Christmas is right around the corner and I predict that the Peloton bike to be this year’s No. 1 gift for home exercise enthusiasts. Although, I don’t know how they will sneak it under the tree – it’s like those Lexus commercials with the car in the driveway with the big red bow…
Peloton’s annual Christmas commercial went absolutely viral. Check out these articles:
- 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
Peloton is undoubtedly the leader in the spin-at-home movement 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 but it would be the best Christmas gift to ever receive…as long at they also pay the monthly fee.) That is where the genius of their Peloton App comes into play. For only $12.99 per month, folks can access all of the same live and on-demand classes on their own less expensive bike. If you follow my blog, I’ve been preaching about how great the Peloton App is for a while now. It’s amazing.
If you are thinking of giving someone an exercise bike this Christmas but can’t go all in with the Peloton, 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.
If this is all too overwhelming, head on over to my brother-in-law’s Alternative Christmas Gift blog for some weird and wild stuff!
How much does the Peloton App cost? Boy, I get this question a lot.
Its been almost two years since I started using the Peloton App with my Sunny Spin Bike and my Wahoo cadence and speed sensors. What an amazing experience. I am in the best shape of my life and more importantly I have proven to myself that I have a passion for spinning – I am so happy with the variety of Peloton class options, have exercised my butt off and the bike didn’t turn into a clothes hanger.
Now its time for me to consider an upgrade. Why? For no reason in particular. My Sunny still works great. I just want to move to more of a commercial grade excerise bike. I have stashed away $100 per month for the past two years and I am deciding between a Keiser M3i and of course, the Peloton.
After doing a LOT of research comparing and contrasting the two spin bikes – thought I would share what I found.
The most frequent questions I get about using the Peloton App with my Sunny Bike are about resistance. The questions generally go something like this:
- How do I measure resistance on my Sunny?
- Is there anything similar to the Wahoo cadence sensor that will measure resistance?
- How do I convert Peloton resistance when using my own bike with the Peloton App?
- Is knowing your resistance worth the extra money to buy the Peloton bike?
- How do I convert Peloton resistance to my Sunny or Keiser M3i?
My answer is always the same. Let go of not knowing. Work hard. Get sweaty. Let your fitness do the talking.
I chalk it up to FOMO (fear of missing out). But if you absolutely, positively need to know your Peloton resistance, I have some advice:
What works for me?
Great news. Peloton just announced that you can now preload classes with the Peloton App. This is great if you have WiFi issues (the dreaded buffering) or you want to take the classes on on the go.
While I’ve included some pictures to my earlier posts, I thought it would be helpful to add a few videos of me on my Sunny 1509.
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 a Sunny Spin bike and some simple alternative add-on gizmos. 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…
Very exciting news! I got my 1st shout-out from Miss Ally Love during my 250th ride with the Peloton App. I normally only take on-demand classes but with such a milestone, I rolled the dice, crossed my fingers and took a live class hoping to hear my screen name.
Half-way through the class, I was delighted to hear Ally exclaim, “MomJeans1973. 250th on the App. What’s up?!”
When taking a Peloton class, knowing your cadence number is a must. While riding, Peloton instructors shout out how fast you should be pedaling – this is what is known as your “cadence.” The actual Peloton bike and other bikes like the Keiser M3i display your cadence. For everyone out there using the Peloton App with a budget friendly bike (like me), you need to get a cadence sensor. But with so many on the market, its difficult to know what to buy.