When in January, Peloton offered a FREE two month trial, I jumped on it. I used it almost every time I did a short run and every time I rode my stationary bike. I tried almost all of the instructors. However, I never got around to trying it for strength training, walking or yoga.
I enjoyed the playlists. I enjoyed the instructors’ energy. I enjoyed the variety of both. And it seemed that all the “cool runners” were using Peloton. LOL. FOMO
But I chose not to continue once my trial was over.
Here’s FIVE reasons why:
1.Length of Running Classes (& Data)
The classes seemed to run either 30 minutes or 45 minutes. I usually run 3 miles during the week or 10 miles on the weekend. It’s annoying to start the class after I start running or it finishes before I’m done. Then I have to take more than one class. Also I don’t have unlimited data so I have download the class when I have Wi-Fi, start the class on my iPhone and then turn off the data when I’m running outside. (I don’t have a treadmill or access to gym to run inside.)
2. Music Interrupted by Chatter
I love the Broadway tunes and the Artist Series and listening to many of my favorite artists.
I know that the instructors are trying to motivate you. But if I choose a particular music, I actually want to listen to the music.
3. I Don’t Own a Treadmill
Most of the running classes are designed for the treadmill. I always run outside. So when I run, I have to ignore the cues for increasing elevation and speed. There are a few just audio running classes, but not as many.
4. Many Free Options for Strength Training and Yoga classes
If I ever decide to go back to yoga and/or do some strength training, there are zillions of free online classes and/or YouTube videos for both. Thanks Marcia and others for posting them.
The Peloton membership is NOT expensive but I feel that this money could be better spent. I had the $$ at the time since I was not socializing or racing or doing much of anything. But I hope that changes in the future.
6. Missing my Podcasts
and lastly, I used to listen to Podcasts when I ran. Once I signed up for Peloton, I rarely had time to listen to them. I am missing Sarah, Nicole, Ali, and my other virtual podcasting friends.
Happy Running! Do you use Peloton? Why do you like it? If not, why not? Please share.
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