At home workouts have increased in popularity over the past few years. As a way to stay active during the Covid-19 pandemic more people are choosing to purchase workout equipment. One of the most popular options is indoor cycling, in particular the Peloton bike. However, initial start-up costs mean some workout enthusiasts are opting for cheaper alternatives. So, you may be asking yourself – why should I consider a Peloton bike over the competition?
Many indoor cycling bikes and apps aim to replicate the feeling of real-world cycling as much as possible. They often offer real-world cycling trails in a solo virtual environment. Most indoor cycling apps were created for longer, endurance style workouts, with real-life cyclists in mind. However, Peloton aims to replicate high energy, engaging spin classes in your own home. These home workouts also come with a more human connection as classes are hosted virtually by instructors.
Peloton is a community based, indoor cycling fitness class founded in 2012. As the first company to offer a virtual indoor bike experience, users can attend instructor lead spin classes at home. All Peloton spin bikes feature a built-in sweatproof touchscreen, speakers, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity. Bikes start at $1,895 including delivery, however, a year membership is also required. The monthly membership is a reasonable $39, compared to spin classes that can cost anywhere from $20-$40 per session.
With more competitors emerging, Peloton has also expanded the range of fitness classes available. Users can now access running, yoga, strength training, and meditation classes as part of their monthly membership.
Peloton offers the only all-inclusive indoor cycling setup whereas competitors’ bikes require an additional tablet or smartphone to access classes and trails. The newest Peloton Bike+ also includes auto-follow resistance, so there is no need to manually adjust resistance during a class.
Another significant benefit of a Peloton bike over their competitors is the vast library of online workouts available to members. Users can filter workouts by difficulty, length, music choice and instructor. Various virtual live classes are also available every day. During live classes, Peloton members can directly chat and compete with other users. A live leaderboard is also available, allowing you to see your overall ranking. For those who like a less competitive workout there are other classes and timed scenic rides available, all with immersive video.
Peloton also offers an iOS and Android app for those who aren’t ready to invest in the Peloton bike. The app gives members access to all classes, including live sessions for just $12.99 per month. This does however come without the added social and competitive features.
Where Peloton falls short against their competitors is in their software and membership. The Peloton bike has closed connectivity and is unable to be used with other cycling apps. Without the monthly membership, the bike functionality is limited, with just 3 workouts and a basic cycling mode available. Additionally, when used offline, users riding statistics and personal times are not recorded. However, most competitors’ bikes will work in conjunction with various apps, including the Peloton app. This allows you to choose an app that suits your personal needs and budget.
So there we have it. If you are interested in a class like environment, with a social and competitive atmosphere, you should consider a Peloton bike. However, if you are looking for a simple cycling workout, a competitive smart bike could be better suited.