In recent years, spinning classes have become an incredibly popular way of getting in a good, challenging, and fun workout. Not only do they burn a lot of calories, but they also improve your cardiovascular endurance, and tone your legs. Best of all, they manage to do that with very little impact on your joints like would experience with running. However, as we all know from the last couple of years, it is important to be able to work out at home.
This is where the Peloton comes in. The Peloton gives the same rejuvenating and challenging workout that a spinning class would, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. To use your Peloton correctly, you need to wear the right kind of shoes and align cleats with them. Read on to find out how to attach and properly align your Peloton cleats so that you get a smooth and fast workout.
How Do I Align My Peloton Cleats?
If you have purchased Peloton shoes then they will come with cleats, and these cleats will clip onto the pedal to make sure you ride smoothly and comfortably. However, before you can ride you need to put the cleats onto the bottom of the shoe. First, make sure you have everything you need. This should include
- 2 cleats. The cleats are a triangular shape.
- 6 washers. These are rectangular in shape.
- 6 screws
- A 4-millimeter hex.
To attach the cleats, first, turn the shoes over. You will notice 3 holes on the bottom of each shoe. Taking one cleat, align the holes of the cleat over the holes on your shoe. Next, place a washer in each hole. After you have placed the washers in each hole, place a screw in each hole and tighten the screw. Your cleats are now attached, and your shoes are ready to use.
Before you tighten the screws, or if you have already tightened the screws but it does not feel right or leads to discomfort, loosen the screws, and reattach the cleats, making sure to pay special attention to the following.
- The direction of the cleat. The cleat should be facing forward, meaning that the top of the triangle of the cleat is located at the hole at the top of the shoe, closest to the toes.
- Make sure the cleat is placed across the ball of the foot of the shoe. A properly aligned cleat should also be placed across the ball of the shoe. This is where the pressure should be concentrated while you are pedaling.
- The cleat should be as close to the arch of the shoe as possible. Once the washers have been placed inside the holes, shift the cleat closer to the arch until it won’t shift any further. This will help give your foot the support it needs.
- Lastly, test it out by pedaling. If the ball of your foot is directly over the pedal axle and the pressure lands on the ball of your foot while you are pedaling, then you know that you have correctly aligned your cleat.
How Do I Clip My Cleats into the Peloton?
Now that your cleat has been properly aligned, you may be wondering how to clip it into it? It is a simple process, just follow these steps:
- Straddle, the bike in a standing position.
- Next, take your dominant foot and push the pedal down until it is at the 6:00 position, exactly halfway.
- Point your toes down, then push down with your heel until you hear a click. This signifies that the shoe is attached.
- Repeat on the other side and wiggle your feet from one side to the other to make sure that the shoes are attached to the pedal.
- To remove the shoe from the pedal, kick your heel to the side away from the bike. Dismount on the side that is still attached. The dismount will help you remove your shoe from the other pedal.
Pelotons are a great at-home workout option for those who love spinning. To get the most out of your Peloton, you should align your cleats properly to the bottom of your shoes. You can do this by lining the cleats up with the holes on the bottom of your shoes, putting the washers in, and then tightening them onto your shoe using a 4-millimeter hex and screws.
A properly aligned cleat should be facing forward. It should also be centered on the shoe right where the ball of your foot will land. Lastly, it should be placed as close to the arch or inside of the shoe as possible to give you maximum support and ensure that your workout is as smooth and comfortable as possible.