Is the Peloton app worth it?
Is the Peloton app worth it?
If you’re part of the BeyHive and love to exercise, then this announcement will make you scream.
The Queen Bee, R&B singer and songwriter Beyoncé Knowles, has partnered with Peloton to provide a two year subscription for its app to students from 10 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) across the United States, including some from Atlanta (Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine).
Peloton is a fitness brand that is known for its workout bikes. The company also sells other fitness equipment and has retail all around the U.S., including one here in Atlanta that sells workout apparel.
Since the collaboration between Peloton and Beyonce is geared towards college-aged people, I thought to try it out and see if it was worth it. When I started in November, there was a promotion for one month free as opposed to the normal monthly membership of $12.99. I used the app twice a week for the first two weeks, then three times a week for the last two weeks.
First, I had to make an account, which you can either use G-mail or Facebook for (I used G-mail). When you sign in, you will see tabs across the top that say, from left to right: classes, programs, collections and schedule. Underneath the main tabs, from top to bottom, you see different categories of workouts starting with a “Recommended for you” section, strength, yoga, cardio, meditation, running, outdoor, cycling, stretching, tread bootcamp, bike bootcamp and walking.
The cool thing about the app is that when you click on each exercise, it tells you how many users liked it, its difficulty level, the equipment you’d need, class description, the music in the playlist and a time breakdown of what you’re going to do in the workout.
Week One (11/29/2020- 12/5/2020):
Sunday was my first day starting workouts with the Peloton app. I haven’t worked out in a long time, so I was a little nervous jumping back in.
I wanted to try something that wasn’t too rigorous, so I chose yoga. When I clicked on the category, a series of workout videos ranging from five minutes to an hour were displayed. You have the option of taking the classes live at a scheduled time or watching the playback. I thought 20 minutes would be good for my first time, so I chose the 20 min Yoga Flow.
I really liked this exercise because, while it was relaxing, it helped me build up some strength. I’m naturally flexible, so I performed the yoga poses with ease. It was also a beginner course, so I thought it was a good way to start off my week. I decided that I would do a yoga class every Sunday.
Tuesday was cardio day. I was a little apprehensive because I haven’t done cardio in a while, but I was up for the challenge. I chose the 20 min Hip Hop HIIT Cardio workout.
HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a type of workout where you work your body for a short amount of time in multiple spurts with a few seconds of rest in between. It’s supposed to help drive your metabolism and help you burn calories during and after the workout. So while the workout portion wasn’t too long, I still ended up being out of breath at the conclusion of it.
Week Two (12/6/2020- 12/12/2020):
I did the same thing as last week where I did yoga on Sunday and cardio on Tuesday except, I’d increase each class by 10-15 minute increments each week. This week’s classes were 30 minutes.
On Sunday, I took the beginner 30 min Yoga Flow. This workout wasn’t hard but it tested my balance [which I needed because I’m a very clumsy person]. It was also a relaxing way to start off my week.
For cardio Tuesday’s, I did the 30 min HIIT Cardio class. Now this one was especially difficult, because there were a lot more exercises that included jumping. I had to take breaks in between that roughly totaled five minutes because I’d run out of breath and tired quickly. However, I still pushed through and got the workout done.
Week Three (12/13/2020- 12/19/2020):
This week, I upped the number of days I worked out to three days. I also upped the exercise duration to 45 minutes. On Sunday I did my usual yoga class and cardio on Tuesday but on Thursday, I did a meditation class. The meditation section only had classes ranging from five to 20 minutes.
The meditation class was called 20 min Acceptance Meditation. This exercise focused on accepting people and situations for the way they are. I really enjoyed this class because I have a hard time accepting situations sometimes, and I’m constantly trying to change them, which raises my anxiety. This guided meditation helped me relieve all that stress and anxiety, and I definitely feel like I learned how to be more open.
Week Four (12/20/2020- 12/26/2020):
I finished out the month strong. I could tell that I had built up a lot of strength and endurance while doing my workouts. This time, I did a 15 minute meditation exercise on Sunday and a cardio class on both Tuesday and Thursday.
This week’s class duration was 45 minutes each, the max I could do with the cardio [I definitely need more time to work up to the hour mark]. I definitely got through the workouts much easier than I did the first two weeks. Also, this is where I noticed my results the most.
Although I wish Beyonce’s workouts were accessible to non-HBCU student users [since people who didn’t/don’t attend HBCUs (like myself) love her too], after finishing my free month of Peloton, I really liked using the app and had pretty noticeable results. I love the wide variety of workouts. Additionally, you can do the workouts whenever and wherever you want to, so it’s super convenient.
I should add that I changed the way I ate to keep up with my exercise weight loss. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my measurements. However, I can see that I lost a few inches all around based on how my clothes fit. When I started, I was 170 pounds. Now, I am 160 pounds.
I also want to note that I used a waist trainer.
I definitely recommend this app for anyone who wants to lose weight or tone up, especially for those who may not feel comfortable going to the gym due to the pandemic. It’s a great tool to use on your own time in the comfort of your home, while still having someone to teach and motivate you throughout the process.