Should You Get A Peloton? Read This First.



Peloton Bikes are all the rage! With a 10-week waiting list, people around the country are flocking to Peloton for their fitness needs. Having secured a Peloton two months ago, I've had a chance to try out many different classes & have been asked by many "should I get a Peloton?" almost weekly. Of course, only you can (& should) make the ultimate decision in whether to purchase one, but I hope this blog will help steer you in the right direction.


THIS AIN'T DAYCARE

It sure isn't! One thing I can assure you of is that Peloton classes are tough! There are of course 'low impact' classes that can be used as part of active recovery, but many classes you'll find provide a heart-pumping workout. I have yet to find a class that hasn't challenged me in some way. The instructors are motivating, the classes are tough, and the music is great.


Getting back to the question of "should you get a Peloton?", you have to be honest with yourself and determine whether you have enough self-motivation to actually take these great classes. No one is forcing you on the bike and it is very easy to let it become a coat rack. I consider self-motivation to be the #1 most important factor to consider is whether or not you should invest in a Peloton. If you're not motivated enough to get on the bike regularly, then it doesn't matter how good the classes are.


SHOW ME THE MONEY

It's no secret that buying a Peloton bike can be considered a major purchase in your budget. With bikes costing $2,000+, you'll want to consider the financial options you have. Purchasing a bike from Peloton directly gives you the option to pay upfront or via a monthly plan (if you qualify). I personally purchased my Peloton bike secondhand from Facebook Marketplace. Although it was cheaper than buying directly from Peloton, you lose the option of paying monthly and have to arrange your own delivery/transportation (potentially an additional cost).


While Peloton's are a steep initial investment, you should also consider how much your bike could be costing (or saving!) you in the years to come. After you purchase your bike, there is a $39/month membership fee (subject to change) for access to the classes. Consider the cost of gym memberships in your area and compare the prices to Peloton. This was an easy consideration for me. Living in San Francisco my local gym charges $90/month for a base-level membership. I much prefer running outside to any gym workout, but I also miss the cross-training opportunities available at a gym. Peloton is the perfect middle ground for me - it's less than half the price of my local gym, and I have a new way to get some cross-training done.


AND THAT'S NOT ALL, FOLKS!

Once you purchase your Peloton, you'll notice there are some other items that you'll need to pick up. Cycling shoes, cycling shorts, a clip-on fan, a bike mat, and hand weights are a few of the items I use in addition to my bike. You can find online deals for each of these items, but it's worth noting that simply purchasing the bike alone may not be enough.


I <3 MY PELOTON

Overall, I am in LOVE with my Peloton. You've probably heard many people say that, but I seriously do. While I don't take classes every day, I know that I can always get a great workout in whenever I want to. If Peloton's are out of your budget, or you just don't want to buy one, you can always signup for class membership and use a different (and sometimes cheaper) stationary bike. I personally don't have experience with this, but there are many online resources to check out if you decided to go this route (which is totally fine!). I hope you'll consider giving this workout a try & feel free to reach out to me (email or dm) if you have any questions about my experience with Peloton. See you on the leaderboard!