Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike

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imageWhen it comes to getting a great workout, how many frills do you really need? When you come right down to it, it is the work that counts, not the fancy programming or snuggly comforts. You don't need a stationary bike to tell you how to ride a bike in your own living room, or any other room of the house. You need a stationary bike that will deliver the ability to ride your way to a great workout that won't break your budget either. The Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike was designed for the fitness realist. People who know that it isn't the frills and extras that make a stationary bike a fantastic piece of equipment, it's the ride.

Having a Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike in your home lets you get your daily aerobics in without straining your joints or back. It delivers all of the function of a gym style stationary bike without having to travel to a gym, or deal with crowds of fellow exercisers all trying to use the same equipment. It is made by Phoenix Health and Fitness, an industry leader in home and light gym exercise equipment since 1998.

A recumbent bike is also a great stress reliever, as the body produces endorphins when you work out that help make you feel great. On top of the metabolic and chemical reactions, a recumbent bike is easier on the joints than an upright bike, and the seats of a recumbent bike are much more comfortable to ride, so you can enjoy longer workouts.

Quiet Operation

Because there is no motor on stationary bikes, they are a popular type of fitness machine for those who live in apartments, condos and homes where loud noises would bother others. The Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike doesn't have that annoying fly wheel sound, or squeaky parts to worry about. It uses magnetic resistance to create the powerful workouts, and skips all the noisy sounds of wheels moving.

A simple and effective readout for calories burned, time used, distance and speed are all easily viewed from the riding position. The readout works by battery, so no electricity is required. That makes it easier to position your recumbent bike anywhere you like so you can watch TV, listen to music, or put it out of the way of traffic and enjoy a workout without bothering anyone else.

Resistance Levelsimage

The Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike comes with a manual resistance knob so you can change your workout intensity at any time right from the riding position without leaving the seat. You are in total control over how much pressure to put to your workout, not a program.

Adjustable Frame

If you are four foot six or six foot four, the Phoenix 99608 magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike will be a comfortable ride. The completely adjustable frame lets you modify it to your body so you get the perfect fit.

Problems with the 99608 Recumbent Bike

It is a simple machine, and there just aren't many problems you can encounter with it. The only time users may feel there is a problem is if they need fancy computer programming to regulate their workouts. The Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Bike is a simple, and straightforward stationary bike. If the low-tech style workout suits you, so will the low-budget cost. This is an easy exercise bike to get for those just starting out who don't want to spend a lot of money to get started, or those who want a serious workout, but can't afford the high prices of fancier models.

While recumbent exercise bikes have many advantages over upright bikes in terms of stress on the joints and ease of use, they do take up more floor space. Instead of being tall, the recumbent bikes stretch you out in a seated position so they are longer than stationary bikes.

Customer Comments on the Phoenix 99608

"So easy to assemble I had it up and running in less than a half hour. It is very solid, yet light enough to move about with ease. I have arthritis, but can workout without causing myself pain the way many upright bikes do."

"The Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent bike is excellent and gives a good old-fashioned workout. The little readout center is pretty useless, and the calorie function doesn't read out correctly, but that's not what I bought it for anyway."image

"Well built, easy to put together, I'm an older person, and this bike lets me get a workout in without hurting my back."

"Excellent and easy to afford."

"Just what I needed. I can get a workout in without the hassle of driving to a gym after a long day of work. I even get in workouts before leaving to go to work in the morning, and I would never do that if I had to drive to the gym."

"I've had the Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Exercise Bike for over a year and it is still going strong."

"Much easier on my back and wrists than an upright bike."

"I'm 5'10" and my boyfriend is 6'3" and we can both use this bike comfortably. I enjoy getting my evening workouts in while watching my favorite TV shows."

"Very comfortable to sit on."

"My therapist wanted me to get a bike at home to improve my physical therapy. The Phoenix 99608 Recumbent Bike is perfect for me. I'm only 5'3" tall, and it is a great size for me, and I was able to put it together all by myself."

Bottom Line

For everything you need to get a good workout in an all-around comfortable style, the Phoenix 99608 Magnetic Recumbent Bike is perfect. It is cheap enough for beginners to afford to get started on a home workout regimen, and will keep on working for years. The Phoenix 99608 is an all around great deal.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.