You love the energy that exercise classes provide, but you hate the dreaded awkward moments before class starts – because small talk hurts your brain.
Peloton is about to become your new best friend.
I’m writing a review about Peloton because I personally use it and love the convenience and the results it has brought my husband and I. We spent our own money to purchase this product and I’m not being paid by Peloton to write this article.
I didn’t like my Peloton at first and here’s why…
Snapping in and out of the bike takes getting used to
I have a knee injury that I spent 6 months in physical therapy healing. With Peloton you wear special cycling shoes that have cleats on the bottom of the shoe that snap into the bike petals. Snapping out of these petals is not easy at first, especially when you are afraid of doing it wrong, twisting your knee, and reinjuring it.
My vag was killing me
No joke, I was in some serious pain my first week on that unforgiving seat. I never thought I would be able to adjust, but you really do “get used to it” and the pain goes away after a week or two if you are consistent in riding.
I was at the way bottom of the leaderboard
I’m not going to lie, my ego was bruised a bit after huffing, puffing, and cussing at the instructors, yet I’m still in the bottom five percent of riders out of 10,000+ people.
Reasons why you might fall in love with Peloton after getting over what is mentioned above…
You get most of the energy from a class, without having to interact with anyone.
This is especially helpful when I’m working out first thing in the morning before coffee and creating coherent sentences is too much to ask of me.
It saves a ton of time.
No more extra time to drive to a gym, wait for a parking spot, wait for a spot in class – you get the idea.
The workouts – after the first week – are actually a lot of fun.
There are so many music options and instructors. Each bring their own unique flavor, Some are very extra and sassy, some are hilarious, and others are motivational.
They automatically track your progress – mostly.
I love how they track the days that I have worked out on the Peloton automatically. I can also see how many calories I have burned on each workout in my app and track all of my miles on the bike.
The only thing it doesn’t do is track the calories you are putting into your body. For this I use the free My Fitness Pal. It helps me be aware and mindful of the amount of calories I am putting into my body so I can maintain my weight loss long term. Because in the end all diets, even fad diets, are geared towards getting you on a caloric deficit to lose weight.
You get to look at your spouse *rawr*
So my husband used to ride his bike to work and enjoys it. We moved and live farther from his work now and we got the Peloton for him. I wasn’t interested in a bike that goes nowhere at first but I justified the purchase because it was being used by the hubs 3-6 times per week.
After only one month I saw a huge difference in his body composition. Translation – he was looking hot! Not that he wasn’t hot before, but wow – I did enjoy benefiting from his hard work. And he continued to progress while using the bike. Thank you Peloton + My Fitness Pal (free app to track calories).
After seeing the results he was having, 21 pounds and counting, I decided I needed to at least try the Peloton, at least for four to six weeks, and if I didn’t like the results I could stop. Well…I haven’t stopped yet.
Before starting Peloton I was a muffin top 12 (translation size 14) when I busted my knee and started physical therapy and weight lifting. Over the course of about six months, I got down to a size 10.
Since starting to regularly use the Peloton in May of 2019 I’m down 2 more pant sizes. When I started riding the bike I was a size 10 and now I’m a size 6. Let the dorky happy dance commence.
Peloton isn’t the only way to get these benefits.
Other companies like Tonal (strength training) and Hydrow (rowing) are coming out with connected at-home fitness and I am really excited to try them and see where this industry goes.
It was an investment, but when the hubs and I broke it down, it actually costs way less than me going to physical therapy 2x per week with a $20 insurance copay. Both my husband and I get to use it for one subscription price and one bike payment with 0% interest. And each of us uses it 3-6 times a week. And the huge bonus is my husband’s work has a wellness program that reimburses us for the Peloton subscription.
I wanted to write my review so others could start researching products similar to Peloton and see if this type of workout is for you. Let me know if you have tried Tonal or Hydrow. I’d love your opinions on them, what you think of the quality of the trainers, and the quality of the equipment. Especially since I’m thinking of getting one.
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