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Cubii Pro Cubii Pro
Cubii Pro 4.5

One of the most common reasons for people not exercising is because they do not have enough time, whether this is a legitimate reason or more to do with prioritising time is up for debate, whatever the issue the Cubii Pro aims to eliminate this problem with a workout system that can be utilised whilst you do other activities.

This is a compact seated elliptical that you can fit under a desk at work or use whilst watching a film, reading a book or eating a bag of crisps if you like (although slightly counterproductive). Available in either Chrome or Noir colours, its compact design measures up at 23 x 17.5 x 10 inches and weighs 25lbs. There is a carry handle to make it easier to move about and it is recommended that the desk height from the floor to the underside is at least 25 inches and that you have at least 2-3 inches of clearance between the underside of your desk and your knees regardless of its overall height. To use you choose your location, whether it’s at your work desk or your sofa, then connect the Cubii to the free app and select your resistance level, then you just start pedalling, there are eight levels of resistance to choose from and the app will track your strides, miles and calories burnt.

The Cubii Pro is designed in a way that you aren’t lifting your knees too high and it gives you a smooth pedalling motion, keeping pressure on the joints to a minimum, whilst the patented whisper-quiet design ensures there are no noise disruptions. The Cubii Pro connects over Bluetooth and allows you to track your progress as well as interact with the Cubii community. You can set goals, compete in groups by syncing to Fitbit and the Apple Healthkit. The device itself is easy to use, you may find it slips a little on some hard floors especially at higher resistance levels, but workout mats are available online to give you extra grip. We found the app connection to be temperamental and would occasionally struggle to find the Cubii, sometimes switching everything off and on again would help and sometimes it was just unexplained, this was a little frustrating if you are keen on tracking your session but it doesn’t prevent you from actually working out.

Cubii suggests that by using the Pro it increases energy expenditure over time compared to standing desks, it also helps you stay active whilst sitting, letting you burn on average 150 calories per hour (well that would cover that packet of crisps), it can also be useful for those with reduced mobility and in recovery from illnesses or injuries. Although the app needs work we did enjoy using the Cubii, it felt like we were able to get in some activity throughout the day whilst remaining productive with work, a quick session in the morning whilst catching up on the daily news leaves you feeling awake, refreshed and ready for the day. RRP £299

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A great way to burn off those office snacks from the comfort of your own desk.
  • Smooth pedalling motion
  • Compact design for under the desk use
  • Quiet
  • Eight resistance levels
  • Free Cubii App tracks progress and lets you join in competitions with the community
  • Compatible with FitBit and AppleHealthKit
  • App connection can be inconsistent
  • Expensive