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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!

As I expected, Peloton recently confirmed that it will soon launch a Peloton Rowing Machine although no further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App were provided.  The Covid-19 pandemic will likely delay things.  And I sure I they will be taking pause after the recent Pelton treadmill tragedy.

It is not a shock because 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 a high tech indoor rowing machine with the U.S. Patent Office.

Piecing in all together…

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…

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!).

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.

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