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Peloton: A cult I want to join

Cult or not, both Peloton and traditional spin classes are great workouts if you’re already into fitness

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I’ve heard and read about Peloton mostly from the hype in tech news and commercials on TV. When people talk about it, I hear them refer to it as the cult of Peloton. As someone who recently fell in love with spin class, my curiosity is peaked. If you’re a Peloton customer, you don’t just like it — you love it! It’s not a piece of exercise equipment; it’s a lifestyle.

On a recent trip to New York, I noticed my hotel was close to a Peloton studio. My hotel also had a Peloton bike in the gym. As I roll towards 40, I’ve accepted that my body needs me to pay attention to it. So I fed my Peloton curiosity and went to the studio to take a class. I also took a virtual one in my hotel — more on that later.

Peloton studio experience

If you’ve ever been to a high end spin studio you’ll be familiar with the set up at Peloton. For those who haven’t done a modern spin class, you basically get shoes, locker rooms that have many products, and someone to help you set up your bike. The experience screams premium and makes dropping US$ 35 seem justified.

Like most workout studios, the room is very cold when you walk in. Today’s spin classes are done in the dark with very loud music — almost like going to parties. At the Peloton studio, the bikes are set up around a stage on three sides. As we waited to get started, Jenn, the instructor, was already interacting with everyone online. I’ve heard and read of Peloton before, but I didn’t realize that the class I was attending was being live streamed to hundreds, maybe thousands of people.

“RoadCruiser, it’s your 400th ride! Congratulations and thanks for being part of the Peloton nation,” screamed Jenn. “RidnMama happy 100th ride, Pelotooooon!”

Hearing the word Peloton happened consistently throughout the ride. Like being in actual cults, being in a Peloton class felt a bit like being indoctrinated. The same way cults repeat ideologies and phrases, Jenn would randomly scream Peloton for all of 30 minutes. When I started counting midway, I heard her say it 11 more times.

What caught me off guard was the fact that Jenn essentially ignored the class and was in constant eye contact with the cameras around the room. One camera would slowly go from the left side of the room to the right, and her gaze would follow it. It was distracting and felt like I was watching something I wasn’t supposed to.

Having done no actual research on Peloton before going, I left the class confused. Being the journalist that I am, I asked the sales girl at the front desk a ton of questions. I found out that there are only two Peloton studios in the whole world: one in New York, and the other in London.

Suddenly I felt very lucky to have taken a class in one of the two studios. Then almost immediately I realized that I was doing things completely wrong. Most Peloton customers will never step foot into a physical Peloton studio, and they probably will never want to. Peloton’s main focus is giving virtual classes, and that’s what they’re good at.

Peloton only set up studios to livestream the instructor for the virtual classes. The London studio starts putting classes online in the morning and the New York studio has classes until late at night, covering all of Europe and US timezones. Unlike other spin studios, real world classes at Peloton are only a byproduct of content creation for their virtual community.

Virtual Peloton class experience

The next day I went to my hotel’s gym to take my first virtual class. When I logged on, there were no live classes about to start, so I took one of the many pre-recorded ones. The bike lets you choose by class type, instructor, genre of music, and style of ride — I chose a 90s hiphop class.

When the class started, I found Jess, the instructor, looking at me straight in the eye from the 21.5” HD display of the bike. Suddenly the thing I found the creepiest from the live class was the thing I loved most of the virtual class. The connection I felt with Jess was far stronger than the one in the studio — even stronger than I’ve ever felt at a traditional spin class at SoulCycle or ride.bln.

Being more engaged resulted in a much better work out compared to the one I did in the studio. Admittedly, I’ve only taken a single virtual class, but I’m already convinced Peloton can bring the same high end spin class I take in studios into my own home.

The traditional spin class experience

In Berlin, I take spin classes at ride.bln. They have beautiful locker rooms and attentive staff. The environment is pretty much identical to Peloton’s NYC studio, except smaller. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.

My favorite instructor at ride.bln is Malin. Her style of dancing around the studio, correcting people’s postures, and reading the room so that we’re getting the best workout we can are the little things that make going to a real world spin class great — things you won’t ever get from a virtual class. Seeing my instructor pushing through with her eyes closed honors my struggle. Her energy makes me want to give her spin class everything I’ve got.

Photo from ride.bln

I am genuinely curious what her take would be if she tried to adapt her style to Peloton. Closing her eyes through a tough segment is not something she would be able to do as a Peloton instructor. Her style would have to completely change and having gone to her classes, I fear they would become soulless. Can she bring the same engagement to a class while staring into a camera? I’m afraid not.

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If you were to get a Peloton bike and join the cult, you can probably replicate the dark room with the same loud music at home, but I’m not sure it would really be the same as going to a good spin studio. What Peloton is is not exactly a replacement, but an alternative for people like me who don’t have a 9-to-5 routine.

