It’s been just over 12 months since I started using the Peloton App without the bike and I thought it was time to share an update to my original review. Read on…
I am happy to report that with the Peloton App 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, work or deciding to stay in bed instead of working out) but hey, I am only human. 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 think that the guilt from spending all that money and then not using it would kill me.
If you are a first time visitor to my blog, my comprehensive review and step-by-step guide to my Peloton App alternative can be found in my original “Peloton for Less” blog. This post is a scaled down summary of all the bits & bobs that make my method not only an absolute money saver but also turns me into a sweaty mess…
Step 1. The Sunny Bike. A year in and this bike is good as the day it was delivered. There are LOADS of at-home bikes on the market at various price points but my purposes, this one can’t be beat. I did my research and this was the one (plus it was relatively inexpensive alternative all things considered).Here is a quick video of me on my bike (with some audio in case you are wondering where the noise is coming from).
Step 2. The Peloton App. When I first started with the app there was about 3,500 spin classes. Now there are over 10,000 classes to choose from on-demand and it is also available in the UK and Canada. Even at the new $19.49 price it is still less expensive than the monthly subscription required if you buy the actual Peloton bike. Spin classes can be selected by length, type (e.g., Live DJ), music genre (e.g., Pop, Country) and instructor. The classes are all very well done. I’ve tried all the instructors and my favorite is still Emma Lovewell. I stream the classes to my TV from my iPad via Apple TV but you could also just buy yourself a tablet holder and attach your iPad to your handlebars. In addition to spinning, the app now lets you access classes like yoga, strength training and classes for the Peloton treadmill like bootcamp classes (you are both on and off the treadmill during those classes), running and walking. I like to take short strength training and abs classes (10 minutes or so) after a bike ride.
Step 3. Wahoo Speed & Cadence Sensor. I attached both the cadence and speed sensors to my Sunny bike. See my full post for photos. The cadence sensor is a must to follow along with the cadence instruction. For example, an instructor will tell you to keep your cadence anywhere between 45-60 while going up a hill. The speed sensor belongs more in the”nice to have” category but is not essential.
Step 4. Wahoo Fitness App. This is a great free app. It wirelessly connects to, and displays, my cadence, speed, heart rate, workout distance and workout time. This is a must have.
Here is what the Wahoo app, cadence and speed sensors look like
Step 4. Wahoo Heart Rate Monitor. I use the monitor to track calories burned during a workout. It works seamlessly with the app.
Step 5. Max Miles Phone Holder. I use this phone holder so that I can see my Wahoo app and my cadence, speed, etc. I connect it to the handlebars.Step 6. Weights. Get yourself some cheap weights for the arm routines during the spin classes and the other bootcamp style classes.
Here are some extras I bought but are not absolutely necessary:
Seat Cushion. My bum hurt. End of story…
The Cart. I needed somewhere to put my dumbbells.
A few months into my journey I was interviewed by the ABC News New York “7 on Your Side Team” about my inexpensive Peloton alternative (which they called a “Peloton hack”). I had never been interviewed before and was super nervous. I think we spoke for 45 minutes and I am on the air for about 30 seconds. Here is a link about the interview: Peloton App Review; Cheaper Options Exist for Taking the Peloton Plunge
In summary, its been over a year and I am extremely pleased with my set-up. The app is awesome, my bike is great, I have saved a ton of money while losing weight. What could be better? And to the critics out there that claim spin class does not help you lose weight – you are wrong. As long as you vary the classes so as to not plateau and you choose healthy foods, you will drop it like its hot. 🙂
Drop me a note if you have any questions!
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