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Excy is Unmatched In Versatility, Durability, And Portability With Quality Resistance For Total Body Workouts + On-Demand Mobile Coach
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"Normal" Doesn't Have to Mean Losing Muscle Mass Or Accepting Weight Creep As We Get Older. Excy Makes It Easy to Get More Active and Toned At Work, Home, Or On the Go.

Michele Mehl, Age 42, Excy Founder: A One-Year Body In Transition Towards Better Health Using Excy 20 Minutes A Day, 5-6 Days A Week
Michele Mehl, Age 42, Excy Founder: A One-Year Body In Transition Towards Better Health Using Excy 20 Minutes A Day, 5-6 Days A Week

Meet Excy (Short For Exercise Cycling)

Excy offers the highest quality portable exercise cycling system with a bias for simplicity and utility. In a lightweight, durable, and portable total body exercise cycling system, Excy can be converted into a recumbent exercise cycle using any chair, a sitting or standing upper body arm exercise cycle, or a recumbent floor exercise cycle. It’s compact, quiet, and takes seconds to set up. Excy provides a broad range of light to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) low impact workouts for toning the upper and lower-body, boosting aerobic capacity and burning calories. Our core patent-pending approach keeps Excy stable with unmatched resistance and quality in a portable cycle. Every workout is tracked by the Excy mobile app to measure exercise intensity, monitor burned calories, and to keep our inspiration for living healthy front and center.

Turn Your Favorite Chair Into A Recumbent Cycle (even your office chair)

Excy is easy to do at work during a conference call, at home on the couch while watching TV, or even while on the go during your normal routine. It weighs 10 pounds and is easy to take anywhere.
Excy is easy to do at work during a conference call, at home on the couch while watching TV, or even while on the go during your normal routine. It weighs 10 pounds and is easy to take anywhere.

Use Excy like an Upper Body Ergometer (UBE) for an amazing cardio workout, while also helping tone arms and shoulders.

Place Excy on the floor or a table to “pedal” your hands for a moderate to high-intensity workout that can match the calorie burn of a spin class, but sculpt your arms.
Place Excy on the floor or a table to “pedal” your hands for a moderate to high-intensity workout that can match the calorie burn of a spin class, but sculpt your arms.

So many versatile ways to use Excy that you'll never get bored. Even use it at work since we all know sitting is the new smoking!

Excy is the most versatile and effective total body portable exercise cycling system in the world
Excy is the most versatile and effective total body portable exercise cycling system in the world

Excy Is Unmatched In Versatility, Durability, And Portability With Quality Resistance        

At Excy, we place great value on the importance of premium quality, fine attention to detail, and total reliability. Other lightweight and/or portable exercise devices on the market sacrifice high levels of intensity and high ranges of resistance because the devices aren't durable enough (example, they scoot across the floor or have weight limitations). In addition, these devices are often too large and awkward to be easily transported or stored. Excy matches the quality of expensive home exercise equipment for burning  calories, but it weighs 10 pounds!

Excy Is Lightweight, Compact, and Easy To Take Anywhere

Never procrastinate exercise because you're busy with work, home or travel.
Never procrastinate exercise because you're busy with work, home or travel.

How Excy Stacks Up To Burn Calories

Blast Calories Or Use It Light to Moderate. Excy is available on your terms. Calorie calculations based on 130 pound woman
Blast Calories Or Use It Light to Moderate. Excy is available on your terms. Calorie calculations based on 130 pound woman

The Excy Mobile Coach Serves Up OnDemand Workouts, Tracks Results, And Will Help Keep You Motivated

The Excy Mobile Coach offers 7 workouts for interval training.
The Excy Mobile Coach offers 7 workouts for interval training.

How it All Works

1) Excy's patent-pending rotary resistance zones are unmatched in a portable device

Excy has unique approach to resistance is based on a tensioning mechanism vs. a heavy flywheel. It is bi-directional and can be easily dialed up or down.Our approach to resistance uses multiple wraps of flexible material around an aluminum shaft. It is lighter and more versatile than other methods and works in forward and reverse cycle motions. This design allows bi-directional resistance on the fly, with the simple twist of a dial. 

