Working out from home has been a lot more popular. I love working on HITT classes as well as spin but I also love trying to incorporate strength, yoga, and spin if I can. A few months ago, we bought our Peloton bike and there were many of you that wanted a full review to ask the burning question- is it worth it?!
WHAT IS PELOTON:
Peloton is a private, indoor cycling studio in your own home.
The Peloton bike brings you the most convenient and immersive indoor cycling experience, streaming daily live classes from our NYC studio directly into your home. You’ll have 24-hour access to studio cycling classes available to your entire household.” (via the Peloton website)
In basic terms, it is a stationary bike with a screen attached where you can stream live or pre-recorded classes.
If you tune in live, the instructors can see your name and your total output (among other things). You’ll frequently hear them give shout outs to online riders oftentimes congratulating participants on milestone rides or wishing them a Happy Birthday!
I find doing live classes to be extremely motivating because I like to hear my name being called out! My husband, however, rarely does any live classes. It’s all personal preferences!
Is Peloton Worth It? Peloton Bike Review
In short, YES the Peloton is 100% worth it. Between the variety of classes you get from the Peloton app, the amazing instructors, the ability to ride whenever you want as well as ride in a live class alongside thousands of other people and new classes constantly being added, the Peloton is worth it!
Here’s a little bit of back story to why I think it’s worth it. We first got our Peloton bike shortly after Thanksgiving when we were about 8+ months into the pandemic. Zach and I were really needing something to keep us motivated and heard such great things from friends about how the bike really helped to transform their mindset.
I personally love cycling and have done a few classes over the years. Zach isn’t a huge fan but he was open to trying it out thankfully. We turned our basement into an ‘at home gym’. We had a few weights and we put the bike down there as well. We have everything in there and it’s made a difference
We originally turned our basement bedroom into an “at the home gym”. It had a treadmill, some weights, and the Peloton bike. We’ve since moved so now we turned the 3rd stall in our garage into our home gym! We have everything in there as well and it doesn’t wake our children up if we decide to use it early or late at night.
I go back and forth between liking workouts at a gym and workouts at home. But I have to admit, is so nice to have the option to do a workout class at home! It’s really nice to be able to get a workout in and be able to do it before the chaos of the day begins.
It’s a really good workout and the instructors keep me super entertained, so I’m not bored 5 minutes into my ride.
I typically only do a 20 or 30 minute ride but since they’re tough workouts I feel like I accomplished a ton in a short amount of time.
They have 20, 30, 45, and 60 minutes, classes. The classes are all different types (HIIT, pop, intervals, low impact, etc).
All Access Membership:
The Peloton Bike membership is how you stream all of the classes for the bike. In order to continue taking classes from all of the amazing instructors (Robin Arzon, Matt Wilpers, Tunde Oyeneyin, and my favorite Cody Rigsby) you need to keep your Peloton Access Membership.
This costs $39/month if you have the bike. However, not only can you do the bike classes but this will also allow you to do the tread workouts, strength workouts, yoga, and everything else they offer!
One thing I love about the Peloton classes is there are options for all skill levels. I began working slowly with beginner 20-minute classes and have worked my way up to 30 minutes at an intermediate level. Zach loves doing the 45 minute pushes when he can and we both try to make a goal to hit a PR each week.
I also love that you don’t have to work on the classes including yoga, strength, and meditation anywhere. If we travel, I already have it loaded on my phone so I can still get a great sweat in! I also love taking live classes with friends or any of their replays. The replays classes are the ones that have been done in the past that you can take at any time.
I also love that they offer scenic rides as well so you can travel anywhere in the world.
One amazing thing that Peloton has recently launched is Peloton Family! They have “fit family fun” for the whole family.
There’s 15 minute “Fit Family Fun” cardio and strength classes (ideally for kids 5 and up), 20 minute “Fit Family Strong” with 20 minute class (for kids 10 and up), “Fit Family Brain Breaks – think musical chairs and Freeze! games and lastly, family meditations!
I love that they’re doing things for the entire family to get everyone loving health and fitness! Our kids love doing the family fun workouts both with Zach and myself and even on their own.
You can also get the Peloton app and stream classes on your own bike or treadmill and it costs $19.49/month.
Peloton has also recently added in yoga as well as pilates and Barr! There’s a variety of styles of yoga and pilates classes that you can do. They’re constantly adding new classes and new types of classes which makes this a great option for anyone who likes variety in their workouts or has always wanted to try one of these before. I’ve personally been enjoying the bar classes for quick but very effective workouts.
Peloton Bike FAQs
1. How Much Does it Cost?
The bike starts at $1,895 which includes the bike, a 1 year limited warranty and delivery and set up.
There are also different packages which include shoes, weights, headphones, heart rate monitor, bike mat, etc. Yes, it’s a lot more expensive than most stationary bikes but I think it is definitely worth every single penny! We bought our bike and then I purchased the shoes. Zach purchased his own shoes off Amazon.
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2. How big is the Peloton bike?
The bike is pretty compact and definitely not an eyesore being sleep black, white with a splash of red. It has a 4′ x 2′ foot print.
3. Is there blue-tooth?
Yes! Most (but not all) headphones and speakers are compatible.
4. Can you use a heart rate monitor?
Yes! The bike will also display your real-time heart rate when you use any ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor. We also use our Apple Watch to help see the results as well.
5. Are there speakers or do I use headphones?
There are speakers! The Peloton bike’s touchscreen has 2 10 watt speakers. I love using these wireless headphones! It works great!
6. Can other people use my All-Access Membership?
Yes! You can also allow friends and family to use this so you won’t need numerous memberships for your whole family. We also let my parents use it when they come over 🙂
PROS AND CONS
The Peloton bike is an investment. It’s an expensive bike and you need the monthly membership to stream classes. There’s less of an opportunity to meet other people like you could at a gym but they do give you ways to communicate with other riders.
The subscription is multi-purpose – being able to stream so many additional classes like the tread workouts, strength workouts, yoga classes definitely adds value to the cost of the membership. There’s zero commute time to get to the gym.
There are also so many great accessories that you can get for your bike including headphone holders, fans, or my personal favorite, a seat cover that really helps your booty!
Phew! So, I would ask yourself, are you looking for a competitive workout? Are you ready to work out with friends and meet new ones along the way? I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much I look forward to walking a few steps in my home to get a high-quality workout anytime I want.