The end of December will be my 1 year anniversary of owning my Peloton bike. It’s been a long journey to get to the point of really, truly loving this bike. But I can say now, without a doubt, I am delighted with this purchase, and I genuinely look forward to getting on to ride. I’m also really enjoying the other classes on the app which I’m pleased about because the subscription to the app is not free (though it should be if you own the bike, IMHO).
I was never really into cycling for exercise in the past, so this is really my first deep dive into using cycling as my main source of cardiovascular exercise. In the past, I did Bootcamp classes that I really enjoyed, and before that, I trained for a Sprint Triathlon so I had a nice mix of different cardio workouts.
Peloton has announced its newest version of the Bike, the Bike+, and while it’s a little bit tempting for a few reasons, I’m really pleased with my bike so I do not have intentions of upgrading at this time.
My Favorite Cycling Classes:
I typically take 30-45 minute cycling classes. I’ve taken a handful of 20-minute classes as well, but I just find them to be too short for my preferences. I haven’t taken an hour-long class yet but I plan to before the end of the year.
I usually look for HIIT & Hills, Pop Rides, “New Tracks” rides, or Intervals & Arms rides. The two biggest factors playing into my ride choice are music and trainer. The playlist really matters to me because I rely pretty heavily on the music giving me energy since I ride so early in the morning.
My favorite instructors are Cody Rigsby, Robin Arzon, Alex Toussaint, and Denis Morton. They all have unique energy and style, and I’m always happy in any of their classes.
My Favorite Other Classes:
Strength classes, specifically that involve weights! Adrian Williams and Jess Sims are my favorite instructors for the strength classes.
Coached outdoor runs, it’s so helpful to have a trainer in my ear while I run to tell me how to adjust pace based on the goals of that run.
My Favorite Gear:
Scoche Rhythm+ heart rate monitor – I was previously using the heart rate monitor that came with the Peloton, but I found it to not work very well, so I upgraded to this one!
Peloton cycling shoes – I got these in my normal size 9 and while they are a touch snug (which is how you want them) I find them to run true to size.
Spanx Bike Shorts with Pocket – These are my all-time favorite bike shorts. They are thin, provide nice compression, and have a pocket!
Clip-on Fan – I originally bought this to put in my stroller when I had babies, but now I’m using it on my bike screen and it’s a lifesaver for sweaty rides.
Water Bottle – I like this one so much I bought a second one!
Apple AirPods Pro – These are the headphones I use for riding. The audio on the original bike is horrible so the only way I ride, whether I’m trying to be quiet or not, is with these in my ears.
Gel Bike Seat – this has over 10k reviews and 4.5 stars!
Amazon Sports Bra – I love that this bra offers light/medium support and sort of works as a crop top as well.
Amazon bike shorts with pocket – I got the black leopard print on these shorts and love them! I got large but I wish I had bought a medium for more compression. They stay in place without sliding down and have a pocket too.