Am I Keeping the Peloton Bike?
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The short answer is: yes!
In case you missed it, my impression of the Peloton Bike two weeks into owning it is here! Click to read!
I bought the bike with the full intention of using it a ton during the 30-day trial period so I could make a well-informed decision on whether or not it was going to be right for me. I’ve had it for 6 weeks and done 30 rides! I’ve done a few of the other classes offered in the app as well, but my focus for January was solely on the bike!
I really love the convenience of walking up to my office and getting a good work out in so easily. Part of my issue with driving to the gym I was at prior was the time wasted getting there. In this season, I need efficiency more than anything.
My favorite parts of the bike are having the trainer right in front of you, the amount of pre-recorded classes to choose from, the quality of the bike itself, and how quiet it is. I usually use headphones to listen while I do a class and those always link seamlessly via Bluetooth.
My biggest disappointment is that there aren’t as many live classes during the specific time frame I like to work out as I thought there would be. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot offered, but I was hoping to find 3-4 LIVE classes to choose from in the 5:00a or 6:00a hour. But at this time, there is only one class offered at a certain time slot and those time slots vary. So, it’s rare for me to do a live class (in fact, I think I’ve only done 2).
I love the camaraderie of giving high fives to the other “on-demand” riders (as we are called) in the classes I am in. I would love to find a way to connect with other riders that are on my schedule. There are a handful of Peloton Facebook groups but they are enormous! I wouldn’t even know where to start in finding an “on-demand” group that rides together.
My other note is that the Peloton heart rate monitor is finicky. I’ve read that water can help it settle into your upper midsection so it’ll connect and start tracking, but that is even touch-and-go for me. I really count on that heart rate monitor to work so I know that the number of calories burned is accurate.
I am keeping the bike but I’d be lying if I didn’t share that I’ve had to fight a tiny bit of boredom. As a highly social person who loved the competition of working out in person with other women, I expected this. I still love cycling and am keeping the bike, but I know myself well enough to know I will need to infuse some variety into my workouts to not get burned out of cycling.
If you are considering it and are able to give it a shot during the 30-day trial, I’d tell you to do so! I’m happy to answer questions you may have in the comments here. Please note that I answered a few more questions on the first post I wrote so be sure to check there before you submit any other questions here!