'I hated spin class, and then I got a Peloton bike'

When it comes to fitness and exercise I am completely on board - though it definitely took a while - and love nothing more than going to the gym and working up a sweat.

But it may come as no surprise that not all workouts are created equal. And not every kind of exercise works for everybody. To me this was spin class, or any kind of bike riding. Not a fan!

At least, I wasn't. Until Covid lockdowns forced gym closures and home-workouts became the thing to do. Stuck with trying to keep things interesting I was lucky enough to trial a Peloton Bike+ after the popular fitness brand launched in Australia last year.

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I was lucky enough to trial a Peloton Bike+ after it launched in Australia last year. Photo: Peloton

I'll admit I was skeptical at first. Could I really enjoy this? Was it worth the hype? In short... yes. I was completely surprised by how much I loved it. Not to mention how challenging it was - even though I'd like to consider myself a relatively fit person.

With a growing community of 6.6 million members across their entire connected fitness offering, which includes the Bike, Bike+ and the Peloton App, plenty of people have jumped on board the craze, and after trying it for myself, I can certainly see why.

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Turns out, my Peloton and I became good friends! Photos: Yahoo Lifestyle

Here are 4 reasons I fell in love with my Peloton

1. Short classes that are on demand

When you're starting something new, or lacking motivation to work out, there is nothing worse than having to commit to a 45min plus class of anything.

One of my favourite things was the huge number of relatively short, 10-30 minute, classes on offer, and they were the ones I tended to go for the most. A 10 minute ride was still enough to leave me dripping sweat when I just didn't have much time spare during a busy day. My sweet spot tended to be 20-30 minutes.

And though Peloton offers daily live classes from its 50+ Instructors globally, many didn't suit my schedule - as most were UK/Europe or US based.

But that didn't mean I had to miss out as every single class lands in the on-demand section and can be done at ANY time.

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The short on-demand classes were perfect for my schedule. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

2. Banger playlists

Good music to me = a fun workout. My music taste is a little less chart-toppers and a little more stuck in the 90s and 2000s and the best part about the Peloton classes - they have the tunes for everyone!

As Karen Lawson, Peloton AU Country Manager, explains: "Music is also a huge part of the Peloton experience, and Australians can choose workouts with playlists featuring their favourite artists; from ACDC and Beyonce, to The Beatles and Taylor Swift."

My regular top picks were 2000s rock themed rides and I can safely say I had the time of my life through all of them.

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Ben Alldis was always good for a rock ride! Photo: Instagram

3. Awesome trainers

With 50+ Instructors streaming classes (in English, German and Spanish) pretty much anyone can find a trainer that works for them. We all have different levels of energy during a workout, and want different types of motivation, or vibes sometimes (just saying if you want a dance party check out a class with Cody Rigsby!)

"We are so lucky to have a diverse group of Peloton Instructors who come from different backgrounds with each bringing their own unique story and perspective to the platform," Karen tells us.

"Our Instructors live and breathe the Peloton experience and work hard to create engaging classes that people around the world truly love.

"And as the most visible employees at Peloton, they represent the company’s values, priorities, and expertise to the world. So when Peloton decides to add to their Instructor roster, the team chooses carefully who we’re inviting into our family, and into our Members’ homes."

For me, some of my favourite trainers were Tunde Oyeneyin, Leanne Hainsby and Ben Alldis, who was always good for a rock ride!

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One of my favourite trainers was Tunde Oyeneyin. Photo: Instagram

4. Bootcamps and Yoga

Even though I received a Peloton Bike that doesn't actually limit you to spin classes. Aussies can access thousands of live and on-demand classes from barre, to HIIT cardio, guided meditation sessions, boxing and yoga and much more.

Instructor Kirra Michel, from Lennox Head, actually joined the Peloton team as the first Aussie trainer to share her passion for yoga with the world. And it was great to be able to mix things up with a nice stretch or yoga session during the week, when the body felt a bit sore.

One of my favourite classes were definitely the Bike Bootcamps, where you combine riding with strength work on the mat. The Bike+ has a handy screen that swivels making it easy to follow along.

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The Bike Bootcamps were a great way to mix it up. Photo: Peloton

But is all that worth the price tag you might ask? Completely fair. The Bike+ doesn't come cheap at $3,695 for the basic starter pack. And even the standard Bike (without the moving screen and follow-along auto resistance) comes in at $2,645, though both have payment plan options.

On top of that you'll need to sign up to the $59 per month membership to access the various classes. But the good thing about that is the entire family/household can workout using the same account.

For me personally, though I loved my Peloton experience, I remain a gym girl at heart. But for someone looking to mix things up, and who has found working out at home the best thing for them it could be the perfect fit.

And the best part is — it doesn't hurt to try. Right now Peloton have actually extended their popular 30 day home trial for the Peloton Bike and Peloton Bike+ to 100 days. Until March 22, new customers can purchase or return for a full refund. Details here.

Happy peddling!

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