First ECQC Panic Simulator: Airdyne Stationary Bike

In May this year, I tore down my video studio and put up a home gym: squat cage, bench, Olympic weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, etc.

Last month I bought a used Airdyne stationary bike for $100 on Craigslist. The bike is at least 20 years old, and still works like a champ.

The Airdyne has a big fan on the front, which adds resistance the harder you pedal. My model has a digital readout with a countdown timer, stopwatch, etc.

My workout is simple:

Go 100% for a minute. Don’t worry about your effort, or if you sustain effort from the first second to the last. Bring all that you have.

I call it the “First ECQC Panic Simulator,” because it reminds me of how I felt after being grounded for the first time. The difficulty breathing, the Loony Toon’s style heart beating out of my chest, the “I’m going to do great!” to “I am fucked!” ego death in less than 60 seconds.

Rest two minutes.


Bonus points if you try to recap your evo to an imaginary Craig without throwing up.

I’m working my way up to the “Magnificent Seven,” which is 7 rounds. I’m currently able to do 3.

You can find used Airdynes online for anywhere from $100 – $200. I recommend $150 or less. You may have to tighten / replace the chain, grease up the bike, or deal with a cracked seat, but all of the common problems are easily fixed if you already know how to work on a bicycle.

I set up a Craigslist alert to notify me any time a listing with the word “Airdyne” was made for a sell price of $150 or less, and then I waited.

If you are building a home gym, look into getting one. Send me a pic of you on yours and I’ll send you some SBS swag.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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  1. Pachucko says:

    I would LOVE to find an older Airdyne. I’ve seen the newer one and they don’t seem as durable.

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