leg, these muscles get activated along with the quads and helps to make your foot reach the top again. The hamstrings comprise three muscles, namely, semitendinosus, semimembranosus and biceps femoris.

The quadriceps:

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The quads are the group of muscles which occupy the thigh front. In the process of pedaling, they help the glutes to push the pedal downwards and assist them in getting the leg back to the top again. The adductors, the inner muscles of the quad also engage themselves while pedaling. Also, This thick group of muscles comprises 4 muscles; namely, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, vastus medailis, and rectus femoris.

Gluteal muscles:

Gluteal muscles, which are also termed as the “Glutes” which serves as the prime reason for the butt composition. These gluteal muscles show up every time your leg goes from a bent position to a straight position and thus, taking up the horizontal form. Each time your leg pushes the pedal, the gluteal muscles take a major part focusing on assisting your leg for a proper extension.

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The gluteal muscles are the combination of 3 muscles, namely, Gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus, and gluteus medius. However, gluteus maximus shows the greater involvement by supporting the butt while pedaling as compared to gluteus minimus and gluteus medius. They provide a more significant contribution to the proper workout of your thighs while cycling.

The calves:

The calves are nothing but the muscles which occupy the lower back of your legs. If you want to tone your calves, then, while pushing the pedal, you can notice that your foot is pointed downwards. This motion is termed “plantar flexion”. This particular exercise helps you shape and tone your calves exactly the way you want. The calf muscle comprises of gastrocnemius and soleus. The gastrocnemius is the one which excels in the majority as compared with the soleus during the complete workout session.

The abdominals:

Well, here comes that “tricky” part of the body which has driven us crazy! Of all the zillion options I tried to tone my abs, I would suggest going for the recumbent bike where the workouts are made super-easy! The primary purpose of the bucket seat is to make your abdominal area involved in the workout session. If you try adjusting the angle of the legs near to the pedal, you can notice that the abdominal region is getting involved in the workout even more by pushing the pedals harder than before. As the abs play their game by getting the whole body to participate during the workout session and balance to provide strength all over the body, they are called as the stabilizers.

If you learn the exact “facts and figures” of your own body, then, it is more than easy to re-form body just the way you want. To trim your body, first, get to know your body. I hope this piece of information has made you learn the importance of the muscles which help you sculpt your “Dream role model”. So, get the bike and start strengthening and toning your body! And trust me, it is never boring when you focus on what you want!

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