MYX Bike: A Review of the New Beachbody Bike
MYX is Peloton’s dangerous competition - and they just announced that they’re partnering with Beachbody, the gold standard in the at-home workout industry, who serves millions of people every year. The MYX compared to Peloton is the question everyone wants to know - MYX might just be a step above for a lower price!
What’s the MYX II Bike/Beachbody Bike?
The MYX II is a smart indoor cycle that offers a premium cycling experience, complete with live, interactive digital programming from Beachbody and Openfit. Sporting a 21.5” touchscreen with a 360 degree swivel, 20W speakers, and an 8-megapixel camera, this spin bike was made to support immersive, community-based workouts at home. The MYX II features an upgraded experience and access to Beachbody’s brand new digital fitness platform, BODi. The BODi integration with live Beachbody workouts just released in September of 2021and already has hundreds of thousands of members signed up. Of course they do.
Is MYX II Different Than the Peloton?
One of it's best features is it's adjustability, making it fit any size person. MYX II supports a greater range of rider weight and height, making them one of the most inclusive bikes on the market when compared to Peloton. MYX Fitness bikes can support riders up to 350 lbs and 6'8" tall. And, the fore/aft handlebar adjustability &optimized Q-factor (the distance between the pedal cranks) allows for a personalized ride that conforms to each unique rider's body, naturally aligning with your ankles, knees, and hips. My physical therapist self LOVES this aspect of the bike. For instance, in my family, my husband who is 6'2", 210 lbs, my son who is 8 years old standing at 4'8 inches and 59 lbs soaking wet and myself being a petite frame at 5'2" have all used and adjusted this bike easily to fit our different sizes. The original MYX bike that released in 2020 set itself apart from the crowd by tracking solely based on heart rate zones. The MYX II is the bike I purchased and includes an upgraded, state-of-the-art sensor that allows riders to also track their speed, cadence, and distance too.
Peloton's claim to fame was the ability to access live classes. With Beachbody's BODi, each class is offered live & taught by all of the Beachbody favorite trainers! Each BODi member gets access to ALL of Beachbody's live workouts too, their entire on-demand selection, as well as the interactive live platform. For those who love the feel of community, competition, and accountability, the live class feature is going to be a game changer, in typical Beachbody fashion - it's all about SUPPORT!
What’s The Difference Between the MYX II and the MYX II Plus?
When you purchase the MYX Fitness bike, you'll have two options between the MYX II and MYX II Plus. The MYX II Plus includes additional equipment that will help make sure you have a fully stocked home gym system - it will include three pairs of dumbbells, a kettlebell, two exercise mats (one to stabilize your bike and the other for floor workouts), a foam roller, and a resistance band. Look at the table below to see how the MYX II and the MYX II Plus compare and what’s included in each.
How Much Does the MYX II Cost?
The MYX II will be offered at an introductory price of $1,399 and the MYX II will be offered at $1,599. For anyone that doesn’t already have equipment at home, I highly recommend upgrading to the MYX II Plus package. Not only is the price increase only $100, but the equipment that you get with your bike is top notch. It’s high quality and looks great alongside your bike.
There is a financing option available - I personally financed my MYX II bike for around $35/month at 0% financing instead of forking over the $1599. It's up to you however you want to purchase it!
What Is BODi?
BODi (Beachbody On Demand Interactive), is a fitness platform that offers daily live and on-demand studio classes plus nutrition content and more. This state-of-the- art platform is an interactive gym where you can access the energy and accountability of live and on-demand studio classes on your schedule. Beachbody is now offering cycling classes, taught by former Peloton instructor, Jennifer Jacobs, who is now Beachbody’s newest super trainer! She’s well-known for her no-nonsense approach to getting results quickly and efficiently. BODi and MYX II members are able to add Jennifer’s short, effective workouts to their weekly class schedule.
As a paid subscriber, you’ll have access to countless live and on-demand studio classes taught by your favorite Beachbody instructors across all genres and modalities. There are classes appropriate for all fitness levels, including cycling workouts, cardio/HIIT, strength training, barre, Pilates and yoga. With the addition of live workouts, there’s a new level of excitement for the Beachbody and MYX crowd. BODi lets you share your own video feed in real-time as you perform your workout - only if you want to!
How Interactive Will the Workouts Be?
With the addition of live workouts, there’s a new level of excitement for the Beachbody and MYX crowd. BODi lets you share your own video feed in real-time as you perform your workout - only if you want to! You’ll also be able to see other BODi members working out live and on your screen in real-time, giving you the experience of being together despite being in your own homes. You’ll have the opportunity to join a BODcast which will allow you to see your friends and access live shout outs from trainers. This appears to be a one-up on Peloton as they do not currently have the ability to see other members during workouts.
Lastly, BODi also provides you with access to premium nutrition and support that will help you to reach your goals through Beachbody’s two nutrition programs, 2B Mindset and Portion Fix. Each month, you will have access to new recipes and meal plans, plus you’ll be able to access expert advice and community support to help you keep your nutrition and progress on track.
How Much is a BODi Membership?
BODi will cost $19.95 per month on top of the $99 annual BOD (Beachbody On Demand) membership fee. Users will also have the option to purchase a full year of BODi access at a discounted rate of $169 per year.
Is the MYX II and BODi Worth It?
If you’re looking for a true all-in-one home fitness solution, then the MYX II (Beachbody Bike) is 100% worth it. MYX and Beachbody are set to take down their competition and win a larger share of the home cycling market, and they are catering to a larger population by making their bike able to handle a broader ranger of user height and weight.
As someone who has been an avid Beachbody user for years as well as a new owner of a MYX II bike, I am very excited to take advantage of these new changes take place! The BODi platform is so much fun and I love being involved in the live, interactive workouts!