Peloton bikes: changing the way we workout

Have you heard of the Peloton bikes? You know, those bikes that you can live-stream spin classes from the comfort of your own home? With a small payment of $1995 plus the monthly subscription service ($39/mo), you can have unlimited spin classes in your living room! With 0% financing, all of this can be an…

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Have you heard of the Peloton bikes?

You know, those bikes that you can live-stream spin classes from the comfort of your own home? With a small payment of $1995 plus the monthly subscription service ($39/mo), you can have unlimited spin classes in your living room! With 0% financing, all of this can be an easy payment of around $120/month for 39 months. In addition to the catchy commercial (thanks to Sia), these Peloton bikes pack a big punch. Mostly popular in urban environments, these bikes are taking over condos and apartments everywhere.

Benefits of in home training

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First of all, you don’t have to go anywhere. In cities such as Chicago, New York, and Boston there are many winter days where the temperature is low or the snow is high and the last thing you want to do is go outside. Thankfully, with the Peloton bike, you can avoid ever having to go outside again. No excuses for getting a great cardio workout in!

Also, you may feel intimidated at the gym or a spin class studio, so training in the comfort of your own home is ideal. You can sweat and make as many weird noises as you want. No one can judge you for farting, either.

You save time. Think about how long it takes you to get to the gym. On average, people spend at least ten to twenty minutes travelling to their local gym. Instead of wasting time driving or taking the train, you can spend that extra time in any way you’d like after you get your spin on. The Peloton bikes open up a whole new world of opportunity.

You save money. The average spin class in Chicago or New York city costs $20 to $30 each. With the Peloton bike, you only spend $39 a month for unlimited classes.

Local Adventures

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After visiting my local Peloton store (Oak Brook Center), I had the pleasure of speaking with Nick Rife (chicago@onepeloton.com), a sales pro. He showed me the many features of the Peloton bike and all that it offers. They record every live class, and you can find a class you love out of the thousands of classes they have by filtering based on: class length, instructor, music type, and level of expertise. There are also scenic rides where you can just pedal for fun and not focus so much on the higher intensity stats. In addition to spinning, there are many off-bike exercise classes. You can cast the video to your TV to be able to have more space to workout.

Have you considered investing in a Peloton bike?

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Best Gym Deals of 2018: Stretching your dollar

Looking for a gym deal? It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when everyone gets a reset button. Many take this opportunity to change up their normal habits. For example, some choose to start eating healthier or working out more often. For many, a new gym membership is on their minds. But,…

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Looking for a gym deal?gym deals of 2018

It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when everyone gets a reset button. Many take this opportunity to change up their normal habits. For example, some choose to start eating healthier or working out more often. For many, a new gym membership is on their minds. But, you still want to save up for maybe a new car, house, or vacation. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do both with the best gym deals of 2018. Continue reading to see where your dollar goes the furthest.

Best Gym Deals of 2018

  • Bottom of the barrel:  Planet Fitness is your best bet. Until Wednesday January 10th, it’s only $1 initiation and $10 a month for a gym membership. Of course, you get the bare minimum with this membership: only one club access and Planet Fitness doesn’t offer any extra stuff other than a few classes, cardio and weight machines.
  • Most bang for your buck: LA Fitness is where it’s at. Membership ranges from $24.99 to $29.99 a month depending on if you want single club or multi-club access. The initiation fee varies, but generally ranges from $49.99 to $99.99. The best part is there’s no contract and LA fitness has locations almost everywhere. Most locations have amazing amenities such as sauna, spa, pools, basketball and racquetball courts. In addition to these, LA Fitness also offers many different classes that are all included in your membership. Classes range from yoga, spin, kickboxing, aqua aerobics, and even slower-paced silver sneakers classes for the elderly. Whatever your fitness level, LA Fitness has a class for you.
  • If you want to splurge: Equinox is the nicest by far, but you’ll definitely be paying for it. They have a great January deal going on where you’ll get your initiation fee back if you workout at least 8 times in your first 30 days, which is about a $300 to $500 value. Equinox has everything that LA Fitness has but even more. More variety of classes, elite equipment, and steam rooms in addition to the pools and saunas. If you want to live a life of luxury, and don’t mind spending upwards of $140 to $250 a month for a gym membership than Equinox is for you.

