Peloton on the Cheap

Sunny Health and Fitness Bike

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Enter the Peloton app. The digital platform offers a free two week trial, no strings attached. You don’t even have to enter a credit card, so there was no harm in trying.

My dear friend took the plunge and bought a Peloton. She is OBSESSED. The more we talked about it the more intrigued I became. I had to know more but stopped dead in my tracks after seeing the cost. Um, nope. Not on my teacher salary. I decided to find a way to get the Peloton experience without the hefty price tag.

I downloaded the app and headed to the gym.

After one class I was OBSESSED. I felt amazing and I couldn’t stop talking about Peloton to my friends at school.

Monday through Friday I was at the gym when it opened and on a bike by 5:30 a.m. When the weekend rolled around I found myself missing my morning ride.

I don’t go to the gym on the weekends for many reasons, but the biggest being that I try to spend as much time with my kids as I can. That’s why 5:30 rides are amazing, but it just doesn’t work for me on the weekend.

But I love the rides. So what’s a girl to do?

Enter my solution: Peloton on the cheap.

After riding at the gym for two weeks I realized that I could replicate the gym experience at home. Is it exactly like having an actual Peloton bike? It’s not exactly the same, but it is better than what I had at the gym.

Here’s what I did and how you can do it too!

Step 1:

Download and subscribe to the Peloton app. Currently, the cost of the app is $19.49 and you can share the membership with your family or friends and three devices can take classes simultaneously.

Step 2:

Buy an indoor cycling bike. I spent far more time researching bikes than I’d like to admit but finally decided on this Sunny Health and Fitness bike. I was looking for two features in a bike: belt drive and magnetic resistance. It’s not a cheap bike ($600), but it is solid, offers a smooth and practically silent ride, and has four-way adjustable seat and handlebars so that everyone in my family can find the perfect fit.

Step 3:

Buy a cadence monitor. There are many options out there, but for ease of use and quick connectivity to the Peloton app, I’ve found the Wahoo Cadence Sensor is perfect for my needs. If you’ve tried a Peloton class you know that the instructors use cadence to guide you through the workout. I decided that without the ability to track my cadence in “real-time” I wouldn’t be able to get the workout that I desired. The Wahoo Cadence Sensor connects easily to the Peloton app, so it was a no brainer for me.

**Note: Some bikes have a built-in cadence monitor and may come with a computer to display your stats during your workout.

Step 4:

Pick a class and ride!

Peloton on the cheap is my new obsession!

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