My Peloton: 2 Month Check-In

Now that I’ve been using the Peloton app for 2 months, it’s time to do another check-in!

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So, let’s get into the 2-month update…

Do I still like the equipment I bought?

YES. I am still very happy with the bike, mat and cadence sensor. However, over the last month, I did buy two more things that add to my Peloton experience:

Yoga Blocks– purchased at TJMaxx for $6.99

I’ve been taking a variety of classes on the Peloton app and whenever a yoga class would instruct me to use yoga blocks, I’d just work around it because I didn’t have any. I picked up a set of 2 blocks on a trip to TJMaxx for $6.99 and they have been a total gamechanger for me. I’m able to follow along with the classes better and they really help me with my positions as I’m going through my yoga workout. For such a small amount of money, they really have made a big difference.

As you can see in the photo, I have a few different options when it comes to weights — 3 pounds, 5 pounds, and 8 pounds. I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE to buy 10 pound weights and possibly 12 pound weights and apparently everyone is getting fit and all the stores are out of stock. I finally found a pair of 10’s at Dicks Sporting Goods over the weekend, so I’ll be adding them into my strength workouts.

Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet purchased from Amazon for $94.99

I’ve had my Kindle Fire for years and love it so much for reading and Netflix watching. However, it was an older series that did not support the Peloton app (or Hulu, which was super annoying). Out of curiosity one day I decided to check out the new tablets and found that the Kindle Fire HD 10 was on sale from $150 to $94.99.

I decided to go for it and I love my new tablet! The screen is bigger, which is great for Netflix watching AND reading. It supports the Peloton app AND fits perfectly on my bike, so instead of using my phone screen I now have a much larger screen to watch. The only drawback is that while my iphone talks to my iwatch to pull in my heartrate and show it on the screen during a Peloton workout, the Kindle app does not do this. 

Do I still like the Peloton app?

YES. I purchased the individual Peloton Digital Membership app for $12.99/month and it is worth every penny. While I assumed I’d only be using the app for cycling, I’ve also taken a bunch of classes on stretching, strength, yoga, meditation, cardio dancing, and bike bootcamps. Even without the bike, the app keeps me motivated to do SOMETHING every single day.

Who are my current favorite instructors?

Adrian Williams: I’m still loving Adrian and search him out when I’m looking for a good stretch or strength workout. I love that I can do a 10- or 15-minute weightlifting strength workout with him and he moves the WHOLE time without wasting even a minute. Also, he’s hilarious and I find myself laughing out loud at least once per workout.

Cody Rigsby: I’ve crossed over from thinking Cody is fun to being a FULL-ON Cody fan. If there is any instructor who is going to motivate me to do a 30-minute Boot Camp with a mix of cycling and weights… it’s Cody. And he will even have me smiling, laughing and dancing through it. He’s total magic!

Am I still keeping motivated?

YES. As I mentioned in my 1 month check-in, I’ve given myself the goal of doing something on the Peloton app each day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a full boot camp, a cycling class + a strength class, or just a 5-minute meditation. Every single day, I take a little bit of time just to myself and it’s been wonderful. I also do a Sister’s Ride each weekend (sometimes both days) and I may catch up with a sister or 2, or 3 on a random weeknight depending on our schedules/energy level.

As of today, my streak is 73 days long!

Overall Thoughts

I’m still loving the Peloton and I’ve gotten into the groove of working exercise into my life on a daily basis. While I’m sure that having the actual Peloton bike is very nice, for the price I paid I am very happy with my ‘faux’ Peloton and the app.

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My Peloton: 1 Month Check-In

Last month, I shared that I was Hopping on the Peloton Trend, Kinda by setting up a non-Peloton exercise bike and using the Peloton app for my workouts. Now that I’ve been using the Peloton app for 1 month, I thought it would be a good idea to do a check-in!

Do I like the equipment I bought?

As I mentioned, I did not purchase a Peloton bike. Instead, here is what I purchased:

I very much like the CHAOKE cycling bike and the equipment mat is great too! After a few rides, I did realize that my handlebars needed to be a bit higher and that was a quick adjustment. I find the seat comfortable and the bike easy to use. I also like that the pedals have the cage pedals, so I can use my regular running shoes when I ride. After each ride, I wipe down the handlebars and seat with a bleach wipe and it’s good to go for my next workout. (Also, as an added endorsement, one of my sisters bought the exact same bike as I did and she likes hers too)

I have mixed feelings about the Wahoo Cadence Sensor. I originally bought it because when doing Peloton rides they tell you what cadence to do throughout your workout. The Peloton bikes have the cadence built in to the bike. I run the Peloton app on my iPhone during my workouts, so if I’m also running the Wahoo sensor, it is in the background. After my workout I can check to see if my cadence was where I intended, but it’s more of a reactive thing if I think about it. If I ran my Peloton workouts on my laptop rather then my phone, I could have my cadence sensor running on my phone and watch it during my workouts. All in all, I’m fine with being more intuitive for my rides. When they say “go at a cadence between 60 – 80” that is a more comfortable speed. And when they say “go 100 – 120” that is code for RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL IS CHASING YOU.

As for the bike seat cover, I found that it was completely unnecessary and I never even took it out of the packaging. I’ll returned it over the weekend, since I ended up not needing it at all.

Knowing what I know now after 1 month of use, I would have skipped the seat cover and cadence monitor and just purchased the bike and mat.