What gym do you go to? Which gym do you think is the best deal?

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Running and keeping track: Maps and more

Map Your Run As a new or seasoned runner alike, it’s important to map out your runs so that you know how far you’re running. You can simply look at a map or utilize a device to keep track of your distance. No matter how you do it, running and keeping track of your distance is…

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Map Your Run

As a new or seasoned runner alike, it’s important to map out your runs so that you know how far you’re running. You can simply look at a map or utilize a device to keep track of your distance. No matter how you do it, running and keeping track of your distance is a good idea.

Running and keeping track

Back before there were smart phones or wearable GPS devices, runners were forced to use a paper map of where they were going to run in order to know the distance of their runs. If you didn’t plan ahead, you risked the chance of getting lost unless you were running a known trail or track loop distance multiple times. Being a runner meant that you had to know the areas where you ran pretty well. Over time, you learn how many blocks equates to a certain distance. For example, that two mile loop around your neighborhood that you run consistently.

Tracking devices

running and keeping trackNow that there are many different types of smart devices and running apps, you have more running freedom. Freedom to set out and run until you hit your distance (or rather half so you can run an out & back). Also, with technology, you have instant feedback in regards to your pace and timing. And sometimes, even heart rate. I wrote about tracking your fitness, but running is an exercise that you can improve upon with a proper tracking device.

The consistent and instantaneous feedback can help you learn how and when to change your pace and/or distance. Some runners focus on increasing their distance whereas other runners focus on increasing their speed. It’s important to choose either distance or speed to focus on since it’s difficult to work on both simultaneously.

Devices that help me run better

These are the devices and apps that I use to track my runs in order to run further. They also helped me get through Chicago Marathon training.
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What do you use to keep track of your runs? I also use the Nike running app in addition to the Garmin app to track my runs.

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What does athletic mean to you?

When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter? What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours…

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When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter?

What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours a day with a rest day each week, so about 10 hours week. And the type of training depends on what they’re preparing for, but across the board most athletes incorporate strength training and cardio into their workout regimes. And high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a common go-to training style across the board.

In addition to athletes using HIIT, there are many benefits being seen through recent fitness studies on this style of training. Beyond it being one of the best ways to train, it has benefits on the cellular level. HIIT combined with weight training can improve cellular function and slow the aging process at a cellular level. So not only will you look athletic and fit, you’ll also feel younger and better! But back to the image that comes to mind..

When you hear athletic, do you think about muscles or just a slim body? Do you like the athletic body or do you prefer a little more cushion? Do you think athletic is sexy or scary?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Barre it all

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few free Barre classes at two different The Barre Code locations and this is my review. I went into these Barre classes thinking “how hard can it be?” and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was sweating and…

Barre it all was originally published on Self Evolve

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few free Barre classes at two different The Barre Code locations and this is my review. I went into these Barre classes thinking “how hard can it be?” and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was sweating and…

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Running for beginners

Are you looking to increase your cardio? Are you looking to get into running but don’t know where to start? Do you hate running but want a runner’s body? If you answered yes, this article is for you. Some background on me, I used to hate running with a passion. Despite being good at it,…

Running for beginners was originally published on Self Evolve

Are you looking to increase your cardio? Are you looking to get into running but don’t know where to start? Do you hate running but want a runner’s body? If you answered yes, this article is for you. Some background on me, I used to hate running with a passion. Despite being good at it,…

Running for beginners was originally published on Self Evolve

Track Your Fitness

If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

Track Your Fitness was originally published on Self Evolve

If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

Track Your Fitness was originally published on Self Evolve