It’s been just over 12 months since I started using the Peloton App with my own 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 and my wonderful Sunny bike 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, boredom, 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 can’t imagine the guilt!

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 how I MacGyvered (yes, that is a word) an alternative with my Sunny 1509, some Wahoo sensors,  and  other bits & bobs that make my method not only an absolute money saver but also turns me into a sweaty mess.  This post is a scaled down summary of what has worked, what hasn’t and how everything is holding up after 12 months (and also includes my interview with ABC News!).

By now you know that I love cycling with my Peloton App (and if you don’t, here is my earlier review: My Peloton Bike Alternative). Despite the mad love, I wanted more variety so that I didn’t plateau on the bike.  Peloton’s “After the Ride” classes are great but I needed some more oomph.  After experimenting with some random classes on YouTube I signed up for a 30 day free trial of Daily Burn to supplement the Peloton and I am super glad that I did. Now what I do is alternate between Daily Burn and Peloton classes.

What is Daily Burn you ask?   I only just learned about it myself.

Well, its been 6 months since I started my Peloton journey with my fantastic Sunny bike and I could not be happier.   I cannot say enough good things about the Peloton app (that they now call Peloton Digital).  I have lost weight,  I am sleeping better than ever and I am much more energetic. The classes are interactive and communal but at the same time very intimate.  Also, the instructors rock – they are very motivational and push you to your limit.  I get a lot of email asking about how all the components of my “Peloton alternative” are holding up so I thought I would post a review about some of the items that I recommended in my original Peloton blog.  Read on…

Now that the holidays are in full swing it won’t be long before we start making New Year Resolutions and  saying, “Right, its Jan. 1st. Time to get in shape and lose some of those holiday  pounds!”  I must say it every year…

I thought I would share some of my at home exercise hits and misses over the years.  (If you are looking for diet advice, move along…)

This is not your typical Walt Disney blog where the author tells you where to stay, where to eat and what rides to take.  There are thousands of those blogs.  This blog is all about what to BRING to Disney.  By buying in advance we saved a load of money and it was easier than having to go shopping once we landed or checked-in.  Have fun.  Like they say, Disney World is magical!  We had a great time!

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 subscription fees for the first year, $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.  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.

WARNING: What you are about to see is a budget friendly home gym that will not look anything like you have pinned on Pinterest.  You have been warned…

Last year we converted an unfinished area of our basement into our own mini-exercise room.  We put up one wall, installed a couple of doors, a dropped ceiling with recessed lights, a TV and interlocking rubber floor mats.  We painted the cement walls bright yellow and bingo – a home gym.  The only thing left is mirrors.  Here is a step-by-step (budget conscience) guide to how we did it.

Readers, this is the opposite of one of my usual blogs.  This time I need YOUR advice.  Call it the “Upside Down” blog (that is for all you ‘Stranger Things’ fans out there…).

As many of you know, I have twin boys aged 7 going on 17.  This year they REALLY want a video game console for Christmas.  It is practically the only thing they have talked about wanting for the past couple of years.  While we are not big fans of video of games, we figured that if we can limit their time spent playing and focus on  non-violent games that we would give it a go.

That is where you come in.  I really want to take advantage of some great Black Friday deals but I am not sure which to buy??  I have done some research and narrowed it down to the PS4, Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch which more or less all seem the same.  This is where I am at:

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