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Woman's Broken Leg and Blood Clot Leads to World's First Hand Bike for Power Weight Racks

Woman's Broken Leg and Blood Clot Leads to World's First Hand Bike for Power Weight Racks Excy announces XCR 300 to increase access to upper body ergometers in gyms, at home, in hotels, and in physical therapy clinics for those with limited mobility and rehab needs

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SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2019

SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today Excy (, the leader in quality portable full-body cycling equipment, announced the XCR 300, a near-zero footprint upper body ergometer that attaches to any weight lifting power rack or squat stand. The adjustable XCR 300 upper body ergometer clasps easily to any rack in under a minute, slides simply up and down the rack for cross training versatility, and offers 2 to 70 pounds of quiet bi-directional resistance. At only 12 pounds, the patent-pending approach is ideal for upper body sports conditioning and physical therapy without the drawbacks of traditionally large, isolating, and expensive equipment. The XCR 300 is being shown for the first time at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) for physical therapists in Washington, D.C. (Booth 447).

"One in four U.S. adults lives with a disability, while another 6 in 10 live with at least one chronic disease, often making major life activities challenging, including the ability to exercise," said Excy founder and CEO Michele Mehl, who relied on hand-cycling after breaking her leg and getting a blood clot. The experience gave her a small glimpse into the plight of those living with injury, disability, and disease and has shaped Excy's product development.

"In using the XCR 300, not only is it a phenomenal upper body workout, but you also automatically engage the stabilizing trunk muscles, especially when cranking rapidly at higher levels of resistance or integrating a balance component like standing on one leg or a Bosu Ball," said Alex Wirta, a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist at Therapeutics Associates Physical Therapy in Kirkland, WA.

Research shows that upper limb exercise can lead to higher heart rates than lower limb exercise, including the American Council on Exercise (ACE), demonstrating the ability to burn 9 - 11 calories per minute with upper body cycling.

The XCR 300 is consistent with other upper body ergometers in its heavy-duty metal construction and diverse physical therapy and upper body sports training applications, but the device separates itself from the status quo in critical ways:

  •     Small footprint: Takes up no floor space and weighs only 12 pounds. Size while being used: 28L" x 20W" x 7H" with a travel footprint of 28L" x 7W" x 7H".
  •     Versatility: Upper body training available from standing, seated, squatting and lying down positions. Wheelchair access is easy. Foot pedals can be added for recumbent and floor cycling positions.
  •     Active bi-directional resistance: 2 to 70 pounds of resistance easily adjusts on the fly and engages muscles throughout all movements.
  •     Widest range of height adjustability: Exercises can be done above the shoulders, below the waist and everywhere in between.
  •     Mobile coaching: The XCR 300 is supported by a vast library of free on-demand physical therapy guided training, live workouts, and mobile coaching through its website and companion mobile applications for iOS and Android.
  •     Affordability - The XCR retails at $999. Comparative in quality devices are more than twice the cost or more.

"Quality upper body ergometers are an amazing way to build aerobic capacity, upper body strength, and increase trunk stability, but today's equipment takes up too much space or costs thousands of dollars," said Joey Rossi, Director of Athletic Performance at University of the Pacific. "The XCR 300 eliminates these barriers with a plug and play approach that turns the racks we already have into a powerful tool for upper body aerobic training. This is a game-changer to help our student-athletes take their training to a higher level."

A young, innovative start-up committed to inclusive fitness, Excy is proud to be an integral component of training for a largely neglected population, such as those battling limited mobility due to temporary and permanent injuries, fatigue caused by cancer treatments and disease, and chronic health conditions like Parkinson's disease, MS, POTS, and more. Excy's patented approach makes full-body cycling fitness available from a chair, bed, table, or while lying on the floor has been applauded for serving those who need convenient access to quality cardio and strength training exercises. Embraced by consumers for home fitness, physical therapy clinics, and hospitals like Stanford Health Care, the addition of the XCR 300 furthers the Excy's commitment to providing even more inclusive medical fitness options that are always accessible when and where people need them.

Mehl states, "Our machines are designed to be universal and fit where people work, live and play, and we are thrilled to provide the benefits of frequent exercise to people of all abilities, whether someone wants a leisure spin or a vigorous workout."

"We are always looking for innovative and consistent ways for our para-athletes to incorporate more cross training into their workouts, whether it be to strengthen and stabilize much-used shoulder joints, improve overall circulation, or provide heart rate training off the water," said Tara Morgan, founder and head coach for Seize The Oar, which offers inclusive rowing training in the Pacific Northwest. " The XCR 300 gives our athletes greater versatility, increasing stamina and helping prevent injuries."

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The $999 XCR 300 is available immediately and ships with hand pedals and one Excy Rack Clasp for 3" power racks and squat stands. Additional Excy Rack Clasps accessories are available for 2.0" and 2.5" rigs for $24.99 each. Volume pricing is available upon request.

Excy is revolutionizing the advancement of creating quality portable exercise equipment and on-demand training for those who want to safely and conveniently enjoy the benefits of full body cycling and resistance training without the barriers of big, expensive, and hard to access exercise equipment. All systems ship in recyclable packaging. For more information visit



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Last Updated: 24-Jan-2019