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Hi everyone!  A common theme of questions I get in my mailbox about the Peloton App is as follows:

  • If I use the Peloton App with my own bike, will I be visible on the Leader board?
  • Can the Peloton instructor “see me” if I am using the App without the bike?
  • What is the deal with the high-fives?

Here are some answers:

Hi All!

You know that I love the Peloton App.  I really do; however, sometimes I feel like I need a bit more than just the bike.  For off the bike workouts I prefer BeachBody.com programs over the Peloton App classes.  In particular, I like the Insanity(with Shawn T) and the LIIFT4  (with Joel from Core de Force) for  a combination of weight training, cardio and abs.  Insanity is available both on DVD and on Demand while LIIFT4 is only available for streaming on Demand.

Because I  would never want to abandon my Peloton rides completely, I’ve written a Peloton, Insanity MAX 30 and LIIFT 4 hybrid workout calendar.   I thought that I would share it with my followers.   It is not for the faint of heart but its a great action-packed workout in under one hour.

UPDATE: Peloton confirmed this week that they WILL indeed launch a Peloton rower in 2020 although no further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App were provided.

OK, this is purely speculative but I THINK Peloton will soon be releasing a Peloton Rowing Machine.

This past October 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…

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!

Hi Gang,

Its been almost two years since I started using the Peloton App with my own Sunny Spin Bike and my Wahoo cadence and speed sensors.  What an amazing experience.  I am in the best shape of my life and more importantly I have proven to myself that I have a passion for spinning – I am so happy with the variety of Peloton class options, have exercised my butt off and the bike didn’t turn into a clothes hanger.

Now I am considering an upgrade.  Why?  For no reason in particular.  My Sunny still works great.  I just want to move to more of a commercial grade exercise bike.  I have stashed away $100 per month for the past two years and I am deciding between a Keiser M3i and of course, the Peloton.

After doing a LOT of research comparing and contrasting the two spin bikes – I thought I would share what I found.

I get a lot of emails asking me to respond with a simple list of all the bits and bobs needed to use the Peloton App  with your own spin bike (meaning, without the actual Peloton bike).  Well, in addition to replying to those emails, I thought that I would post my advice here, too.

Of course, my detailed review of the Peloton App with all the lovely pictures and videos can be found in my super popular Peloton Alternative post!

Here is my list

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