One of the things we hate most about exercising (aside from actually exercising) is that it can be a little intimidating. If you don’t already belong to a Soulcycle, CrossFit or some type of yoga-hybrid group, then trying to jump into a class just before summer might be a little awkward—especially if you’re new to the routine. Well now you can get beach-ready at home, but still enjoy all the perks of a group class. Peloton bike is an exercise machine that connects you to live and on-demand, high-energy classes from the comfort of your living room. Taught by the best instructors in New York, you can sign up for a live class to take alone or with Facebook friends, or you can join a pre-recorded class anytime you feel the need for a little sweat.
The bike itself is designed to be comfortable, nearly silent and uses magnetic resistance rather than brake pads for a smother and stronger ride, but the partnered tablet is the real selling point. In addition to taking group fitness classes you can connect and compete with friends and the Peloton community, keep track of your progress, ride video trails through national parks around the world, or even take classes from pro cyclers that have won numerous medals and finished multiple Tour de France races.