The Recumbent Bike for Back Pain Exercise

The Recumbent Bike, Sciatica, and the Gel Seat!

One of the most frequent questions I get is about sciatica and riding a recumbent bike. Many people state the simply cannot sit that long without pain. This is a legitimate concern and one I use to deal with too. The way I dealt with it, and rather effectively if I do say so, was to purchase a number of gel seats, two actually. I purchased one gel seat for the stationary bike I rode, the Lifecycle, and the other for the recumbent bike. Both gel seats were fantastic for comfort and even after my sciatica diminished, I still used both gel seats almost all the time.

When dealing with sciatica, sitting can be a problem, particularly sitting for long periods of time…the gel seat for the recumbent bike was the answer.

As promised, I have included a link here:

This company deals in recumbent bike gel seats!

I am not affiliated with this company but I have been told this is an excellent seat and the price is quite reasonable.

Contact me anytime!


Professor John P. J. Zajaros, Sr., The Bad Back Guy
216-712-6526 (home)
216-539-7412 (bus)
Skype: johnzajaros1

Recumbent Bikes, ONO, Time Management, Weather, and Back Pain Relief and Treatment Exercises

Yesterday was Sunday, a gorgeous day and I actually cut the free weight and machine part of my workout a bit short. Today, well, in Ohio they say if you wait 15 minutes the weather will change…wait 30 hours and you won’t believe you are in the same hemisphere! Today was misty, wet, and cold! Tonight is even worse so, as a result, the recumbent bike is worth its weight in gold.

As I do every time I ride the bike, I either listen to music meant to get the juices flowing, read a book I especially want to get through or both.

The great thing about listening to music and reading is that it takes my concentration up a notch and I actually forget about the music, and all the noise in the gym, bring into focus the book…which makes the time fly by! If I am listening to an audiobook, concentration is often difficult when I get tired, don’t ask me why, it’s just the way it works.

In any case, I get a ton done while working out on the recumbent bike.

I am getting:

1) Aerobic benefit.

2) An education, something that applies to my field of endeavor or something I am highly interested in pursuing.

3) Weight loss.

4) Muscle strength and tone.

5) Neck pain, back pain, and sciatica relief and treatment through exercise!

And several other benefits…all in one.

So, and this is my point, when people say to me:

“I don’t have time to devote and hour or so a day to exercise!”

I say:

“Hog wash!”

Think of how much time you have lost due to illness, because you weren’t fit.

Think about the time you’ve missed from work due to neck pain, back pain, and/or sciatica.

Think of the time you have spent traveling to and from doctors’ (plural-many doctors) offices.

Think of how much time you have spent in doctors’ offices waiting for a late appointment.

Think of how much time you have spent in physical therapy.

Think of how much time you have spent in chiropractors’ offices.

In offices…in hospitals…etc.

I could go on for hours!

Lately, I have been re-reading Tim Ferriss’s The 4 Hour Workweek, Marc Warnke’s ONO: Options not Obligations, and The 80/20 Principle, by Richard Koch. I’ve been listening to The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D.

The amount of information in these 4 books in incredible and would easily sell as an online course for several hundred to a couple of thousand dollars…and then I would still have to take the time to get through them.

Here, at the Iron Asylum Gym in Cleveland, Ohio, I get a workout, and education, my neck pain, back pain, and sciatica are being attended to, I’m losing weight, improving my cardiovascular fitness, and I haven’t had to have had an insulin injection for my Type II Diabetes in months!


The weather, time management, an education, my weight, my overall level of fitness, and my continuing education…all in an hour a day. If you can give me another instance when and where I can achieve all of the above, and more, sign me up! Until then, I will deal with my neck pain, back pain, and sciatica…and a myriad of other issues and factors by pumping away for 60 minutes 4-6 times a week.

Did I say it helped with weight loss?

Contact me anytime!


Professor John P. J. Zajaros, Sr., The Bad Back Guy
216-712-6526 (home)
216-539-7412 (bus)
Skype: johnzajaros1

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarina Postel September 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Hi Prof. John,
Just saw your video and was inspired to work out on the recumbent bike,as per my cardiologist suggested.I really don’t have much room for one to put in my I have decided to join a women’s gym close by that doesn’t cost a fortune.At 77 I have severe scoliosis,and beginning copd,and type 2 diabetes which I try to control with diet. I still need to loose about 37 more lbs.
but I’m encouraged by you video, that this will help me.thank you Sarina

coachz October 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Wonderful! I wish you all the best Sarina!


Leave a Comment