I thought I was. I remember when I first bought it, I was so excited to have a cycle instructor lead me through the vigorous workouts. I was sweating my butt off, out of breath and thoroughly whipped. I was initially rewarded for my hard work. I noticed after about 8 weeks of rigorous, daily cycling, I lost some of the back fat I had gained with my 2nd pregnancy at 42 years old. I was so excited because nothing was working on that stubborn back fat. But then, I noticed my weight loss was leveling off. I tried longer classes. Harder classes. Hill climbs, HIIT, even Tabata–still, I was maintaining, not losing. It reminded me of, 20 years ago, when I used to run for miles and miles with no noticeable results. I started running more and more, but I was gaining weight not losing. It wasn’t until 2005, when I met Jason Stone of Icelandic Fitness and Recovery, and Denver Golf Performance (and in 2007, married him), and he introduced weight training into my workouts –that I started seeing noticeable results. Back then, flabby arms and saddlebags were my biggest issues.
That was an Aha! moment for me with my Peloton, and luckily around the same I started plateauing with cycling (2018), Peloton introduced boot camps, and strength training. I started doing one day of cycling, the next day a combo of running and strength (a warmup run, followed by 30 minutes of weights), then the next day –a 45 minute bootcamp, which is 1/2 running, 1/2 strength, the next day–cycling again, and so on and so on. That’s when my Peloton workouts really started paying off. I lost 8 pounds from where I really needed it most–my back fat and tummy.
I really think taking advantage of the variety of workouts Peloton offers is the key to using it the “right way,” especially if you are over 40 and battling the middle weight, as so many of us women do. I am about to turn 49, and I’m feeling better about my body than I have in a long time.