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The MYX II Bike is a game-changing spin bike that’s perfect for all fitness levels, beginners included. With a large library of workouts to choose from across various levels of intensity, users get to choose classes that meet them where they’re at. Plus, the HR monitoring system takes some of the pressure off and allows users to gauge their performance and output based on their individual markers.
I hear this question come up all the time in relation to smart fitness equipment; “Is it good for beginners?” Whether we’re talking about a fitness bike, rowing machine, or interactive smart home gym, it’s important to feel confident in your investment. After all, who wants to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on something that you’re not able to use?
After chatting with a couple of people inside our private Facebook Community about whether or not MYX Fitness was a good choice for them being absolute beginners in the cycling world, I decided to create an entire article on the subject to help others who undoubtedly have the same question.
So, is MYX suitable for beginners? It sure is! And I’m going to tell you why.
First, Why Choose a Home Spin Bike?
These days, there is no shortage of workout options. Some options require that you purchase a piece of equipment to take full advantage of its features and others require only a subscription payment. Regardless, there’s really something for everyone out there these days.
When it comes to spin bikes, I think we all know by now that Peloton led the industry in making home workouts fun, interactive, and accessible. But Peloton certainly didn’t invite the idea of a stationary bike and spin class. In fact, spinning has been around since 1991, but connected home spin bikes have just taken off over the course of the last few years.
Purchasing a home spin bike for yourself can provide so many benefits, including:
- Easy access to workouts indoors (no need to rely on the weather)
- A great cardiovascular workout that will challenge and strengthen your heart
- Calorie burn and weight loss
- Improvement of body composition
- Interaction through both live and on-demand classes
- Community support
- Access to other class modalities that can provide you with a well-rounded workout routine.
All the major brands like MYX and Peloton aren’t just offering a spin bike with cycling workouts. Instead, they are offering a ton of other class modalities like strength training and yoga in addition to their cycling classes. Essentially, you aren’t just getting a bike, you’re getting a complete home gym in one easy, convenient package that looks great in your home.
And the best part is that nearly anyone can use a spin bike, which is why so many beginners gravitate towards this type of home gym equipment.
What Makes MYX Good For Beginners?
If you found your way to this article, then I have reason to believe that you’re an inexperienced cyclist but are interested in purchasing a MYX II Bike. Maybe you’ve seen the buzz around the bike or have heard how fun and effective cycling can be for your fitness goals and you’re looking for validation that you’re making a worthwhile investment. If this is the case, I totally get it and am happy to walk you through a handful of features that make the MYX Bike perfect for beginners.
It’s Easy to Adjust
If you’re brand new to cycling or maybe you haven’t been on a bike in a while, the first thing you need to do is nail your form. If you’re not comfortable on the bike and positioned in proper form, you’re risking injury and failure to adhere simply because you’re uncomfortable.
Thankfully, the MYX II has you covered with its various adjustability features and the ease with which you can make those adjustments.
For starters, the MYX II can accommodate riders between the heights of 4’11” and 6’8” thanks to the adjustable seat and handlebars. Plus, the optimized Q-Factor on the MYX II creates better distance between the pedals to reduce knee stress, which is vital for beginners and those who might have compromised joints.
Why is this important for beginners? Because easy adjustability allows users to set their bikes to the proper settings that allow them to be positioned correctly with proper form throughout their rides. The last thing you want is to be struggling with a bike that’s difficult to adjust and just end up using it as-is and risk getting injured. For more information on proper indoor cycling form, this blog article does a great job breaking it down for you.
Customized Heart Rate Zone Training
The MYX II uses customized heart rate zone training that’s ideal for beginning cyclists. Instead of taking classes where the instructor is, who is obviously much more experienced in spinning than you, is calling out an arbitrary resistance number that you should be aiming for, it can feel intimidating, impossible, and as if you’re a failure.
When I first began spinning just over a year ago, I tried cycling classes like that and constantly felt bad about my performance and my inability to keep up with the instructor, despite understanding the disparity between her experience level and my own. MYX, on the other hand, takes a completely different approach to cycling; instead of having you gauge and adjust your output based on your personal HR Zones and how you FEEL.
