Bothell-based Excy announced Monday that its 10-pound portable exercise bike, with on-demand coaching app, now is available. Excy is able to provide a calorie burn equivalent to high-end elliptical machines, treadmills, rowing machines, and spin bikes in the comfort of one’s home.
Excy launched a Kickstarter campaign in October 2015, and was fully funded by 72 backers. Creator and CEO Michele Mehl said the units were shipped within six weeks of the Kickstarter to the backers in order to get feedback as soon as possible. Feedback was incorporated into the new design, which will begin shipping this week.
Mehl said feedback involved both the design of the peddle system and how people use it. Resistance was increased to 30 pounds and the base was widened to increase stability and enable more use variations. Mehl said users wanted to be able to use the equipment right out of the box, and not bother with tutorial video or users’ handbook. She created a quick-start guide to shorten the education process.
Excy can be used for more than 100 workout positions, according to Mehl, and offers a new way of achieving high-intensity interval exercise at home. The product originally was built for busy moms who didn’t have time to spend 30 minutes to an hour at the gym. Mehl said interest in the product has been much broader than she anticipated, from those in physical therapy and rehabilitation to special needs classrooms and people of generally good health who wanted a different kind of cross-training workout.
“The Excy team has come up with a very compelling portable design with a bias for simplicity and utility,” said Andrew J. Cole, MD, who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation specializing in spine, sports, musculoskeletal injuries, and rehabilitation. “The system offers a broad range of versatility for multiple exercise scenarios from athletic training to rehabilitation to weight loss and more. I’m excited about the upper body cycling as it is an under utilized exercise movement that allows you to match or exceed the calorie burn of cycling your legs. I look forward to seeing what the team does to make it easy for more people to include exercise into their daily routines.”
Excy now is available to ship worldwide. Mehl said her goal had been to bootstrap the company to this point in development and she’ll start having meetings for investment. Additionally,
“It’s time to start exploring what other avenues we need to quickly scale the company,” Mehl said.