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Oct 19, 2019

I've seen commercials for the Peloton bike and I was getting sucked in. I had some friends who were talking about how their apartment building has one, and they spoke about how these live classes were really addicting. I saw where you can get one for $59/month, but in digging around I found out that Peloton wasn't the only company providing this type of experience where you basically turn your home into a gym. 

The NordicTrack S22i has a ton of features and is in the same price range so I wanted to compare the Peloton Bike vs the NordicTrack S22i

NordicTrack S22i

Price: $1999 
Assembly $249

iFit Coach - Free for 1 Year ($15/month after year 1)

or 5 accounts for $33/month

Year One Expense: $2248

Year two subscription $180

"normal" pedals, heart rate monitor, weights included

350 lbs capacity

 

Peloton Bike

Price: $1999 
Assembly $250

Subscription $39/month

Year One Expense: $2713

Year two subscription $468

Changing pedals (or anything) on the Peloton voids your warranty

297 lb capacity

 

Similar Items

Both steel frames

Both silent flywheels

Both hold weights, and water bottles, interactive training

Peloton Bike Advantages

Half a foot shorter (takes up less room)

Blooth options for headphones

Can stream video to larger devices (streamcast)

 

NordicTrack S22i Advantages

Weights come with bike, you can use normal shoes, heart rate monitor included.

Toe cage or flat side pedal 

Changing pedals or seat does not void warranty

Digital Resistance (24 levels)

iFit coaches can automatically adjust

 

Warranty is Better on NordicTrack S22i

The Frame has a lifetime warranty on the Nordictrack S22iwhere the Peloton frame is only under warranty for five years. 

The parts on the Noridictrack is three years compared to one year on the Peloton

Both have labor for one year. (remember its super easy to void the Peloton review)

I Don't Understand Peloton's Subscription

If you DON'T have their equipment you can subscribe to their app for $19/month. If you are a customer (and have their equipment) they charge you MORE ($39/month) 

You CAN have UNLIMITED users. The Nordictrack (for families) is $33/month for five people. (or $15/month) for one person. Nordictrack is Google Maps Compatible. 

Peloton has referral codes for customers where you can get $100 off accessories. You can search on

A Cheaper Alternative is the Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX5

With The Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX5 the biggest difference here is you supply the screen (iPad), and your warranty is only 1 year, and like Peloton you need to add the heart rate, weights, etc. 

Start Where You Are With What You Have

So I dig out my exercise bike. It was buried (join the logical losers to get access to the pic) 

I dug it out, and I've been writing it this week ( down from 226.8 on 10/2 to 

225 today) and I have never finished riding and felt worse. I was sweaty, and feeling proud. I'm watching Netflix and Hulu on my TV while I ride. It may not be a young screaming person on a bike, but it inspires me and stops it from being boring...

So I didn't spend $2000+ dollars and it seems to be working. 

The Green Circle on the Apple Watch

The green ring on an Apple watch represents exercise (called the exercise ring) and it shows how many minutes of brisk activity you've completed so far

  1. Open the Workout app. To start, tap Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run. To set a goal before starting, tap.
  2. Walk or run at your normal pace for about 20 minutes.

If you don't have time to finish the workout, you can complete 20 minutes over multiple outdoor Workout sessions. If you work out at different speeds, you should also calibrate for 20 minutes at each of the speeds that you walk or run.

Whenever you walk or run outside using the above steps, your Apple Watch continues to calibrate the accelerometer by learning your stride length at different speeds. Calibration can also improve the accuracy of your calorie calculations in the Workout app, and the calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise calculations in the Activity app.