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What's Better: Exercise Bike or Cross Trainers? Roger Black Fitness

What's Better: Exercise Bike or Cross Trainers? Roger Black Fitness

A Helpful Black Friday Blog

As we approach Black Friday Black Friday (shopping) - Wikipedia this week, many UK buyers are poised at the ready to click ‘BUY’ on reduced Christmas gifts, including home fitness equipment. Yet how many buyers actually know what they want before they buy, particularly as you can’t try out fitness machines such as an exercise bike or cross trainer before you buy? Roger Black Fitness is here to share an alternative Helpful Black Friday Blog before you part with your cash, specifically comparing the differences between exercise bikes and cross trainers.







Under £250

Roger Black Fitness Folding Bike (£159)


-Easy to assemble

-3kg fly wheel

-Phone/iPad holder

-8-level tension control

-Adjustable seat

-Space at home


-Lower body workout only

-Easy to store


-Basic tech



NordicTrack VR19


-Step Thru™ design

-Extra padded seat

-7kg fly wheel

-iPod/Bluetooth compatible

-24 pre-set workouts

-Ergonomic pedals/Adjustable straps

-Recumbent bike 

-Fixed position workout

-Lower body only

-Heavy to move around

-Good for physio and flexibility

-Good choice if you want low-cost, high-tech


Reebok GSB Electronic Aerobic Bike (£599)

-Low-cost spin bike

-32 resistance levels

-18kg fly wheel

-Floor level adjustment

-Self-powered generator

-Total seat adjustment

-Entry level upper range

-Clips on pedals


-Ideal for intermediate users

-Can be used without a power socket

-No subscription needed


Peloton® Basic Bike Package (£1350)

-Popular high-end brand

-Become part of a community

-Immersive workout

-Bike essentials available

-Subscription model

-Virtual appointments available

-A reasonable financial commitment

-Upsell opportunities

-Monthly subscription cost

-Personalised experience

-Smaller footprint

-Interactive workout

-High tech


Even with the small selection above, you should consider your own needs and wants before you commit to any purchase and be realistic. It is so easy to become drawn into a sophisticated social media or marketing campaign without factoring in budget, space and your own limitations or health challenges.






Under £250

Cubii Junior Under Desk Elliptical Pedal Exerciser (£169.99)


-Can use under desk or table


-Ergonomic design

-Manual, adjustable resistance

-Low-end price range

-Lower body workout only

-Fixed position vs glute and upper body workout too

-Helpful for mobility

-Perfect for entry level



Roger Black Fitness Gold Cross Trainer (£349)

-Upper and lower body workout

-Low impact

-8-level tension control

-LCD display

-Bottle holder

-Low tech

-Entry point level machine

-Suitable for beginners


-Self-assembly -


JTX Tri-Fit: Incline Cross Trainer (£729)

-3-level incline

-16”-20” stride range

-17kg fly wheel

-16 resistance levels

-Lifetime frame warranty

-Quick and easy assembly

-Higher end range

-Suitable for more advance users

-Heavy but sturdy

-Whisper quiet with SmootDrive™ technology

-Suitable for tech heads

-Good value


SpaceSaver SE7i (£899)

-10% incline-matching tech

-22 digital resistance levels

-In-home personal training

-Space saving design

-iFit coaching experience

-Subscription model

-SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance

-8kg fly wheel

-A choice of 16,000 on-demand workouts

-Stat tracking



Like-for-like, it is really hard to define or assess ‘which is better’ as a product or indeed which product is best. As cited above, it really depends on where you are in your health and movement journey, how much you want to spend, whether you have any mobility and joint issues and if you want to move your equipment around your home or place of work. Other key elements to consider include the size of the fly wheel and whether you want a high or low-tech product.


If you do decide to buy an exercise bike, they are a great way to get the heart pumping whilst toning up your legs at the same time. You can pedal away whilst watching Eastenders and Strictly or listen to your favourite www.Spotify.com playlist. There is total flexibility in terms of when you use your bike and how, particularly if you opt for a folding bike. If you choose to buy a Roger Black Folding Bike Roger Black Folding Exercise Bike | Roger Black Fitness, you have the added bonus of storing it flat (eg under a bed) or upright (against a wall).


