Coke vs. Pepsi, McDonalds vs. Burger King and now, Peloton vs. Apple Fitness+!   The ultimate battle of the fitness apps. Peloton is the undoubtedly the leader in the at-home spin movement and has a several year head start which was only bolstered by the pandemic.  Its instructors are now celebrities with their own clothing lines and a massive social media following.   If you have been following my blog, you know that while I cannot afford a Peloton bike (I started with a Sunny and after a couple of years upgraded to a Keiser M3i) I am a HUGE fan of the Peloton App – spin, cardio, HIIT, yoga – the classes are all exceptional.

But now Apple Fitness+ is in town with guns blazing!  Apple Fitness+ is Apple’s new fitness app powered by Apple Watch (it doesn’t work without the watch).  I thought it would be helpful if I provided a comparison between the two based on my early experiences.

Hi gang,

Since upgrading from my Sunny to a Keiser M3i (after 525 rides, thank you very much) I started noticing people posting online these really cool looking graphs from  mPaceline.  Intrigued I signed up for the free trial and then moved on to the yearly plan (it was something like $25 for the year). mPaceline is a cycling and running workout App designed to help you visualize your exercise/training metrics. The App works best if you are taking spinning or running classes that provide metrics on your class performance. It’s primarily focused on individuals that own a Peloton Bike, Tread or owners of 3rd-party equipment that use the Peloton Digital App with attached power and cadence meters (like my Keiser). 

Anyway, I started writing a post about all the things I enjoyed about the app but felt like I was falling short describing its awesomeness so I reached out to “RiderPaul”, the developer behind mPaceline, and asked that he author a guest post for my readers. I actually met Paul AFTER creating a dedicated mPaceline Facebook group after looking for some like minded users.  Come join – it has grown very fast and full of tips, tricks and helpful advice!

Below, Paul provides some basic information about mPaceline as well as equipment advice for those getting started with Peloton. 

Over to you, Paul:

Are you ready for Apple Fitness+?!?!?  Rumor has it that it is launching this week!  You know that I love the Peloton App but I am always excited for new content, instructors, platforms and to try new things.  I am sure the folks at Peloton, BeachBody, Les Mills, etc. are a bit nervous about Apple getting into fitness game, although Peloton has such a strong lead.  But all the competition will only be a good thing – a rising tide lifts all boats…

Here is everything that you need to know…

 

This is the absolute best time of year to turn your spin bike into a Peloton clone with all of the Peloton App accessories.

Normally I would have guessed that the Peloton bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift; however, Peloton is already alerting buyers of potential shipping delays. So it may just be the time to find another (and more affordable) spin bike like my old Sunny.

So if you are in the market for a spin bike to use at home with the Peloton App, some weights for strength training (which are really hard to come by during this pandemic), or a heart rate monitor, this is your chance to save big.  You may even be able to score a deal on a flat-screen TV for watching the Peloton App on the big screen (like I do).

Of course, if you indoor cycling at home is not your thing, there is always a Baby Yoda

Start Spinning at Home!

Here are some ideas for everything you need to start spinning at home with the Peloton App (which is still only $12.99/mo., by the way!).

The holidays are right around the corner and I would have predicted that the Peloton bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift for home exercise enthusiasts; however, with reported shipping delays of up to 4 months it may be time to find another (and possibly more affordable) spin bike.

Peloton is undoubtedly the leader in the spin-at-home movement and they only grew in popularity during the pandemic. But as we know, not everyone can afford to buy a Peloton bike and then pay its $39 monthly fee.  (I can’t, that is for sure – its just not in the budget.)  As I’ve explained over the past couple of years, that is where the genius of their Peloton App comes into play.   For only $12.99 per month, you can access all of the same live and on-demand classes on their own less expensive bike.  If you follow my blog posts, I’ve been preaching about how great the Peloton App is for a while now.  It’s truly wonderful.

If you are thinking of giving someone an exercise bike this Christmas but can’t go all in with the Peloton or don’t want to deal with shipping delays, there are many other types of bikes out there at various price points that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

Are you from Boston and looking for that perfect holiday gift?  Then look no further than my husband’s children’s book, Sully the Squirrel Explores Boston.  It is a well-researched, humorous, and beautifully illustrated tour through the great and historic City of Boston told through the eyes of Sully the Squirrel, a curious little squirrel that has a passion for adventure and is nuts for history (get it?)!  Read on for pictures.

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 App blog purchasing a Peloton bike without financing costs about $3,000 when you add in delivery, $468 class subscription fees for the first year ($39 per month), $125 for clip-in shoes, exercise mat, etc.  Way outside of my budget.

0% APR Financing:  While a 0% down APR sounds like a great detail, the devil is in the details.  For qualified buyers, Peloton allows  you to make 39 monthly payments of $64 for the Peloton Bike+ or $49 for the Peloton Bike (the original). In addition to the cost of the bike, shoes, etc. to qualify for the 0% financing you need to commit to a 39-month class subscription of $39/mo. totaling $1,521.   By my math the grand total over the 39-month period will be almost a $4,053 – $4,455 commitment when you add all the extras.

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