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Is Virtual Fitness Isolating Individuals or Connecting Communities?

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We spend the majority of our awake lives staring at screens—from our phones, computers, and of course, Netflix binge-watching. In fact, Americans spend an average of over 11 hours consuming media, according to a recent Nielsen report. 

When work is finally done for the day and you’re ready for an hour of unplugged workout time, is it positive to be interacting with yet another screen? We head to the streets of New York with Peloton, the virtual fitness brand taking the globe by storm, to find out.

What Is Virtual Fitness?

Virtual fitness claims to be changing the industry (particularly at-home fitness) as we know it. With virtual brands such as Mirror, iFit, Flywheel, and Peloton, all the headaches of traditional fitness classes are addressed: no more driving to the studio, finding an inch in an overcrowded change room, or praying for the waitlist to pull through for you. You can stream some of the best fitness classes in the world in the comfort of your own home and still achieve a killer workout.

Many swear by the online fitness phenomenon. So much so that the industry’s leader, Peloton, which has over one million users, is valued at $4.15 billion. The technology company that began with as few as ten on-demand spin classes filmed in a makeshift studio, has now expanded into thousands of on-demand classes including 14 live classes per day featuring at-home treadmill and spin workouts, as well as yoga.

Despite the premium cost (the bike will run you $2,950 plus the $49 monthly subscription), Peloton is quickly gaining popularity around the globe and is in the midst of finalizing their second, fully equipped filming studio in the UK.

Technology 

When you look at a Peloton bike, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the sleek, yet giant, iPad-like screen. The Peloton bike provides a seamless experience with accurate readings of the rider’s output, cadence, and resistance. Unlike traditional studios where you may be able to fake an “add-on,” the Peloton leaderboard doesn’t lie. You’ll be riding (and competing if you so choose) with thousands of members across the globe.

Not only does the Peloton leaderboard show your ranking within the class, it also provides the details of the other members riding with you. Name, age, output, cadence—it’s all there.

You can choose classes based on music genre, length, or instructor, and you can even virtually ‘high five’ other members. But the competitive nature aside, the concern still remains that the lack of in-person interaction and energy evident at a local spin class is further isolating ourselves in a time when human connectivity is already on the brink of extinction.

The Real Virtual Community 

Last month 3,000 passionate Peloton members took to the streets of New York City for a weekend of camaraderie, live classes, and meet and greets with their celebrity-status instructors.

In the change room of Peloton’s NYC filming studio, dozens of anxious members waited for their turn to ride with their Peloton trainers for the first time in person. Sure, they’ve pedaled along with them daily from behind the screen, but this time they’d actually see their fitness idols in the flesh.

As a non-member, I didn’t really know what to expect attending Peloton’s Homecoming. I witnessed strangers hugging after recognizing each other’s virtual leaderboard name from months of riding together. I watched members who attended solo exchange numbers so they could meet up throughout the weekend.

I watched hundreds of members swoon over their trainers in hopes of a selfie during the Community Celebration at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom (while ignoring the performance by multi-Grammy award winner, Beck, I should add). I observed the entourage surrounding the celeb trainers ensuring their Peloton personas remained perfectly intact.

I felt the power of members uniting together during difficult talks about real life issues: the struggle of taking care of a husband after a stroke, losing a child after a brave fight with cancer, and the struggles that come with facing adversity in male-dominated industries. 

I quickly realized this is not an ordinary virtual community. When you get on a Peloton bike, you will never ride alone.

In an effort to further connect Peloton members and give back, Peloton introduced The Comeback in January 2019. Peloton committed to gifting 100 bikes to 100 individuals with a comeback story.

One of those recipients was Gervel Sampson. Before winning her bike, Gervel never sat in a Peloton saddle. She and her husband have been fitness fanatics ever since she can remember, often driving over an hour into LA to try out the newest spin studio. When Gervel’s husband had a stroke, everything changed.

Gervel spent the next 322 days in the hospital beside her husband. Once home, her once do-anything, fit partner needed constant care. In order to get to an hour fitness class, Gervel had to truly plan ahead and commit to hiring a nurse for said hour. Naturally, her relationship with fitness changed—that is until Pelton came into her life.

“That bike is in my living room, and in theory, it goes nowhere,” says Gervel. “But when I get on it, it takes me a million miles away.”

Since receiving her bike, Gervel joined a Peloton sub-group consisting of over 1000 women of color, and even attended a local meet up. “It felt like meeting friends you’ve known forever,” says Gervel. “Even though you’ve never met any of them.”

