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Well, its been 6 months since I started my Peloton journey and I could not be happier.   I cannot say enough good things about the Peloton app.  I have lost weight,  I am sleeping better than ever and I am much more energetic.    The classes are  interactive and communal but at the same time very intimate. Also, the instructors are motivational and push you to your limit.  I get a lot of email asking about how all the components of my “Peloton alternative” are holding up I thought I would post a review about some of the items that I recommended in my original Peloton blog.  Read on…

By now you know that I love cycling with my Peloton App (and if you don’t, here is my earlier review: My Peloton Bike Alternative). Despite the mad love, I wanted more variety so that I didn’t plateau on the bike.  Peloton’s “After the Ride” classes are great but I needed some more oomph.  After experimenting with some random classes on YouTube I signed up for a 30 day free trial of Daily Burn to supplement the Peloton and I am super glad that I did. Now what I do is alternate between Daily Burn and Peloton classes.

What is Daily Burn you ask?   I only just learned about it myself.

The Peloton Cycle!  I saw the commercials and was hooked.  Over 7,500 on demand group spinning classes in my own home?  You mean I never have to find someone to watch my kids, get in a car and drive to the gym?  A dream come true – sign me up!  Plus, I am assuming that it must come with a housekeeper because everyone’s homes seem so neat and tidy.

Then I saw the price tag…almost $3,000 right off the bat when you add delivery, special shoes, a $468 yearly subscription, etc.   Crikey!  I already have a graveyard of exercise gadgetry and workout DVDs in my house (does P90X and Insanity ring a bell to anyone?), I didn’t want to splurge on a Peloton bike only for it to gather dust in the corner.   Don’t get me wrong,  the Peloton bike is awesome.  It is built like a tank and a nice ride. If you can afford it and are confident that you will continue to use it, I say go for it!  For me and my track record, it was too much of a gamble and I needed to find a workaround.

So what did I do?  After loads of research (Amazon reviews, fitness blogs, etc.) I designed my very own Peloton bike alternative and it saved me almost $2,400.  I have seen it called a Peloton “hack.”  It works great and so far I am really enjoying my Peloton workouts. This is how I did it:

Now that the holidays are in full swing it won’t be long before we start making New Year Resolutions and  saying, “Right, its Jan. 1st. Time to get in shape and lose some of those holiday  pounds!”  I must say it every year…

I thought I would share some of my at home exercise hits and misses over the years.  (If you are looking for diet advice, move along…)

Peloton recently announced that you could now finance the purchase of a new Peloton bike.  Is it a good deal? Here are my thoughts:

Buy Without Financing:  As detailed in my earlier  Peloton blog purchasing a Peloton bike without financing costs about $3,000 when you add in delivery, $468 subscription fees for the first year, $125 for clip-in shoes, exercise mat, etc.

0% APR Financing:  While a 0% down APR sounds like a great detail, the devil is in the details.  In addition to the cost of the bike, shipping, shoes, etc. to qualify for the 0% financing you need to commit to a 39-month subscription totaling $1,521.   By my math the grand total over the 39-month period will be almost a $4,053 commitment when you add all the extras.

WARNING: What you are about to see is a budget friendly home gym that will not look anything like you have pinned on Pinterest.  You have been warned…

Last year we converted an unfinished area of our basement into our own mini-exercise room.  We put up one wall, installed a couple of doors, a dropped ceiling with recessed lights, a TV and interlocking rubber floor mats.  We painted the cement walls bright yellow and bingo – a home gym.  The only thing left is mirrors.  Here is a step-by-step (budget conscience) guide to how we did it.