By contrast, should you go for a cross trainer for some exercise at home, take into consideration whether you have good coordination, as a cross trainer may take some getting used to. The cross trainer is perfect, however, for a low-impact, full body workout. It also helps you to burn a high number of calories in a relatively short space of time.


Once again, you can’t really compare like for like although if you are starting out, a bike may be easier to use and require a little less concentration, as you are seated and are only using the bottom half of your body. By contrast, cross trainers can be brilliant workout tools and also quite addictive once you get the hang of them.


So, here’s the million-dollar question, should you get an exercise bike or cross trainer this Black Friday? In reality, no one can tell you what to buy. Ask yourselves some key questions and try not to get caught up in too much sales hype. Always remember though, that you should have 28 days to return your item, should you change your mind. Just make sure your purchase leaves you in the ‘black’ and not the ‘red’ this Black Friday 2021.

Roger Black Fitness is offering customers FREE SHIPPING on all home fitness equipment bought at www.rogerblackfitness.com from Black Friday until midnight on Monday 29th November 2021. Simply use the ‘FREESHIPPING’ code at checkout. Standard website T’s & C’s apply. Not applicable with any other discount code or offer.

For more information about the Roger Black range of bikes and cross trainers, please visit www.rogerblackfitness.com or feel free to email us at hello@rogerblackfitness.com with any product questions. We are always here to help, 365 days a year. 

*Products have been selected solely to compare and contrast options – prices may vary online.

What is an Air Rower?

What is an Air Rower?

Those of us at a certain age will remember the iconic image of Tom Cruise and his air guitar in the 1980’s film, ‘Risky Business’ Risky Business - Wikipedia. Many a generation since that time have tried to perfect Cruise’s air guitar interpretation. To avoid confusion, the definition of an air rower is a far cry from the actor’s iconic air guitar but it does give the user a whole new take on ‘pulling power!’. So, when it comes to choosing a home rowing machine, what are the different types available to buy online or in-store? 


Magnetic Rower

One of the options readily available is a magnetic rower. This type of rower uses a magnetic break within the fly wheel to create resistance, as per the visual below of the Kettler magnetic air rower.

Air Rower

When it comes to an air rower specification, the premise is similar although the rower uses air rather than a magnet to create resistance. With an air resistance rower such as the Roger Black model Roger Black Fitness Rowing Machines | Roger Black Fitness, the faster the user rows, the more inertia and power that is generated by a fly wheel or fan. In the case of the Roger Black Air Rower, here is a summary specification:

Product features:

  • Suitable for just an upper body workout or upper and lower body combined
  • 8-level tension control
  • Self-assembly
  • LCD screen
  • Mains operated
  • Maximum user weight: 120kg
  • Batteries included (2 x AA)
  • 12 programmes to include time, distance, calories burned and watts

£349.00 plus delivery

Size: H:105cm, W:60cm, D:200cm

Water Rower

The third type of rower that is available is a water rower. Instead of air or a magnet, this machine actually uses a tank of water to create resistance. Just think how efficient the tide can be when you are swimming against it.


When it comes to choosing the best type of rowing machine, there isn’t one hard or fast rule of thumb. What is important is what is right for YOU. You need to ask yourself a few questions before you commit (and it is a commitment) to a spend on home fitness equipment and the best home rowing machine for you. 


Before you get confused or press the ‘BUY NOW’ button, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much can you afford?
  • Where will the machine be in your home?
  • Are you looking for an interactive row with high-quality realistic graphics?
  • Do you want to join a live class or virtual row? 
  • How easy is the machine to move around, weight-wise?
  • How often will you use it?

Once you have answered the above questions, you can draw up a short list of brands that cover off your Wish List. Clearly, some models will be heavier or more sophisticated in terms of gadgets and gizmos but ultimately, any machine is as good as you allow it to be. Each and every rower can give you a solid upper body workout and get your heart pumping. You just have to get on, strap in your feet and start moving!


When it comes to asking yourself questions before you buy, one key element to consider is how much space you have at home for your rower. Most rowers, regardless of whether they are powered by magnets, air or water, are quite low to the ground and wide. You also need to be able to row and move your arms (real-life elbow room) and allow space around the footprint of the machine. So make sure you do your research. The Roger Black Gold Air Rower should give you a rough idea of size although product descriptions are readily available via Google.co.uk or Amazon.

