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DP Airgometer Bike Exercises

By Aleks Volkov

The DP Airgometer exercise bike is an old-fashioned stationary bike that has dual-action handle bars along with an air-resistant fan that provides an upper- and lower-body workout. No longer made, you may find this bike for sale online or in second-hand stores. It offers an effective way to train your cardiovascular system and unlike most stationary bikes, the DP Airgometer has handlebars that move as you pedal, allowing for a full-body workout. The two most effective methods for using the DP Airgometer bike are aerobic training and interval training.

High-Intensity Interval Training

Although aerobic training is more common, high-intensity interval training is actually a more effective exercise. It burns more fat and more calories, and it increases your metabolism at a faster rate than aerobic training. High-intensity interval training consists of rapidly increasing your heart rate for a short time and then allowing it to fall back down before your next set. Thus an interval will consist of you working at maximum capacity for a short interval followed by a resting period. For example, pedal as hard as you can for 25 seconds and then lightly pedal for a minute, allowing your body to regain composure before you go hard again. Continue your interval training for the rest of your workout.

If you are just starting off, aim for 10 minutes of quality training. Once you improve your fitness level, you should aspire to train for 20 to 30 minutes. Always begin with a five-minute warm-up phase where you pedal very lightly to prepare your body for the workout and end your workouts with a short cool-down phase.

Due to the strenuous nature of the workout, consult a physician prior to engaging in any high-intensity training program.

Aerobic Training

Aerobic training is the most basic form of cardiovascular activity. It is also the most common exercise done on the DP Airgometer. It involves pedaling at a steady rate for a prolonged period of time. As a result, you will raise your heart rate and keep it up for the duration of the workout. Warm up at an easy pace for about five minutes, then pick a pace that is difficult yet possible to sustain and begin the exercise. The optimal time frame for aerobic training is 30 to 45 minutes. However, if you are just starting, you should aim for just 10 to 15 minutes. As you begin to feel more comfortable, increase your workout by five minutes at a time. However, do not compromise your pace to lengthen your time. Finally, end with a cool-down phase that is similar to the warm-up and do some light stretching. For best results, do aerobic training five times a week.

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