MYX will have you take a calibration ride that will determine your custom HR Zones. Then, with those in mind, you will be able to put into your workout what makes sense and is healthy for your personal body and comfort level with cycling. This method is incredibly refreshing, especially for beginners.
Variety of Class Types Available
If you’ve ever peeked in on a spin class at the gym and thought “oh my gosh, there’s no way!,” you’re not alone. While high-intensity classes have a time and place, they aren’t typically the best place for beginners to start. This is why MYX offers all different types of classes to choose from, with various intensity levels, too.
Not ready to jump into a class yet? No worries! Get your cycling feet wet with some scenic rides first. With a scenic ride, you not only get to check out some amazing places, but you get to do so at your own pace and with zero pressure to put up any kind of performance metrics. From there, you can dive into some beginner classes, rhythm rides, and then hit up the endurance and HIIT rides.
You get to take things at your own pace and pick and choose what’s going to feel best for you on that particular ride.
There Are No Leaderboards
Speaking of feeling like you’re always behind and struggling to keep up as a brand new cyclist, the leaderboards found on many home spin bikes can feel very intimidating. As a newbie, you don’t want or need a constant reminder that you’re in the back of the pack.
MYX doesn’t use leaderboards. You’re there to show up and compete with yourself to be the best version of yourself in that particular moment. There’s no need to worry about leaderboards and competition, just do your personal best and strive to keep getting better.
MYX Coaches Are Incredible Motivators
If you’re brand new to cycling workouts, chances are you’re going to need some motivation, encouragement, and good old-fashioned tough love to continue to show up and push yourself from beginner to intermediate to advanced.
Beginners are far more likely to quit than someone who has the experience and already knows that they can do it. When you’re new, you’re full of doubt and uncertainty. Thankfully, MYX has the best trainers out there who are there with you throughout the whole ride. They’ll cheer you on, call you out (gently) on your excuses, and help you develop your mind and body to do more than you thought possible.
It’s So Much More Than Just Spin Class
Whether you’re new to riding an indoor bike or you’re new to working out in general, it’s important that you mix up your routine to include a variety of exercises for a well-rounded workout program.
Hopping on your bike and riding is an awesome workout and comes with a plethora of benefits, there’s no doubt about that. But doing the same thing day in and day out will cause you to burn out, get bored, and eventually not see progress towards your goals. So how do you prevent this? You add in other exercise modalities that complement and enhance your cycling workouts.
For example, as a beginner, you might not have the lower body strength required to sustain and endure longer rides. MYX+Openfit offers a ton of strength training workouts that you can (and should!) utilize to work on getting stronger so that you can progress in your cycling journey faster.
For someone new to fitness, access to a complete home gym system with everything you need in one compact space is a lifesaver. With everything you need at your disposal, you eliminate that excuse and are more likely to dive in, commit, and see the changes you’re wishing for.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like making big investments into things that I am not even sure I am going to like and/or will be able to use. For many beginners, the Peloton price tag is enough to scare them away. But the MYX II is priced so much more reasonably, that it makes the decision to go with MYX that much more compelling.
Beginner or not, when you’re able to secure a high-quality piece of fitness equipment that comes jam-packed with all the tech and features to give you a comfortable ride and a stellar experience, it’s a big WIN.
Wrapping Up: Should A Beginner Go With MYX II?
Yes, the MYX II Bike and MYX+Openfit platform is the perfect place for beginner cyclists to start. MYX makes every rider feel right at home with their comfortable ride, welcoming and encouraging coaches, and HR monitoring system that takes your personal abilities into account.
If you’re brand new to cycling and wondering if the MYX II will be a good fit for you, I hope that you found the evidence you were looking for and now feel confident in your decision to go with MYX. I have been riding with MYX for over a year now and can tell you that this is the best spin bike on the market and you won’t find a better value. Plus, MYX makes the learning curve incredibly easy to navigate!
If you’re still on the fence or have additional questions, come join our private FB community where many of us own and love a MYX Bike, we’re always happy to help answer questions and allow you to feel confident in your decision to choose MYX.