Our stepped red indicator shows how much tension has been applied.
Our stepped red indicator shows how much tension has been applied.

2) Excy's patent-pending unique approach uses body weight and a flexible material to connect you and the Excy Cycle to keep it stationary

Excy has unique approach to establish a strong connection between the user and our cycling system -- even at high levels of resistance -- using The Excy Keeper. The Excy Keeper is durable and made of vinyl coated fabric commonly used for covering loads on trucks.

The Excy Keeper attaches to the Excy Cycle and is designed to make sure it stays stationary while in use. A person simply places their body weight on the Excy Keeper, whether in a standing, kneeling, lying, or sitting position.
The Excy Keeper attaches to the Excy Cycle and is designed to make sure it stays stationary while in use. A person simply places their body weight on the Excy Keeper, whether in a standing, kneeling, lying, or sitting position.

We discovered the opportunity make Excy even more stable while testing the system with special needs children, people with injuries, those with chronic pain or recovering from rehab, and seniors who needed additional stability and/or struggled in the recumbent position. This discovery led to the development of the Excy Bar and The Excy Mat, which is made using the same material as the Excy Keeper. It leverages the same patent-pending flexible approach of using body weight to keep it stable. Additional accessories are also included to connect the bar to office chairs with wheels and most chairs with four standard legs without requiring the Excy Mat. 

The use of the Excy Mat leverages our patent-pending approach in a similar way as the Excy Keeper, but the mat is attached to the bar and not the Excy Cycle, giving it more stability for those who need it.
The use of the Excy Mat leverages our patent-pending approach in a similar way as the Excy Keeper, but the mat is attached to the bar and not the Excy Cycle, giving it more stability for those who need it.
The Excy Bar also ships with chair accessories for use of the Excy Bar without the Excy Mat
The Excy Bar also ships with chair accessories for use of the Excy Bar without the Excy Mat

Watch How The Excy Bar Works

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Our Kickstarter Rewards

Once you’ve learned to become active in more places, on your terms, you’ll never want to be without your Excy Total Body Cycling system. Click now on the rewards and lets all start fitting fitness anywhere at work, home, or on the go!

The Excy Keeper establishes a strong connection between the user and our cycling system -- even at high levels of resistance -- by simply using body weight, whether in a standing, kneeling, lying, or sitting position.
The Excy Keeper establishes a strong connection between the user and our cycling system -- even at high levels of resistance -- by simply using body weight, whether in a standing, kneeling, lying, or sitting position.
The Excy Bar Package can be used on the floor and on table surfaces at high and low intensity levels. The additional stability is highly recommended if you will be using Excy with multiple family members or if you are new to doing core training exercises.
The Excy Bar Package can be used on the floor and on table surfaces at high and low intensity levels. The additional stability is highly recommended if you will be using Excy with multiple family members or if you are new to doing core training exercises.
                                                               
Healthy is...Excy t-shirt. Remember, it's for you to define.
Healthy is...Excy t-shirt. Remember, it's for you to define.

Calling on Kickstarters. Crowdsource and Focus Our Next Milestones

The Excy team believes it's time for convenient and quality access to get more active in the places we spend the most time: work, home, and wherever else our busy schedules take us. We believe it's time for a new exercise system that is fun, effective, and seamlessly integrates into our daily routine on our own terms: conference calls, watching television, business travel, kid's activities, office meetings, personal leisure time and more.

We’re seeking our first customers to exclusively and almost immediately test the Excy “fit fitness anywhere” total body cycling experience before anyone else in the world. We are ready to ship the Excy Dozen Beta Exclusive Kickstarter to arrive mid-December, well before Christmas if your purchase is a gift.

We've Come A Long Way And Get More Excited Everyday

Testing The First Prototype (This Was Our Minimal Viable Product--MVP). It Worked, But Needed More Resistance, Stability, And Some Fine Tuning. From The Very Beginning, We Wanted Enough Resistance And Stability To Use Our Cycle Shoes.
Testing The First Prototype (This Was Our Minimal Viable Product--MVP). It Worked, But Needed More Resistance, Stability, And Some Fine Tuning. From The Very Beginning, We Wanted Enough Resistance And Stability To Use Our Cycle Shoes.
This Was Our 2nd Prototype. Got A Little Cleaner, Taller, And More Resistance. But, We Wanted More!
This Was Our 2nd Prototype. Got A Little Cleaner, Taller, And More Resistance. But, We Wanted More!

