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If you love the energy of a workout class and an instructor who leads every move, you probably miss your local fitness studio right about now. But no one can deny that the at-home fitness industry really stepped it up in 2020. Now, there are more virtual workout programs than ever — and one you need to check out is called MYXfitness.
The brand rivals Peloton as a more affordable spin bike with an attached touch screen, combined with a digital workout program. The MYX bike costs $1,299, nearly half of Peloton’s newest bike. And, it ships within two weeks.
MYXfitness bikes come with a 21.5-inch HD touchscreen that projects spin classes, as well as yoga, pilates, HIIT, cardio, barre, kickboxing, dance and more. And the screen swivels and tilts, making it easy to see, whether you’re on the bike or working out on the floor. If you want a bigger screen, you can cast your classes on your Apple TV or Chromecast compatible devices.
Unlike other virtual spin classes, none of the classes are live and there are no leaderboards. In fact, MYX uses heart rate-based zone training, so the workouts and your progress are based on your body.
“For lasting results, you need to move your body in different ways across different heart rate zones. Those are the facts. And to stay motivated, your workouts need to be convenient and fun,” a video on the site says. “Our coach-led workouts at every level and duration are backed by science and supercharged by positive motivation to keep you on track and inspired.”
The MYXfitness Membership
In order to access classes, you’ll need to have an MYXfitness membership, which costs $29 per month (less than $1 per day). Each account can have up to five users, however, so you can share with your family, friends or roommates. (Keep in mind, the bike’s touchscreen is only compatible with the MYXfitness app, and can’t be used to stream TV shows or other workout programs.)
In addition to getting unlimited access to hundreds of streaming workouts, members receive MYX score assessments to measure cardiovascular fitness and free mobile app access for browsing the class library, scheduling workouts, sharing stats, streaming classes and integrating Apple Health.
Now, about the bike
The MYX bike is made from a durable, rust-proof and hypoallergenic material. It weighs 135 pounds, hence why free assembly is a huge plus. Although it’s pretty compact, MYX recommends placing your bike in a 4′ x 6′ area to give enough space for riding and moving about. A few other highlights:
It comes in two colors: natural white or deep charcoal.
The MYX bike accommodates a range of riders, from those standing 4’11” to 6’8″ and weighing up to 350 pounds.
As for shoes, you can wear your own sneakers or opt for the serious clip-on bike shoes (it’s compatible with SPD clips).
Shop: The MYX, $1,299
The MYX Plus is another option the brand totes, which is basically a whole home gym in one sweet package. For an additional $200, you get the bike, a choice of three sets of weights, a kettlebell, resistance bands, mats, a heart rate monitor and a foam roller.
One thing to note: This bundle is especially helpful because dumbbells and certain gym equipment has been increasingly hard to find during the pandemic.
Shop: The MYX Plus, $1,499
If you’re nervous about committing to a new spin bike, MYXfitness has a 30-day return policy, so you get a full month to decide if you want to stick with it. The brand also offers a one year warranty, should anything happen to your bike.
How it compares to Peloton
All in all, for the classes, bike and any extra equipment, it’s a great deal, especially when compared to Peloton prices. The first Peloton bike is currently on sale for $1,895, while its new Bike+ (now with a new rotating screen) costs $2,495. A Peloton membership also costs $12.99 per month.
A few major differences in experience, however, is that Peloton has a leaderboard in classes with rankings based on a personal output calculation. If you’re competitive, you might want that as a motivator. With Peloton, you can also sign up for a membership and use the app for streaming classes without purchasing a bike. And finally, Peloton offers live classes.
While MYX doesn’t offer live classes, it does add new ones daily. Since they’re on-demand, you’re able to pause classes if you need a break for whatever reason. You can also schedule your classes according to your day, as if you were scheduling them at a gym. The MYX screen also swivels in more direction for the best view, no matter what workout you’re doing.
Boutique in-person spinning classes can cost upwards of $40 per class. Go five times per week, and your classes will cost you over $10,000 per year. So skip the expensive fees, the packing up for class and the stressful signups and workout at home on your own spin bike.
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