In addition, depending on the size or weight of the fly wheel, you need to consider your own ability to move the machine around. If you are frail or perhaps live alone, you might consider a lighter weight machine, from a practical perspective, if nothing else.

As an aside, most gym rowing machines tend to be more sturdy, based on the amount of use they will be subjected to. Sometimes, gym users may be heavy-handed or over-enthusiastic so probably best not compare your online purchase with a rower you may have tried at the gym. Some of these gym-based machines cost well into 1,000’s (versus 100’s) of pounds.

So when it comes to choosing the best rowing machine for you, make sure you ask yourself the right questions before you buy. Perhaps try out different machines, if you can, in-store or through your networks. Armed with the right knowledge and an informed and confident way forward, we are sure that choosing your home rowing machine won’t be a ‘Risky Business’ this Christmas or New Year 2022.

For more information about the Roger Black Gold Air Rower, feel free to email us at hello@rogerblackfitness.com with any product questions. We are always here to help, 365 days a year. 

Does The Stationary Bike Provide a Good Workout?

Does The Stationary Bike Provide a Good Workout?

As per the opening quote, life really is like riding a bike – you have to keep moving, or pushing pedals, in the case of home fitness equipment, to stay balanced and to get results. When it comes to the Roger Black Fitness bike range Roger Black Gold Exercise Bike | Roger Black Fitness or Roger Black Folding Exercise Bike | Roger Black Fitness, Roger and his team are keen to get the nation moving and to stay moving. This might be on a stationary or folding bike and turning pedals at home, or perhaps outside on the road – or even a mixture of both. In the words of a very well-known brand “Just do it…”.

What is a Stationary Bike Workout Good For?

Before you decide on the product to buy, ask yourself how much space you have at home, consider your budget and whether you want a cardio workout to build leg muscle and tone or whether you are looking for more of an overall body workout.

When you buy most home exercise bikes, unless you purchase a spinning bike or one designed with clips, you will be seated for most, if not all of your workout. When you get onto the saddle for the first time, you are there primarily to enjoy your workout but to get your heart beating a bit faster and to get those legs pumping.

How to Plan a Good Workout on the Stationary Bike?

Once you are clear on the purpose of your purchase, have a look online – there is a lot of content on www.youtube.com although sometimes too much information can become both time consuming and confusing.

If you write down or add a note in your phone or calendar about how much time you have to spend on a daily or weekly basis, consider a five-minute warm up and cool down either side of the main workout, start slowly and then build up. Programmes to burn fat How to Ride a Stationary Bike to Burn Belly Fat | Livestrong.com may differ to building muscle and strength in the legs Can I Gain Quad Muscle From an Exercise Bike? | Livestrong.com and you can also keep surprising your body by mixing up your workout styles. 

A manual programme allows you to control the pace of your workout and you can adjust the tension knob or computer programme for greater or lesser resistance. You do need some resistance to get your body working but don’t overdo it, particularly if you have any pre-existing health conditions or are recovering from or preparing for surgery.

You can also source or create an exercise bike work out play list, ranging from 60 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) or beats per minute within the song and on the monitor screen to faster or slower, depending on the level of resistance or speed. 

You will know when you are working with more intensity as you will begin to feel your ‘bite’ mark on the bike, which is different for each of us. The greater the resistance, the more you have to work your legs to complete each revolution with the pedals. But don’t overdo it or put so much resistance on that you can’t move the pedals at all or cause yourself an injury.

Is a Stationary Bike Good for a Cardio Workout?

A static or folding home exercise bike can offer a great cardio workout to get the blood circulating around the body and to break out into a bit of a sweat. You can also see on most monitors how many calories you are burning. If not on the monitor, then on your Apple Watch or similar. It’s good to be accountable so do track your progress or buddy up with a friend or family member to support one another.

Going back to the intro, it’s all about balance – not just to stay poised on your home fitness equipment but more generally within life. Exercise, albeit at home or in the great outdoors, should be enjoyable and add value to your life. It shouldn’t be a chore or anticipated with dread and ideally should become a daily or weekly habit, integrated into your life schedule. You just have to find the right way to exercise that works for you and your body and consistency is key.