Do I like the Peloton app?

YES. I like the Peloton app SO MUCH! I purchased the individual Peloton Digital Membership app for $12.99/month but the first 30 days were free. I love that it has a variety of classes and so far I’ve done classes in cycling, stretching, strength, meditation and yoga. I love that you can sort by class type, class length, instructor and more. It makes it super easy for me to fit a workout into my day when I can narrow it down to how much time I have. Often I will do a 20 minute cycle ride and then add on a quick 5 minute strength session… because it’s only FIVE minutes and my arms still feel like jello afterwards.

Also, I really like that my iWatch and the Peloton app work together so that it can pull my heart rate into the app for each of my workouts. By keeping an eye on my heart rate while still looking at the screen, I can make sure I’m working as hard as I should be.

Who are my favorite instructors?

Ben Alldis: I have a workout crush on my buddy Ben and I love his cycling classes! Even if I pick a 20-minute ride, he has me jamming along with the music and sweating more than I’ve ever sweat during a workout in my life. And that’s including running a 10k. He’s cute, he’s positive and he has great taste in music.

Adrian Williams: I first found Adrian when I was looking for some good stretching sessions and he totally delivered. Since then, I’ve also found that I really enjoy his strength workouts. I find him motivating without being annoying and he also makes me laugh when he does something like shout out “PEEKABOO” when doing a weights move.

Ally Love: Ally has a 5 minute strength class that I love adding on to my cycle workouts. She moves the entire time and as I mentioned above, it’s pretty darn easy to get myself to pick up the weights if it’s as quick as 5 minutes. I wish there were more short strength workouts with weights!

Some other instructors I’ve taken classes with: Emma Lovewell, Cody Rigsby, Robin Arzon, Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Leanne Hainsby, Aditi Shah, Kristin McGee, Hannah Corbin, Olivia Amato, Denis Morton, Jess Sims, Sam Yo, Alex Toussaint, and more.

Am I keeping motivated?

Yes! I’ve given myself a goal of doing SOMETHING on the Peloton app each day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cycling class + a strength class, or just a 5-minute meditation. Every single day, I take a little bit of time just to myself and it’s been wonderful.

Another way I keep motivated is that each weekend I do a Sister’s Ride with my sisters. We set up a Zoom so we can all see each other and we sweat through a cycling ride and typically add on a strength or stretch workout too. I’ve been doing both Saturday and Sunday, since not all of us can make the same time/days. It’s been a great way to see some of my favorite people AND keeps me motivated, since I certainly am not going to leave my sister’s hanging!

Overall thoughts

I’m going to be honest, I’m getting lonely. I’m still working from home every day (and have been most of the time since March) and I’m still overseeing Jack’s online school. So basically I talk to my co-workers by Slack, phone or Zoom and my kid and husband. I barely leave the house and when I do it’s to go somewhere like the grocery store, or to pick up carryout dinner. It’s cold outside, so we haven’t been meeting up with anyone to do any outdoor get togethers. By adding the Peloton to my daily routine, not only am I forcing myself to get motivated to do something, I feel more connected to the world. I take classes with hundreds or thousands of other people. I zoom with my sisters on the weekends. It gives me something to look forward to. And it’s great for my cholesterol and hopefully will help me lose a few pounds. For less than $350, I call that a win!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Hopping on the Peloton Trend… Kinda.

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It’s happened. I’ve finally reached the part of the pandemic where I feel like I need a Peloton bike.

Didn’t you know… first comes the organizing, then the baking of banana bread, the Netflix streaming of Schitt’s Creek, and now I’ve reached the Peloton phase. It’s a thing. We all go through it.

The Peloton phase crept up on me a slowly. First, my BFF had one for like a year. And I was intrigued… but not $2,000 intrigued. Then, my sister got one and loves it… and her husband loves it now too. And finally, a friend was talking about how she loves her Peloton so much she lost 10 pounds.

Um… 10 pounds? Okay, I’m listening…

I’ve been trying to keep active and over the summer did plenty of outdoor walks. Lately, I’ve been using my elliptical and will occasionally throw in an exercise DVD to pep things up a bit.

I like the idea of adding an additional piece of exercise equipment to the mix. I also like the idea of having peppy instructors keep me motivated with changing workouts and dance music.

What I don’t like is spending $2,000 + $40 a month for an all-active membership subscription. Also, the bikes are taking awhile to ship out. Their website warns you that it may take 10 weeks, but many people online are complaining that it has been even longer.

Basically, I want a cheaper Peloton with a cheaper subscription and quicker shipping.

I did some googling and reading and more googling and reading… and I decided to purchase myself a set up that is similar to the expensive and fancy Peloton bike.

Here’s what I ordered:

My total was: $364.60 + tax

(Note, my original bike purchase price was $339.98 and I noticed it dropped $55 when preparing this post, so I used the Chat to contact Amazon and they have given me a credit for the difference).

Rather than purchasing the All-Access Peloton subscription for $39.99/month, I will be purchasing the individual Peloton Digital Membership app for $12.99/month. As of this weekend, Peloton is offering your first 30 days FREE!

My bike arrived over the weekend and I shared my ‘setting it up’ experience on my Instagram stories (you can find them saved on my Instagram page under Peloton Fun). If you are on Peloton, you can connect with me on the app — just search for JoulesDellinger.

I’ll certainly keep you all updated, so let me know what questions you have and I’ll be sure to answer them in my next post!

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