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    21 Things To Know If You Just Got A Peloton (Or Are Thinking About Getting One)

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    Last year, I did a *very* 2020 thing and got a Peloton bike.

    A year ago this week we all laughed at her. What did she know and when?

    @anthelonious / Via Twitter: @anthelonious

    I had taken (and really enjoyed) spin classes in the Before Times, but it was never a regular part of my fitness routine.

    And before you ask: No, this isn't an ad. Just me genuinely vouching for something I've really liked so far! 😊

    My household opted for the regular Bike over the Bike Plus because we didn't really need the extra features.

    In addition to the excellent workouts, getting to know the bike and the Peloton community is part of the fun! Here are some of the most useful tips, tricks, hacks, and product recommendations I've found in my own experience and research so far. 🚴‍♀️

    1. Start by finding an instructor that works for you.

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    They are all incredibly talented, but they also have very different styles and approaches. It's worth test-driving several until you find the ones you connect with most! I found the easiest way to do this is to filter out everything but the beginner classes. All of the instructors have them and you get a sense of what they're about. They're funny, they're inspirational, and somehow they never run out of things to say.

    Here's an example of why the right instructor matters: Let's just say I'm not known for my strength and I was actually dreading the arms portion of a workout with Cody Rigsby. He told a story while we were working with the weights and I laughed the entire time, barely even noticing when I had completed the entire section. MAGIC, I TELL YOU.

    2. Finding the right music really *does* make a difference, too.

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    If you're in the mood for something specific, you can actually use the search bar on the bike's tablet to find workouts that feature your favorite artists. I randomly checked a few artists that I liked (even some embarrassing high school throwbacks) and they were all there! Then there are the themed rides. Yes, I did the Backstreet Boys ride. Why yes, it WAS larger than life.

    But beyond BSB, there are some legit collections. The Beyoncé x Peloton series is SO GOOD. (I mean, of course.) There's also the Hamilton rides. And now there's even one featuring my first loves, The Beatles.

    Plus, if you're really into a song they're playing, you can save it and it'll show up in a custom playlist in your Spotify. And that is just brilliant.

    3. The bike gets a lot of attention — but the app is actually a huge treasure.

    A screenshot of the Peloton app
    Peloton

    Beyond spinning, I was pretty pumped to discover all the *other* classes available in the app. There are yoga, Pilates, and barre classes. There are strength-training classes and boot camps. There are even five-minute cardio classes for the whole fam. Also? I love how they include meditation, because I was able to cancel a different app I've been paying for. Woo!

    4. But real talk: You don't actually *need* Peloton equipment to use the app.

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    Yup, I'll say it again: You don't actually need any Peloton equipment to use the app. You can queue up the cycling or running classes on your phone, laptop or desktop, or even TV — then just use a regular stationary bike or treadmill. You might not get all the nifty little metrics that go along with it, but it still works really effectively. (Or opt for no- or low-equipment classes, like dance cardio, bodyweight, or yoga.)

    If you're thinking about giving the app a try, Peloton is offering a free 60-day trial for the month of January. (That's twice as long as their normal free trial, which is 30 days.) After that, a digital membership is $12.99 a month.

    5. Save time by bookmarking your favorite classes in the app on your phone so you can easily find them on the bike tablet later.

    The author bookmarked a Peloton ride to do later.
    Kathleen Shea-Porter / Via BuzzFeed

    If you're on a tight schedule you don't want to waste time trying to pick a class! Stretch, clip in, go to your bookmarked rides, and get it done. Year of Yes ride? Yes, indeed.

    One wise Redditor also recommended having a "comfort ride" to take on the days when you just need something familiar. I love that idea!

    6. You can get rid of all the metrics on the screen if you find them distracting or unnecessary.

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    If you're distracted by the leaderboard or clock watching (guilty as charged), just double-tap the screen and ta-dah! It's all gone. Just you, the bike, and the instructor. You can also choose keep certain metrics and hide some of the others, because maybe you really DO need to see how much time is left in the class.

    7. You can also adjust the volume of the instructor or the music, depending on what you prefer.

    Peloton for Giphy / Via giphy.com

    Just want to listen to the music? Crank it up! You can adjust the volume of the instructor and vice versa. It's just another way to customize exactly what you want. You'll find this feature pop up when you hit the volume buttons on the side of the bike tablet. Or, check out the tutorial on the Peloton website.

    8. PSA: You might need a little extra gel seat cushion for your tush, especially in the beginning.

    A padded gel seat on a Peloton bike.
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Yeah, you're definitely going to feel it that first week. And maybe the second. Okay, some of the third, too. What literally everyone says is true though: It gets better!

    But if you'd like a little extra padding for the seat, reviewers give this bike seat really good reviews. Get it on Amazon for $21.99.

    9. Oh, and adding a portable fan will, ofc, make your rides feel ~breezier.~

    Amacool / Via amazon.com

    I actually bought this for my daughter's stroller during the hot summer months and now I'm loving it for the bike. She can have it back... when the weather is warm again.

    Snag this fan on Amazon for $21.99.

