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Echelon Fit

I loved spin class when I was a member at a gym (nothing is close enough now where we live) and my husband likes a stationary bike for exercise. Cardio is hard on his knees. So we’ve talked about buying one for at least a year now. Obviously there is a lot of hype around the Peloton and I have numerous friends who have one, so that was a great gauge. But my husband set out to do some comparisons as well.

And boy did he compare. He literally spent weeks comparing different bikes. He got it narrowed down to two – Peloton and Echelon Fit – then did a week or so more of comparing and contrasting. This is not a cheap purchase, so we wanted to be sure about out decision! There were obviously pros and cons for both, but ultimately we went with the Echelon Connect Ex-5 Bike. It was significantly cheaper then the Peloton and still had great reviews. The main complaints were about the app, but we figured we’d try it and at the very least subscribe to the Peloton app instead. And Echelon had a deal that included a free iPad, which we figured would be more useful than a screen connected to the bike. So here’s what we think.

We love it! The shipping took a little while – we pulled the trigger and ordered right when we started to work from home. But it came in one giant (and heavy) box pretty much ready to go. As with anything, it took a little while to put together and some instructions were a little vague, but it wasn’t bad. This was one difference between the Peloton is that they set it up for you. But we also didn’t want anyone in the house by then.

I have already been doing Beachbody for a while, so I don’t use it every day, but my husband uses it most days. He’s had a few issues with the app syncing the workout but overall we’ve loved it! He likes the scenic routes and I’ve done both scenic rides and on-demand classes. There are also live classes, which we have not done yet. The on-demand classes I’ve done so far are great. I’ve tried a handful with different instructors and enjoyed them!

Overall, we love the bike and am so glad it’s an option for at home exercise. Let me know if you have any questions about it!


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Get Up and Moov

I’m a pretty active person, so the FitBit revolution caught my attention, but not quite enough to buy one for myself. I sometimes have trouble justifying spending a good bit of money on something that I don’t really need (well, ok except maybe on clothes…maybe sometimes I have a problem with impulse purchases there). Because I run a lot and during certain parts of the year also bike and swim, I wanted a fitness tracker that would be useful in all of those activities. So I started researching and comparing and yes, taking notes….there may or may not have been a spreadsheet involved. And per usual, when it comes to this kind of purchase, I know exactly what I want…which means it will not exist.

So of course Facebook got word of my fitness tracker hunt and presented an ad to me for Moov, who just happened to be releasing their new fitness band soon and had a really good pre-order deal. So I did some more research and decided that it was pretty darn close to what I was looking for. I’ve had it now for about 2 months and so far it was definitely worth the months of waiting after pre-ordering. I’ve only used a few of the programs – open training run, speed endurance run, and body weight workout – but I’ve really liked those. I’m planning to get back to swimming and biking come the new year, but I’m confident my Moov will continue to impress.

my moov; they offer a few different color options

my moov; they offer a few different color options

So here’s a review of the Moov Now that is hopefully helpful!

What I was looking for: run/bike/swim tracking, sleep tracking, steps (that’s not so much to ask, right?)

Pros: Moov Now does it all. Wear it around your ankle for run tracking (distance/pace, impact, cadence, range of motion). The coaching programs coach you throughout your run – for the speed/endurance program you choose the pace you want and the app will keep you on track, while reminding you of form. The workout app is great – in 10 minutes or less do 3 rounds of body weight exercises (jumping jacks, squats, plank, lunges, push ups, crunches). Moov will count your reps and remind you of form tips (also shows you someone doing it). 6 month battery life. Affordable.

Cons: it does not count exact steps – instead it does ‘active minutes’, which is not 100% accurate as I don’t always swing my arm enough when I’m walking from place to place. During the training runs, it skips an interval if you have to stop too long at an intersection. I think you can pause it, but I keep my phone in a belt when I run. It is not a watch, which I would use, but definitely don’t have to have.

workout programs on the moov app

workout programs on the moov app

 

run details

run details

 

7+ minute workout

7+ minute workout

Overall, I think the Moov is a great option for athletes, especially compared to the others at this price. It’s a fraction of the cost of other trackers that do some of the same things. I still don’t think there’s one that does absolutely everything, at least not at a reasonable price, but I have no doubt the technology will get there. I’ll report back after I try more of the workout programs!

**Interested in trying out Moov?? Use my referral link to order today!