Assembly And Manufacturing Processes Are Set                                        

Excy Work Station For Assembly
Excy Work Station For Assembly
Making the Excy Keeper
Making the Excy Keeper
Building Our First Excy Systems
Building Our First Excy Systems
                                                                                                                                                        
Now We Need Your Help

We would love to have you along for the ride to help crowdsource necessary improvements to our hardware and software before a larger production run. It’s the best way for this small company to bring a new approach to exercising at work and home, as well as market and compete with much larger companies with deeper marketing, manufacturing, and operations pockets.

Our research, design, development, and testing have all been conducted rigorously. We have been through close to a thousand hours of testing using all fitness levels. This includes scenarios ranging from fitness beginners to athletes, rehab to weight loss, and seniors to children with special needs. There are so many directions we can take, and working with one of the smartest communities in the world will speed up our laser-like focus on making key improvements quickly.

Why We Are Raising Funds

Before moving to larger production runs, it’s time to validate that enough people want the “fit fitness anywhere” Excy lifestyle. Also, that there are enough early adopters and enthusiasts willing to give us an opportunity during these early stages of manufacturing a low volume, unique product until we can benefit from higher-volume price efficiencies.

We believe our approach with Excy Dozen Kickstarter supporters will be the best way to quickly get honest and intimate feedback that will help make Excy and our mobile coaching app even better. Unlike big fitness companies with billions of dollars, Excy has been bootstrapped by a working mom with limited resources (she and her husband’s household income/personal savings).

Out of the box, we believe our EXCY DOZEN BETA EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter reward will provide real and substantial value towards helping people discover more time and places to exercise for better health. The Excy Dozen will be the first people in the world to own our portable exercise cycle + the Excy Keeper + the Excy Bar (with the Excy Mat and accessories) and be able to use it with our mobile coaching beta app.          

We will then make improvements and send our New and Improved Excy Kickstarter Rewards by March 2016. Support from all Kickstarters will help us quickly make the right decisions to improve our hardware and software, and advance future Excy enthusiasts experiences before scaling our production. We need your feedback and support to make that happen and truly appreciate it.

Want to Know More About The Excy Workout Mobile App? 

First, we will focus on bug fixes for our current design and make small incremental changes. Our roadmap includes milestones for adding more workouts, group challenges, leaderboards, and integrating social connections to support our community. We will work hard to get Excy exercises included as a selection item in your favorite apps. Today, we use a self-reported digital thermometer to measure intensity. Measuring this way will help us determine an algorithm for the possibility of using a Bluetooth temp sensor in the future. All of this will take time and resources, so we aren't prepared to commit to a delivery date. We will prioritize as needed based on our early Excy enthusiasts experiences.

We have included a Kickstarter reward to help fund the development of an Android app. Our video workouts will be available on YouTube by year-end.

My Story: A 40-Year Old's Weight Creep Frustration

My name is Michele and I possess no secret formula for a healthy lifestyle, no magic pill to shed pounds, and I’ll make it very clear that we aren’t the ones who finally created an exercise device that allows you to do nothing to get healthy.

I’ve spent the last 20 years working full-time sitting sedentary for hours on end at a desk supporting technology startups. Once I got into mom and wife mode, the last thing that seemed possible was working out. I was paying for a gym membership I wasn’t using (for two years)! I had all the right equipment in my basement. However, in between work, household responsibilities, and a desire to be the best possible wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend, I let my health goals get pushed to the sidelines.

At 41, I was at my highest weight, did not feel healthy, and felt like I was speeding up my genetic pathway towards heart disease.

Left Side (End of August 2014: Got My Excy Prototype) / Right Side (October 2014: Couple Months Later And One Year Ago Exactly)
Left Side (End of August 2014: Got My Excy Prototype) / Right Side (October 2014: Couple Months Later And One Year Ago Exactly)

I realized that mother nature didn’t give a damn about my busy schedule and excuses, so I decided to take action and set out to create a new exercise experience that made it hard NOT to exercise.                                  

