Biking is not typically my favorite type of exercise; I prefer more bootcamp group classes, so when my husband decided to purchase the Peloton, I didn’t know if it was worth the cost. First off, if you don’t know what the Peloton is, it is an indoor cycling bike with a weighted fly wheel in front and a resistance is determined while you are riding.
We have had the bike for over two months, and he is using it about 2-3 times a week and I use it another 1- 2 times a week. I first tried the Peloton at our sister and brothers-in-law house in Philadelphia about a year and a half ago and loved the convenience of having it in your house. Now that we have 2 kids and it is hard to always be consistent at the gym, my husband bought the Peloton.
Here is the list of my pros and cons:
- It is pretty!! Premium design and mammoth touchscreen. Can fit easily in any room without taking up too much space.
- Live weekly classes. You feel the energy of a live ride with shout-outs from the instructors. Time goes fast and you push yourself more with the group classes.
- On-demand library. I typically do 30 or 45-minute ride, but they have classes anywhere from 5 minutes to 90 minutes.
- Diverse class types. The classes are all different types (HIIT, pop, intervals, low impact, etc.) so they tailor to every need.
- Zero commute! You can get a good workout in the convenience of your own home on your own time
- The subscription is multi-purpose and you can stream additional classes like strength, yoga and stretching
- Per bike monthly membership so the entire family can use it for the $39 charge, they just need shoes
- Steep price tag at $2,200 and then a $39 a month subscription, but you can do a 0% interest payment plan for 2 years
- Clip in pedals in order to use the bike and can’t just use sneakers. If you already have spin shoes you need to make sure they are compatible with Look Delta cleats, they don’t just take any spin shoe.
- Some instructors are better than others, so you need to find who you like. I like a hard workout where I get drenched and they push my limits, so it took a little to find who was best for me.
- It is mainly only cardio with some light weights for arms, so I can’t do this type of workout 5-6 times a week. It is good to mix in, but not as the only source of my workouts.
Overall, it is a very expensive piece of work out equipment to have sitting somewhere in your house and not used. As a household you need to be invested in using the Peloton at least 3 times a week to make it worthwhile. I still need to pay for my other gym membership in addition to having the Peloton, but at this point in our lives we need the convenience and motivation on our own time.
Peloton also sells a treadmill where it is running instead of biking, but I just can’t take the impact of a treadmill and that seems to be mentally harder for me.
Come find me on the peloton, username: kstacy.
Anyone else have a Peloton? Add to my list of pros and cons!