I cannot believe that it has been a month since I received my Bowflex C6 Indoor Cycling bike and since I signed up for the Peloton subscription! I will be quick on this next statement: I am loving it. This bike in conjunction with the Peloton Mobile app have been fantastic and been very motivational in my goal of better health and more physical activity.
My work schedule and commute make having time to get a workout in tough, but this bike allows me to be able to get the workout done in a short period of time and avoid the other time constraints that going to a gym for a class involves. The math on the time adds up quick, and time is a limited resource for me. Packing a bag (5-10 min), driving the 10-20 minutes to the gym, getting the class in (20-60 min), changing (5-10 min), driving home (10-20 min). It all adds up. Best case in there is an hour round trip for a 20 minute class, and that doesn’t even factor in a shower. worst case in that scenario is 2 hours. With the bike, get home do the 20-60 minute ride, get showered, get on with things.
One other big issue I had had with attempting to get more active and healthy using a gym was the anxiety that going to a gym and embarrassing myself comes with, or having someone film me while there and not being perfect, and finally the time commitment that is necessary. All of these things are impediments to making a change and I wanted to take those excuses away and just do better. While this bike is a financial commitment, it allows me to do everything in the privacy of my own home, and to not have that time commitment or the same social anxiety.
Time on the bike:
In contrasts to all the negatives I was feeling about getting over the hurdles and starting this journey, I am genuinely enjoying the rides. Right now, I am still floating around On-Demand Beginners rides, and recently started on 30 minute Advanced-Beginner rides. In those 20 to 30 minute rides I have been burning nearly 50-75% of my daily goal in calories depending on on the duration of the rides that I have done! It has felt fantastic, and feels very rewarding. While I am not seeing the numbers on the scale change yet, I can feel the change happening in my body, from my breathing, to a change in my day to day cardio, to a motivation to make more changes in nutrition. It is still very early, but I am definitely feeling different, but better.
The bike has been great to for having the necessary back support I need while riding. With my back issues, I need assistance with the impact my body is taking. I have severe pain when walking on the sidewalk, or doing other physical acts. Running is definitely out of the question. It is absolutely incredible how a short bout of activity can negatively impact my back for an extended period. One mess up can put me out of commission for days, if not weeks. Due to this, I try to limit the impact that my back takes when doing physical activity. I try to stay loose, and want to strengthen it, but I have to pick my times and limit the stress my back endures. Having a seat to assist in this has made this a feasible means to improve my situation and continue to recover.
So far, I have taken classes with Jennifer Jacobs, Jess King, Hannah Marie Corbin, Ally Love, and Denis Morton. All of the classes were good, but so far I have enjoyed the classes with Denis the most. I enjoy the combination of Intervals and Builds, and also align well with the choice of music during the rides – classic rock, 90’s, etc.
The app for Peloton is great. My wife and I both love working towards the goals and achievements within the Apple Activity app and Peloton has their own take on the concept and we love it. In addition to having Achievements, there are also Monthly and Annual Challenges that push you to keep working out. The cynical will argue this is a money grab to keep you subscribed – so be it, this is motivation for me to keep working.
I am a data nerd, and being able to see a breakdown of what zones I am hitting and how much time I am staying in them is great, and I love being able to see minute by minute charting of my heart rate during a ride. The integration with the Apple Health app is great, however, one issue I have is that the Peloton classes do not get recorded as Workouts with the Apple Achievements. I have not found a workaround for this, but it is not a game-breaker to me. I do hope that something is updated on whomever’s side is responsible as this would be a nice fix.
The only other negative on the app is navigation can be a tad frustrating and confusing. Once you learn where things can be accessed, it is overall a great experience.
I love the bike. I love the app. I look forward to it each time I am up for another day of riding. Now that I have a seat that accommodates me I am not having any issues with discomfort. One concern I had with installing a larger seat was the potential of it being in the way when riding ended up not being and issue as I am not experiencing any problems with it being in the way.
One note before finishing up this one month follow up: The Peloton app includes a TON more than just cycling workouts. There are indoor/outdoor runs, strength training, yoga, walking, and much more. I personally have not used them, but my wife has enjoyed the yoga classes she has participated in.
I definitely recommend this setup as an alternative to those who are turned away by the steep cost of entry on the Peloton. If you are considering this as an option, and are willing to take the leap, go for it! I personally am thrilled with the setup and will be keeping things moving!