It's 2017, and fitness is all about community. But as infrared-heated yoga classes replace happy hour, and every brunch is followed by a light hike, one piece of exercise equipment is being used in the home now more than ever: the stationary bike.
In late July, engineering student Ronan Byrne announced an intriguing albeit strange invention: the "Cycflix," or a stationary bike that powers your Netflix binges. It's in early stages and not yet for sale, but the idea is that for as long as you're biking, you can watch Netflix—but if you give up halfway through, that's it. No Netflix for you.
The Cycflix is a fun concept, and it's not the only innovative at-home stationary bike that's been getting attention lately. Peloton bikes are designed to give you an at-home workout that makes you feel like you're in a spin class in New York City as an actual instructor watches you pedal and encourages you from the class, even if you're in another corner of the country, huffing and puffing away in your basement.
While there's no question that indoor cycling classes like Flywheel and SoulCycle are still popular, people are finding ways to fit stationary bike workouts seamlessly into their schedules—and using creative tactics to help them get better, faster, and stronger.