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With the world opening back up and most getting back to a normal, more social pace of life, there are some things worth holding onto from the shift brought on by the pandemic–more loungewear, working from home, pets being your secretary–and the convenience of a workout in your own home is something that can’t be overlooked. The Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Bike is an efficient way to do so, and right now, it’s only $499 (including one year of free classes) at QVC.
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We’ve reviewed the Echelon classes and their EX5 model and found that it offers almost the same benefits of Peloton without the sticker shock price point. The EX1 is more bare-bones but will still give you the burn you’re looking for. The bike normally retails for $1,088, meaning you save $589 with this QVC deal.
The Echelon EX1 bike is easily assembled and won’t take up much space in a room or apartment. Its design gives you a comfortable seat, ergonomic handlebars, and a console to hold your tablet with 180 degree swivel capability. Once it’s set up, you can choose from a wide array of classes in the app and follow along with your tablet or phone. Echelon classes offer you all of your personal stats on screen–cadence, resistance, and output–so you can gauge your effort at a quick glance. If you know you can push it harder, the flywheel’s resistance is easy to adjust allowing you to maximize your output or cooldown at the end.
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Our reviewers especially liked the Echelon Fit app for its selection of classes that cater to all types of spin class enthusiasts as well as their offering of different classes like yoga, HIIT, and pilates. Echelon can give you a well rounded fitness routine and eliminate you having to think about what to do next.
If you’re wanting a simple way to workout from home, the Echelon EX1 bike with one year of free classes is a great option. You will get the convenience of staying at home but the camaraderie of your favorite studio spin classes and pay and pay way less than if you went with the more buzzy brand names.
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