What the cult of Peloton has done is remove several barriers of having to go to spin class. Spin classes may only last 30-60 minutes, but you also have to factor in the time to go to the studio, get ready, and everything that comes after. Peloton also made it easy for its customers to start and do spin classes more consistently. You can be a newbie and not get intimidated by the people around you and just spin at your own pace. You can even do the same classes when you’re traveling, no matter which timezone you’re in.

The best part of being part of the Peloton cult is not the high end equipment nor the classes; it’s the strong virtual connections it’s been able to create to motivate you to achieve your own fitness goals — whether you’re on your bike at home or some other place in the world.

Cult or not, both Peloton and traditional spin classes are great workouts if you’re already into fitness. If not, hearing people talk about it all the time can be annoying and does you no good. All of these classes are just tools to achieve our goals, and no amount of tech is good enough a motivation as the one that comes from within.

SEE ALSO: Confessions of a non-runner


Editor’s note: This is a slightly modified excerpt of an article written by the same author published on MobileGeeks.com.

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Louvre at home? It’s possible with Samsung’s The Frame

Match made in art heaven

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This news could be thrilling for art enthusiasts and lovers of anything premium. Samsung is teaming up with the iconic Musée du Louvre in Paris, France for an exclusive artwork partnership.

With this collaboration, artworks from the Louvre will join the collection that you can display on Samsung’s The Frame. This brings The Frame’s catalogue to over 1,500 works of art from 42 different countries that you can bask in at stunning 4K resolution.

The overall collection also includes the following:

  • Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Albertina Museum in Vienna
  • Tate Modern in London
  • Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg and LUMAS

Louvre at home

Some collection you might want to enjoy at home are must-see masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa and The Wedding Feast at Cana, as well as photos of the majestic Louvre galleries, its architecture, and museum grounds (Louvre Pyramid, Tuileries Garden, etc.). A short description of each work gives users a glimpse into their background and history.

Samsung and the Louvre also plan to unveil other exclusive content for The Frame users later this year.

Take The Frame home

The Frame is part of Samsung’s lifestyle TV lineup. It’s aim is to offer an elevated TV experience. And nothing feels as elevated as blessing your eyes with luxurious art pieces right in your living room.

The 2021 version of the lifestyle TV offers new custom options to complement every space and style, with two frame designs: modern (available in white, teak, beige, and brown) and beveled (available in white and brick red).

The Frame can be hung flush to the wall on an ultra-slim mount and connected to a One Connect box via a single translucent cable that integrates all TV connectors including the power source. Users can also set The Frame anywhere in the room on a Studio Stand.

Watch our Samsung The Frame review.

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8 things we love about the new, LG PuriCare mask with VoiceON

No more muffled talking while wearing a mask!

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If you found yourself on the fence when it came to the first generation LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, then its latest iteration is set to fully win you over. This time around, the Korean tech giant decided to address each of the issues most people found with the first run of the mask.

Here’s what we’ve been loving with the new version – so far.

Lighter, comfier

At just 94 grams, the LG PuriCare VoiceON is much easier on the ears. I find that I don’t even need the neck strap included in the packaging when wearing it. This says a lot as while I found the first PuriCare mask easy enough to wear, I was dependent on the neck strap. This, especially if I wanted to wear it for a longer period.

The brand promises that the new mask is comfy enough to wear for up to eight hours. I think I speak for everyone when I say I still prefer to be mask free but the fans on both sides of the mask do help.

Sleeker design

Same as the first generation LG PuriCare mask, the new one also has two HEPA filters on each side. These powerful filters clean the air you breathe, making sure there are zero nasties going into your lungs. In the first version, the HEPA filters went into compartments located at the front of the mask. This time around, those compartments were placed at the back, giving you a smoother surface.

It takes a bit more technique to get the filters in but nothing too difficult.

The sleek design also makes it even easier to match with any of your outfits, taking it from a quick workout, doing your errands, and even to something that’s a little formal for the evenings.

Talking made easy

One of the common issues people had with the first version was how it muffled one’s speech. This wasn’t much of a concern to me as my speaking voice tends to be on the louder side. So if you’re someone who’s got a softer voice, this one’s for you. No need to speak a little louder and strain your vocal cords throughout the day.

Just a quick press on the power button activates the VoiceON feature. The mask, through AI, is able to detect when you’re speaking. It only amplifies your voice and there are no weird breathing sounds in between.

If you’re a Star Wars fan then you just know this feature can actually make you feel like an improved version of Darth Vader. A version that has a clearer register.

Color choices

And speaking of Darth Vader, the new LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier also comes in black. But should you prefer this colorway, you must act fast once they become available again. Units get snapped up pretty quickly. 

Friendlier to the environment

During our review of the first LG PuriCare mask, we already mentioned how the pandemic has been rather brutal to our environment. There’s just so much more waste nowadays, especially when it comes to disposable masks. The new iteration of this technology takes eco-friendliness up a notch by opting for biodegradable packaging.

