I Got a Peloton—Here Are My Thoughts
Thanks to Coronavirus, my healthy eating habits and workouts have drastically changed.
Since I can no longer hit up the gym, a spin class or anything else, I've had to make some major adjustments. Luckily, I had the foresight to get my hands on a Peloton about one week before California went into lockdown.
You're probably already familiar with the brand, but if not, it's a pretty simple concept. The Peloton is an indoor exercise bike, where you can join virtual or real-time classes with instructors and other members. Ever since one of my best friends made the big purchase, I've been wanting to get my hands on one.
Once you purchase the bike, you're directed to a calendar where you choose a date and time for someone to come set it up for you. It took exactly a week for my bike to arrive, and I was so happy when it did. It was day three of quarantine by then, and I was already going restless. So the timing couldn't have been any better.
Two employees from Peloton showed up at my apartment and set the whole thing up. They attached the monitor, showed me how to adjust the bike, set me up with some shoes and just about everything else.
Once I had the bike to myself, I was able to fiddle around with the monitor and browse through all of the types of classes. And let me tell you, it was way more than I expected. Not only are there spin classes, but there are also classes ranging from strength, to yoga, to dance and more.
I decided to take a normal biking class for my first one, and ended up doing a 30-minute hip-hop ride with a popular instructor, Ally Love. I burned 175 calories in those 30 minutes, but let me tell you—it felt like way more than that. The amount of sweat my body produced during those 30 minutes was shocking. I didn't even know I was capable of doing that!
I became hooked after that. If you're competitive (like me), this is the product for you. You have the option of joining challenges, like riding a certain amount of miles per month or completing streaks. It's great because you're competing against your own worst enemy, yourself. If that's not enough for you, you can also keep a lookout on the leader board. For every class you join, you have the chance to make it onto the leader board. It takes a look at your metrics and compiles a score. I'm nowhere near good enough to ever make it onto that board, but a girl can dream.
Since my first ride on March 18, I've taken 17 more bike rides, 14 types of strength training classes, 2 cardio classes and a stretching class. There's so much to choose from, and I haven't even scratched the surface.
If you're not ready to make the big purchase, I'd highly recommend becoming a member and paying a monthly fee. You get access to all of their classes, and all you usually need is a mat or some weights. But let me tell you, buying my Peloton was the best purchase I've ever made.
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