Hi all! I am approaching my first anniversary of being a Peloton bike owner and user. I know there has been a lot of talk about “the commercial” and I say it certainly wasn’t great. It’s a commercial targeted at people who have a nice home, a picture-perfect lovely life and probably can more than afford it. It simply wasn’t the best approach and it could have gone a different direction for sure. I want to put a more positive spin on it. Here is what I think (my experience):
My husband did surprise me with one but not because he is abusive and wanted me to lose weight. He got me one because I wanted it. I am a stay at home mom with a busy husband who works a lot and that means it’s me and the kids (a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old) all day almost every day except for school. So I needed something that I could easily get to and use any time of the day or week that I had time and wanted to. This was certainly a good option. An expensive option but one he obviously thought would be worth it. He knows I am happier when I have the opportunity to exercise. I say he bought it for me because he makes the paycheck so I am not ashamed to say that he bought it for me, for our life. He bought me an opportunity to create health & happiness that I very much need.
After my daughter turned 6 months (a year and a half ago) I finally admitted and got help for my PPD. I went on anxiety medication. 6 months after that I started workouts on the Peloton. One thing that bothers me in “the commercial” is that she did it 5 days in a row. I have never done a cycle class more than maybe 2 or 3 days in a row. Does that make her better than me? No. Does the Peloton offer amazing inspiration and a quality bike for the money? Yes! Heck yes. Do you need to do it every day or be on top of the leaderboard to be worthy of having such an exercise machine in your home? No.
For someone like me who can get depressed, down, overwhelmed with motherhood and life in general…this bike saves me some days. I love how I feel after I do it. But the point is I did it. The bike and the fact that I have one doesn’t make me a better person. I make me a better person but putting forth the effort which inspires self-confidence in me. Maybe that is what the woman in the commercial meant to say when she said thank you in her video to her husband. If I had time to make my husband a video thank you maybe I would too. Not likely though. Real-life depiction at our house would be a 5 am wake up to get in a ride and shower before the little one wakes. Real-life is juggling a hectic life that isn’t as pretty and perfect as the Peloton commercial house and still getting in that workout which then boosts my self-esteem which then boosts the morale of the entire household & family. That is where the magic is. So to obtain that magic and to feel good is what I look for. This brand helps me do that in a variety of ways.
Could the commercial have shown a more average family and a more hectic household and someone who “needed to lose weight” sure? But there is another side of health that is all mental and hardly physical. The days in a row you do it don’t matter. The way you think and feel about your body does. This company has all types of different people teaching their class across the board. Do I look like them? No. Do I identify with them? Yes. Do they want the same things as me? Yes. To be strong in mind, to physically do hard things, to live my best life. Honestly, without this last year of Peloton, I think you would have found me in the pantry eating cookies or laying on the couch watching TV. That is not where I want to be even though that is where I end up sometimes. Where I want to be is using my body to grow mentally, to sweat and to shine for myself and for my family. I want both worlds. The fitness industry can be so overwhelming and honestly, it’s why I didn’t have the heart to sty in it. I want to balance it all. I want cookies and I want to sweat. I want to feel good about both situations. I want to work hard and achieve things. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t come with a glowing yearly review or a daily reward chart. This is the thing that I get to do to prove to myself that I can do hard things. I like to relax and I like to do physically & mentally hard things a few times a week. That is me. That’s why I love my Peloton. It helps me to improve my overall health. It is fun! I love the connection to the community and the other Peloton users.
Peloton is a brand that allows me to do all of that from the convenience of my own home, which I am at, A LOT. Because that is the season of my life that I am in right now. Maybe the next commercial will show a more realistic scenario and maybe they won’t. Either way, it has changed me too when I needed to be changed. Maybe she did too? We may never know.