Welcome to Werkout Wednesday 2020! Its been a hot minute! I hope you are all still trying new workouts and deciding for yourself what's your one true love or just a one time fling. I happened to have the opportunity to try the one...the only...PELOTON this week and I just couldn't help but share my experience with you.
In case you have been living under a rock (which is completely fine, its probably peaceful there) the Peloton is an at home exercise equipment company that has taken the typical stationary bike and treadmill and made it into the most sought after (and expensive) addition to your house. Over the holidays our TVs were flooded with commercials about these pieces of equipment. One even went viral when people claimed that a husband was trying to force his wife to workout but I'll let you google the commercial and decide for yourself. But more so, it did a great job of making everyone talk about these things and so when I had the chance to try one, I jumped on it...literally.
What are some of the other workouts everyone is talking about? Do you love them? Do you hate them? I want to try them, talk about them and find out your experiences too! Message me on Inclusion Health's Instagram or Facebook and make sure to check out all the photos and videos of our werkouts. Can't wait to hear from you!
Location: Hyatt Crystal City Washington DC (Shoutout to a hotel gym that you can actually get a good workout in!!!)
Other Locations: Your home for a cost of a couple thousand dollars.
Description: I personally tried the spin bike but they also have a treadmill and a row machine. It has a huge, high quality touchscreen that you can join a live class or a prerecorded one with world renowned instructors.
Level: ANY-this is one really good thing about having an in home piece of equipment. You can search and filter the classes based on what level you're feeling that day and always stop and start a new class if it seems too easy or difficult for you.
Geared Towards: Kinda anyone...but also busy, fairly well off people. This piece of equipment is not a small commitment. It is a few thousand dollars so you have to be serious about dedicating the time at home to workout. But if that is you, then this is the holy grail of at home cardio machines. It is convenient because you don't have to fight your way to a busy gym or spin studio for a great, world class experience. Or if you live somewhere that doesn't have access to these high level places, this might just be your answer to all that. I'm thinking of my small hometown in the midwest where I would absolutley NEED one of these machines to experience classes from New York and LA.
What I Loved: The music and the instructor's energy. As a junkie of really good classes and top notch instructors I was super skeptical that the same energy could be relayed to me in an empty hotel gym in the middle of a random work day. But I was very pleasantly surprised. The instructor had me smiling, laughing, sweating and dancing all by myself on my bike. I had an absolute blast.
What I Would Improve: That these machines would not just be for at home use and that more hotels and gyms would have them. Being on a work trip and finding this machine in a hotel was literally the highlight of my stay. Why I say this is because I personally, and I think a lot of other people, are not ready to make the commitment to an expensive at home piece because it doesn't fit our lifestyles. But if every time I traveled one of these would be in a hotel gym, I would be thrilled.
The Studio: So this is a digital studio which is very state of the art. For the live classes you are working out in real time with an instructor and other students. The instructor calls out people online by their user name. Some people might like the community aspect of that. For me, I did a prerecorded class and didn't mind in the slightest that my username wasn't being randomly shouted out. For me personally, something like that doesn't really matter. To each their own.
How to Access: For now, from what I can tell, buying a Peloton for your home is your best bet. If you already have a piece of equipment then you can also sign up for a monthly membership and use the app to just access the classes on your own equipment. I've heard good feedback about this option too. If you get lucky like me maybe a hotel will be wise enough to have one. They also have studios in NYC and possibly in other cities but I was unable to find exactly where.
Well there ya go. I did my best in giving you some insight into all the hype. I have to say, this experience pleasantly surprised me. I can't say that I'm ordering my own bike but I will absolutely jump at taking a Peloton class if/when I have the chance to again. I was so hesitant but I honestly had nothing but a wonderful experience.
Now head on over to our Instagram and Facebook pages to watch my story. While my laugher, smiles and dancing were not fully captured by the video, rest assured they were all there. Have you tried Peloton or something similar? What are your thoughts? If you haven't, what do you think about this cult like following? I'd love to hear all your thoughts and opinions so shoot me a message on social media or email.