After much research, I decided on this recumbent bike. My mom has a bad back and this makes it easier for her exercise without causing so much discomfort. This bike works on many levels. Mom can work out of lower resistance levels and I can use the more difficult ones. It comes with an Ifit starter disc that walks you through several levels of exercise. I also bought additional ones because the program worked so well. I wish they had someone other than Gillian Michaels as the trainer because I find her very annoying, but I do get a great workout. This has a place to plug in an ipod too. I purchased the power cord (it's disappointing that you have buy it separately. It really should come with it), because the batteries do not have a long life and that can get pricey. I was changing them everyother week or so because as in the middle of a workout, the program would shut off and restart itself. WIth the power cord, there are no problems like that.