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UPDATE 2022:  It is finally happening! Peloton will announce that it is launching its rowing machine at Homecoming this weekend!!  After the delays caused by the pandemic, they’ve finally done it.  Hooray!!  But we’ll have to wait until August! Booo!!!

Here is a screen shot from their teaser video

Details are Scarce:  Like the Bike and the Tread, the Peloton Rower will have the same type of  touchscreen and will offer classes taught by instructors both in the studio and on the water.  No further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App have been released.  But this is for sure – unlike when the Peloton bike first came on the scene, this time Peloton will face some competition with other connected rowing machines already on the market. And of course, there is Apple Fitness+ and its rowing classes. 

The release of the Peloton Rower is not a shock because as I reported just before the pandemic 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 high-tech indoor rowing machine with the U.S. Patent Office.

Piecing in all together…

Who else is pumped for the new PeloStick? It looks AMAZING! I used to love bouncing on a pogo stick with my friends when I was a kid!  I’ve included pictures and some other stick-related information below….

From everything I’ve read, jumping on a pogo stick for a minimum of 210 minutes a day helps:

• Mental health;

• Firm your butt and thighs;

• Weight loss; and of course

• Strengthens core and back muscles.

I’m assuming group classes will begin once the studios open back up after the pandemic.

The Power Zone classes (‘PogoZones’) will be intense!

Holiday savings are almost here.  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 guess that the Peloton bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift; however, with worldwide shipping delays I imagine that you will need to order very early this year. So it may just be the time to find another (and more affordable) spin bike like my old Sunny or my new Keiser M3i. 

There are some amazing deals about to drop.  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 have been difficult 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).

Tip No. 1 If you see something here that you like, throw it in your shopping cart and adjust your settings to get notices when the prices drop.  Flash sales happen all the time. 

Of course, if indoor cycling at home is not your thing, there is always my  husband’s  book  Sully the Squirrel Explores Boston!

Deals for 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!) while saving with Amazon Holiday Deals (Black Friday, etc.). How awesome is that?!

The 2nd most popular question I get (the first being about my disco ball) is about shoes and cleats. For the first couple of years after purchasing my Sunny I just wore my running sneakers and slipped my foot into the toe cage. It seemed fine and I was content but I did have a lingering curiosity.  After 525 rides on my Sunny I upgraded to a Keiser M3i which, like the Sunny, had toe cages on one side of pedal but also allowed me to “clip in” on the other side.  I finally took the plunge and bought some cycling shoes but holy smokes, the whole process was very confusing!!  Only certain shoes are compatible with certain cleats that are only compatible with certain pedals.  In fact, I initially even bought the wrong type.  Ugh. It was like learning a whole new language!  I thought I would share what I learned:

APPS for spinningCoke vs. Pepsi, McDonalds vs. Burger King and now, Peloton vs. Apple Fitness+!   The ultimate battle of the fitness apps and the best app for spinning. Peloton is 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.

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…

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.

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