Peloton Live Spin Class

Peloton Live Spin Class

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Brads67

3,199 posts

63 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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If you are unfit, have the money and it helps you get fit, then it's a winner really isn't it.?

I'd rather go for a ride, but we're not all the same.

James B

1,278 posts

209 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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Afternoon all!

My evening went awry yesterday and I found myself needed at a business dinner....one of my main issues in that I do a lot of short notice things so having a PT etc was largely useless as I wasted so many sessions. Anyway, no need to worry as the bike was at home so I just did a quick session this morning!

Owing to a bit of a time constraint and as I am new to the platform I didn't want to do a full-on long session but there were plenty of shorter ones to get me started. I should say at this time that I wasn't just blown away by the number of live classes on offer at 6am this morning when i would have expected there to be some at least. I suspect this is due to the fact that the platform is very US focused but there is a London studio too i see so i would expect more UK timezone content.

So, the class was a 20 min Zone training class. I was using headphones so I didn't disturb anyone and found it a more immersive experience.
The music was great. A good range of stuff that was well suited to the tempo of the class.
The instructor was a New Yorker and very enjoyable as a person to have lead the class.
On the screen there was all of my performance metrics at the bottom, my HR output on the upper left and then the leaderboard on the right. As it wasn't a live class the leaderboard has two options; 1 to show who is actually doing the class at that time (there were 7 of us) and the other to show my performance against the other 2776 or so people who had done it. After making sure I was top of the leaderboard of 7 current users I then found myself pushing harder to make sure i was nearer the top of the 'all time' leaderboard. I finished up at 312 which i was rather pleased with frankly. That comparison could well be completely made up and i'm just one of 50 mugs on the globe that have bought a £2k Tunturi home bike with a screen but i'll tell you what, i worked a hell of a lot harder because of that leaderboard alone! At the end of the session I had supposedly burned 297 calories. I will have all the other data stored in my profile too and i'll be able to track my progress.

When i get home this evening ill be giving it another blast. Maybe a 30/40 min session with some 90's hip hop this time. There will be live classes to join tonight too as the US runs classes all day.

The only other gripe I would say I have is that the headphones they supplied aren't the comfiest and are wired too so i'm wanting to use one of my bluetooth sets. However when i tried quickly this morning it wasn't pairing all that easily so i may need to spend a little more time on it.

Ultimately I'm loving it and if I keep up the enthusiasm for using it then all the better. The convenience factor is massive to me and it was great know i had got a workout in this morning in a 30 min window.

anonymous-user

19 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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Off to a good start by the sound of it

Seventyseven7

179 posts

34 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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297 calories for 20 minutes is a great return tbh

anonymous-user

19 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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Depends. If it takes 3 days to recover from, it is less useful than something a bit less intense that is repeatable more often

James B

1,278 posts

209 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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Evening all! That’s my 30 min HIIT class done. Great one, no negative comments other than I can’t get my headphones to pair so it was the corded set for me again. This one was much tougher for me but I managed a 324 cal burn for the 30 min session.

I’ll see how I feel but I’m currently looking forward to another morning session.

RUNAMOK

70 posts

94 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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This might sound harsh. Just read this topic and the links people posted. I can understand maybe spending £200 on an exercise bike if you can't ride a bike outside for some reason, or spin classes if you are into group exercise. But £2k+ and then regular payments, wow. To sit on a static bike in your living room looking at a screen on your own. Possibly an effective way of burning calories if you somehow manage to remain interested in it. But it doesn't provide any of the benefits of exercising outside in the elements which can be built into the vast majority of people's daily lives for free.

As others have mentioned, a decent road bike costs less than half that, and has an intrinsic value. It actually takes you places!

madcal

597 posts

102 months

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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I also just got one.

My issue is I cannot self-motivate; need some way of keeping myself going otherwise I just bail out when things get sweaty.

