yusul - i'm missing something here but why couldn't you just get a stationary bike and run some youtube videos for cheaper?
Yes, you are. I’ll try to break it down.
The bike keeps track of the following metrics:
Cadence - rpm for the pedals
Resistencs - self-explanatory
Output - The two combined = output, this is also what is used to create the leader board
HR - if you connect a monitor
Miles and Miles/hour
All the metrics are tracked digitally. The instructors will always provide recommended cadence and resistance ranges, and sometimes they will give you an output goal. All of this info shows up on the screen as well, so above your cadence metric it will provide the range to be in (helpful when you get dog tired). Also, the music on the playlist is always the same tempo as the cadence to help you stay on rhythm.
Leaders board - If you are taking a class live, you can see the total output of anybody present. If you are taking it as an archieved class, you can see everybody taking at the same time, and everybody that has ever taken it. Depending on what motivates you, this may be the best feature. I always find myself competing against other riders and this motivates me. For instance, last night I went back and forth with another rider in a live class. He passed me and sent me a high-five. That really pissed me off so I made sure to stay with him and then I made my move to pass him at the 2:00 remaining mark and high-fived him as I passed him up. The leader board is extremely motivating.
Other features are also great. You can take doagnostic tests to set “power zone” levels. These will be displayed during rides helping you push yourself without burning out too fast. Following powerzones is an awesome way to improve. Additionally, all your rides and metrics are saved to track and look at later. There are lots of competitions you can sign up for monthly to hit a certain number of classes or a certain number of miles. One fun feature I just found is following people, so if you have friends with pelotons you can meet up in classes and compete, or just keep track of the other persons data and provide motivation.
There are so many awesome features with the monthly subscription that make the Pelton awesome. Besides the video, none of it can be replicated via YouTube.
The bike itself is high quality as well. Probably not $2500 high quality, but, that’s the cost to get the amazing content, and it’s well worth it. I have never found anybody that actually uses it that doesn’t love it.
Essentially it seems like your spending thousands for some motivation, I’ve recently bought a spin bike as I’m doing some longer distance tris next year and it has pre set programmes but I tend to google workouts before I start and use that.
Not knocking it but it just seems extremely expensive for a few features