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Ready to invest in your health? We were too last year which is why we bought a Peloton bike! Brandon and I both have been using it for almost two years and we can soundly say it was one of the best purchases ever!
Read my unbiased Peloton bike review!
It is definitely not a miracle work out. It does not ride itself. And it doesn’t magically help you eat better (I wish!). But for me, it has been a huge motivator and now something I love doing. I have hated working out in any capacity in the past, and I’ve never stuck with a program or a gym longer than a few weeks. True story, I paid for a gym membership for over 2 years and the only time I went was the day I signed up. #facepalm
I love that I can do this at home, it’s super motivating, has tons of variety, and it still has a major social aspect!
The Peloton bike has helped us keep our hearts healthy, lose/maintain some weight, and stay active on a regular basis.
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Here are a few of the questions I get asked regularly.
Can I afford a Peloton bike?
This is always the first and biggest question, and it’s a different answer for everyone. We have an original bike. The original bike itself costs $1,895 (that includes delivery) before any accessories. The new Bike+ costs $2,495. Occasionally they offer a special that will add on some accessories, but generally, the bike itself is never discounted. The only accessory I bought from Peloton with the bike was a pair of shoes, which cost $125. When you use a friend’s referral code (my referral code is: DG72SP) you can save $100 on accessories, so in the end, my shoes only cost me $25. And I needed shoes! Brandon already had spin shoes and just needed new clips, which we ordered from Amazon here.
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Stay tuned for my post on all the best accessories for your Peloton bike!
If you qualify, Peloton offers no money down, 0% financing for 39 months. Which means you pay $49 a month for 39 months for the bike. So it’s the exact same price as if you pay upfront. We chose to do this and I later paid it off early, there were no early-payoff penalties.
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So I bought the bike, is that all it costs?
In addition to purchasing the bike, you also have to purchase a Peloton All-Access Membership. Which is a subscription to the on-demand library and live classes they offer. The subscription is $39 a month. When I look at how many years I paid for a gym membership I never used or the cost of workout tapes I watched once, the $39 is nothing. Plus when you think about it, the $39 is for me and BTR to workout on the bike and with the app.
Speaking of the app, in addition to the on-demand and live spin classes on the bike, this subscription also gives you access to all of the classes within the Peloton App.
Wanna know more about the app? Scroll down!
So yes the Peloton bike is a financial investment. Brandon always talks about an article he read in an investment magazine where it talked about how investing in your health can be a better financial investment than stocks. As in, if you keep yourself healthy over the years you will have dramatically lower medical costs later in life. Which can be a large financial burden. So this is our stance on justifying the cost of the bike and monthly subscription.
Is it just spinning?
It’s not!! It’s SO much more than just spinning! I mentioned above that the $39 monthly subscription gives you access to the Peloton App which is available on the web and for the iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Android tablets, and Fire TV.
The app offers spin, running (indoor and outdoor), strength, yoga, meditation, stretching, cardio, walking, boot camp, dance cardio, and barre classes! And just recently they added an entire collection of pilates and prenatal classes!
As you can see there are literally hundreds and hundreds of classes and class types to choose from! You can search and filter all the classes on the bike and in the app by length, instructor, music genre, difficulty level, and more. I like to pull the app up on my phone and then AirPlay it to our living room TV.
I like to use the app for yoga, strength training, and stretching. And more recently I’ve been listening to 5-minute meditation classes because we all need some zen right now. BTR has used it for HIIT and outdoor running workouts. The bike and spinning part is the most interactive and metrics-driven workout, but it has so many options to keep your whole body healthy.
Right now Peloton is offering the app FREE for 2 months!
After 2 months the app is $12.99 a month. This is a great way to try out the different workouts and instructors if you’re on the fence about buying a bike!
Isn’t it boring riding a bike to nowhere and doing the same thing over and over?
If you want to talk about boring, let’s talk about doing the same 7 workouts in a row week after week. You know exactly what program I’m talking about here. ;) With Peloton you can ride live with instructors every day or choose from the expansive on-demand library. There are 20+ instructors with class times ranging from 5 to 90 minutes long. And I’m just talking about the cycling classes here. Add in all the other class types and you have 30+ instructors to choose from and you legit never have to do the same workout twice.
Where do I put it?
We decided on where to put our bike pretty quickly. We considered putting it in our basement as we have plenty of room down there, but we ultimately decided to put it in our bedroom. Yes, I sleep next to my Peloton! ;)
We had just enough room next to our bed where I used to have an old vanity. But that was just a catch-all of random things. We figured if it was on our main level we would have fewer excuses not to ride and it would be easier to communicate with the boys if they needed us. And by looking at it every day I’m much more motivated to ride!
Plus it’s super quiet. BTR will wake up early before work and jump on the bike and I won’t even know it. Because we all know I’m the queen of sleeping in. He uses his wireless headphones and he’s off. Honestly, the overhead fan in our bedroom makes more noise than him pedaling. So for this stage of our life, it made the most sense to put it in our bedroom! Obviously, in my plans for our next house, we’ll have an entire workout room dedicated to the Peloton and weights. And maybe we’ll even add a Tread! ;)
Why we love the Peloton and why it has a cult following.
We totally drank the kool-aid. I didn’t mention this before, but I had NEVER taken a spin class before buying the Peloton. Which I know sounds legit crazy. A couple of years ago a local sporting goods store went out of business and we bought a spin bike and put it in our basement. Where it sat for 2 years. I felt as though I was hearing and reading about Peloton everywhere so I downloaded the app and tried the bike in our basement. And just like that, I was hooked. Before I knew it we were in the Peloton showroom in St. Louis and ordering our bike.
Like I said above, the Peloton is still just a piece of equipment, you have to put the work in. No, I haven’t done a total body transformation. But beyond losing weight, I FEEL so much healthier. If the Peloton could knock the beer and tacos out of my hands I’d probably have a 12 pack (abs that is, not beer).
When I ride regularly I have more energy, I feel better about the day, I can keep up with the boys playing in the yard, and I don’t get out of breath shaking my cocktail anymore. I kid, I kid. Sort of.
And I love the social side of Peloton! When you ride there is a leaderboard with everyone taking (or who has taken) that same ride. You can compete with them and yourself trying to get your next PR. And throwing out high fives is so fun and super motivating! It seamlessly connects with my Apple Watch so I can work on closing my rings and competing with friends. Plus the new hashtag features makes it easy to sort the leaderboard by friends so you can cheer each other on!
BTR wanted me to add that as a guy he loves the competition and racing friends on the leaderboard, chasing personal records each time, and calculating how many beers he can have after a 900 calorie ride. He loves it and would highly recommend it. And he is someone who tried spinning at the gym and hated it.
As I’m writing this, just like everyone else, we are staying in our homes and this has been the perfect piece of equipment to continue being healthy and staying connected. We love the Peloton community, the Peloton instructors, and those we are competing with on the leaderboard!
Hopefully, I was able to answer most of your questions with my Peloton bike review. But please, please, please reach out if you have any other questions! You can drop them in the comments below or send me an email!
Also, this post was not sponsored in any way by Peloton. We paid for our bike 100%. But if Peloton wants to send me some swag, hit me up ;)