Regular readers around here know I am a huge Peloton fan. I have enjoyed the cycling classes for the last 2 years and dove headfirst into all the strength and stretch classes this spring. I get as giddy as a middle schooler when new class formats are added to the platform. Today, I am doing a review of the new Peloton Bike Boot Camp classes.
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 camp classes are designed to give you the most bang for your buck workout wise, 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?
Previously, I was doing cycle classes followed by strength training. While that was certainly a fantastic workout, the bootcamp format keeps my heart rate up during the whole strength training portion. Moving back and forth between cardio and strength offers a true interval workout. In my opinion, these workouts are a lot more challenging.
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 body weight 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 3 of the most popular instructors Cody, Jess and Robin. 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 anytime. 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. It is easy to pause a class to allow 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 if need be.
The strength training section is comprised of more basic compound moves (think squat with a bicep curl) that allow me to get the most bang for my fitness buck. There is little rest if any 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 bootcamps? Have you tried the Peloton Bike Boot Camp yet? Find me on the LB @DeborahB
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