The Schwinn Airdyne…. Enough said. For anybody that has ever used one of these things. You know how diabolical these seemly harmless looking machines can be. Now, before we go any further. Lets get into a brief history lesson about the Airdyne:
It was created by Satan… End of story
Now, that statement isn’t fact. For anybody who has ever used one before, they wouldn’t argue with that statement.
Here are some actual facts about the Airdyne:
Schwinn introduced the Airdyne exercise bike in 1978. It proved to be one of Schwinn’s best-selling products ever. While the technology of competing brands have seen significant improvements and advances, the standard Airdyne has changed little since its inception. However, the product maintains a significant share of the market. This is due, at least in part, to its unique design.
And this is how the Airdyne works:
On the Airdyne, a drive belt loops between a large fan and a central shaft that is connected to both the pedals and the handles. Movement of pedals or handles causes the shaft to rotate the drive belt, moving the fan. As the fan turns, the blades encounter air resistance. This feeds back to the pedals or handles, increasing the effort required to move them.
The advantage of the Airdyne:
The Airdyne user effortlessly generates the precise amount of resistance he is comfortable with. The harder he pedals, the faster the fan turns, and the greater the air resistance it encounters and conveys back to the pedals. The fan simultaneously cools the user. This feedback system means that the Airdyne offers equivalent benefits to every user, regardless of fitness level.
To sum it all up…. The Airdyne sucks. Its nicknamed “Satan’s Tricycle” for God’s sake.
Here’s a video of somebody working on the Airdyne. The workout he’s doing is called the “300FY”. Which stands for 300 Fuck You. Its 10 minutes on that glorious machine. The goal is to reach 300cal. It has got to be one of the worst experiences in life. Enjoy =)