I bought a Peloton in the spring of 2018 and haven’t looked back. I was a stay-at-home mom with three little kids and had no time for trips to the gym. It was a pretty big investment for our family, and I spent a TON of time researching, comparing other products, and begging my husband, but ultimately we decided my health and sanity were worth the price tag.
Here is what I LOVE the most about the bike. It’s always there. It’s like a little voice in the corner of the room reminding you that exercise is at your fingertips. Unless the power is out in your house or your legs are broken, there is literally no excuse why you can’t get a workout in. And I’m here to tell you, I have never finished a Peloton ride and been upset I did it. Physically exhausted? Yes. But it is an exercise program that never gets easier and is always worth the time you put into it.
There are over 12,000 cycling classes available on demand on any given day ranging from 5 – 90 minutes, plus multiple live classes throughout the day. Most popular are the 20, 30, and 45-minute classes, but you can find a 5-minute warm-up, a 10-minute climb ride, or a 60-minute sweat steady session easily. It lets you filter the music in a class if it is explicit, so if my kids are in the room watching Disney, I know it is time to put in headphones.
I love trying new instructors and finding classes that fit my mood. Kids have been screaming all day, and you just want to lose yourself in a workout? You need Robin Arzon in your ear, motivating you with promises of hustle and swagger. Maybe you are a little sluggish after a night out and just want to sweat? Grab a Cody Rigsby ride, and it will be impossible not to smile. Want to bang it out like you are working out in a dance club? Alex Toussaint will not disappoint.
Another thing that is great about the bike is that there is something for everyone. My husband LOVES it! We can compete and take the same ride to see who works harder. Even my parents got on board. My mom rocks out a Hannah Corbin country ride on a regular basis. I love talking to friends and family members about rides they would like or rides that crushed me.
During the height of the pandemic the bike really saved me because I could find a ride and take it at the same time as friends. This became common practice, and today it’s still so fun to ask a friend to join me for “x” ride at 10 am. It adds accountability, and we can high-five each other virtually or even Facetime or talk through the speaker throughout the ride.
Bike versus Bike +?
When the new Bike + came out a few years ago, we went ahead and traded our original in for the newer model. Was it necessary? No. But we use it so much, it seemed like it was worth the chance to upgrade and get a new round of warranty on our equipment. The screen is a lot bigger, and the ability to turn it during a non-cycling class is an added benefit.
The best part about Peloton is that you don’t have to own a bike to do most of the classes. If you want to do strength classes, all you need is the app on your phone. For $44 a month, you have access to a variety of classes at different levels depending on your personal abilities and preferences. There is boxing, barre, dance, yoga, meditation, and classes for the treadmill.
Peloton also offers financing so you can pay the bike off over a couple of years instead of one lump sum. The customer service team is EXCELLENT, and they offer incentives like $100 in free apparel for any customer referrals.
Over four years later and I still love my Peloton just as much as I did the day it was delivered. If you have a Peloton, follow me at TheBlondeHeartMom, and we can ride together!