I was like a kid on Christmas morning when I heard that Peloton was introducing Bike Boot Camps. Adding in Bike Boot camps sounded like the best of both worlds. Everything I have come to love about Peloton cycling coupled with strength training intervals. Want the sweaty scoop on how these classes play out? Are they right for you?
Peloton Bike Bootcamp Review
Peloton has offered boot camp classes using the treadmill but the bike boot camps are new as of mid-September. First, let’s start with the basics.
What is a bike boot camp class?
Boot camps are designed to give you the most bang for your workout buck. Classes are a combination of high-intensity cardio (on the bike) alternating with strength training on the floor. Full-body workouts that are designed to complement each other to offer a comprehensive time-effective workout. You will move back and forth from your bike to the floor with ample time to change shoes.
How are bike boot camps different than just doing a cycle class followed by strength training?
The Bootcamp format is designed to keep your heart rate up during the whole strength training portion as well as the cycle segments. Moving back and forth between cardio and strength offers a true interval workout. In my opinion, these workouts are a lot more challenging than doing a stand alone cycle class followed by a strength class.
What kind of equipment do I need?
You do need a bike. (In theory, you can use any stationary bike through Peloton digital.) Some of the bike boot camp classes use only bodyweight for the strength portion for those who do not have weights at home or who just prefer those workouts. Other classes use traditional dumbbells. It is usually helpful to have a medium and heavier set (whatever those weights are to you). A mat, towel, and gym shoes. Position your mat and weights before class starts so you can easily transition between both formats.
I have been using these Nike Metcon sneakers for all of my strength training and love them. Lightweight but super supportive and they come in a wide range of colors. I ordered 1/2 size from my normal shoe size.
Currently, Bike Boot camps are taught by 4 of the most popular instructors Cody, Jess, Robin and now Tunde. Classes range from beginner to advanced with 30 minute, 45 minute and now 60 minute classes on the schedule. Again, some classes require dumbbells others are body weight only. New classes are added weekly. Classes are offered on demand through the app under cycling at any time. Find more info here.
Bootcamps can be for every fitness level. It is easy to customize the intensity of your workout by increasing/decreasing weights and reps. With the ability to pause a class, you can add more rest or add in extra reps when you want more.
What I love about the Bike Boot Camp classes
I like to give myself a day off of running so I rarely did the regular boot camp classes. The bike boot camp classes allow me to obtain that same high-intensity interval workout format in a lower impact class. Lower impact does not mean easier. Classes are long enough that I feel like I am getting a kick-butt workout. They are short enough that I can add on a core class or another short cycle or strength class.
The strength training section is comprised of more basic compound moves (think squat with a bicep curl) that allow you to get the most bang for your fitness buck. There is little if any rest between sets. For me, it’s a boredom buster as well. I see myself doing these types of workouts at least 2x a week. Peloton does it again with another fantastic and innovative workout.
What is your experience with boot camps? Have you tried the Peloton Bike Boot Camp yet? Find me on the LB @DeborahB