I challenge anyone not being implored to “Feel your power! Feel your presence! We’re here for a good time, not for a long time!” (the kind of fit-speak to expect) during a 15-minute Apex Ride leg-burning special, full of heart-pumping accelerations.
An Apex bike will set you back £1,200, or from £33 a month on credit. As with Peloton, you’ll also need to pay a monthly membership fee to join the online Apex community and access the hundreds or live or on-demand spin classes, delivered by UK-based instructors (£29.99 a month, £79.99 per quarter or – the best value option – £299.99 per year). It’s still expensive, but more palatable for those on a budget.
With an Apex bike calling to me in the corner of my living room as I write, I can attest that it’s worth it. The infectious positivity of the instructors has got me through a difficult time in terms of my mindset. It’s also helped me to burn a few calories. While in theory I much prefer the idea of going outside for a bike ride in nature, the reality is that it’s just too time-consuming to do that during the working week.
Hopping on the Apex for a 15-minute, endorphin inducing spinning blast gives me the movement my body needs to keep healthy. I can just jump on whenever the mood strikes me. New classes are added to the app all the time and, like the Peloton, it connects via Bluetooth to your phone or iPad (classes can also be cast onto the TV) and measures distance, calories burned, power generated in watts, speed, resistance and total output in kilojoules. The bike itself is sleek and sturdy, with storage for water bottles and dumb bells. It also makes barely any noise – ideal if you don’t want to disturb your flatmates.
The Echelon bike
Tested by: Maria Lally