Every once in a while, a new trend comes seemingly out of nowhere and sweeps across the fitness world.
At first glance, we cannot be sure just how useful something is until we hear what the market has to say. Sometimes, we see the “birth” of a great thing. In other cases, we witness nothing more than a fad that quickly fades out of existence. Today, we will go over a company that took the fitness world by storm and grew incredibly fast from year to year, Peloton.
But first, let’s investigate their product being a stationary bike.
The stationary Bike
Let’s face it, stationary bikes are hardly exciting. Every gym has at least five of them, and no matter the make, they typically look, feel, and ride the same. Use one, and you might as well have used them all.
They are effective and useful, sure. But these stationary bikes are far from awe-inspiring. Interestingly enough, the company we will be looking at today has managed to transform this once-boring piece of fitness equipment into one that grabs attention and commands respect.
What is Peloton?
In 2012, a company was brought to life. Their idea was simple: create premium fitness products. One of these products was a stationary bike – the Peloton bike. In 2014, they realized their first sale of the bike, and the company has seen rapid growth ever since.
These days, Peloton offers premium-priced stationary bikes. The bike+ basic package costs a little under EUR 2'690 (USD 2’500) or EUR 69 (USD 64) per month for 39 months. But here is what really sets Peloton apart from its competition: Aside from the bike, the company also offers a subscription-based membership that offers classes. With a subscription, folks receive:
- Live weekly classes.
- Different workouts that last from 5 to 90 minutes.
- Instructors that tell you exactly what to do and how.
- Exciting and interactive workout classes.
What benefits does Peloton offer, and is it worth it?
If you decide to lease the bike+ package and get a full-access membership for another EUR 39 (USD 39) per month / bike. This means you will have to spend EUR 108 (USD 103) every month. Is the cost justified? As always, it depends! To answer this, you first need to ask yourself:
- How much money do you currently spend on fitness (e.g., gym membership, commuting, etc.)?
- How convenient is it for you to maintain your current fitness program?
- And most importantly, what are your fitness goals?
If you currently pay more than EUR 108 (USD 103) per month for your training, then Peloton might be a better alternative. Of course, this also depends on your primary fitness goals and the type of equipment you typically use when you go to the gym. If you usually go to a gym purely for the cardio equipment, then investing in a bike can be better. Plus, once it is paid off, the bike is yours indefinitely and you only need to pay the monthly membership.
And we also need to keep in mind the time and money you invest in commuting. With a Peloton bike, you have everything you need at home, which can help make you a lot more consistent with your training and save you time.
Now, if you also enjoy strength training and use a wide range of gym equipment, then the Peloton bike might not be the best choice (or only choice). Sure, the bike+ package offers some extra gear, and there are various workouts you can do, but that may not be enough. For example, if you enjoy doing classic gym exercises like the squat, bench press, and deadlift, Peloton might not be enough for you.
The thing that sets Peloton apart from the rest is the sense of community they have created for their customers. Feeling like we belong to something greater than ourselves can serve as a huge motivator. It can also bring deep fulfillment and make us push ourselves much harder in our training.
But whether the bike suits you is more complicated, and you need to look at things from all angles.
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If you are a fan of Peloton, you are probably also interested in hotels providing a Peloton stationary bike. The good news, new hotels are adding Peloton bikes every day. Also, Peloton recently partnered with Westin, and commercial bikes are now available at many of their hotel fitness centers or privately in your room.
We are also exploring if we can integrate this information on HotelGyms.com, stay tuned for more details. For now, the Hotel Finder on the Peloton Website will be of a great help.