Easy access also means easy interruption.
At the start of the pandemic, Paige Van Otten, a stay-at-home mom in Seattle, loved being able to squeeze into a quick Peloton workout while her toddler naps.
“You think, ‘Oh, this is so convenient, I can do this anytime,'” she said. “But really, I could only do it at nap time. I started to feel how limited it felt.
Last fall, when her daughter started kindergarten and her gym reopened, Ms Van Otten, 34, returned to her gym and started a weightlifting program there. “I like it much better,” she said. “I feel like a real adult and not just a parent.”
Exercising outside your home can give you “a separate space, free from other responsibilities, where you spend time doing something that’s right for you,” said Pirkko Markula, a sociologist at the University of Alberta studying the fitness industry.
The more you limit the likelihood of interruption, the more productive your workout will be, said Elizabeth Leonard, who teaches at studio Barre3 in Brookline, Mass. , ‘wow, I can see under the sofa, I need to vacuum,’ she said. “If you’re half thinking about something else, it’s much harder to concentrate.”
There is no replacement for a real life instructor.
Ms Taylor said she sometimes slacks off on her peloton because ‘no one is watching me do it’. She works harder in an OrangeTheory class because the coach will notice her calling.
Despite the cult followings some Peloton instructors attract, they are limited in the personal encouragement they can offer; the closest thing is a brief on-screen “shout” to a runner celebrating a milestone.