A trend has developed with workout equipment in recent years and I have to say, Im really not a fan. In an attempt to propel their wares into the digital age, many companies that build exercise gear have decided to slap a giant display on any given piece of equipment and then double the price. From treadmills and stationary bikes to rowers and everything in between if theres a way to fit an oversized display on something, you had better believe there are overpriced options out there with great big displays front and center. In fact, you can even get a $1,500 mirror now that doubles as a big interactive display.
Dont get me wrong, I can definitely appreciate the concept behind these displays. Workout classes are popular because being in a group with a leader motivates people to work harder. When youre working out at home, a digital subscription to a service that can recreate the experience to an extent is a smart idea. Those subscriptions carry monthly membership fees though, so the companies behind this new generation of workout gear continue to make money after the initial hardware purchase, which was never the case in the past. With that in mind, do they really have to slam people upfront with an exercise machine that costs twice as much as it should just because it has a big screen on it?
The bottom line is this: if youre working out at home, the odds are pretty good that youre already surrounded by displays. Your home gym equipment is likely in a room with a TV, your smartphone is definitely in your pocket or on a table nearby, and theres probably even an iPad or Android tablet somewhere in the vicinity. With all these connected screens surrounding you, is it really worth overpaying for an exercise bike just because it has yet another screen slapped on?
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Bowflex C6 Bike review: A $900 exercise bike that outsmarts the $2,200 Peloton originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 17 Dec 2019 at 13:48:29 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.