So, what are the best weights for Peloton? Well, it depends on how you plan to use them. As far as I can see, there are three scenarios when you might be looking for weights to use with Peloton classes.
Why do you need weights with a Peloton
Firstly, there are weights for the Peloton bike. However, you may be one of the people who asks, “What are the Peloton bike weights for?” I’ll get to that shortly.
Secondly, there are Peloton Tread weights. Or rather, dumbbells to use with the Peloton Tread.
Finally, you’ll need handweights or dumbbells for bootcamp classes. Starting in 2020 Peloton is offering bike bootcamp classes and Tread bootcamp classes. These are classes that combine aerobic, cardio work on the bike or Tread and strength training.
Strength classes on Peloton
Finally, there are strength classes you can take without ever owning a piece of Peloton equipment. For example, I explain this in my review of the Peloton digital app. That is, how you can be a part of Peloton for just $13 a month for the app or a digital subscription alone.
However, since the most popular Peloton right now is the Peloton cycle, let’s get started with the best weights for the Peloton bike.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for must-have accessories for your Peloton cycle or bike plus, please check out my number one top post on the best accessories.
Best weights for Peloton bike
When you buy a Peloton bike, you have the option of upgrading to a package that includes dumbbells. These are one, two or three-pound dumbbells or hand weights. These are the only weights for Peloton bikes. That is, they are the weights that fit in the rack on the back of your bike.
We have three-pounders for our Peloton bike. We got them for “free” when we updgraded to the “works” package when we bought our bike. The “works” costs $249 more than the basics package and also includes one pair of shoes, one set of headphones, one heart rate monitor and one bike mat.
For the new Bike+ or bike plus, you’ll want to get an even bigger array of hand weights. That’s because with the new swivel screen, you’ll be able to take bike bootcamp classes. For these you’ll need more than just the three pound weights that come with the “works” package that we got.
What are the Peloton bike weights for
What do you need the Peloton bike weights for? Well, there is a rack on the back of your bike, underneath the seat, to hold hand weights. You’ll use these for “arms” classes done on the bike.
In my old gym they would call these “pump and pedal” indoor cycling. However, on Peloton, these might be an intervals and arms class–which combines spinning intervals with arm work–or a straight-out arms class. Arms classes are usually only 10-minutes long, but let me tell you: three pounds can get very heavy after 10 minutes of work.
If you want to buy your own dumbbells to use with your Peloton bike, keep this in mind: the rack on the Peloton bike can accommodate dumbbells that are at least five-and-a-half inches long, and with a weight “head” with a two-and-a-half inch diameter “head.” Anything bigger or wider–the head, that is–may not fit in the Peloton weight rack.
Where you can buy the best Peloton weights
Certainly, you can buy your weights from Peloton. But, you don’t have to.
So, if you’re looking for Peloton weights for sale, you can find similar weights on Amazon or at Dick’s Sporting Goods, which offer drive up or curbside pickup. But for absolute convenience, I highly recommend buying your weights from Amazon.
Peloton weights for sale on Facebook
Finally, if you’re on a budget, here’s a hack for finding Peloton weights for sale: look on your local Facebook Marketplace. Not only do I see used Peloton bikes for sale on mine, but there are tons of people selling weights on Facebook. All kinds of weights for sale.
Of course, if you do buy weights to use with your Peloton from Facebook Marketplace, be safe when getting them. Meet in a public place, and use a secure payment method.
Best weights for Peloton Tread
Just like when you buy the Peloton cycle and upgrade to get “free” weights, when you buy the Peloton Tread, you can upgrade your package to include hand weights. They call them free weights. But you can only choose five pound weights.
Here’s why I don’t think the Peloton Tread weights are worth it. When you do any Peloton bootcamp or strength classes, you’ll really need much heavier weights. Or rather, having five pound weights will be great. But most classes include either light or medium weights, or medium and heavy weights.
Weights for strength and bootcamp classes
So, basically, you’re going to need two sets of weights, at the very least for doing Peloton tread bootcamp or strength classes with weights. Or at least two different weight hand weights or dumbbells.
For example, when I started doing the Andy Speer strength program, I never touched the weights from my Peloton bike. Those are those aformentioned 3 lb weights. Instead, I used my five pound dumbbells, my eight pound dumbells and my 10-pound dumbbells. We also have 12-pound and 15-pound hand weight dumbbells but I’m not that strong yet.
So if you’re wondering “What weights do I need for my Peloton?” there are a few answers to that question.
Best weights for Peloton strength
As I mentioned there are arms classes that you do on the bike. For instance, if you get the three-pound weights like I have, you’ll be fine and all set. However, if you’re interested in doing any of the Peloton bootcamp or stength classes, you’ll need a better array of dumbbells.
And like I just said, like the Peloton bike, the Peloton Tread is sold with differing packages. The essentials, works and family packages all come with hand weights, but the max weight is five pounds. They also come with resistance bands though I’ve yet to take a strength class where those bands are used. Maybe I haven’t taken enough Peloton strength classes yet.
Resistance band classes
Peloton members looking to use those aforementioned resistance bands–you’re in luck. Peloton recently launched resistance band workouts.
They’ve timed this with the release of the new Peloton Bike Plus. Therefore, one of the incentives for older bike users to trade in and trade up to the new bike is a free toning package that includes those resistance bands.
Finding resistance band classes on Peloton
So, how do you find the resistance band classes? By scrolling through the Peloton digital app.
Firstly, open the app. Secondly, click on Strength. Next, click on the filter, which brings up the different class themes. After that, look for “Resistance Band.” Finally, tap “Resistance Band” to see the class offerings.
Meanwhile, there are just a handful of resistance band workout classes with Andy Speer, Chase Tucker and Hannah Corbin. The workouts focus on upper body, lower body, full body and core.
What kind of resistance bands to buy
It’s important to note that these classes seem to use resistance bands with handles. If, like me, you’ve been in physical therapy in the past, then you’re familiar with dynabands, which can be used as resistance bands.
I guess you could wrap them around your hands to get the same effect as having handles. Nonetheless, I’ve tracked down a few places where you can buy resistance bands with handles.
What weights to buy
Anyway, for the bootcamp classes or even Andy Speer’s strength program, the five pounders that you got with your Tread are a good start. But they’re not enough.
So, what weights to get with Peloton? I would suggest you have the following:
- 5 lb
- 8 lb
- 10 lb
- 12 lb
- 15 lb
- 20 lb
Like I said in our Peloton room, we have dumbbells going up to 15 pounds. These are pairs of dumbbells and they’ve been super helpful while doing bootcamp or strength classes.
Note: these weights do not fit on the Peloton bike weight racks. We keep them stacked on the floor.
Peloton classes that do not need weights
As I wrote in my recent review of the Peloton bootcamp classes, there are some strength classes in the “bodyweight” category. What that means is that you do not need hand weights, resistance bands or dumb bells to do this strength training.
One such series of classes is Emma Lovewell’s “Crush Your Core” course. Lovewell introduced Crush Your Core in 2019. It is a four-week series of core classes that you, um, crush with increasingly difficult moves.
When you filter strength classes, look for the bodyweight category if you want to workout without having to use hand weights or resistance bands.
FYI, there are no Peloton strength classes that use kettle bells. I know a lot of people ask about that.