I called Uncle Mike, an early-retired whiz kid, who has cycled over 150,000 miles throughout his life, and there's no way to describe his outdoor adventurous  and inventor spirit. Mike is an accomplished private guy who simply wants to help people live better lives. He was a principal designer who helped make fully operational prototypes of many of the hi-tech products that are now ubiquitous (tablets, simulators, computerized training, games, and robotics).

We talked about ways to integrate exercise into people’s lives, and the idea for a total body portable exercise cycling system was born. We decided that if we focused on creating the highest quality experience with a bias for simplicity and utility, we could make exercise more available at the exact time and place that people need it at work, home, or on the go. So, we collaborated and Mike created the amazing Excy design.                    

I’ve had some of my best workouts watching TV with the family, playing Uno with my son, on vacation, and at my desk. It has also helped me stay active even after breaking my leg earlier this year, which was critical to recovering from a blood clot.

In heavy rehab PT at this point and then could continue it at home. Started with small back and forth movements and stretching with Excy to work on range of motion. Finally got to the point of being able to get my muscle strength back.
In heavy rehab PT at this point and then could continue it at home. Started with small back and forth movements and stretching with Excy to work on range of motion. Finally got to the point of being able to get my muscle strength back.

Excy Has Changed My life! 

October 2015: I use Excy 20 minutes 5-6 days a week and use the Excy Mobile coach for high intensity interval training.
October 2015: I use Excy 20 minutes 5-6 days a week and use the Excy Mobile coach for high intensity interval training.

Now, Mike and I want to share Excy with more people and hope to inspire new ways for people to become more active, less sedentary, and feel healthier.                                        

Has Anyone Tried It?

Yes, and they love it. Here are the main keywords that have come up with all customers to describe Excy.

Here's What Early Testers Had To Say:

"I used to run, but now my joints hurt and I’m not coordinated enough to ride a bike. Excy gives me so many more options." --baby boomer 

“I find myself trying to lose weight for every special occasion (like my 10-year high school reunion) then would try to lose the baby fat. But I just can’t find the time to exercise. Excy makes it convenient.” -- full-time working mom

"I have an office treadmill desk at work, but it's loud and bothers my co-workers. This is quiet and I can do it without bothering anyone." --male officer worker

“I’m running kids all over the place. Between homework and sports, I don’t have time. Excy gives me time.” --stay at home mom

"I can't believe how portable and versatile it is so I can do it anywhere."   --senior citizen

"I have a desk cycle at my desk, but anytime I try to get a decent workout, it scoots across the floor. Awesome that Excy is so stable." --single woman

"Wow, that arm workout really works your triceps." -- dad of two boys

"I could do it just like my whole family could do it." --special needs child    

"This could change the way blind people work out." --ophthalmologist

"Kids with ADD and ADHD could really benefit from this in the classroom." --former school principal

"I'm really concerned about how much I sit all day with all this talk about sitting disease. This is a great way to get activity during the work day." --mom executive

"I need this in my hotel room." --traveling sales representative

"We need this so I can do it while I play video games." 13-year old boy and his 10 year-old sister

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges
We are excited to launch what we believe is the best total body portable exercise cycling system designed to connect fitness to everyday life.

The most important aspect of the project is that we fulfill our promise to you, our valued supporters. Please know that we are committed to delivering you a tremendous product (on schedule) that will perform at a high level for years to come.

As with any innovation, there is an element of risk involved. Here is what we have done to mitigate those risks:

The Excy Dozen
Unlike many Kickstarter campaigns, the technical and logistic challenges in producing our first 12 Excy total body cycling systems are mostly behind us. The 12 are being built right now and all will be successfully tested to meet our high standards before being shipped. We've done all we can to minimize the risks and challenges we could face at this stage of our development for our first 12 Excy enthusiasts. The materials and construction of these are mostly identical to earlier prototypes that have almost 1,000 hours of testing and real use. The big challenge with these was to establish relationships with quality yet economical suppliers, and this has already been accomplished.

