I Did Peloton For Two Weeks Straight And Here’s What Happened

I Did Peloton For Two Weeks Straight And Here’s What Happened


Benji Jones: This bike costs $2,000, and it’s taking the
cycling world by storm. It’s sold by the company Peloton, which reportedly now has more customers than even the spin giant SoulCycle. But what really sets it
apart is convenience. Using a monitor attached to the bike, you can join a spin class from anywhere and, according to the company,
get a studio-grade workout. Now, that sounds pretty nice, but is it really worth the hype? To find out, I took a
Peloton bike for a spin. Over the course of two weeks, I did a 45-minute Peloton class every day. And how did it go? Well, let’s just say I’ll probably never be this fit ever again. First things first: To figure out just how good of a workout I’d be getting, I visited the athletic trainer Sean Kuechenmeister before my first class. Sean: You’re going to hopefully establish your baseline level of fitness
for biking specifically. Benji: Sean works at the
New York Sports Science Lab in Staten Island, and there he assesses the physical ability of
professional athletes. And now me, your more average gym-goer. All right, good to go. We started out by gathering
some basic metrics like weight and body fat. Next were some not-so-basic measurements. I feel like I’m in,
like, an ejection seat. That’s an isokinetic extremity machine. It measures the strength of my quads. After that, we tested leg power, Sean: Jump. Benji: mobility, and something called muscle drive. Sean: So drive would be
how much electrical current you’re getting from the
brain through those nerves. The muscles are really just
kind of like the mindless meat. The nerves are what determines how efficiently the muscles move. – [Benji] But the most
difficult test of all? A measure of what’s called VO2 max. Sean: The reason why the VO2
max is so relevant for bikers is that’s a measurement
of how well your body’s utilizing the oxygen that you’re
taking in when you breathe. The better you use the oxygen, the more it’s gonna be
transported throughout your body and the more efficiently
you’re gonna be able to move and perform whatever
exercise it is you’re doing. Benji: I scored below average in VO2 max, in the 47th percentile,
which was kind of a bummer. But overall, I was in pretty good shape, and with the assessment behind
me, it was time to ride. This time, fortunately,
without a gas mask. It got off to kind of a rough start because I couldn’t really
get on the bike at first. I was just totally not feeling the music, just kind of like oldies or, like, rock. I’m not about to bike out to rock. I ended up joining a prerecorded class, and I thought I was, like,
doing really well in the class and then looked and saw that
I was in 589th place, I think. To my credit, there were like
2,500 people in this class, and that made me feel pretty average, which is totally fine. My quads are already starting to feel it. I can definitely feel a burn. I did a little bit better
today, look at that. 2,136th place out of 10,000. I mean, not terrible! I was tired almost right from the start, but the days went by quickly, and soon enough I was a week in. I am proud to say that I made it seven days in a row! But I wasn’t exactly seeing much progress. Instead, I was actually feeling some pain. I’m definitely starting to feel a little bit of pain in my right knee. You know, to be honest, all of my stats look exactly the same today
as they did my first ride. I was burning a little
over 500 calories a class, no matter how exhausted I
felt at the finish line, but I wasn’t about to quit, especially since Sean had predicted some pretty rad results
I could look forward to. Sean: I think if you’re gonna lose fat and then potentially
burn into some muscle, I think we may see you go from
143 maybe to about 141, 140, um, but I do expect
your endurance to go up, and I do expect this
number with your VO2 max to go from fair to good. Benji: For my eighth
ride, I switched it up. Instead of riding at home, I went to the Peloton studio in Manhattan where the classes are filmed. I was curious if I
would push myself harder in front of an instructor
and in the presence of what seems to be
some of New York City’s most fit and attractive. It was a good time. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, so there was lots of breakup
songs, which was great. But as it turns out, all bikes
are calibrated differently, so my readout on my bike in the studio was super different than the
bike that I have at home. There was probably like
a 200-calorie difference. So I did push myself harder in the studio. My average heart rate was 10%
higher than it was at home, but according to the
display on my studio bike, my output and calorie
count was my lowest yet. So fair warning, the calorie counters might be different if you don’t use the same bike every time. As I reached the middle
of the second week, my output was finally starting to improve. I feel pretty good. Losing body fat, feeling like my legs are probably like a
thousand times stronger. Hopefully that’s the case. I also broke 600 calories
in one ride today, which means that I’m
getting better in the, like, on my journey to
strength on the bike. Wait, journey to strength? Side note: If I had any critique of Peloton as I neared the end, it’s not the quality of the workout… Instructor: If something came up for you in the form of energy Benji: It’s the language the instructors use to motivate you. It might be a personal thing, but it just feels so inauthentic. This is an exercise class, not therapy. Anyway. A few days later came the
moment I was waiting for. The end! Woo! 14 classes! Yeah, it feels really good to be done, probably ’cause of meeting
my goal of doing this, partly because I am so excited to not feel so exhausted and not
have to bike every day. Not that it hasn’t been rewarding, it’s just obviously too much
to do this every single day. Let’s see, 14 workouts, 10 1/2 hours, 194 miles, 7,745 calories, that was the best output
I’ve gotten so far. I also broke 600 calories
in one ride today, which means that I’m getting better, and you can see that I kind
of started out really strong and then kind of took a dip and then started working up again. The next day, I returned to the lab for my follow-up assessment. Sean: Your initial
measurement, you were 143.5. You’re 142 today along
with that point zero, but your lean body mass,
which is your muscle, your bone, you know, the connected tissue, first time was 125.2. Second time, it’s 125.4, so
you lost nothing but fat. You maintained your muscle. In fact, you gained 0.2 pounds of
muscle during all of that. – [Benji] Interestingly, all
that new muscle I’d gained ended up in just one spot: my left leg. Remember that pain I was
talking about in my right knee? Well, I adapted by relying
more on my left to pedal, building muscle there as a result. Everywhere else in my body, I
actually lost muscle weight. Sean: You lost weight in the trunk. You lost weight in your left arm, and you lost weight in your right arm. Benji: And that’s because I was only doing one type of activity every day. But the biggest change was in my VO2 max. Trainer: So this was his
initial, and this is his new one where he’s ranked only 79% now. Camera operator: That is incredible! Dean: 47 to 79. Benji: So I’m, like,
better than most people? Sean: Yes. You went from worse than most people to a lot better than most people. Benji: Wow. That’s amazing, wow! OK, so more muscle in my left leg, less everywhere else, and
much greater endurance. What about strength? Sean: You actually lost power. You increased in your strength
in terms of your endurance, as far as aerobic capacity,
but as far as anaerobic, the system of our body
that uses more sugar, uses glycogen, what we use to
produce power and strength, you actually decreased in that. Benji: And in terms of just, like, trying to understand these numbers, for two weeks, like are
these pretty big changes? Sean: Oh yeah, for sure, for sure. I think most, most doctors will recommend that about a pound to
a pound and a quarter of fat per month is a healthy
rate to be losing fat, so you’re actually well ahead of that, so I think if you were to continue this, you would probably – you’d lose more fat, you might gain some more muscle, but eventually there would be a point of diminishing returns where we’d need to change something up in the routine. Benji: Got it, OK. Sean: This was good for
a two-week challenge, but I think it’s not very
long-term sustainable. Benji: OK. And that’s a good thing because the thought of biking right now, well, it’s kind of terrible. But should I ever need
to lose weight again and stumble upon a mountain of cash, I’m confident that two weeks
of intense cycling like this will totally do the trick.

