The Peloton Bike!   I saw the commercials and was hooked. Over 10,000 on demand group spinning classes right in the comfort of 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, etc. plus a $468 yearly subscription ($39 per month).  Yikes!  I wish I could afford it – I really do but I already have a graveyard of exercise gadgetry and workout DVDs in my house (do 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 like my old treadmill.   What if I didn’t like it?  What if I got  bored of spinning after a few months?  What if its screen stopped working – would I have to return the whole bike?  For me and my track record, it was too much of a gamble and I needed to dip my toes back into exercise with a less expensive bike.

So what did I do?

After loads of research (Amazon reviews, fitness blogs, etc.) I created my own Peloton experience by using the Peloton App with my own bike (a Sunny Spin bike) and some simple add-ons like Wahoo cadence and speed sensors. It saved me almost $2,400. So far it works great and I am really enjoying my Peloton workouts.  In fact, I just celebrated my 250th ride on my Sunny.  This is how I did it…

Are you considering getting your significant other a Peloton for Valentine’s Day?  Before you buy, consider the backlash around Peloton’s  Christmas commercial that went viral. Check out these articles – the general theme (in addition to the concern about the general welfare of the Peloton recipient), was that you should never, ever get your husband, wife, etc. a piece of exercise equipment for Christmas.  Look, I wouldn’t mind but I think I am in the minority here.

  • HuffPost:  People Are Very Concerned For The Woman In Peloton’s Holiday Ad
  • Variety: Social-Media’s Latest Exercise: Getting Worked Up Over a Peloton Ad
  • Vox:  Peloton’s terrifying new ad is the best horror movie in recent memory

Still reading?  If so, you are a brave soul.  If you are here, you are probably looking for a cheaper alternative to the Peloton. I get it – not everyone can afford to buy a Peloton bike and then pay its $39 monthly fee.  I can’t.   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 your own bike.  Brilliant.

There are many other types of bikes out there that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

Hi everyone!  A common theme of questions I get in my mailbox about the Peloton App is as follows:

  • If I use the Peloton App with my own bike, will I be visible on the Leader board?
  • Can the Peloton instructor “see me” if I am using the App without the bike?
  • What is the deal with the high-fives?

Here are some answers:

Hi All!

You know that I love the Peloton App.  I really do; however, sometimes I feel like I need a bit more than just the bike.  For off the bike workouts I prefer BeachBody.com programs over the Peloton App classes.  In particular, I like the Insanity(with Shawn T) and the LIIFT4  (with Joel from Core de Force) for  a combination of weight training, cardio and abs.  Insanity is available both on DVD and on Demand while LIIFT4 is only available for streaming on Demand.

Because I  would never want to abandon my Peloton rides completely, I’ve written a Peloton, Insanity MAX 30 and LIIFT 4 hybrid workout calendar.   I thought that I would share it with my followers.   It is not for the faint of heart but its a great action-packed workout in under one hour.

UPDATE: Peloton confirmed this week that they WILL indeed launch a Peloton rower in 2020 although no further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App were provided.

OK, this is purely speculative but I THINK Peloton will soon be releasing a Peloton Rowing Machine.

This past October Peloton acquired Tonic Fitness Technology, a company that has been manufacturing Peloton’s high tech spin bikes for a bunch of years.  And Tonic recently filed a patent application for a a high tech indoor rowing machine with the U.S. Patent Office.

Piecing in all together…

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