We have even developed and used our own in-house production assembly and fulfillment capability. Should your Excy be anything other than in ready condition when it arrives, our customer service program will ensure your investment is operational and running smoothly. Our early enthusiasts and backers will also have a direct line to our engineering team. Should you experience any issues, the Excy team will work tirelessly to make it right!

The Excy mobile coaching platform will be in beta format when it ships with our first 12 systems and includes seven total workouts. The app has been tested, although not as thoroughly as our hardware. If you run into problems and/or wish to provide feedback on the interface and user experience, we will respond promptly and accordingly

Our Next Excy Systems
Once we get feedback from the Excy Dozen, we will place an order for 100 Excy total body cycling systems and corresponding accessories, of which Kickstarter supporters will be the first to receive and at a discount price. We will use the remaining systems to test our own e-commerce capabilities.

Once every Kickstarter reward is delivered, we will then deliver remaining cycling systems to anyone else who has pre-ordered our product directly through the Excy website or other channels.

In this next production phase, we will likely have custom aluminum extrusions made so that some of the metal parts have more pleasant rounded edges. But the risks with that should be minimal as we originally designed and chose fabricators based on this. And our own production capability was already designed to handle this quantity and more.

These Kickstarter rewards will be delivered as they are built vs. in a mass mailing of all systems at one time. Our decision to run a limited pre-production run of 12 Excy beta systems was designed to help mitigate future risks of building our first 100 systems. Building these 100 workout-ready cycling systems will involve doing another production run, but the risks with that are minimal as we already tested out our sources when making the first batch.

We are confident in our design and production channels, and can quickly integrate feedback from The 12 Excy Dozen to deliver all our Kickstarter rewards on time.

However, we're not naive, and while we are confident in our capabilities, we know there are always challenges in bringing a new product to market. Whatever problems may surface, we have well-proven, talented, and capable individuals and relationships that have done this many times over.

We are absolutely ready for this exciting challenge!

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    Get exclusive early access to our iOS mobile interval training beta app with 7 total workouts. Doesn't require an Excy system to train, especially our freestyle workout. Great app for high intensity interval training. Please provide email. Not only do you get to guided workouts, but your feedback and donation will help quickly crowdsource our roadmap.

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    THE EXCY KEEPER CYCLE. You can count yourself amongst the first in the world to own the NEW and IMPROVED Excy Cycle + Excy Keeper + the Excy Mobile Coach App (iOS only). All exercises can be done with this package, but not with an exercise ball except maybe elite athletes.

    It will have more rounded edges, be a little lighter, and we'll have feedback from our first Kickstarter beta customers to make it even better than what you see today.

    Contributors save an estimated $100 on our estimated retail price.

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    EXCY TOTAL RESISTANCE-BASED CYCLING EXPERIENCE PACKAGE. Buy this one if you want the complete versatile Excy experience (especially if sharing with multiple family members and with co-workers as everyone will have unique preferences for specific Excy workouts). You'll get the Excy Total Body Cycle + Excy Keeper + Excy Bar (mat and chair accessories) + Excy Workout Mobile App (iOS only). Contributors save an estimated $100 on our estimated retail price.

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    GET ACTIVE AT WORK OFFICE PACKAGE. Get TWO fully featured Excy Resistance-Based Cycling Experiences (Seattle area only) for the price of our Keeper Package to help employees get more active at work.

    Includes the NEW and IMPROVED Excy Keeper + Excy Bar (mat and chair accesories) + Excy Mobile Coach App (iOS only).

    Our founder Michele Mehl will personally deliver Excy to your company and provide a group 45 minute tutorial session on how and where employees could use Excy to become more active at work (Seattle area only).

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    EXCY DOZEN BETA EXCLUSIVE. Own the Total Excy Resistance-Based Cycling Experience before anyone else in the world. Excy Total Body Cycle + Excy Keeper + Excy Bar (mat and chair accessories) + Excy Mobile Coach App. Plus, help crowdsource improvements. We’ll also send you a limited edition “Healthy Is…” t-shirt with the “The Excy Dozen” written on the back. Please specify size S, M, L, XL, XXL. Save almost $300 on our estimated retail price.

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