I am sure you have been on Social Media and seen an ad pop up for Peloton which is why I decided to write my Peloton Bike review. First and foremost let me say when my husband started eyeing this bike around January of this year I was skeptical.
For one, he already had a bike which he wasn’t using and when I looked at the price tag of the Peloton I was shocked to say the least. Then he informed me there is a monthly $39 subscription you want to have because without it, the bike really won’t be used at full capacity.
After thinking about it and hearing my husband talk about it I agreed to getting one. It arrived in March 2018 and I suspect, to get me to buy in even more, my husband bought me cycle shoes that clip into the Peloton pedals.
We did not purchase everything Peloton such as the water bottles, dumbbells, foam roller, earphones or shoes but we do have a few hoodies and t-shirts because they are cute.
I started off balking at the price of a Peloton bike which is around $2,300. That is not easy for many to swallow but they do have payment plans which is a plus. That price is only for the bike. In order to enjoy the online Live and On-Demand classes you need the monthly subscription which is an additional $39.
As you can see it can add up. Again, if you can move past the sticker shock they do have payment plans which can ease the cost burden on some.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of classes available with the subscription such as cycling (of course), running, and yoga to name a few. I am extremely impressed with the amount of classes offered beyond just cycling.
Class durations vary from 5 minutes to 60 minutes and you can filter on them or also by:
- class type,
- music genre or
- category (hard, new, most popular, etc.)
Please note, all of the classes are not children friendly. In certain classes the instructor may use profanity or the lyrics to the songs played aren’t the clean version.
If that isn’t your cup of tea, no problem, they have classes with all genres of music from Country to 80’s Pop to R&B. Choose what you like, there’s a lot of variety so you are bound to find something you enjoy.
One thing I like a lot about Peloton is the sense of community they provide on Social Media. They have a private Peloton Page group for Peloton users and each instructor runs their own private group.
People share their personal records with each other, post tons of photos and are very helpful and encouraging when questions are asked by newbies such as myself.
The Peloton app
The app is where you access all the classes unless you have the Peloton Tread. It allows you to build a profile and share the classes you completed to Social Media. You can also follow friends there.
While I like and reciprocate a follow for a follow on the Peloton app there isn’t much else there when it comes to socializing. BTW follow me at Diatta. You can’t message each other but you can see how many rides or activities they completed and the amount of rewards they’ve collected.
The Peloton ride
The Peloton rides are HIGH ENERGY even the ones for beginners or low impact. If you’re riding a live or on-demand class, you can virtually high five others who are participating in the class with you. There’s a bunch of Live and On-Demand cycle classes to choose from as far back as 6 months so pick a class and enjoy yourself.
During the rides there are a lot of features as well such as viewing your heart rate, if you wear a monitor, viewing the artist and song title playing and the leadeboard.
The leaderboard is where you can see all those who ever took the ride, where you rank and who may be riding with you at the same time you are. You can also see how their output compares to yours which, if you are competitive, can help you push beyond your comfort zone and hit a new PR.
I can’t say enough about the Peloton instructors. I have not even come CLOSE to taking them all because there are a handful which play the music I like so I tend to take their classes over and over but from Robin Arzon to Ally Love to Alex Toussaint you really can’t go wrong.
Some of the instructors also teach multiple disciplines such as cycle, boot camp and running. I like the versatility of its instructor team. Each instructor as their own unique style but I’ve found they all keep me interested and motivated during the workout.
All positive attitudes, all smiles and very attractive people, can’t go wrong there. Many even shout you out on Social Media.
I’ll leave the Instagram names of the ones I follow below. All you have to do is click on the photo and follow them.
Ally Love @AllyMissLove
Robin Arzon @RobinNYC
My superpower is inner fire. I ignite the 🔥 of transformation in myself & others, every 👏🏼damn 👏🏼 day!👏🏼 As the superheroes of our own narrative we must play out our purpose with the same conviction Superman has to justice & truth and Batman to protect Gotham. Your role here is that important! 🌟 SUPERHERO CHECKLIST: ✅ Define your life’s purpose & align EVERYTHING with it! ✅Refuse to listen to any inner or outer voice that says you can’t. ✅Gather a team & collaborate. ✅ Plan to always be uncomfortable. ✅ Be brave AF & lead with love, simultaneously. 💥 If u were a superhero, what would your power be? Why?
