“You can do anything in 15 seconds” – Ally Love
For some reason, I feel like cycling kind of just emerged one year. Everyone was minding their own business doing their workouts and then suddenly everyone was taking cycling luxury cycling classes. About a year ago I would have never even considered cycling when I thought of cardio- oh how times have changed!!
My mom jumped on the cycling bandwagon in 2018 and purchased a Peloton for our house. I was super against using it but I slowly watched her fall in love with her cardio workouts. I tried one class with Robin Arzon on November 11, 2018 and I remember loving it! I couldn’t figure out how to fit the bike into my schedule and I had to go back to school so I basically did it that one time and didn’t do it again until June 24, 2019. This time I chose an instructor based on the music, thinking this would hype me up but I found myself bored and not challenged. I wish I was the type of person to try again but since I had such a bad experience my second time, I decided I wasn’t interested and continued to do my cardio at the gym.
After every workout I would do my cardio at the end, I always had to ‘get through’ the cardio session before I could go home – it was a chore. But, I’ve always been a gym goer and I just didn’t see myself changing that for a bike. So for the next couple of months I carried on with the stairmaster, treadmill and elliptical ‘getting through’ my cardio workouts but never really enjoying them.
On September 24, 2019 I couldn’t make it to the gym for my usual workout so I decided to do a 45 min Tabata Ride with Ally Love. I had the BEST time and I couldn’t wait to do it again. I wanted to do the bike every day and I had to figure out how to fit it into my schedule. I decided that my only option was to start waking up at 5:15 and doing the bike for 20 minutes every morning before work. This way, I could still go to the gym and lift after work AND I didn’t have to dread doing cardio after my lift. Since that day, 4 days a week I wake up, do the bike and get ready for work. I still crave the feeling after a 45 minute class is completed, so every weekend on either Saturday or Sunday I take a 45 minute Tabata class.
Instructors are SO important!!!
I’ve only taken a couple of different instructors but my absolute favorite is Ally Love (I actually take her every single day). She is so encouraging and keeps me entertained throughout the entire ride. The difficulty level on her classes is about a 8.8/10, for me and my fitness level this is the perfect medium for me to be able to hit the target metrics while still being challenged. It took me a couple of different tries to find the perfect instructor match for me and once I finally found one I was addicted.
Peloton has truly changed the cardio game for me. I wake up every morning and I’m excited for my cardio session whereas I used to dread it everyday. I plan on doing a post on if the peloton is worth it (I bet you can guess my answer) that will have what the machine comes with and more!
If cardio bores you – I would highly recommend a spin class of any type (even if it’s at your gym – which I have had a great experience with as well) to test it out before you go ahead and purchase the machine. There are also various Peloton stores around where you can actually go and test out the Peloton out before you purchase it!
Cardio doesn’t have to be boring!
Thanks for reading!