During the first week of training I had to restart the tablet a few times to restart it after the screen froze while it searched for my Wi-Fi, but this hasn’t been a problem since. the first days. Otherwise, the tablet is excellent. At 21.5 inches, it’s not that big that you get overwhelmed looking at it up close when riding a bike, but it’s also large enough to be used for ground workouts several feet away. The touchscreen rotates 360 degrees for sessions off the bike.
But obviously the star of the show is this stationary bike. It’s a heavy machine, and it has a solid feel which is a welcome feature when you step on it and start pedaling. There’s no wobbling, no wobbling, just a safe and secure feeling in this gym bike that everyone’s rushing to get to first – which makes sense, as you’ll often see rows of bikes. Star Trac in commercial gyms. The bike is also nearly silent, which is ideal for people who live with light sleepers or share walls with difficult neighbors.
Using the tablet’s touchscreen controls, I connected the Myx system directly to my Bluetooth headphones and the included Polar heart rate monitor. For me, every connection was fast and reliable. Bluetooth devices can be finicky (I’ve often stood at the start of a trail, eagerly waiting for my headphones to connect), so it’s great to be up and running in seconds.
When I went into the database to view Myx’s workouts, my first impression was, “Wow, this is more than just a bike.” The hundreds of pre-programmed workouts available cover four categories: bike (which contains traditional spin / cycle type workouts), floor (workouts that use equipment and / or body weight to build strength and endurance), recovery (yoga, meditation and recovery movements), and Cross-Train (workouts containing mixtures of the three).
Within each category there are dozens of workouts in three different difficulty levels, led by trainers who hit just the right tone – positive without being saccharine. The pre-recorded training sessions last from five minutes to 60 minutes, and they give the impression of an individual experience. That’s a huge plus – Myx focuses on positive reinforcement to motivate you, so you won’t find merit-based rankings like those in Peloton workouts or indoor cycling apps like Zwift. There is less of a feeling of competition; it’s more like a really fit friend is encouraging you to exercise.
As a certified trainer (CrossFit L1, L2, USPA Powerlifting, Precision Nutrition L1) with experience in workout programming and owning a gym, I am immediately skeptical of any program that I have. not done myself. But Myx has done his homework: every workout I’ve done so far has hit that perfect difficulty zone, taking you right up to the ‘I can’t do this’ line and loosening it up a bit so you can. Continue . I left every workout tired and sweaty, but invigorated, rather than ready for a burrito breakfast and a nap, which is my usual state after a tough workout. I was pleasantly surprised to find higher level CrossFit moves presented in a way that beginners could understand. I even saw moves that I haven’t encountered in my programming experience.