The bicycle maneuver is one of the most effective ab exercises you can do. The American Council on Exercise found it trains the front of your abs an astounding 248 percent more and your side ab muscles 290 percent more than the classic crunch.
However, jumping on the bicycle machine at your gym is a completely different activity. Pedaling away on this stationary bike does build cardiovascular fitness and burn calories to help with weight management, but it doesn’t directly train your ab muscles like sit-ups, crunches, planks or the bicycle maneuver.
Benefits of the Bicycle Machine
The indoor cycle offers a quality workout by raising your heart rate and training your respiratory and cardiovascular systems. As a result, you burn calories, which helps you manage your weight or drop fat, so that abs you develop with targeted exercises pop.
Cycling indoors means you can work out regardless of the weather, and may even multi-task by watching your favorite show or reading while exercising. For people who are more than 50 pounds overweight or who have joint issues, the bicycle machine offers a way to work hard without putting undue stress on the spine, knees, hips or ankles.