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Christmas is right around the corner and I predict that the Peloton bike to be this year’s No. 1 gift for home exercise enthusiasts.  Although, I don’t know how they will sneak it under the tree –  it’s like those Lexus commercials with the car in the driveway with the big  red bow…

Peloton’s annual Christmas commercial went absolutely viral. Check out these articles:

  • HuffPost:  People Are Very Concerned For The Woman In Peloton’s Holiday Ad
  • Variety: Social-Media’s Latest Exercise: Getting Worked Up Over a Peloton Ad
  • Vox:  Peloton’s terrifying new ad is the best horror movie in recent memory

Peloton is undoubtedly the leader in the spin-at-home movement but as we know, not everyone can afford to buy a Peloton bike and then pay its $39 monthly fee.  (I can’t, that is for sure but it would be the best Christmas gift to ever receive…as long at they also pay the monthly fee.)  That is where the genius of their Peloton App comes into play.   For only $12.99 per month, you can access all of the same live and on-demand classes on their own less expensive bike.  If you follow my blog, I’ve been preaching about how great the Peloton App is for a while now.  It’s amazing.

If you are thinking of giving someone an exercise bike this Christmas but can’t go all in with the Peloton, there are many other types of bikes out there that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

If this is all too overwhelming, head on over to my brother-in-law’s Alternative Christmas Gift  blog for some weird and wild stuff!

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 inexpensive Sunny bike and I could not be happier.  I cannot say enough good things about the Peloton App.

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, although I like some better than others.

I get a lot of email asking about how all the components of my “Peloton App Setup” are holding up so I thought I would post a review about some of the items that I recommended in my original post “My Peloton Bike Alternative; A Great Money Saving Hack.”

Here is what has worked well and what you can skip:

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…)

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.

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