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This New Workout Trend Lets You Live Stream Spinning Classes at Home

Peloton lets you do cycling classes in your living room.
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Many fitness fans are familiar with spinning—indoor cycling classes with loud music and flashing lights, designed to help you burn as many calories as possible. But instead of having to adhere to your gym’s timetable, what if you could join a class as and when, to fit around your busy schedule? And all from the comfort and privacy of your own home…

That’s exactly the premise of the latest workout craze to cross over from America—Peloton. This new high-tech bike is taking the fitness world by storm with over a million users, and counts Kate Hudson and Hugh Jackman as fans. But what is the experience actually like? First up, delivery—the bike arrived at home seamlessly and was assembled quickly by the team, who then talked me through all the features to make sure I would make the most of the workouts on offer.


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The world of Peloton brings you thousands of classes on demand, so in principle, you can work out at 3 a.m. if you choose to! In reality, it’s perfect for when you wake up too late to make it to the gym before work but can squeeze in a 30-minute class between your bed and the shower. If you suddenly feel in the mood to raise your heart rate, the bike is right there, and I found myself working out much more than I would normally (gym admin can be so offputting).

Everything about the bike works perfectly – in particular, the quality of the live-streaming from Peloton’s New York studio is incredible, so that you feel like you really are in a room full of other people working out (a London studio is coming soon). The camaraderie of a spin class is not lost, and the instructors, including newbies Leanne Hainsby and Ben Alldis, are so good at motivating you that the time flies by, even though you are working hard and definitely sweating. Peloton also provides clip-in shoes to wear during the bike workouts and the model is fully adjustable to suit all heights and sizes. For the on-demand classes, you can pick your riding length—from five minutes right up to an hour—and what soundtrack you prefer, from Eighties tunes to a more R’n’B vibe.

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Leanne Hainsby

Perhaps the most satisfying thing is how the bike tracks your stats and your progress; chasing personal bests and comparing your score with other riders was definitely an additional motivating factor for me during class. You can also incorporate weight training, with small dumbbells attached to the bike, and if you opt for the full subscription you will have access to other classes, including yoga and stretching. One of the best features is how quiet it is compared with other stationary bikes, due to the fact that it is made using a belt tread rather than a chain, which minimizes the noise.

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A Peloton bike costs $1,995 excluding delivery. For more information, visit onepeloton.com

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.co.uk

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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