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I just streamed my first Peloton class today from their new London studio with UK based instructor Leanne Hainsby!  She is super energetic, I love the accent and she is serious competition to knock my current favorite Peloton instructor Emma Lovewell out of my No. 1 ranking.  She also left me drenched in sweat.  I look forward to taking many more classes with Leanne.  (This is all virtual, of course, I did not hop on a plane to Peloton’s London studio.) 🙂

It’s been just over 12 months since I started using the Peloton App without the bike and I thought it was time to share an update to my original review.

I am happy to report that with the Peloton App I have now lost 22 pounds, am fitter than I have been in years and am in a much better mood (according to my family)!  The variety of Peloton spin classes is awesome, the instructors are great and all the other options the Peloton app has added over the past year like weight training, bootcamp and ab workouts are simply amazing.  I even think the production value is great compared to some classes I have tried on YouTube.  Overall, super psyched.  They are seriously on to something here.

Have a I used it every day for 12 months straight?  Heck no!  Life gets in the way (like sick children, work or deciding to stay in bed instead of working out) but hey, I am only human.  There have even been stretches where I simply haven’t worked out for no reason in particular.  When there has been a lull in my routine I am happy that I am only spending $13 on the app (now $19.49 for new riders) and didn’t take the plunge and go all in with the expense of the actual bike and the $40 monthly subscription.  I think that the guilt from spending all that money and then not using it would kill me.

If you are a first time visitor to my blog, my comprehensive review and step-by-step guide to my Peloton App alternative can be found in my  original “Peloton for Less” blog.   This post is a scaled down summary of all the bits & bobs that make my method not only an absolute money saver but also turns me into a sweaty mess…

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 (that they now call Peloton Digital).  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 rock – they are very 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 so 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 Bike!  I saw the commercials and was hooked.  Over 9,500 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.Peloton bike

Price Tag & Sticker Shock

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 less expensive option.

So what did I do?  I found alternatives to the Peloton products.

After loads of research (Amazon reviews, fitness blogs, etc.) I designed my very own Peloton bike alternative with a Sunny Spin bike and other products and it saved me almost $2,400.   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.