Yes, indoor cycling is a great low-impact cardio option for many (but not all!) with joint pain, especially those with knee issues. But, on the flip side, if you’re misusing your at-home bike, the piece of equipment can actually cause discomfort or injuries throughout the entire body.
Ahead, you’ll find a few very common mistakes that are made during at-home cycling sessions, plus expert tips for correcting them — and hopefully eliminating pain from the picture. Improper Setup
If you’re tempted to rush through this step just to hop on the saddle, slow down for the health of your joints. In fact, Elena Koshivaki , a master instructor at Cyc Fitness , says that knee pain during or after class is a huge sign your bike isn’t set up properly. "If your seat is too low in class you will feel compression in the front of the knee," Koshivaki says. "If your seat is too high, that’s when you start to strain in the back of the knee."
Jenna Arndt , a head instructor at Swerve Fitness , says that riders sitting too long is incredibly common.
"Having a seat that is too low will not only make your pedal stroke less efficient, it can also be a cause of knee and lower back pain. Look for just a soft bend in the knee with each pedal stroke," Arndt says.
If you’re taking a Zoom class where your instructor can check out your set-up, definitely speak up for help. Other at-home bike […]