Excy Makes Cycling Medical Fitness More Accessible for Patients with Limited Mobility

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New XCS Pro portable total body cycling system offers easier access to quality bed, chair, and floor pedaling exercises + collaboration with PT-Helper advances on-demand training

We are especially excited about Excy’s ability to enable our athletes recovering from knee injuries or surgery to lie down flat and cycle to not only focus on strengthening the muscles, but also on improving range-of-motion"--Chris Pond, director of athletic training at the University of the Pacific

Today Excy (http://www.excy.com), the leader in quality portable full body cycling equipment, announced the game-changing XCS Pro. Weighing 14.5 pounds, the XCS Pro folds for easy storage and transport and empowers physical therapists to hand carry a durable recumbent bike, upper body ergometer, and bed pedal exerciser directly to their patients in a single device. Key features were driven by feedback from customers like Stanford Health Care, University of the Pacific sports medicine department, and other physical therapy clinics and drive a new standard in accessible upper and lower body pedaling movements from a seated, standing, or lying down positions. To help physical therapists better serve their patients with customized programs, Excy has collaborated with web-based PT-Helper to serve up on-demand instructions for over 20 Excy exercises.

“It’s more important than ever to mobilize patients for greater health outcomes across so many different injuries and conditions and it’s exciting to see Excy help make exercise cycling easier in hospital environments,” said Erik Moen PT, physical therapist and CEO of Corpore Sano Physical Therapy in Kenmore, WA and founder of BikePT, the education source on bicycling related injuries, treatment, and bicycling biomechanics, for healthcare professionals and all bicyclists. “Millions of people live with mobility limitations that make walking, climbing stairs, cycling, or basic exercise extremely challenging. By allowing patients to exercise their whole body in a bed, bedside, or from a chair with a durable device, Excy is opening up a world of exercise for a patient population that is dramatically overlooked in the fitness industry.”

Portable Convenience Without Sacrificing Quality
The introduction of the XCS Pro addresses a growing demand to make quality exercise more easily accessible for hospital patients battling limited mobility due to injury, disability, medical treatments, or chronic health conditions. With a portable footprint of L30” x W18”x H5.5” and weighing just 14.5 pounds, the new XCS Pro offers a wider front base compared to Excy’s consumer XCS 200 series, yet it is a lightweight heavy duty device that requires a very small footprint. The wider base enables a more durable cycling experience on softer surfaces like a physical therapy table or hospital bed. Also new to the XCS Pro, is a wider 24x61.5” Excy Keeper, a flexible material that uses Excy’s patented approach to prevent the cycling system from scooting away from the rider while lying down in a bed or on the floor or sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Body location indicators have been added to the Excy Keeper to help physical therapists record knee and hip flexion in order to create personalized programs for those recovering from knee injuries or surgery. The XCS Pro offers a bi-directional active resistance range of 1-25 pounds and four adjustable heights that physical therapists can use to easily adjust and turn the portable system into an upright or recumbent bike chair peddler, upper body ergometer from standing or sitting positions, or bed cycling exerciser while the patient is lying down. A large knob makes it easy to adjust resistance for quiet rehabilitation or fitness applications. Any 9/16th inch hand or foot pedal can be added to the XCS Pro 6” steel crank. The XCS Pro can be easily cleaned with standard hospital-grade disinfecting hand wipes.

“We are especially excited about Excy’s ability to enable our athletes recovering from knee injuries or surgery to lie down flat and cycle to not only focus on strengthening the muscles, but also on improving range-of-motion in the joint,” said Chris Pond, director of athletic training at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Pond continued, “We’re also impressed with Excy’s investment in multiple forms of online, mobile, and offline content to help athletic trainers and users fully embrace the versatility of Excy’s upper body and lower body exercises.”

On-Demand Exercise Content and Training from Any Space
To help physical therapists create customized exercise programs unique to their patients, Excy has collaborated with PT-Helper to include over 20 Excy exercises in its web and mobile exercise platform. Within the PT-Helper app, physical therapists can pick an Excy exercise and easily customize duration, hold time, recovery time, rest time, repetitions, sets, and more. The XCS Pro ships with a poster of 22 visuals aids with illustrations by PT-Helper, which have also been added to the free Excy iOS and Android mobile coaching applications and are available online.

“There is no doubt that the future of physical therapy exercises is online and must go beyond body weight, exercise bands, and weights to incorporate all equipment that patients are using to improve outcomes,” said Fred Gohh, co-founder and CEO at PT-Helper. “We’re excited to collaborate with Excy to advance anywhere access to training content that can assist both physical therapist and their patients through sustained recovery.”

“There are millions of people battling injuries, disabilities, and chronic health conditions and the numbers will sadly increase as we face an explosion of age-related injuries and diagnoses,” said Michele Mehl, founder & CEO of Excy. “Today’s equipment is too big and expensive for hospitals to rollout to all the patients that would benefit from upper and lower body cycling. The XCS Pro and our investment in educational mobile and web content make it easier.”

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Learn More About the Excy Mobile Coach (click here)

Learn More About PT-Helper (watch video)

Pricing and Availability
Designed and manufactured in the United States, the XCS Pro is available immediately on the Excy website. Pricing is $1,199 and includes the Excy cycling system, one wide Excy Keeper, hand pedals, dual-purpose pedals, medical foot pedals and a tool to easily remove pedals. A 24x32 poster with exercise illustrations is provided and is easy to hang with the damage-free reusable magnetic hanging solution from GoodHangups. The Excy Android and iOS apps are free with purchases. The PT-Helper mobile app is $1.99, a one-time fee for patients and athletes. The PT-Helper CONNECT exercise prescription service is $8/month for health professionals with unlimited number of clients or patients.

About Excy
Excy offers people battling injury, disability, or health conditions more time, places, and flexibility to safely enjoy the benefits of full body cycling and resistance training without the barriers of big, expensive, and hard to access exercise equipment. We do this with a mobile coaching platform and a high quality portable upper and lower body cycling device that folds for easy storage and transport, yet simulates the same cardio and strength-training movements frequently used by gyms and rehabilitation centers. Our approach helps users conveniently connect exercise and physical therapy to everyday life, using everyday furniture. For more information visit http://www.excy.com.

About PT-Helper
The PT-Helper mobile app was created to help physical therapy patients complete their prescribed home exercises every step of the way. It has illustrations to remind the patients how to do the exercises and it does all the counting so that patients can simply focus on doing their exercises. The App is easy to navigate and has daily reminders. It even has a camera feature that adds pictures and/or videos to the illustrations to capture unique movements and instructions for the patients. PT-Helper also has a web-based Home Exercise Program (HEP) prescription tool for therapists to easily assign exercises for their patients. The prescribed exercises can be printed, emailed or downloaded instantly to the patient’s PT-Helper mobile app. Visit http://www.pt-helper.com for more information.

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