100 thoughts on “I Did Peloton For Two Weeks Straight And Here’s What Happened

  1. OMG, this is a valley boy riding a bi___ike, with a Vo2Maaax in the forty7th percentILE, which was KIND of a bummer…

  2. If anyone needs a referral code mine is MU34P8. I've had the bike for 2 weeks now. It's been fantastic. Absolutely the best purchase i ever made. I am hooked on it.

  3. So you did that extensive lab test in the beginning only to do a half assed two week workout? Your body needs at least two months to adapt and get real results. Everyone wants everything right away 😕

  4. i admire and appreciate the inspiration the class trainers use. when i started with peloton tread I would actually break down in tears when I would complete a class. I keep going back to peloton everyday for that feeling of accomplishment and they never disappoint

  5. The video classes are a great expensive feature but most experts would recommend a Air Bike (like Airdyne Pro) for faster and better workouts – much cheaper as well.

  6. You spent 2k on a stationary bike with a TV attached to it. I'll never understand spin classes. You could've spent the same money for an actual bike and ride outside every day. You could've ridden to the "average gym".

  7. After reading the comments against roadbikes you guys do realize you could buy a 2k roadbike and a few hundred dollar trainer and get the same result and you can still go bike outside if you wanted? In any case, getting people more fit is always a plus!

  8. So what happened to the pain in the right knee? Did it go away? Is it still painful; less painful, more painful?

    I have osteoarthritis in both knees and I spin bike as a form of knee(s) therapy. However, my routine is very lite-weight. No more than a mile or two (about 3-5 minutes on the spin bike). But I want to increase my time and speed, but out of fear I might do more damage to my knees, I keep my routine under two miles. I know everyone is different, but just curious if the right knee pain improved or got worse for you. Sort of like a guide post to follow if you know what I mean.

  9. first off, your body needs a break to build muscle so a ride everyday isn't the best option for the results he wanted. second, 2 weeks is nothing.

  10. Rather spend £17.99 at PureGym, get off my ass and burn calories getting to the gym where I have access to all the gym equipment I need and do all the cycle classes live free.

  11. £2000 are you MAD??????? that money could get you a nice wee holiday instead of that Monstrosity sitting in your room. get a life!

