Want to melt fat and boost your fit­ness with­out any­one watch­ing you? Claire Davies checks out the lat­est in­door ex­er­cise ma­chine

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Burn calories, blast fat and boost your car­dio health, all in the pri­vacy of your own home, with a new smart ex­er­cise bike

Okay, we know that spin class is bril­liant for en­hanc­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, blast­ing fat and burn­ing calories. But it can also be ex­pen­sive, over­crowded and, well, in­cred­i­bly pub­lic; some of us don’t like the thought of be­ing eye­balled as we work our­selves into a pud­dle of sweat. The new Bkool Smart Bike, with au­to­matic re­sis­tance con­trol and ac­cess to in­struc­tor-led classes, sounds ideal for those who pre­fer cy­cling away the pounds in the pri­vacy of their own home. The Smart Bike (about $2,000, store. works with the Bkool sim­u­la­tor, through which you can sign up to a range of in­door cy­cling classes or ride thou­sands of ‘real life’ routes (via the sim­u­la­tor’s 3D views and videos), par­tic­i­pat­ing in group events. Down­load the Bkool sim­u­la­tor and wire­lessly pair the Smart Bike, then drop in on live classes or sched­ule a spe­cific class to bet­ter suit your day.

Bkool has de­signed the Smart Bike to au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just its 1,500 dif­fer­ent lev­els of pedal re­sis­tance to best suit the ef­fort level of your ses­sion. For ex­am­ple, mak­ing it re­al­is­ti­cally tough dur­ing el­e­va­tion.

You can also con­trol pedal re­sis­tance via the Bkool Re­mote Con­trol app. A quick fit­ness test on the Smart Bike re­sults in per­son­alised re­sis­tance set­tings, which are au­to­mat­i­cally adapted as your fit­ness in­creases. You can even track stats on­screen, see­ing real-time dis­plays of power, heart rate, cadence, calories and more.

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