Increased battery life

Lighter doesn’t mean less powerful. The battery life was also increased from 820 to 1000 mAh. You can wear the mask longer before you need to grab the USB-C cable it comes with for a quick charge. You need about two hours for a full charge, just like the first version. I was able to take the mask around the Metro as we did errands on a Saturday – from 11am to 3pm – and it did not conk out on me. I did have the VoiceON feature off most of the time.

Bluetooth connectivity

One of the mask’s new features is how it can be connected to your smartphone through an app. It will help you track your breathing and even provide you with product maintenance information. As of this article’s publication, the app isn’t on the Philippine versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. But here’s to hoping we get it soon enough!

Maskne protection persists

Like its older brother, the new LG mask continues to protect my skin from irritation. It also makes sure my skin can breathe. Medical masks make me so oily because of the heat and their material can irritate my pores. With this type of technology, I get to feel a little fresher despite the mask and shield combo.

Do take note that like its older brother, the new LG mask needs the inner covers changed every day and the HEPA filters once a month. It’s an added expense but it’s something that’s considered as an investment in your health and well-being.

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If you’re someone who’s tired of maskne and uncomfortable masks, then this is something for you. Especially if you intend to talk throughout the day – it makes sure you’re both heard and protected. You can snag your own LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON at their official stores on Lazada and Shopee.

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6 gorgeous smartphones in shades of green

Supple, sensual, and the color of money

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Forget Purple, Gold, Silver, and even the sleek shades of blue we’ve adored last year. Green is the most gorgeous color of the year. It’s the color of modern luxury — yes, not those royalty colors you’re familiar with — and the most underrated color of the Fall season.

Green is all about grace, class, and elegance. It follows the taste and refinement the old rich have. A true symbol of modern luxury. The right shade of green will help set you apart, subtly attracting gazes and desires.

Forget the flashy, loud, and obnoxious colors and shades of green — that’s for the nouveau riche. Here are gorgeous shades of green we’ve seen in smartphones and will surely help you look posh and chic without attracting unwarranted attention.

Phantom Green — Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G dresses in Phantom Green — somewhat like a dark cyan blending the tranquility of blue and the harmony of green. It closely resembles those deep emerald colors found in silk, velvet, and other expensive linen. Quite befitting a phone that accommodates the upper class.

There’s also the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G in the same Phantom Green colorway, but its shade leans towards a dark green than the emerald-like color seen on the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. Nonetheless, this shade of green is more familiar to the old rich — supple, sensual, and the color of money.

Mystic Green — Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Despite not having a glass body, the Galaxy Note 20 still looks sophisticated, especially in Mystic Green. It’s an underrated color from the Note 20 lineup — letting you stand out while looking snazzy and makes people gaze in admiration compared to the attention-grabbing Copper colorway.

Green — Sony Xperia 5 III

To tech junkies, Sony’s name can equate to premium. Especially their Xperia lineup, where most smartphones are still considered pricey compared to its competitors.

While Sony has been trying to find its footing in the midrange segment, the company didn’t forget to bring their brand values — preaching beauty and elegance by dressing one of their smartphones in a sensual Green colorway, as seen on the Xperia 5 III.

Midnight Green — iPhone 11 Pro

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Apple has introduced various colors for the iPhones that made its fans giddy, but the Midnight Green colorway still tops as the most graceful yet luxurious color we’ve seen so far.

It blends easily and works best when paired with neutral accessories — composing a look that speaks rich sans looking aggressive and ambitious.

Moss Green — realme X50 Pro

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Chinese smartphone brand realme is far from taking it to the premium segment, what with their brand name in weird lowercase, confusing product names, and phone designs that are just too flashy and tacky.

But the realme X50 Pro stepped into the right direction with its Moss Green — introducing a color so refined that it can pass to the eyes of the rich. So if you still don’t have a lot of cash to shell for a gorgeous smartphone, maybe find an affordable one that comes in this shade of green.

Ocean Green — OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

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What a shocker, right? To see the very first OPPO Reno make it to this list. Frankly, when the first OPPO Reno came out last 2019 in Switzerland, we’ve believed that OPPO was ready to take on the premium segment because they just did it right. Design? Reinvented. Color? Made elegant. Overall look? Polished and chic.

They have the right formula, but it went on a downhill when it went to its second iteration, and the third, and the fourth… you get what I mean!

To more shades of green

The phones listed aren’t the only smartphones dressed in a shade of green, yet they are the best example of what green looks like for modern luxury. These colors can also be incorporated into your clothes, accessories, and even your interiors.

And if you’ll notice, these gorgeous shades of green are seen in smartphone brands that have strong flagship contenders and are mostly favored by the upper class.

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That’s because they get the formula. Some still attempt to have a green-colored smartphone, but still fails because they don’t capture the elegance needed for it to look premium.

But, here’s to hoping that more smartphone manufacturers design a color that promotes subtlety and elegance — at least for the flagship devices.

SEE MORE: How to wear green: Autumn’s most underrated color | The girl with the green backpack

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