Aquabike is a bike specially designed for pool use to work against water resistance. Aquabike is not new in the states and in some Central European countries, but now more and more countries in other continents as well are adopting this sport. In few years, it is very likely that aquabiking will become essential aquatic workout in sport clubs.
How Does it Work?
Note: some aquabike models do have a resistance knob which makes them very similar to the spinning bike.
But What Made Aquabike Become So Popular
Then do I Benefit More from Aquabiking?
1. Strengthening lower body muscles;
Certainly much better than other forms of aqua exercises. That is because it focuses on paddling, more than anything else. For example, while your arm motion changes during the workout, leg motion remains constant, creating more resistance for leg muscles.
2. Aquabiking is safer;
By this I mean no pressure what so ever on the knee joints. Even though water provides safe environment for people with knee injuries, it still allows some body weight to put pressure on the knee. For people with severe knee injuries who can't do simple jumping in the water but aim for aerobic workout in the pool, aquabiking is a perfect solution.
What about the Cons?
While abdominal muscles do work during paddling, this is hardly sufficient for a good abs workout. It is easy to work your arm muscles while paddling for example (like scooping) but this can't be said about abdominal muscles. For that reason, some instructors would give special abs exercises after the end of the main session.