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Peloton has made some awesome updates to its app and I want to share the news. There are new ways to display metrics, shout outs for at home riders, the ability to see and high five other rides and currently a 2 week free trial. Bottom line, the updates are fantastic!

If you read my earlier blog post about using the Peloton app with a less expensive Sunny bike, then you already know that I use a Wahoo cadence sensor and a Wahoo heart rate monitor to get my cadence and heart rate metrics. You can use the same sensor and monitor to view your metrics right on the app. Very cool.

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  Emma Lovewell, my current favorite Peloton instructor, out of the No. 1 spot.  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, although that would be nice.) 🙂

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, right?).  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 too much for me.

If you are a first time visitor, my comprehensive review and step-by-step guide to my Peloton App alternative can be found in my  original “Peloton for Less” blog post.   It chronicles how I pined for a Peloton bike but after seeing the price tag, needing to find something like the Peloton.

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…

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 review and alternative

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. It saved me almost $2,400. So far it works great and I am really enjoying my Peloton workouts. This is how I did it…

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.

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