We recently purchased the Echelon Sport to start taking cycling classes. We were not ready to make the commitment to the Peloton but wanted to take Peloton classes. Today, I’m going to share how we are using the Peloton app with the Echelon Sport bike.
This year, I am on a bit of a health kick. After having Ben last year, I want to focus on my health in 2022. It’s less about losing weight, and more about being the strongest, healthiest, version of myself. I want to have a lot of energy and be the best mom I can be for him. Last year, I was able to shed some baby weight with pumping and carrying around a fat baby, but this year I really want to make some lifestyle changes.
One of those changes is exercising regularly. Stephen is on this health kick with me and we looked at a lot of options for the best way to add regular exercise to our routine. Before we got married, I really loved taking cycling classes so the Peloton has been something of interest to me. However, we weren’t quite ready to commit to the Peloton. It’s a lot of money and we wanted to make sure we would really use it before committing to that chunk of change. So we looked for alternative options.
After a lot of research, we decided to purchase the Echelon Sport bike and stream the Peloton app. The Peloton app is $13 a month, and while you sacrifice a few things from having the app directly on your bike, you still have access to all the classes.
We are thrilled with this decision. After a lot of research, we have figured out the best way for us to make this combination work and we LOVE exercising this way. The Peloton classes are fun and motivational. I actually hate exercising, but the instructors make the class really enjoyable and the time goes by quickly. This is the first time in my life I have really looked forward to working out.
So here is how we stream the Peloton App and use our Echelon Sport bike.
Items we use
Echelon Sport Bike – We did a lot of research on which bike to purchase. Ultimately, it came down to price. Some bikes are so pricey that if we were going to spend that amount of money, we could just spend a little more to get the Peloton. This was supposed to be a trial to see if we would enjoy it before we made any large-purchase commitments. So really it came down to bang for our buck. We wanted to get a quality bike that would have an easy solution to stream the app.
Peloton App – For $12.99 a month, you have access to the whole library and live classes. I love these classes! I have never looked forward to working out in my life until now. I love the themed rides a lot. Early 00’s, Disney, Taylor Swift, etc.
iPad to stream – I use my iPad to stream classes. The bike has a tablet holder and the iPad fits perfectly in the holder.
QZ APP – This app connects to the Bluetooth on the Echelon Sport and tracks your cadence and resistance. It has a one-time fee to download, but it’s like $3.99 or something like that and works great. There is a Peloton resistance conversion on the app, but it’s not 100 percent accurate so keep reading for what I do for that.
Tripod to hold the phone for the QZ app – We were originally talking about getting a phone holder or a flexible tripod to grip onto the handlebars, but I have an extra tripod that is a little too short for regular blog photos. So we just set it up next to the bike. It’s the perfect height to hold the phone to keep an eye on the QZ app while we ride.
Magnet with Peloton to Echelon Resistance Conversion – This was the best find. It’s a magnet that connects to the Peloton handlebars with the resistance conversion from Peloton to Echelon. So when your instructor yells out a resistance number, you just turn the knob on the bike to match the Echelon counterpart. This is an Etsy item and the seller was so awesome. It was one of the best packaging experiences ever.
Apple Watch – I use my Apple watch to track my heartbeat and all those things. I care less about this, and really focus on the resistance and cadence numbers and just let the rest kind of work itself out.
Yoga mat – We didn’t want the bike to sit directly on our floor, so we put my yoga mat under it.
Free weights – Some classes have a free weight component so we have our weights nearby.
Airpods – I end up having to ride after Ben goes to bed most of the time. His nursery is next to our room, so I use my AirPods to connect to the iPad streaming the classes.
What is your favorite exercise or workout? Do you use the Peloton app? What are your favorite classes?