Coke 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.
I have some exciting news. I created a dedicated Apple Fitness+ App Community on Facebook! I describe it as a safe place to help answer questions, discuss tips, tricks and share best practices while using the Apple Fitness+ App. Please join! More details below.
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…
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 have guessed that the Peloton bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift; however, Peloton is already alerting buyers of potential shipping delays. So it may just be the time to find another (and more affordable) spin bike like my old Sunny.
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 are really hard 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).
Of course, if indoor cycling at home is not your thing, there is always a Baby Yoda…
Start 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!).
I recently celebrated my 500th Peloton ride on my wonderful (and budget friendly) Sunny Bike. Along the way, my Sunny was used and abused, therefore I made sure to give it some TLC.
Like any piece of machinery, a bit of upkeep is is needed. Here is what I did:
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 App blog purchasing a Peloton bike without financing costs about $3,000 when you add in delivery, $468 class subscription fees for the first year ($39 per month), $125 for clip-in shoes, exercise mat, etc. Way outside of my budget.
0% APR Financing: While a 0% down APR sounds like a great detail, the devil is in the details. For qualified buyers, Peloton allows you to make 39 monthly payments of $64 for the Peloton Bike+ or $49 for the Peloton Bike (the original). In addition to the cost of the bike, shoes, etc. to qualify for the 0% financing you need to commit to a 39-month class subscription of $39/mo. totaling $1,521. By my math the grand total over the 39-month period will be almost a $4,053 – $4,455 commitment when you add all the extras.
This 8-week hybrid workout will help you mix up your workout and get your body in bathing suit shape.
Because I would never want to abandon my Peloton APP rides completely, I’ve created a Peloton, Insanity MAX 30, and LIIFT 4 hybrid workout calendar. This hybrid workout is not for the faint of heart but it’s a great action-packed workout in under one hour.
UPDATE: It is a doozy!
I have some exciting news! Equinox recently announced that starting this Fall, they will launch a digital fitness platform. This digital fitness platform will include classes and content from its family of brands, including SoulCycle and Precision Run! The new platform will integrate live and on-demand content (pre-pandemic, the content was going to be from over 300 locations but I imagine that they have streamlined that a bit).
[Big update below]
The SoulCycle App
Hey everybody! I hope that everyone is staying safe, healthy and sane.
I decided to bring a little fun into my home gym and bought a really fun disco ball for my Peloton rides. It is SO MUCH FUN! I turn down the lights, crank up the music and turn on the disco ball – the pattern of the lights change to the beat of the music coming from the Peloton App. It comes with a small remote that I keep with my bike.
I have added some pictures and videos.
These are some incredibly stressful times. I hope that you and your families are safe, healthy, and staying sane.