Average Online Review: 4.5/5
Warranty: 5-year frame, 2-year parts
Stationary bikes tend to get a bad rap in the calorie burning department. Enter the air trainer! What is the best exercise bike for torching calories? Easy. The LifeCORE Fitness Air Assault Bike has the competition beat hands down. I know what you’re thinking. If calorie burning is your game, you probably aren’t thinking about sitting on a stationary bike pedaling away while you watch tv or listen to your iPod. But the Assault Air Bike is much more than a stationary exercise bike. Allow me to explain…
What’s An Air Bike?
Well, an air bike, or air bike trainer, is a stationary bike that uses fans to generate the resistance. If you are as old as me, or older, you are probably thinking of the old school Schwinn’s that where everywhere. I think my mom had one when I was a kid. They were pretty cool, you got to feel the wind you created as you pedaled away. Nothing fancy about it.
Well, that old school piece of equipment has returned in a big way. Thanks, in most part, to Crossfit. The evil geniuses that come up with these sweat inducing workouts re-discovered how powerful a tool the air bike can be. Crossfit is becoming more popular by the day. For those of you who are not familiar with the workout phenomenon, a quick summary.
Crossit is basically a philosophy of exercising so that you become better at everything. The workouts are designed with functionality in mind- pushing, pulling, lifting. The idea is to be fit so that you can cope with any problem or challenge you meet in the real world. Making you better at everyday tasks, while getting insanely fit.
Crossfit workouts are intense, or as intense as you want to make them. They include a lot of pull ups, squats, burpees, deadlifts… basically all the hard stuff a lot of us like to avoid. Often the workouts are timed, or you have a rep goal that you are doing for time. Point is, Crossfit gyms started including air bikes in their workouts, and now they seem to be popular again. For more info on Crossfit, click here to see my post on Crossfit workouts from home.
And for good reason too. Air bikes, and especially the LifeCORE Fitness Assault, provide a great workout. The magic is in the simplicity of the design- the fans. Unlike an electrical or magnetic resistance system, when the user pedals harder, they work against more resistance.
This means the resistance is unlimited on an air bike! No messing around with setting resistances and changing for intervals. If you want less resistance you simply pedaler slower. This is why it is great for high intensity interval training (HIIT) or Crossfit style workouts. Plus, you get to use your arms and core too- a full body workout while sitting on a stationary bike, hard to believer right? Well, believe it, because the LifeCORE Fitness Assault will torch calories and help you get in the best shape of your life.
The LifeCORE Fitness Assault Air Bike
So, hopefully now we all understand what an air bike can offer. Unlimited resistance that is controlled directly by how hard the user decides to pedal. Now, let’s get to the Assault version of this bike.
Air bikes have been around for about 40 years or so. It would be a mistake, however, to compare the Assault Air Bike to it’s predecessors. This bad boy is designed to last. That’s probably why this is the same bike used by the elite Crossfit athletes (you know, the ones we see on tv competing, the one’s that look like real super heroes), the military, the NFL, UFC, etc. Standing up to the punishment that these strong athletes put out takes a serious machine. A machine that is built to last. A machine that is durable and reliable.
The quality of the manufacturing is what sets the Assault Air Bike apart from the rest of the competition out there. The bike is made up of thick-gauge steel to provide a durable frame. The Assault also boasts that is uses “sealed cartridge bearings” in ever moving part to make the machine more durable and maintenance free. I’m no engineer, but the way I understand it, is that these bearings reduce friction more which provides a smoother, stronger product.
To add to the strong frame, is a steel blade fan. Some of the competitors are made of plastic. Again, no engineer here, but if I had the choose between plastic and steel, steel wins every time.
Another great quality of the Assault Air Bike is it’s seat. Most bikes have a seat that adjusts up and down (vertically). The seat on this air bike not only adjusts vertically, but horizontally (front and back) as well. Makes the seat significantly more adjustable to personal preference. We are all different sizes and this bike is designed to fit anyone who is interested in giving it a go.
Like pretty much all bikes in this price range, the Assault comes with an LCD display screen. Nothing too fancy here, displays heart rate, speed, RPM, time, watts, calories. The essentials. With all the hard work you will be putting in on this bike, there won’t be any energy left to play around with any other extraneous console options.
- Unlimited resistance offered with air blades
- Offers full body workout
- Frame made of thick-gauge steel
- Steel fan blades
- 20 sealed cartridge bearings for increased durability
- Custom fit seat
- 300lb max user weight capacity
- LCD display console with built in workouts
- Heart rate monitor compatible
- Easy to assemble
- Chest strap not included
- Some complaints that the seat is uncomfortable
This bike is awesome. I’m assuming you’re not surprised by this point that I highly recommend this bike. I want one. This bike is by far the best bike for burning calories. No other stationary bike can offer this type of resistance that can work your arms and legs (and core) at the same time.
The Assault Air Bike is built like a tank. I mean come on, it was designed with professional athletes and the military in mind…enough said. If you find a way to break this piece of equipment during a workout, you deserve some type of prize. It has a 300lb weight limit. I always say look at the weight limit to get a good idea of how well built a piece of equipment is. And 300lb for a stationary bike is pretty good.
That said, if you are a larger user and nearing that 300 lb weight limit, you might want to consider the Assault AirBike Elite– it has a 350 lb weight capacity and has a frame that weighs about 40 lb more than the AirBike Classic. If this bike is built like a tank, the Elite is built like some kind of “super tank” (if that’s even a real thing).
Price. Ok, let’s discuss. $800 for a stationary bike is a fairly significant amount, I agree. But in relation to the world of fitness equipment, it falls in the middle ground. Even for stationary bikes. You can easily drop $2000 on a high-end recumbent bike or spin cycle. You can find air bikes that are cheaper, in the $300 – $400 range. But when you look at them, they are obviously not as well built.
Is it better to pay for a $300 bike that may last a couple of years or spend more up front and get a bike that will last a life time? If you ask me, it’s worth the money. The product speaks for itself.
In conclusion, if you want a bike that will help you torch calories and get in the best shape of your life, than the LifeCORE Fitness Air Assault Bike is a smart bet. It’s built to last and is more than capable of giving you the hardest workouts you’ve ever had.
I hope this review was helpful. As always, hit me up with any questions or comments and I’ll get right back to ya.