I love it. If I start a session I have to finish it just to try to compete with the others (I am 47 and love trying to beat those younger than me).

Yes I am sure I could have found something better/cheaper etc but the way the Peloton thing wraps it all together is great. It is a little expensive at £2.2k for the family pack bike (2 pairs shoes, some glass bottles and two pairs of crappy headphones which I don’t use anyway, it is cast to my large TV and routed through 4 speakers so I can blast it out) and the £39 a month stings a bit (and note that without the £39 it really doesn’t do much at all so only buy if you can stomach paying that forever).

Despite my initial cynicism I also am getting really into the trainers who run the courses “Do you want more pain? Yes or YES? I am going with the latter; let’s go Peloton!!!” Tragic really!


Joscal

1,405 posts

165 months

Wednesday 23rd January 2019
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I get great use out my normal exercise bike and YouTube spin classes so don’t really see the problem, I read that the fact there are set classes with Peleton is serious motivation so if people enjoy it happy days! As much as I love my Mountain Bike I cant get motivated in the freezing cold.

Your Dad

1,716 posts

148 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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Thornaby

544 posts

34 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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Your Dad - That is tremendous

lauda

2,301 posts

172 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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Your Dad said:
rofl

My brother-in-law has a Peleton bike. I've just sent him the link. I may be uninvited from the family Easter celebration. Or at the least my access to his beer fridge will be severely curtailed.

The_Jackal

4,763 posts

162 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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I wonder how much the model with wireless power is?
Most of those bikes had the screen on with no wires.......

jcborden

116 posts

167 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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I can't believe that on a £2K bike you have to adjust the resistance with a knob.... a cheap smart trainer (£200) and Zwift (£12.99/pm) will auto adjust based on the terrain, but you obviously need to self motivate.

P-Jay

9,643 posts

156 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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When I read the title I immediately thought of that thread on Twitter.

Personally I'd rather sand my plums and dip them in salt rather than ride a static bike and spin classes are my idea of hell. I've been a few times - it was akin to riding the worst feeling bike in the world, whilst a Lycra clad lunatic shouts completely incoherent gibberish to a bad 90s rave soundtrack, with disco lights for some inexplicable reason.

The constant ads were enough for me to have a look into it, yeah - £40 a month for classes, given the number of people in them, why not just pre-record them? Did punters really care about a 1 in 10000 chance of a 'shout out'? + £2k for an ugly static, nah, no thanks.

Marketing must be good though, they seem to be very popular, just not with cyclists.

z4RRSchris

9,789 posts

144 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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think it will die, just a load of VC investment they will burn thtough till they go bust.

hardly unique either, i could copy it for less and release to market.

Gary C

7,752 posts

144 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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I dont know how you thought that it was 1-2-1 from the advert, seems obvious its online with multiple participants.

Mr Ted

Original Poster:

251 posts

72 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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Gary C said:
I dont know how you thought that it was 1-2-1 from the advert, seems obvious its online with multiple participants.
The advert clearly shows the instructor interacting with the users but actually by their own admission the instructors cannot see what any of the class are doing! All they can see is who is online and they can shout out to someone on their first login or multiple of a hundred, there is nothing here different to watching a video and the fact that they claim the instructors are streamed live makes no difference to the user experience,

Gary C

7,752 posts

144 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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Mr Ted said:
Gary C said:
I dont know how you thought that it was 1-2-1 from the advert, seems obvious its online with multiple participants.
The advert clearly shows the instructor interacting with the users but actually by their own admission the instructors cannot see what any of the class are doing! All they can see is who is online and they can shout out to someone on their first login or multiple of a hundred, there is nothing here different to watching a video and the fact that they claim the instructors are streamed live makes no difference to the user experience,
Ho hum. what you describe is how I thought it would work.

Bubba Zanetti

381 posts

112 months

Wednesday 6th February 2019
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£1900 for the bike and £39/month thereafter?

Makes a smart trainer and Zwift look nice and cheap.