By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.
When it comes to indoor cycling at home, the Peloton
This made me question if it was worth that money, as it’s a significant investment. There’s another route you can go down, using the Peloton app with a different
It goes without saying you’re going to need another
Keiser M3i Bundle
Keiser is one of the only Spinning bikes entirely produced in the US. This is a prime candidate for a DIY Peloton Setup. It looks incredible with that lovely rear-facing flywheel and has the quality to match. It uses a belt drive system and is very quiet when being used. Unlike many spinning bikes, it is a frictionless system and uses electromagnets, not brake pads, to provide resistance. We highly recommend buying the bundle as it comes with some great extras, including a tablet mount for using the Peloton App. Although it may not be the cheapest
The Joroto X2 is on the lower end of the market, but I believe this
What Extra Equipment will I need to buy?
As mentioned before, when making a do-it-yourself Peloton with just the application, you will find yourself needing a few extra bits to complete the setup work. To get the most out of the Peloton App, having specific data will enhance the user experience. So what do we need?
Heart Rate Monitor
Although you don’t need to see your heart rate while working out, it helps. An excellent guide to finding out how hard you are working is seeing how close you are to your maximum heart rate. Your maximum heart rate usually is close to 220 minus your age. For example, if you are 30, your maximum heart rate will roughly be 190. This is a rough guide, and many find their heart rate lower or higher than this recommendation. Using this figure, you can make yourself zones that help you work out if you are training endurance, fat burning, or high intensity. If you have an Apple Watch, this will work as a heart rate monitor using an IOS Device.
Your cadence is how quickly you are peddling the
Unfortunately, most spinning bikes don’t come with weights. I can highly recommend buying so as a lot of the upper bodywork on the Peloton Classes requires you to use weights. Doing upper bodywork in a spin class can break up the work and make the ride feel much more manageable.
Tablet or Device
Although it’s acceptable using your phone to do the classes, you will find you will get a much better experience by using a bigger screen. I can highly recommend investing in a tablet or iPad, or even Apple TV. This will make the screen much easier to see, and the instructions will be much more straightforward.
Basic spinning bikes will only come with flat pedals. Peloton bikes come with clip-in pedals. I would highly recommend using clip-in shoes as this helps pedal efficiency and offers a much better position for your knees while riding.
Although many of these things you might have already, you can start to push up the cost of making a home Peloton set up quite quickly. It will still be much cheaper than a Peloton overall and provide a very similar experience, but it can be a surprise at the time. Make sure to check the compatibility of the devices you are using with the sensors you are using. So make sure they both support Bluetooth or ANT+. I would recommend Bluetooth connections over ANT+.
How to connect the Peloton App to your equipment
So you now have a Heart Rate Monitor and Cadence sensor, and you’re wondering how to connect it all up to the application. Well, it’s pretty easy. Make sure your cadence sensor is on your pedal arm, and your heart rate monitor is where it is required to be on your body. Start up the application and get into a class and start pedaling. This will activate your cadence sensor and your heart rate monitor. Once these are on, you have a sensors button on the right-hand side of the class screen. Click this and select each one for connection, and you are good to go.
Where can I view the Peloton App while riding?
Quite commonly, people use a tablet or phone in front of them. If you are looking for a better experience, you can cast it to your TV with your phone or tablet. The Peloton app also works with Apple TV or sends it to your TV via Chromecast.
What resistance level is my
bike compared to the Peloton?
Do I need clip-in Shoes and Pedals to use a Peloton?
You do not, but it does enhance the experience of riding the
What is included in the Peloton Application?
The Peloton app isn’t just cycling. It has Treadmill workouts, Bodyweight classes, Bootcamp classes, Stretching, Yoga, and even outdoor running programs. I know many of my friends purely use it for all the other features available. They have thousands of classes to suit all types of users and offer so much for such a little cost each month.
What other Applications work with the Peloton App?
You can link so many applications to the Peloton app.
How to measure your performance with the Peloton App
Using applications like Strava, you can look back at your workouts to see if you are progressing with your
I personally feel the Peloton