Comparing the Airdyne to the Air Assault Bike – Calorie Output
In doing the #first2fifty Bike challenge on the Airdyne, I noticed that across the interwebs that there was a large discrepancy between different types of Bikes. The classic Schwinn Airdyne has been the model that everyone had first started with and used forever. Over the years, the Schwinn Airdyne has made several different versions of their fan bike. The AD4 and AD6 are just two of those models. I’ve found that the power output between these two models of the same brand that the calorie output (which some workouts are based upon) is different, so it’s very difficult to compare workout times or even create a good workout if the time domains are different for the same work output.
Here at Mark’s Gym, we have AD4 model Schwinn Airdynes. I’ve checked them all in a simple calibration test and found that they were all very similar in terms of their calorie output.
I found that some heavy hitters were unable to crack a minute on the AD6 Schwinn Airdyne, and the Air Assault Bike seems to be 40 % harder in terms of calorie output according to Mike Boyle from MBSC. If you are doing a 300FY or a First2Fifty, then it really matters what machine you are using. It would be nice to develop a working guide to help people compare machines.
So here is a simple test, if you can help me out maybe we can compare machines and keep the workouts similar.
Here is all you need to do.
Start from a stopped flywheel.
10 minutes at 75 rpm.
At the end of the 10 minutes stop the bike and don’t let it run out.
Note how many calories were burned during that time.
Note the distance travelled.
Leave your comments below and I will put together a nice spreadsheet detailing the output of the bikes.
Type: Calories RPMS
Airdyne AD4 228 75