Like I mentioned on Monday, I want to make a point of trying new things this month. In fact, I even tried a new recipe for dinner that evening. I made a Skinnytaste-inspired vegetarian lasagna. I kind of threw it all together in the morning before running out for the day, and put it into the oven when I got home at night. I haven't spent much time in the kitchen lately and was ready to run out and grab a pizza, honestly. But I'm so glad I gave it a go. It was great! I'm pleasantly surprised by how delicious and easy it was. Will definitely be making it again soon!
Anyway, back to the workout. I've been wanting to try Peloton Cycle for months now! Ever since I first heard about it in May. I ended up meeting a few of their employees at a recent event and it reignited my curiosity.
Here's the skinny on Peloton: It was founded several years ago by a husband and wife who had fallen in love with the boutique indoor cycling classes, and they had a vision: anyone, anywhere should be able to have this amazing experience. At the time, John, Peloton's founder, was a president at Barnes & Noble and really impressed by all of the tablets that were becoming so popular. And in the words of Cher Horowitz, you can probably guess what happened next. The Peloton bike comes with a tablet attached to it so that no matter where the rider is, he or she can live stream classes and follow along! And if you already have a bike, you can download the app and watch the classes on your own device.
Peloton has a studio in Manhattan where they host and film classes. I took a 45-minute class yesterday and format-wise, it was pretty similar to other boutique indoor cycling studios I've been to. A lot of time out of the saddle, a song/section dedicated to upper body work with hand weights, and a comprehensive but short stretch afterward. Here are my plusses and minuses...
+ The studio is gorgeous, and the customer service is fab. It's a big, brand new-feeling space (nothing in Manhattan is really brand new) and all of the employees were really kind and welcoming.
+ The bikes are like buttah. So new, so smooth.
+ The instructor, Steph, was SO friendly. I love when instructors walk around and introduce themselves.
+ The amenities are great. Huge locker rooms, complimentary shoes and water, and a coffee bar with free coffee, tea and fruit.
- During class, the tablet on the bike displays the bike's stats and yours: the output, the resistance level, the cadence, and how you're ranking among the other riders. It's all a little too technical for me, personally. When I'm on the bike I really like to lose myself in the music and the beat. Focusing on the numbers kind of kills that vibe for me. The format of this class really forces you to look at your screen almost the whole time.
- Although the bikes are beautiful and new, they're different than others I've been on and I had a tough time getting comfortable. The instructor helped me set up which was lovely, but once class started, I realized she/we hadn't changed the seat distance to my specifications, and it was totally off. A lot of the class was spent out of the saddle, and the seat was up in between my legs no matter how far I pulled my hips back. It made for a rather uncomfortable ride.
- This is more of a specific-to-me thing, but the shoes didn't fit me properly. They weren't snug enough. I'll bring my own next time.
All in all, it was a great experience and I would definitely go back! If you're local to - or visiting! - New York, you can create a profile on their website and get your first class for free.
What classes have you tried lately?
P.S. Speaking of #workoutwednesday, it's time for a shameless little plug. My lastest article about HIIT is now live on ALOHA. I hope you'll check it out!