“On the leaderboard, you see those names and ages,” says Gervel “It’s something encouraging, and it makes it human.”

“It’s cool to watch these people who ride together at 6 a.m. in different states celebrate each other’s birthdays and hold each other accountable,” says Hannah Marie Corbin, who is one of Peloton’s first trainers. “For them to then meet in person and make that connection is really powerful.”

While Hannah says some members still opt for a more human connection by celebrating their milestone ride in their Peloton showrooms (or even at Peloton Homecoming), most of Peloton’s one million members had a purely virtual Peloton Homecoming experience.

Isolating Individuals or Connecting Communities?

Those using virtual fitness programs still crave community, and access to a studio, a lack of confidence, or shift work may hinder their ability to get to class, but not their desire to connect through sweat.

With hundreds of digital health trackers on the market, we have the ability to connect with friends across the country and challenge them to daily fitness goals without breaking the bank.

There is no doubt that Peloton classes are immersive, but will they ever replace the human connection you receive from going to a local class? Will a virtual high five ever provide the camaraderie of a real one? We want to know what you think of the virtual fitness craze.

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To Lose 10 Pounds in a WEEK = Do This Elliptical Workout

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“I swear https://www.nowloss.com/yt/ is rigged because I Lost 7 Pounds in 4 Days” -Priscilla Kinnear

Have you seen how to lose 10 pounds fast (by yesterday) ⏵ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXzveroBplo

ALL 4 Elliptical Weight Loss Workouts ⏵ http://www.nowloss.com/elip/

You can download a printable version of this workout along with the mp3 for motivation here: http://www.nowloss.com/elip

This is a basic 30 minute elliptical workout based on the 30-20-10 rest pyramid (that I invented). It’s very intense but that’s what you need if you want to lose weight REAL FAST and keep it off for good!

If you do not have e an elliptical then just follow along with this workout on your treadmill, bike, glider or etc OR… you can even do it while running in place, jump rope or jumping jacks.

QUICK TIP: wear a weight vest or add 10% of your body weight to lose weight EVEN faster with this elliptical workout so for example… If you weigh 200 pounds then wear a 20 pound weight vest or use a book bag filled with weights because the more you weight = the more calories you will burn.

Here’s the full workout laid out for you…

Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST 30 seconds
Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST 20 seconds
Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST 10 seconds
Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST 10 seconds
Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST 20 seconds
Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST 30 seconds
Go all out on the elliptical for 30 seconds
*****REST UP TO 1 Minute and repeat 1-to-3 times

Each set last 5 ½ minutes so do at least 2 sets for a 13 minute workout and as you get in shape do 3+ sets and as for losing 10 pounds ASAP…

Do this 30 minute workout 2 times a day (morning & evening) 3-to-4 days a week along with doing the diet at nowloss.com/diet or simply go here: http://www.nowloss.com/nowloss-diet.htm

And NO. you don’t have to use any resistance level but in the workout you see me doing the resistance is set on the basic 3 (out of 10) but whatever resistance level you use I recommend that you don’t set it too high and not to set it so low that you can’t control how fast your legs move.

I’m also going at least 200 SPM (strides per minute) the entire workout which is about 80% of my max speed of 250-to-275 SPM but in the elliptical workout above I think was always over at least 220 SPM for the entire workout.

To get the best elliptical workout you can you want to do the same thing and stay at or over 80% of your max SPM the entire workout. TO get your max SPM just go all out as fast as you can for 15 seconds on the elliptical and then take that number and multiply it by .8

For example if your max SPM is 150 then 120 would be 80% and you want to stay over that the whole workout.

See my other elliptical workout here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjHaLu6QkdI

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More Elliptical Workouts:
10 minute Elliptical Workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjHaLu6QkdI

32 minute, 747 calorie burning Elliptical Workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1esP3Zng8LQ

Jay-z Elliptical workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiECI4n365I

You can download a printable version of this workout along with the mp3 for motivation here: http://www.nowloss.com/elip

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Gender Neutrality, Trans Athletes, and Societal Norms | Channel T Ep 27: Zuby @ZubyMusic

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Have you ever smashed a weight lifting record in your country?

Zuby took his weightlifting skills to the test and conquered the UK’s Female benchpress and deadlift weight records.

Not only did he disturb the peace, but caused a new wave of thought to surface into today’s multifaceted realm of sensitivity.

It is so hard nowadays not to offend anybody so we got into various topics that society usually tip-toes around daily.

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The World’s Strongest Woman | Zuby Interview

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Interviewing rapper and activist Zuby about the state of social politics.

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