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.

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Dennis Veasley

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

  1. I did Peloton for two weeks and then I got the bill. Back outside with the fresh air on my 10-speed watching women for free.

  2. You spent $2K for a bike that doesn't go anywhere??? And you gathered a vast amount of info to digitalize and analyze and quantify each moment of your life? What about methane effluent from your rectal cavity…..Dude, extract your head from the aforementioned foetid chamber and JUST GO RIDE a FREAKIN' BIKE.

  3. Some people truly are stupid beyond belief. Two grand will buy you a cracking road bike that you can use in the great outdoors…

  4. Peloton also has full body and targeted workouts, yoga, meditation, and running classes. I do the cycling because it’s just fun for me and keeps me motivated to do the stuff I don’t like, such as weight lifting.

  5. The price is a huge commitment. I have friends that have bought a Peloton and stopped riding after a month. Exercise is exercise.You either want to get/stay in shape, or you like the idea of it. Be the former if you are thinking of buying because it's expensive and there is a monthly subscription. If you are a metrics whore, there is no better piece of fitness equipment. I know exactly where I fall each ride and can push harder when I'm falling behind throughout the ride. That's been the biggest motivator for me and the reason I like the bike so much. I've pushed myself harder on this bike because I always have a benchmark to meet/break through the trackable metrics. I bought it because my doctor said I needed to lose weight and lower my BP. 30lbs down after 4 months of Peloton and diet. Never felt better. BP is now better than normal. Doctor says I'm his poster child for improvement. Could I have done it without the bike? Probably, but it would have taken longer. We tend to not push ourselves to our max unless we're being measured. The software is the star here, and they have that and the content down pat.

  6. I’ve used the Peloton app with the equipment at my apartment gym! I’ve heard mixed reviews but there are a lot who use the app with cheaper bikes. There are also running, walking, yoga, outdoor, and strength training workouts that can be used to mix up the routine. This isn’t a very fair assessment of Peloton as a whole. I tend to do the power walk and running classes with strength training. At roughly 280 I find them tough but encouraging and Indo a class almost every day! I pick 1-2 days a week as rest day. Maintained a mostly healthy diet. In a week I lost 5 pounds. I’m not overly sore and have lots of energy to keep going!

  7. Yeah, lets stay in the house, and look at a computer…and never talk to real people…what a fuckin waste of money

  8. That's funny. The "therapy" language the instructors use is one of my favorite parts – I just feel like it's a very holistic experience if you want it to be. I have the bike and love it – I also don't take 45 min cycling classes every day – I do strength classes, yoga, and stretching, etc. You can make it a very balanced experience. I love the experience and the workouts and instructors are the best in the world I'm convinced. That's what set's this bike apart and why it's worth the price….the instructors and the community feel you get. I can ride with my friends out of state and compete with them. I love it!

  9. $2000?? No way. I paid $165 on eBay for mine. It don't have a fancy monitor, but it looks the same to me!

  10. Quick question: I am currently injured and my doctor said I can spin and I have been for about a month but xc is starting soon and I still can’t run. If I keep on doing spin classes that are like these, can I still be as fast and keep in shape?

  11. Each Peloton contains a camera and microphone that remain on at all times because most owners are under investigation by the government for tax evasion. The entire enterprise is designed for simple surveillance.

  12. It's just a stationary bike, to be purchased with some "great financial plan!!!! start enjoying now!!! don't pay until august!!" in January and by late February will be used to hang clothes and gather dust.

  13. "Stupid purchase" says the guy in between drags of his $10 pack of marlboros. "Go outside" proclaims the fat dude challenging the weight capacity of his flatulence soaked office chair. "Buy a spin bike" says the guy who's clearly never been on a spin bike.

  14. I feel like you didn’t take full advantage of everything it offers with the different types of classes and didn’t give yourself long enough to really see results. It would be interesting to see it on a longer term trying out all the coaches and the different classes and incorporate rest days.

  15. Cool Video. But I find biking outside for an hour feels much easier and more enjoyable and you also get the Vitamin D from the Sun.

  16. Does anybody really care about this braggard. I would like to think he is not the average Peleton rider. Seriously, be brags about being in the top 20 percentile during the first week???!!! (oooh, dont let me stop loving myself)

  17. I just got a star trac club quality indoor spinning bike and add a stand on which I can place my phone or tablet. Done

  18. There is a lot of information missing in this video. There are classes that use weights a certain points in the ride so you can in fact work out your upper body while in a class. The membership also comes with strength, yoga, meditation, stretching, running, cardio, and bootcamp classes. You can take these classes on the app or through the actual equipment as well.

  19. Elliptical gets the job done if u set it right.Also bike riding did nothing for my cardio. Damn near failed my physical readiness run because I thought biking was the same as running.Nope

  20. I bought the bike & have had such great results in the last 4 months!! Great quality product & endless classes to chose from.
    Here’s my PROMO CODE to get you $100 OFF your purchase & accessories:
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  21. For the price of that you could buy a nice road bike for the good days, a good smart trainer for the bad, and a Zwift subscription and have change left over for some nice kit.

  22. Peloton is a good product if you use it. I ended up buying a schwinn carbon blue… much better bike and I use the peloton app… $13 a month.

  23. Well this is spot on (and obvious) to what I would have expected with ANY endurance sport. Cardio and Vo2 max improves at the sacrifice of muscle. That's why endurance athletes are lanky.

    Being an avid cyclist outdoors and on Zwift and having done my fair share of spin classes … it all comes downs to whatever works for you. I find Zwift more engaging and much more competitive to a spin class but Peloton is a nice set up. Unless you are absolutely time crunched or a gym is way too far, I would say a spin class at your local gym would be a good alternative (not the boutique $$$ spin gyms). If you want true performance gains that translates to outdoor gains, Zwift or Trainer Road is the way to go. Zwift is the real disruptor.. so much that professional riders are using it and it's being integrated into pro races – giro d'italia for example. They are creating an e-sport and teams like Data Dimension have competitions to scout for the next upcoming star!

  24. I stumbled upon this video by chance but am grateful for it. Thanks so much… The video certainly inspired me to ride my bike again. All the best , God bless you!

  25. So let me get this straight, he rides Peloton for 2 weeks straight, doesn't use ANY of the other classes in any way whatsoever, weighs 145 pounds, and then rates Peloton? Really?

  26. Here's a code for $100 off accessories when you buy the bike:JBDSH2

    We love ours. Bike has held up
    great over 2 years of use, no issued yet. Very well made, and a great
    way to get a work out in without going to an expensive studio. Since
    the bike has been paid off, we only pay $40 a month for 2 riders, and
    you can't find a deal like that anywhere else.

  27. Good video with some useful info, but bro, you gotta man up a bit. If you can't workout for 45 minutes a day without crying….what are you doing with your life besides getting old?

  28. A person with know interest in fitness or spinning reviewing this bike is just unfair to begin with. Even so, the numbers don’t lie, it’s a fantastic workout. However, if you’re not a fan of spin, it’s not going to magically turn you into one

  29. I own one and i go on it 2 times a day Ally Love is my favorite and to see change in your body it takes like 2 months

  30. 5:43 bingo. erry body borrowing corporate double speak from yoga and applying it to their expensive fitness whatever. Bullshit.

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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 😕

  34. 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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".

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. £2000 are you MAD??????? that money could get you a nice wee holiday instead of that Monstrosity sitting in your room. get a life!

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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. 🤷‍♂️🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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.

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