For fitness enthusiasts, the “new normal” during COVID-19 means more than just working from home. It means no gym equipment. No cardio machines. And no space to sweat. Prior to the pandemic, I spent every Tuesday and Thursday taking a high-energy cycling class at my local gym. Once COVID-19 hit, I quickly realized running in the Florida heat wasn’t sustainable. But with reduced hours and a limited budget, a super-expensive bike was out of the question.
After a bit of research — and some trial and error with bikes I ordered from other sites — I was able to purchase a bike, shoes, and a streaming subscription, all for hundreds less than I would have spent on some of the more exclusive options. If you’re missing your favorite class — or never had a membership to begin with — here’s how you can bring an affordable but studio-like cycling experience to your makeshift home gym.