No thanks to snap-back culture and unrealistic images of bodies after pregnancy all over Instagram, many mothers feel like they can’t escape the pressure to lose baby weight. Even celebrity moms like Ciara, who appears to have a naturally lean and fit built, knows the type of work one must put in to shed pounds post-birth. And that physical and mental effort is no simple two-step, according to the multi-hyphenate star.
In her cover story for InStyle‘s April issue, Ciara talks about the ups and downs of heathy living — from food cravings while pregnant (“Fries, mac and cheese, corn bread. I wanted stuffing when it wasn’t even Thanksgiving …I’m a Southern girl. We like to eat!”) to her intense workout routine while nursing her daughter Sienna.
Ciara revealed that her personal trainer Gunnar Peterson choreographed a “calorie-massacring” plan to help Ciara lose her baby weight, which included weight lifting, treadmill workouts, sprints and 30 to 45 minutes on the wildly popular Peloton bike. No wonder her calf muscles are so defined!
Fitness-crazed celebs such as David Beckham, Hugh Jackman and Kate Hudson are reportedly huge fans of the Peloton bike. The $2,245 stationary exercise bicycle (that’s for the Basics package) is pretty compact at just four-by-two feet, and it boasts features that include a 22-inch HD touchscreen that allows you to livestream studio cycling classes right at home, a near-silent belt drive for a smooth ride and a comfortable bike seat that contours to fit your booty.
If the price tag for the Peloton bike alone makes you break a sweat, you can cool down knowing that there are other exercise bicycles on the market that will give you the workout of your life at a fraction of the cost. Below are five of the most top-rated exercise bikes on Amazon, for as low as $130.
“I love this bike [which] is sturdy, rigid and weighty and quiet,” wrote one reviewer. “The bike operates beautifully. Also the whole family can enjoy this versatile bike. The resistance level can be easily adjusted on the fly. Seating height and handle bar can also be easily adjusted. The activity monitor screen shows distance, time, calories, etc. It also has a built in smartphone/iPad holder.”
A satisfied shopper and daughter shared: “I got this for my 71 year old father who had spinal stenosis, and hip surgery. He is a bit overweight and has difficulty walking. This bike was easy for him to get on and off, and he said his hip did not hurt at all when he finished riding it. When he does in fact ride it he says that it makes walking more comfortable for him. My mom also uses it and loves it. It was a great buy for them.”
“This was a well worth the money purchase. I read a lot of reviews before making this purchase on amazon. I bought it for my husband so that he can use it at home and does not need to go to the gym for spinning. We live in an upstairs apartment so we had to be sure what ever product we chose was quiet. This is VERY quiet, perfect for any time of the day without bothering anyone downstairs,” wrote one reviewer.
“I have found that this was exactly what I was looking for. I’m a 72 year old woman and I was able to get it upstairs and put together by myself,” wrote a reviewer. “As for its functioning — it’s completely quiet, smooth and easy to move around. You can ride it sitting back or lean forward, grab the handlebars like a regular bike. I do both. I do recommend this bike for anyone who wants to exercise in the privacy of your own home. I did 10 miles on my first session!”
One shopper shared: “Solidly built bike, very sturdy. Easily adjustable to comfortably fit both my nearly 6′ self and my 5’3″ girlfriend. Fantastic for a workout in the comfort of AC when it’s 105 deg outside.” While another reviewer wrote, “I was checking out the Peloton bike, but didn’t want to pay that much money for a spin bike. I’ve only done one class before and didn’t want to make a major commitment on an expensive equipment. So I’ve been doing my research and this was one of the bike that has the most reviews. So far I’m satisfied with my purchase. I’m 5’2″ and 120 lbs and was able to assemble by myself.”
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