December 31, 2017
It’s New Year’s Resolution time and if you’re looking for a great way to “get in shape” I can highly recommend using a Peloton bike!
I’ve been using the Peloton bike now for 4 months, faithfully 3 mornings a week. On other days of the week, I use the elliptical machine (boring) or go for a long walk (very fun, but not doable during the week because of work.) Here is a picture of the bike, right next to the elliptical machine in our family’s semi-messy garage:
As you can see, it has a nice big screen for watching the cycling videos, wonderful clip-in pedals (just like you would use outside) and small weights if you are so inclined. You can adjust the resistance knob (located under the handle bars in orange) to make the road harder or lighter, and the seat and handlebars are completely adjustable, so multiple family members can use the bike. I love, love, love this machine.
- The bike comes with options for attending live classes, where you literally start a class and bike in real-time with people in a studio in New York. I have not used this option yet, because the class library is very extensive and fits in with any schedule.
- The “class library” is awesome and the biggest reason I love this bike so much! Every “live” class is saved in the class library so you can use the classes at any time. So, if you’re a very fitful sleeper like I am, it’s no big deal to fit in a workout at 2am when you can’t sleep. It takes about 30 seconds to pick a class and off you go.
- Your Peloton rides can be synced with Strava, my favorite bicycling-tracking app on my phone. So, when your ride is done, you can easily look in Strava to see what your average speed was, your distance, calories, output, etc. Even better, Strava can be linked to MyFitnessPal (as I’ve done) which automatically inputs your calories burned, and you can track your food easily to go with your workout.
- The classes are fun and every instructor is fun (some more than others of course). Unlike doing exercise videos on YouTube or elsewhere, when you are working out with a Peloton video, you actually feel like you’re sitting in a Peloton class in New York. It’s amazing – sort of a virtual reality experience. And, because they film these videos constantly, I’ve never had to repeat a video even once – and that’s riding 3 times a week!
- The classes vary by time (30/45/60 minute classes), style (Tabata, HIIT, low impact, etc.) and song style (80s, pop, country, etc.) So, every workout you do is different and fun in different ways.
“Negative” Observations: (It’s hard to say anything negative really – just small annoyances that could be improved upon by Peloton at some point perhaps.)
- A class library workout can’t be paused. So, if you exit out of a workout to run to the restroom and then log back into it, you miss the time you were gone. It would be nice to be able to literally pause it and just return to where you left off.
- There aren’t as many 30 minute workouts as 45 minute workouts. If you’re like me and you want a 30-minute workout before work so you’re just done for the day, you’ll sometimes have to search a little harder to find one. If you’re good with 45 minutes all the time, then no problem. Honestly, the workouts are very intense, so 45 minutes sounds too hard to me, even after 4 months on the bike!
The initial investment in a bike is not inexpensive (close to $2,000) and you do have to pay for a monthly subscription to access the “live” classes and the class library. However, they do have payment plans online, and I honestly think it’s worth it. The elliptical machine was close to that much as an initial investment, and I’ve been using it several times a week now for more than a decade – clearly worth the initial investment. And, frankly, running on a treadmill or elliptical machine is terrifyingly boring, no matter how much 80s-hair bands you may choose to pump into your bluetooth headphones.
The workouts are intense. Unlike other forms of exercise, I am literally dripping sweat when I’m done and I feel like a million dollars because the endorphins are plentiful. If you’re looking for a fun, challenging, exhilarating indoor workout option – this is the one.
In addition to the fun of a challenging workout, it’s semi-social as there are online groups just for Peloton fans. My personal favorite is Peloton #PlantPosse on Facebook. The tagline is “powered by plants” – fun for this cycling vegan!
Go get it.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NRSV): but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.
Serve all with love.
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