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Going to the gym is always embarrassing for me. I'm not fit. Not in the slightest. And I'm definitely not thin either. I'm one of the girls in the gym that you don't want to be. You don't understand why they're even trying because they'll give up in 10 minutes and use the Jacuzzi for an hour. That one is me. I thought that working out would only be more possible at home. I have bought many things to encourage me such as the Wii fit which was about as useful as a celery flavoured cake, zumba DVD's and plenty of books on how to exercise. This bike was given to me by my dad at Christmas. I really thought that this was the thing to change how I work out.
It did. For about a week. This was the week after new years and was part of my resolutions. One of many that failed in the first week of 2012. It was not that I felt lazy and that I didn't like working out. For a while I really enjoyed it. Actually, if I had got a different bike, I may be a lot fitter than I am today. I certainly would have lasted much longer than a week.
The main problem was the seat on the bike. You could never stay on for too long and I probably only lasted about 10 minutes before I had to get off. It was just so uncomfortable to sit on. I tried putting pillows down but they slid off. I wore extra layers but it still hurt and I just got so uncomfortably hot. It's such a shame as the bike other than that is very good to use. It was just as good as the ones you would find in the gym, just with less complicated settings and for far cheaper too.
You can change settings so that it is much harder or easierr for you pedal. This is done by simply twisting the knob at the neck of the bike. This knob is unfortunately not labelled though so you do have to guess when to stop and also keeps twisting so there isn't much of a measurement to go by. There is a small panel which shows the calories burnt, miles ran etc. This is great for keeping track of your work out. I loved this as I could write down how much I had lost that day as well as how much I had eaten. I helped very much giving me motivation and was nice to see what I had done before I went on the scales.
Overall I wouldn't recommend it. It's such a waste of money as you probably won't last much longer than me without my bum becoming too sore from the seat. Unless you have proper bike shorts to wear than would make it more bearable, I would go with another bike. It's such a shame as this is the only thing that lets this down.