NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Bike Review

NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Bike Review
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NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Bike: QUICK OVERVIEW

Size and Weight Limit

Console Display

Seat and Backrest Types

Preset Programs

What We Like

  • 5” Backlit Display
  • Heart RATE monitor
  • Affordable
  • Adjustable Console Angle

What We Don't Like

  • Very basic console
  • Complex chair adjustment mechanism

You can easily pedal through a very effective workout without any back or joint pain. Recumbent bikes such as the NordicTrack VR21 allow you to tone your body, burn calories, and build heart health, all with high comfort and low impact, especially when compared to upright stationary bikes.

The NordicTrack VR21 has one of the lowest prices on the market while still offering a useful combination of workout programs and power. It also has excellent entertainment features such as a sound system you can plug your iPod into and a tablet or book shelf.

NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Bike Review

This bike has been designed to minimize stress on your back and joints while still enabling you to have a great workout. The console is not one of the premium features yet still packs in a punch, offering you 32 pre-programmed workout options that have been designed by personal trainers. If you do not like the apps, you can attach your tablet and enjoy any of your favorite content as your workout. Plus, if you are subscribed to iFit Coach, you have access to hundreds of workout programs that will keep you on track for achieving any fitness goals you have.

Who is this product for?

This bike is easy to mount and dismount, and is able to support users up to 350 lbs., making it ideal for just about any rider of any size. This bike is best suited for those looking for cross-training at a beginner to intermediate level. It is also a great choice for physical rehabilitation and strengthening of weaker muscles in a low impact way.

What’s included?

This bike comes with all of the parts that you need to easily assemble it at home in just 30 minutes using the clear instruction manual that comes with it.

Overview of features

This bike places less stress on your lower body and back due to its design. Rather than pedaling with your legs below you, you lean back on the seat and pedal your legs in front of you, making it very low impact.

The seat is ventilated and boasts lumbar support to keep you comfortable no matter how long you ride for. You can also adjust the seat horizontally and vertically to suit your needs. The bike has a shelf for your tablet or smartphone, but can also be used for a book.

You can ensure a pro workout each time you sit on this bike thanks to the 32 pre-programmed workouts for performance, endurance, and calorie burn. Simply select a goal, choose a program, and begin riding.

The bike has the same force as a 23-lb. flywheel and offers you a customized challenge with the 25 resistance levels for cardio training, physical therapy, toning your muscles, and burning calories.

The extra-wide foot pedals have straps for stability and comfort. The bike also has an AutoBreeze fan installed that automatically changes based on the intensity of your workout, but you can set it to a constant speed if you prefer. There is also an integrated water bottle holder in the bike.

The bike comes with a lifetime warranty on the brake and frame, a 2-year warranty on parts, and a 1-year warranty on labor, which is very impressive at the price point.

How to use it

Sit in the seat and adjust it to suit your preferences. Once you are comfortable, select which workout you would like to do and start pedaling.

Alternatives

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike

This bike has 8 resistance levels to keep pushing you harder. The console has a large LCD screen that tracks time, distance, speed, calories, RPM, heart rate, and results. The weighted flywheel is quiet and smooth while still offering high speed and inertia. There are 7 pre-programmed workouts: 1 quick start and 6 profile.

The heart rate monitor grips are ergonomically placed to ensure that you can track your progress and vitals throughout your workout. The bike has transport wheels for easy moving and storing. The padded seat is also contoured to ensure you have a comfortable and supportive ride.

Conclusion

This NordicTrack VR21 recumbent bike is one of  the best options when looking at value-for-the-money home fitness units. The additional features it comes with are impressive for the price, from the 32 pre-programmed workouts and ergonomic considerations to the StepThru design.

Most bikes at this price point don’t have all the extra bells and whistles that this bike offers. Plus, this bike has transport wheels that make moving it a breeze. It is an excellent choice for those needing low-impact training on a budget or those wanting to try out whether an indoor recumbent bike is for them. With its features, you can really achieve your goals with this bike.

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