One Eastside company is making it easier for people with limited mobility to gain access to full-body exercise. Bothell-based Excy recently launched the XCS Pro, a portable total body cycling system geared toward those who need access to low impact exercise from seated, standing, or lying down positions.
The device, which weighs just 14.5 pounds, folds up for easy transport, and can act as a durable recumbent bicycle, an upper body ergometer, and a bed pedal exerciser. The XCS Pro can even be operated on softer surfaces like a physical therapy table or a hospital bed.
“There are millions of people battling injuries, disabilities, and chronic health conditions and the numbers will sadly increase as we face an explosion of age-related injuries and diagnoses,” said Michele Mehl, the founder and CEO of Excy. “Today’s equipment is too big and expensive for hospitals to rollout to all the patients that would benefit from upper and lower body cycling.”
According to Excy, the features of the XCS Pro were developed based on feedback from customers including Stanford Health Care, University of the Pacific sports medicine department, and other physical therapy clinics.
Through a partnership with PT-Helper, physical therapists will have access to instructions for more than 20 customizable exercises on the XCS Pro.
“We are especially excited about Excy’s ability to enable our athletes recovering from knee injuries or surgery to lie down flat and cycle to not only focus on strengthening the muscles, but also on improving range-of-motion in the joint,” said Chris Pond, director of athletic training at the University of the Pacific.
Excy started with a Kickstarter campaign in late 2015. Now, the company makes four different models of its cycling system, including the $499 XCS 220 and the $799 XCS 260. The XCS Pro is available now, and costs $1,199.