First off, what exactly is a Peloton bike?
Dubbed as the Netflix of fitness, Peloton has been designed to bring you over 10,000 interactive spin classes in the privacy of your own home. It boasts incredible live-streaming of high-intensity workouts from their New York studio that you can tune into and take part in – London classes are coming soon, too. You can pick your riding length, anywhere from just five minutes right up to an hour while filtering your music playlist, choosing your own difficulty levels and tracking your performance overtime.
What area of your body does a Peloton target?
One of the best bits about Peloton is you have access to a whole host of incredible instructors, who offer a wide variety of classes to whip you into shape. Yes, spinning is the core focus, but they also encourage you to incorporate HIIT and power elements, with some weight training thrown in too. If you’re opting for the full unlimited subscription, you can also access other classes including stretching and yoga. In short, you can expect muscle-building and serious toning – not to mention a very elevated heart rate.
Aside from the screen, what else makes it different to a normal spinning bike?
One of its USPs, from our point of view, was the sheer silence of it compared to other stationary bikes we’ve tried. This is because it uses a belt tread instead of a chain, which minimises loud noise, so you don’t wake the neighbours. It’s also slick and surprisingly compact – that being said, you’d still need a very clear space to store it.
Who are the reported fans of this new fitness craze?
Boasting more than a million users, it’s safe to say Peloton has become big business recently. David Beckham, Hugh Jackman, Ellen DeGeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio have all declared their love for the bike, while swimmer Michael Phelps is reportedly ditching the pool and instead using Peloton for training.
Do you have to buy the bike up front, or can you rent it to trial?
You can’t rent a bike, but it is available on finance at £59 a month, with a 30-day return policy if you suddenly find the equipment just isn’t right for you. Another bonus is you can book into their London showrooms (King’s Road or Marylebone High Street) to try the bike for free and use their luxe shower rooms after your workout.
Finally, is it really worth the investment?
Prices start from £1,990, which initially, made us gulp. But given us Brits reportedly waste approx. £37 million a year on unused gym memberships, perhaps having this bike in the comfort of your home will encourage you to get your money’s worth. Not only does the bike deliver impressive classes that leave you feeling utterly invigorated (we can vouch for that), it’s also ideal for those who love working out, but in their own company. Plus, the vast number of classes means you’ll never feel as if you’re repeating the same routine. It’s worth noting though that on top of the cost of the bike, you also have to a pay a £39 monthly fee for access to the unlimited classes – but on the flipside, your family or partner can ride off this fee with no need for separate subscription.