Peloton may be the hottest name in fitness tech today, but the price can put you off. If you are committed to staying fit and healthy, however, technology is on your side. Sophisticated workout stations and fitness equipment is no longer just for gyms and studios. There are plenty of exercise and fitness options priced right for home use, from interactive treadmills to fitness watches. There are also tons of discounts on fitness equipment, including Peloton alternatives, without the large price tags.
Peloton revolutionized home exercise bikes and treadmills and brought them into the 21st century with interactive workouts, coaching, and classes on the displayed and played on home machines via Wi-Fi. You no longer have to drag yourself to the gym for your spin class or let bad weather get in your way. With a few taps on a Peloton, you’re connected with live fitness instructors in New York City and sweating your behind off. Exercising with motivating live instructors is the reason why high-profile owners like John Legere, Hugh Jackman, and even David Beckham just can’t say enough good things about them.
But all those fancy features come with a hefty price tag: the Peloton bike starts at a little over $2,000, and the treadmill a whopping $4,000 or more. Even the most dedicated fitness junkies among us working on an average salary might have trouble parting with that for all of our equipment. Luckily for the rest of us, there are many more affordable options out there.
The Best Peloton Alternatives
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Perhaps the best all-around alternative to the Peloton in terms of features at a competitive price is the Echelon Smart Connect EX3. Like the Peloton, it offers livestreaming workouts, but to access them you’d typically need to use your own smartphone or tablet with an included app. No worries though: for a limited time you can score a free iPad Air by using the code ‘AIR’ at checkout. Do keep in mind here that you do need to purchase the app and a subscription to Echelon’s workouts to use this bike just as you do with Peloton, however with Echelon Financing and the above code you’ll get 30 days for free.
We didn’t just choose the L Now because of its price (although at under $300 it’s a hell of a deal). We also chose it because it has raving reviews from customers: On Amazon, it’s one of the highest-rated bikes at its price point. You won’t get any bells and whistles with the L Now; however, its heavy-duty steel construction makes it extraordinarily durable. The L Now operates quietly, although it may require some flywheel adjustment after assembly to do so. The L Now also has a mobile device holder for your smartphone or tablet.
If some of our lower-cost options still are too expensive, it might be worthwhile to consider whether or not you truly need all the technological bells and whistles. After all, you can actually get Peloton’s classes via their app. Why not consider the Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike? With its included media shelf, you can work out with Peloton’s trainers just like you would with its more expensive bike. Reviews are quite positive, too: they point to the IC3’s solid construction (read: no plastic), and a perimeter weighted wheel — something the Peloton doesn’t have.
While not much cheaper than the Peloton, the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is probably the best option when it comes to comparable feature sets — they’re practically the same. The S22i has a screen that is all but the same size of the Peloton, but the capability for instructors to adjust your incline and resistance for you (you have to do it yourself with the Peloton) actually makes it a better option if you’re looking to stay more focused on your workouts. A one-year membership to these workouts is included in the purchase price of the S22i, which is another advantage.
Other Fitness Equipment
While we’ve focused here on high-tech fitness bikes that are good Peloton alternatives, an exercise bike is only one part of your home gym. We’ve recently scoured the web for good deals on other home gym essentials, which you can check out below.
Good luck, and here’s to a fitter 2020!
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