Jess King @JessKingNYC
Alex Toussaint @AlexToussaint25
Olivia Amato @OAmato
Quick question… What is your actual motivating factor? 💫 What I mean is, what is the root of your motivation? What is feeding your desire? Is it Soul or is it Ego? We say yes to so many things yet possibly never ask ourselves often, if ever, why? Why are we doing things that don’t always feel right or are what we need or want, or can afford just to keep up with the joneses. We say yes to dinners, coffees, meetings, trips, clothing, buying trendy items, moving, relationships, and of course exercise. If I took a poll asking you if they actually enjoy working out, would you say yes? If not, why do you workout? So, you lace up to run. 🏃🏼♀️ Why? Do you run to look better or because you actually love the feeling of running? That runners high, that accomplishment of completing a task, a claimed moment of your day that’s device-free 📲 and simply yours, a necessary mental break and “you time”, a treat for your body, a method to focus your competitive spirit, a way to spend time with friends? Is your choice to move initiated by positivity or by a feeling of negativity? When we choose to move because we hate our bodies we run the risk of disappointment in achieving a goal that is never good enough in our heads, never mind the fact that the entire time you spend getting to said point you’ve carried along a negative motivating factor with you into a positive space! How will you create love ❤️ where you bring hate? Both are green, just depends which grass gets watered. Let today be the day we change our approach to the things we do. Approach work, friendships, partnerships, and your personal relationship with yourself with love and see how fast you mind and world starts to change. When we do things that feed our soul instead of our ego the end is no longer in sight. The sacred relationship with yourself will begin to improve, fast…. be sweet to yourself, and don’t be afraid to find your truth. Dig deep and look for the reason you actually are doing the things you do. ______________________ #createthelove #truth #rksolid #motivation #tuesday #train #trainpeloton #traintuesday #transformationtuesday #transformation #abs #run #running #workout #ego #soul
Rebecca Kennedy @RKSolidNYC
I feel that I’ve become more empathetic/understanding in my years spent in NYC. The truth is… the struggle is real… I don’t know anybody who hasn’t fallen flat on their face at least once here. I’m speaking from experience: when you fall flat on your face here, you don’t just fall, you get trampled over 10 times, kicked in the ribs, and then splashed with 20 buckets of icewater. “WAKE UP” she tells you! It takes a resilient, strong human being to peel themselves back up off the ground after, and find that hustle again. It takes a champion… My city is full of champions. BLESS you NEW YORK CITY. #newyork #hustle #champions
Selena Samuela @SelenaSamuela
When I started
When I first started on the Peloton bike I had trouble clipping in. I struggled. Hubby tried to coach me and I was trying my best but could not clip those shoes in to save my life.
He sort of had to half wear my shoe and clip them in for me and then I put them on while clipped in to the pedal. I know I know but I’m much better now.
I also struggled clipping out. A few times I just left the shoes clipped in and went on with my day because my legs were too tired to try and/or I was catching cramps. OUCH!
After the first 4 rides, 4 days in a row my butt stayed sore even though my husband had a cushion on the seat. It’s just the nature of the beast. It gets better as I no longer get sore since I’m riding my regularly now and I’m 24 rides in (woohoo) but my butt can get numb if I sit too long.
I remedy the problem by standing when that happens.
What kept me interested – FRIENDS
Once I found some of my friends actually owned Peloton, and we started following each other, we would schedule when we would take the same classes either live (which start early in the morning East Coast time) or on-demand (which are available all day long).
That made it very fun for me because we could see each other’s results and it felt like we were together even though we were states away.
They do have a neat feature where you can click on the person’s profile during the ride and click Live Video and actually see the other person riding LIVE. I did that once with a friend who lives in North Carolina and it was very cool.
It was during a live class. I thought that was very cool.
The other classes I’ve taken
Besides cycling, I’ve also taken the strength training and tread classes which are very good. The strength training tends to last about 10 minutes (at least those are the ones I chose) but they have longer classes. I just never had time to do more or go longer.
The tread classes
The tread classes are excellent and what got me back interested in Peloton to begin with. I typically run on my own treadmill and mirror the class from my iPhone 7 to my Apple TV flat screen so I have the big screen and speaker experience.
Feels like I’m actually in the studio with them.
We do hills, sprint drills, combinations and all sorts of things which really keeps the heart rate up and the fat burning which is what I like. They even have walking classes for those who need a recovery day or can’t handle all of the pounding from running.
I’ve tried a few of those and believe it or not, those are very challenging too. As you can imagine they crank up the incline.
So far there hasn’t been 1 instructor or 1 class I didn’t enjoy. I’ve gotten up and worked out completely tired and not feeling it but once I hear that peppy voice and motivating quotes and words…it’s on. I fix my attitude and get into it.
What could be better
I honestly can say there aren’t any suggestions or recommendations I have for Peloton at this time to improve upon. Granted I was having issue connecting my heart rate monitor but found out it was my error not theirs.
It’s a very innovative company and I look forward to some new products and services they come out with.
As if you could not tell, I give Peloton 10 out of 10 stars.
I can’t thank my husband enough for having the vision and thought to purchase this awesome package of equipment and classes which has taken our at-home workout game to the next level.
I enjoy it very much, plan to ride more days on than off and highly recommend you research and consider getting one for yourself.
Perhaps we can ride virtually together in a live or on-demand class and push each other further. To quote several of the instructors “You ain’t hustlin’ if you ain’t strugglin’”. Let’s GO!