  12. Well I do 1 hrs spinning class every day about 800 calorie but it needs to be complemented with lift or 2eigth machines. It isnot about the peloton bike any bike with hard resistance will built legs muscles, ligth resistance bike exercise to lose weight n at some point u will lose the muscles.

  13. Interesting and well done in most ways. However, you kinda wimped out on giving your opinion about Peloton. Worth it? Not worth it? Say it! Tell us! You're NOT telling us whether or not it's a good investment. It even looks like you may be scared of what Peloton might say or think about what you came up with . . . if you did. But, you didn't!

  14. they need to take thos to the next level …..since so many people are into video games, need to add a VR headset and make it into a video game, so you can race other people on the system, or do the Tour de France or other stuff like that. 🤷‍♂️🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  15. I hate the peliton commercials so much that they are enough to cause me to never buy this product. They are so annoying

  16. As a cyclist and spinning enthusiast, I can confidently say riding a bike and spin class are two completely different experiences. The intensity or the routines in these classes would be hard to mimic on the roads.

  17. The peloton is amazing I was 230 at my max few months ago and 210 when I started using it lil over month ago. I’m now at 190 and do the bike 2 times a day

  18. I don't think this guy is cut out for HIIT workouts. I know without a doubt that doing those HIIT workout 2 or 3 times a week will definitely improve his power. But there is one caveat, the individual will have develop the mental capacity or fortitude to shut the pain out. And most people that just want to get in shape or stay in shape, will best be served with endurance or aerobic workouts. Training for most people at close to 100percent V02 max is not realistic.

  19. In all reality the only way someone will indeed get motivated is if those bikes comes with a built in robotic arm with a gun pointed at the client's head 💣

  20. I used to ride bikes a lot.
    Funny, I never thought some special people would pay another special person money for doing something that is presently free and much less predicable (less boring). But hey, just like the people who run the place, money talks and to say anything negative about cynical capitalist money making garbage is considered unsocial. Despite the fact that greed is decidedly unsocial.

  21. Would love to buy this. But 2000 quids plus is just ridiculous for a hard working mortgage payer in England! 800 quid tops for the average Joe.

  22. With help from a good instructor, you would have a good set-up for the bike, and never injured your knee. It's obvious your saddle is too forward and too low…

  23. So the instrument the lab was using to measure body fat is called InBody, an impedance model. Honestly, it's not the most accurate means of measuring. They have a 4-5% margin of error. (DEXA scans and good old tape measures are much more accurate). I would take those readings with a grain of salt.

  24. The fact that the calorie data from all the bikes is not consistent tells me the calorie data from all the bikes is worthless.

  25. Peloton has upper body workouts that you can tag on after a 45-minute ride, not to mention boot camp, strength training, yoga, outdoor running – so mix it up dude.

  26. Dude lost muscle mass and had no rest days….not sure if this is how anyone should be working out. Also diet plays a role in results not just the cycling itself. 🙄

  27. I love the inspirational videos while I workout on my 1 year old Elliptical Schwinn I bought on craigslist for 225.00. Keep these videos coming, I love this Schwinn. I get a full body workout and feel great.

  28. Nice review. I just got mine a week ago, I love it! here is my Referral Code 8RZ36H for anyone who wants to save $100 when you order yours!

  29. This doesn’t make any sense. VO2 Max is literally just a genetic base. You cannot improve your VO2 Max, it’s built in. It really questions how accurate are these supposedly scientific tests. VO2 Max testing via Oxygen/CO2 testing Is not reliable. You would need to have a blood test pre and post testing, preferably with an IV line. These labs are taking suckers for a ride.

  30. It’s more than just cycling tho. Def not a full review. There are other classes that are not biking he could of taken

  31. I had an ordinary $200. stationary bike for about 10 years. It still was not worn out when I let it go to free up space. It did not have some features of a Peloton, but did have time, distance, speed, variable resistance, average calorie burn (you put in age and bodyweight), pulse rate, and memory. So, I would find it very hard to justify $2000. for a better bike. Better, but not 10x as good.

  32. All you peloton users take them back!!!!!!! Peleton is what we call a lazy man who is so lazy to do anything. Basically peleton means that his nuts drag so much for him to do anything. Bye

  33. Here is my question: Why not just buy a used/cheaper stationary bike and access the Peloton content via an Ipad, app, etc? Or is the bike integrated that much within the workout? Just seems to me that all you're paying $2000 for is a standard stationary bike with a built in screen on it.

  34. won't do anything for that face. It's pretty pathetic that most people can't just go for a bike ride…Instead it has to be about strangers giving you props for riding a bike…must be an empty life.

  35. Such a wonderful investment. The results I’ve achieved, being a Peloton owner since last November have been extraordinary. Never ever thought I’d love cycling as much.

  36. For $2,000 (cost of a peloton bike) I can cover a gym membership for 3.5 years. Numerous options for weights, group classes (including spin), plus access to a hot tub and sauna. Can't imagine riding the same stupid bike in my living room for that long.

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