Peloton by now, you must be living under a rock… Peloton launched in 2012 after a former investment banker dreamt it up while trapped on a transcontinental flight. He was latching on to the ever increasing trend of people going to spin classes (instructor led cycling) for intense 45 minute workouts. How does it work? It takes a standard adjustable bike with a resistance knob and slaps on a tablet which aggregates your ride data (length, resistance, cadence) and displays the instructor and, of course, a leaderboard to see how you compare with the tens of thousands of people across the world who are currently riding with you. When you saddle in for a ride, you can either join a class live, or search for a class that was done in the past based on instructor, music genre, type of workout, or whether to use weights. Once you start, your instructor will give you an overview of the class format and what you can generally expect. The instructor picks the tunes and at different intervals will provide guidance on cadence (how quickly you move the pedals), resistance (how heavy the pedals are to turn), whether to stand or sit, and what if any exercises to do with your hands. Classes can vary from short and sweet at 10 minutes to long and grueling at 60 minutes. Beyond length, there are several types:
- HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): These are 1:1 effort to recovery (e.g., ride hard for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds).
- Tabata: These are 2:1 effort to recover (e.g., ride for 30 seconds, rest for 15 seconds)
- Climbs: Out of saddle, high resistance
- Sweat Steady: Several minute long intervals
- Low Impact / Beginner rides: Lower, less intense efforts for overall recovery
- Heart / Power Zone: Efforts to achieve target heart rates