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Okay so if you’re anything like me working out is not in your list of “hobbies” or even up there associated with “things that are enjoyable” but after a few months in quarantine, I realized exactly how sedentary my lifestyle had become. When I was working out of the office, I would walk back and forth to visit my venues each day; I was constantly on the go. Now with a home office upstairs, some days I look at my watch and realize I’ve taken less than 5,000 steps and have been sitting for hours at a time. Something had to change.
Spin Bike Rental
My roommate rented a bike from a local spin studio for a month and I made it a goal to spin at least twice a week. I ended up searching for spin classes on Youtube and liked the workouts enough that I mostly hit my weekly goals.
Since Anna rented the bike from a studio, it was equipped with SPD pedals so I bought myself a set of spin shoes off Amazon so I could clip in and ride. I really wanted a pair of TIEMs but they didn’t have anything available in my size and I knew we only had the bike for a month so I bought these Gavin MTB Cycling Shoes off Amazon. They came quickly and although not super trendy, they’re supportive and get the job done. I also had to buy the Shimano SPD clips so the shoes would clip into the pedals. They took 10 minutes to install and then I was spinning!
Once the spin bike went back, I found myself looking for something to fill the void but as a chronic half-asser (it’s a word, trust me), I didn’t want to spend a fortune on equipment that would just join its brothers & sisters of pilates sticks (quarantine purchase), yoga blocks, and weights in a forgotten corner in a few months. I also didn’t want to spend weeks waiting for delivery since my workout spurts are hot and cold, I needed to take action and fast while I was on the workout train haha.
Buying A Spin Bike On Amazon
I ended up going to Amazon and reading a zillion reviews before deciding on the Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike. I looked at some other cheaper options but didn’t want a bright yellow or red bike in my room. I also wanted something with a ton of reviews that came highly rated. I bought my bike for $339.99 (it was on sale from $399.99) with free Amazon Prime shipping. When I purchased, it was rated 4.5 stars with 2,120 ratings.
It comes with a 35 pound flywheel and I’m happy to report, is really quiet. I never hear it when working out (but I also workout with my AirPods in). I close the door to my bedroom when I spin and it doesn’t bother my roommate.
It has a two way adjustable handlebar and a padded seat. I LOVE the seat; it’s completely unlike all the hard spin bike seats I’ve experienced before. I feel like I can get a great workout in and not have to do the cowboy walk the day after.
The bike also comes with a place to hold your water bottle and a phone/tablet holder. There’s also a display that shows time, speed, distance, calories burned, and an odometer. The only thing missing I wish it had was a place to put small weights behind the seats but there might be an aftermarket solution. I haven’t really looked into it, I just place my weights on the floor and then lean over and grab them when it’s time.
The bike comes with caged pedals which I’ve kept on for right now but I might replace with SPD pedals so I can clip in my spin shoes. It also came with an assembly video (which took less than an hour), a personal customer support email to check in, and a one-year free parts replacement warranty.
So far, I’ve been SO happy with my bike and have no complaints or wish I had gotten a different machine.
My gym membership was cancelled when we went to shelter in place orders so now that we’re in August, if I had kept paying for the gym, I’d have paid more than I’ve paid for my bike so far. I love that I already own my bike outright and don’t have a payment plan or a required monthly membership.
Elevating My Spin Studio
If you haven’t gotten the gist of my relationship with fitness yet, I will find any and all reasons to postpone a workout so I wanted to invest in a few things to help make the experience more enjoyable, hoping I’d be more apt to work out more often.
As vain as it is, I have a big mirror in my room that I’ve positioned my bike in front of. I don’t know why spin studios are all mirrored (I’m guessing there’s a fitness reason like checking your form or something) but I personally love looking at myself in the mirror when I’m thinking turning the knob back down or slowing my cadence and having a real conversation with myself. WE CAN DO HARD THINGS! (Thanks Glennon Doyle – you also get your own post coming soon)
I bought this squishy mat for $23 for under my bike since it seemed like a very fitness thing to do. The 2.5 x 5 ft size is perfect and keeps sweat etc from just dripping down and seeping into my carpet. I also feel like it helps with noise reduction and would definitely grab one if you’re thinking about putting your bike on a hard surface (or even carpet).
Now this is where it gets fun. I also spent $13.99 of my hard earned money on this baby and have ZERO RAGRETS get it? lol. This little guy sits in front of my bike and comes with 3 sound activated & 7 programmed sound modes. It also comes with a remote that fits in my bike tablet/phone holder so I can change the vibe at any point during my ride.
I turn on my overhead fan, turn off my lights, flip this guy on, fire up my Peloton app (we’ll get to that in a minute), and spin my little heart out. It really does make me feel like I’m in a studio and gives the workout a fun little pop that mentally keeps me engaged. The playlists and spin classes from Peloton are so much fun that combined with my club lighting, I can’t help but actually dance on the bike most classes. So with that being said, let’s jump into the Peloton app more!
Spin Classes On Peloton
I signed up for the $12.99/month Peloton Digital Membership which I can really say has transformed my relationship with spin classes. Check out My Favorite Peloton Spin Classes here. There’s really a class for every mood, person, day!
I LOVE Cody & his energy, Alex motivates and encourages like no other and Robin speaks to my soul every time I take her class. You can filter by class length, type, instructor, music, difficulty level, etc. I genuinely love 99% of the classes I take. I have taken a class or two where I didn’t love the music (which is totally on me because you can see the playlist ahead of time lol) but I still kept with it and left feeling accomplished and energized.
On the Peloton app, you can also find strength, yoga, cardio, meditation, treadmill, outdoor running, stretching, bootcamp, and walking classes. I’ll save more details about the Peloton app for its own dedicated post but just know, for $12.99 a month, you need this app in your life – even if you’re not super into fitness.
There you have it! My complete formerly lazy girls guide to creating your own affordable at home spin studio! If you sign up for the Peloton app, find me (katieb417) and let’s be friends. If you have any questions about setting up your own spin studio at home, let me know in the comments below. I’m happy to answer any questions I can. Until next time, happy spinning!