It’s no secret I’m obsessed with my Peloton and I know I have gone on and on about the bike but today I want to speak about something a bit different – my top Peloton accessories. While the bike alone is magical there are many things you can buy and use to make your experience even better. When we purchased the bike we opted for the bike family set which is a whole bundle of accessories some of which we use and some of which we don’t. After 600 rides between us these are the items I use all the time that make my experiment best in class
For each of my rides I wear my Peloton Heart Rate Monitor that came in the bike family pack I mentioned above but if you do not purchase that add on I would still recommend wearing one! I have learned that any ANT+ and BLE chest strap will work to track your heart rate and appear on the screen during the ride. If you are looking for one this CooSpo one is which I love or for half the price of the Pelo one, or the new Peloton Bike+ can directly connect to an Apple Watch.
If you have seen any of my post ride snaps you will notice I tend to work up a sweat in my workouts, whether strength or spinning. Thus I have found having a microfiber towel on hand to mop up all of that salty liquid and I specifically chose black so that mascara does not permanently stain them.
I would say for roughly half of my workouts, I do not use headphones. I put the bike speaker up as loud as it can go (with the setting “more music”) and get going. However, if Mark is on conference calls or for a variety of other reasons sometimes I need to put headphones. I always opt for my Airpods but to be honest they are not the best option for spinning, however, these IIPX7 waterproof and sweat proof headphones would be top recommendation plus they on massive sale from amazon right now – only $22 which is (56%).
With the same bike family set I mentioned above I received the Peloton water bottle but a glass option is not a great fit for me. After trying half a dozen options Mark and I specifically use the Contigo Autospout Ashland 24oz. bottles which we bought in a three pack of from Costco. Usuually I just fill it with water and a few ice cubes but if it is going to be a big ride I will add some pre-workout.
For my workouts I have always been partial to capri style leggings but for long rides on the bike, I am talking the 60, 75, or 90 classes padded shorts make a big difference. I have tried a few different brand and have found you really need options with high Spandex. I ride in shorts and prefers bib style cycling shorts – I actually just checked with him and of the multiple pairs he owns right now he prefers the Sundried padded bib cycling shorts.
I have already mentioned sweating a ton on the bike and even with a towel in hand some is bound to end up on the floor. To make the cleanup easier and also to protect your floors I would highly suggest one that is both waterproof and is made of PVC at least 7mm thickness. Again, you do not need to buy your mat from Peloton, I have this one and it has worked out great.
And after you sweat all over that mat you are going to need to clean up. We have read so many things finding the best things to clean the bike with and the vast majority suggested cleanings sprays, however, given how much we use it, that just did not seem like a long term option. Thus we have been using all purpose, compostable wet wipes – just be sure to not use ones with bleach or alcohol. However, the screen is special and you need to be very careful with it and I recommend this EcoMoist Natural Screen Cleaner that comes with its own cleaning cloth!
Clipping in makes all the difference in the world but this may not even be a question for you. Some public bikes you can ride with cages (think about ones in public gyms or hotels) where you put your sneakers into a foot cage but for home bikes, you clip in. I wear the standard Peloton branded cleats but any with Look Delta or SPD cleats will work like these unisex cycling shoes that come in a variety of colors.
As you may recall from some of my London Flat posts we have massive balcony doors off of every room and while spinning, it if is decent weather, we tend to open them. However, about half the time (thanks English weather) this is not an option and we opt for a fan. We usually position this Dyson fan in front of the bike and often spin with the remote control in the water bottle holder – the oscillation feature and 10-speed is crucial.
During the pandemic find dumbbells was harder than mining for diamonds it seems but now that things are on the up and up they are easier to find. Whichever ones you choose I highly suggest using neoprene ones so they do not slip. Peloton sells their own in one, two, and three pound increments that fit into the holder at the back of the bike. However, if you are going to take any of the strength classes you will likely need heavier options and I find the AmazonEssentials ones fit the bill.
This acrylic tray easily fits onto the Peloton Bike handlebars turning the workout bike into a dual purpose workout station. I find it fits nearly every size laptop though to be honest, it is not for a hard ride or for going all out. If you do that you will find your form is off and you will start sweating on whatever you are doing (and computers hate sweat). However, if you are looking to get your legs moving while reading or replying to emails, it is perfect. I also use it after hours to work on blog posts.
As much as you clean, if you sweat the area you work out in is going to smell. Not only is this unpleasant but as my work from home desk is less than five feet from the bike I can’t have any smell. For months we tried a combination of sprays, candles, fresh air, but what really made difference is this HEPASilent Air Purifier that we bought two months ago. I can not find the blue one in the US but Target sells both the black and the grey models.
A foam roller is one of the best recovery tools even though it is crazy painful they help so much in releasing tension and working out muscle soreness. Like the hand weights the AmazonBasics foam roller fits the bill but if you want to take it up a notich he vibrating on the Hyperice one is life changing but also has a hefty price tag.
In addition to foam rolling stretching is another great way to make sure you get the best out of your rides. Some of these are body weight but resistance bands can be great to both get a stretch and for Pilates type classes. I have these exact ones and spoke about them last summer in my fitness at home post – depending on the exercise I change the band . The reason why I bring this up today Peloton just added resistance band strength workouts.
After attending Catholic school for nearly a decade there are a few things that still bring back instant PTSD and socks that cover my ankles are one of them. For years I had to have my ankle bone covered as part of my dress code and I really just hate tall socks. And yes, I understand the benefits of compression socks for athletics but I still can not get on board. Thus, when I came across these no-show performance socks for cycling I could not add them to cart fast enough!
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And there you have it – 15 recommendations to take your Peloton workout to the next level. True There are even more options I could share that friends of mine use like a wireless speaker, gel cover seat, and clip on fans but we will save those for another day!
What do you think of these Peloton accessories?