New Beachbody MYX II aims to be a full home gym in bike form – CNET
All indoor bikes are not created equal, especially now that so many of them are starting to mount huge displays on them to offer more interaction with the user. While some indoor bikes are limited to cycling experiences like tours through a virtual countryside or intense realtime classes with other cyclists, Beachbody wants its latest indoor bikes to be something you use more comprehensively. The goal is a personal fitness path for each person, one which offers a full body workout instead of being limited to what you can accomplish on the bike alone. They’re called the MYX II and MYX II Plus, and here’s what we know so far.
Where the original MYX bike caught our attention as a less expensive, these upgraded models are something completely new. Both the MYX II and MYX II Plus offers a slimmer body than its predecessor with a 21.5-inch touchscreen display on a swivel mount so you can enjoy fitness activities on the bike or on a mat on the floor. A Polar OH1 hear rate monitor shares your heart rate with the onboard computer, while the 20W speakers and 8MP Sony camera allow you to either jam out to your preferred music mix or participate in live classes more actively. Put simply, it’s an upgrade in a whole lot of ways.
Like most connected indoor bikes now, you have a few choices for your interactive experiences. Beachbody offers its Beachbody On Demand interactive subscription service (BODi) so you can enjoy group classes led by fitness stars from around the world, or you can take advantage of the massive library of Openfit activities which have been added to the MYX Home Studio service found on existing MYX bikes. This includes some of the Openfit Live classes, which will be added to the bike later this year. And like current models, syncing your fitness information to Apple Watch is supported out of the box.
MYX II and MYX II Plus are understandably a little more expensive that the current model., and if you want the Plus upgrade with its added dumbbells, kettlebell, resistance band, workout mats mats and a foam roller it’ll set you back $1800. Both offer free assembly for now, but the subscriptions add up to $29 per month for MYX Home Studio and a separate $28.80 per month for the BODi service. Accessing everything this bike has to offer is not at all cheap, so we’ll have to see when it’s available to test if the software is a worthwhile additional expense.
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