    10. Try out the scenic rides when you're feeling some serious wanderlust.

    A Peloton bike tablet features a 15-minute scenic ride through the French Alps.
    Kathleen Shea-Porter / Via BuzzFeed

    Dreaming of adding some more stamps to your passport? Yeah, me too. The day after a tough ride (thanks, Olivia! 😘) I knew I wanted to get back on the bike but needed something low key. So I listened to an audiobook while cycling through the French Alps. It was lovely.

    On the bike tablet, type "scenic ride" into the search bar and all the options will pop up!

    11. The Peloton community is super supportive and full of great ideas — and especially great for newcomers, IMO.

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    It's not just about giving high fives to rando people on the leaderboard. You can find people who share your interests by adding hashtags to your profile, following the Reddit community, or joining different Facebook groups.

    I found this very impressive and pretty comprehensive list of groups to join and there is literally something for everyone on it!

    12. But the most fun is when you can ride with your friends.

    13. You can video chat with your friends while you ride — if that's your thing.

    14. Remember that there are small, super practical accessories that can make your set-up a little easier — like this tray for your phone.

    A Peloton tray for your cellphone and headphones.
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    You need to hydrate! So save the water holders for the good stuff and put your phone and headphones case on this easy-to-install tray. There are lots of great options out there, but I chose this one because I can easily look down and check on the sleeping baby during my ride.

    Find it on Amazon for $15.99.

    15. Keep the shoe clutter at bay with this nifty, no-frills shoe hanger that attaches to the back of the bike.

    A shoe hanger for Peloton cleats that attaches to the back of the bike.
    FEATCH / Via amazon.com

    This no-fuss attachment hangs right below the weights on the bike. Also, true story: After finishing my first ride, I had to leave one of my shoes clipped in to the bike and came back to handle the situation after dinner. But after just one week, I was clipping in and clipping out like an old pro. 🙌Why is that noise so gratifying??

    Find it on Amazon for $14.99.

    16. Or if you're craving more ~boutique fitness~ vibes, splurge on this handmade wall shelf.

    A wood shelf with hooks for the Peloton cleats hangs on the wall.
    SweetTeaAndSparklers on Etsy / Via etsy.com

    Alas, we can't all have our bikes next to dreamy floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views. (I ride in the basement next to our overflow bookshelf and a pressure washer. 😂) But adding a cute shelf for your shoes and other accessories will keep your space nice and zen!

    Get this handmade shelf from SweetTeaAndSparklers on Etsy for $179.99+.

    17. Don't forget about the live rides, because you could get a shoutout from an instructor.

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    Once you've mastered the on-demand rides, start adding the live rides to your routine. You just get a different energy when you know it's happening live. Treat the live rides like you would any IRL scheduled class. Sign up, get there a little early to stretch, and then go for it. Bonus: you don't have the awkwardness of staking out your spot in the locker room like you would in a real studio.

    If you're looking for that coveted instructor shoutout, Reddit's Peloton Wiki has some tips! The top three: Take a live ride on your birthday or a milestone day, have a username that is easy to pronounce, and go for classes that have fewer live participants in them.

    18. Celebrate your milestones because they are actually a big deal.

    Peloton / Via blog.onepeloton.com

    It doesn't matter what your motivations are for getting a Peloton (for example, perhaps, like me, you took up stress baking during a global pandemic). You made a commitment to yourself and that takes hard work.

    You'll get badges in your profile for your milestones in each category (cycling, running, walking, Tread bootcamp, bike bootcamp, strength, stretching, yoga, meditation, and cardio). You'll get badges for completing daily and weekly streaks, as well as participating in special challenges and special events. They're nice reminders of the work you've put in.

    19. You can even add some milestone swag to your bike.

    A Peloton bike with sticker decals marking the 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-ride milestones.
    VinylTrendsbyKelsey on Etsy / Via etsy.com

    Putting stickers on the bike gives me some serious gold-star-chore-chart vibes and I am not mad about it.

    Get these milestone stickers from VinylTrendsbyKelsey on Etsy for $12.

    20. Being away from your bike doesn't mean you have to give up your streak (or time with your favorite instructor).

    A screenshot of a map of the continental US with red dots indicating the location of hotels with Peloton bikes.
    Peloton / Via hotelfinder.onepeloton.com

    For whenever we can all travel safely again, Peloton's website has a list of hotels across the U.S. (and abroad!) that have bikes. If you use this to plan your travel that is some serious commitment, but you have my R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

    Search the list here.

    21. And lastly... you can technically watch Netflix on your bike. 👀

    @kellyrosesarno

    How to watch Netflix on your Peloton. #IGotTheMusic

    ♬ original sound - Kelly Rose Sarno

    Do this at your own risk, because it is definitely not sanctioned by Peloton 😬But it IS tempting...

    Honestly, having a Peloton has made such a difference for me in a short period of time. I feel better on the days that I clip in and I actually look forward to my time on the bike.

    Giphy / Via giphy.com

    Are you a newbie? An experienced rider? Let me know your best tip, tricks, and hacks in the comments — and see you on the LB!

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