Health + Wellness

3 tips to get the most out of your Peloton

January 10, 2021

This blog post ended up longer than I intended but I wanted to be transparent about my last 2.5 years with my bike, and I wanted to give you all tips if you plan to purchase a Peloton, or even if you have one. These are things I’ve learned along the way. To summarize, I love my Peloton, but as they say “showing up is HALF the work.”

This post is not sponsored in any way. Just my truth!

I have to say that I am a sucker for “new tech” – I love when a new iPhone or iWatch comes out, I am always laptop window shopping, reading gadget reviews, it’s just something that feeds into my shopping habits. With that said I have always wanted a Peloton. I knew that I loved spin classes at my gym and that I would love the bike just as much.

I am also an impulsive shopper (working on this) and during my lunch one day I got onto a chat with a Peloton customer service rep (just to ask questions) and then I walked away with a $3,000 bike. Let’s just say telling my husband was NOT fun.

I managed to reason with him. We both were no longer taking CrossFit classes what we did before the babies which cost us around $160 a month. It was something that both of us could use, not just myself and eventually he became fine with it. He really had no choice, it was on it’s way!

My Peloton arrived!

The Peloton van is the equivalent to Santa’s sleigh

My first ride on my Peloton was on August 08. 2018. We had just moved into our new home and finally I had a master bedroom where I could fit my bike. In my mind it all made sense. Wake up at 5am, workout, shower and get to work. 

Unfortunately that summer one year old daughter, Mila, had just recovered from a traumatic hospital stay and rehab. She went from sleeping in her crib through the night to sleeping in our room. It became impossible to do AM workouts. I had only a small window of time after work and before bed time making it impossible to ride consistently. 

TIP #1 : Place your bike in a location where you can commit to uninterrupted time. Where the space will never become the excuse. If you never go into your basement. Don’t put it there. If your garage is too cold, don’t put it there. Put it somewhere that YOU are comfortable. This matters.

The Pelo in my room

If you have a partner, the bedroom might not be the best place, whether you plan to use headphones or not. The huffing, puffing, sweating, clicking your shoes in can be nosey if someone is sleeping in the same room. In our case it wasn’t my husband but our baby girl I was worried about.

The number one thing people told me when I bought the bike was that it was going to become a “clothes rack” after a few months. I was determined to prove them wrong. I joined Facebook groups of peloton communities (there are hundreds). This was motivating, I started making Peloton friends which was nice to follow people and have people follow you. This gave me a sense of virtual accountability. Also whenever I jumped on the bike there were people that I followed who would high five me during a ride. 

Peloton even has a feature where you can use the camera and ride with friends. I haven’t done this yet, I am not sure I want to huff and puff on camera with anyone, nonetheless it’s a cool feature.

TIP #2: Find friends who have a Peloton whether it be people you know in real life or friends you make through an online community. If you join an online community, introduce yourself and ask if anyone wants to ride together. These folks can help keep you motivated. Schedule a time where you and a friend ride together, you can see their stats and if you are up to it compete

I know that I have a few friends that I am not able to ride with but we commit to riding on the same day, you can see if they actually rode and what their stats were through your Peloton app. 

By early 2019 I was committed to my Peloton and the app. I joined a gym and would take Peloton tread classes to warm up. I was back on a roll and happy to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight. I got pregnant with my second baby in July 2019 and rode through my entire first trimester. I was determined to have a #pelobaby (a made up hashtag for powerful women who ride through their pregnancy, powerful being an understatement). One morning during my second trimester I got on the bike and had probably the best ride I’d had in weeks. That night we had a scare and I ended up in the ER. I was told not to ride for the rest of my pregnancy. Luckily Peloton allows you to suspend your membership for a few months which was great not to have to pay while I couldn’t ride.

So now it’s 2020 and I haven’t even made it to the famed #100rides. Believe me it sounds easier than it is. Instead of having my #pelobaby I ended up with a #covid19baby delivering my sweet baby girl Priya on March 14, 2020. 

Post-partum with two children under three years old, during Covid (a future blog post) was unimaginable. But I see my Peloton mom friends pushing through it all, through pregnancy, post-partum, love and loss, good days and bad. So here I am 10-months post-partum trying to get back on track. 

I told myself while I am working from home, I will commit to a 30 minute lunch break and ride. It sounds perfect because believe me the 5am workouts when you are up with the baby during the night are just unrealistic and physically impossible not to mention no point if you can’t push yourself. It sounded great, but unfortunately lunch-breaks went out the window with my job when Covid hit. We work around the clock and it’s hard to rip yourself away, even for the mental and physical needs. So now what?

TIP #3 Schedule your classes for the week, in advance and set your alarms to not only attend the class but get ready, get your water and get on the bike! I feel like scheduling classes is better than just – thinking of the time you want to ride. It’s on my calendar and my husbands so he can wrangle the kids while I take 45 minutes to myself.

For 2021,  In order to stay consistent this year, I’ve moved my bike to our basement where I am comfortable and can have alone time. I am starting challenges with my online peloton community and I am committing to classes by scheduling them in advance. 

Overall, I love this bike. I love the instructors and classes, and I love who I transform into when I ride. This is something for ME and I don’t regret the purchase. I only regret the time I don’t ride, honestly. I will always recommend this bike to folks who ask me about it, because I do believe in the mental and physicals wellness the bike brings. For anyone looking to test out the bike, you can go to your closest peloton store which you can find here. OR they are offering app users TWO free months! Even if you don’t own the bike, you can do yoga, meditate, strength training, outdoor workouts and more. Give something back to yourself this year if you haven’t already.

I’m also obsessed with #pelogear

Current stats: 75 rides, 11 runs, 27 strength classes, 2 yoga

I will follow up in 6months you all if you would like! 

Do you have any questions about the bike or about this post? Leave them in the comments below! Xo Monika

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