Adding dumbbell weights to your Peloton setup is one of the best ways to get the most out of your subscription. Peloton incorporates weights into many of its cycling and Peloton Tread classes. Also, their strength classes – available on the Bike, Tread and Peloton app – and bootcamp classes rely heavily on dumbbells. Let's take a look at what you might need for each scenario, and some of the top Peloton weights that we recommend.
Do you need weights?
If all you plan to do with your Peloton Bike or Tread is cycle or run, then you do not need weights. Also, there are hundreds of non-cycling/running classes that work on strength but not require weights. These strength classes primarily use body weight for resistance, they're great. I do them all the time.
But if you want to utilize the hundreds of fantastic strength classes that use weights (specifically dumbbells), then you will need some weights.
Weights for cycle classes
Many of Peloton's cycling classes utilize weights. This is a great way to work some upper body strength training into your cardio work. You'll want to go light here. I'm talking in the 2 to 6 pound range on most rides. 2 pounds goes further than you think when you're in the middle of a challenging ride.
Weights for strength classes
There are so many great strength classes in Peloton's library that utilize dumbbells and bands for resistance. These can even be used if you don't own a Peloton Bike or Tread. They're available through the Peloton mobile and TV apps. For these classes you'll want weights that are heavier that the weights used in most cycling classes. We're talking 15 – 25 pounds and up – considerably up for stronger users.
Weights for Bootcamp classes
Peloton recently added Bootcamp classes as a new category. These classes combine aerobic, cardio work on the Bike or Tread, and strength training. These classes can use a wider range than either the cycling or pure strength classes, but mostly toward the upper end.
Read our review of the Pivot, an accessory that allows you to swivel your Peloton Bike screen to any viewing angle. This makes doing strength classes beside the bike much more enjoyable.
Recommended Peloton Weights Products
Peloton has a very broad range of classes that utilize weights. These include: using weights during cycling rides or runs, strength classes that focus on dumbbells or resistance bands, and bootcamp classes that dedicate a part of the class to strength training along with cycling or running. You should decide which classes you're likely to take before making purchasing decisions on weights.
If you plan to limit your use of weights to cycling or running classes, think lighter dumbbell. Good options might include:
- Fitness Alley Neoprene Dumbbells
- Sporzon! Colored Neoprene Coated Dumbbell Set with Stand
- Portzon Neoprene Dumbbell Hand Weights
If you plan to do a lot of dedicated strength classes you'll want heavier dumbbells. You might consider:
And if resistance training is your thing, you're in luck. Peloton has some great content in this section. Think about picking up some of the following products: