The Best Peloton Weights for All Your Workouts

Not sure which weights to use for your Peloton classes? Here's the scoop on what to choose and where to buy, whether you're working out on or off the machine.

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Thinking about getting a Peloton Bike or the Peloton Tread? Or simply want to sign up for a Peloton app trial? To make the most of your workouts and what the brand's roster of stellar instructors has to offer, you might want to consider getting a set (or a few sets, frankly) of weights for your Peloton workouts. While the company does offer some cardio equipment upgrades that include a set of dumbbells, you also have the option of investing in your own set(s). Here's what to know about how you'll use weights in Peloton classes, plus where to get the perfect Peloton weights for your workouts of choice.

How You'll Use Peloton Weights In Class

Peloton instructors incorporate dumbbells into their workouts in a few different ways. For those doing a ride on the bike, classes that include "and arms" in the title mean you'll use light weights (think: 1 to 3 pounds) to do upper-body exercises while on the bike. And you do want to keep these weights light because you'll likely because there's often a lot of reps with little rest, while sometimes still moving your legs, as well. This style generally emphasizes muscular endurance.

You might also incorporate medium weights, something around 5 to 10 pounds, into boot camp classes. These workouts mix bouts of work either on the bike or the treadmill, with exercises done off of the equipment with weights.

Finally, if you're using the Peloton app sans cardio equipment or simply interested in strength classes, you'll likely use medium to heavy dumbbells in Peloton classes. This can include dumbbells that weigh anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds or 20 to 25 pounds — or heavier if your strength allows. Instructors might also incorporate dumbbells into workouts labeled as "cardio" that happen off the machines. Just know that instructors will always give you a range of weights so you can work safely within your strength limits, while your strength at the same time.

How to Choose the Best Peloton Weights for Your Workout

When you browse workouts in the Peloton app (or on the Peloton equipment), you'll see equipment suggestions and weight sizes, ranging from light to medium to heavy. Light weights, which you'll most likely use on the bike rather than for floor workouts, typically range from 1 to 3 pounds. Medium weights can range anywhere from 5 pounds to 12 pounds, depending on the movements. And heavy weights can start at 15 pounds and above. The instructors will also typically tell you what size weights to use when they introduce their class format and sometimes their definitions of medium and heavy weights can vary, so listen up. (Related: How to Pick the Right Size Dumbells For Your Workouts)

Regardless of the weight range your instructor suggests, you should still use your best judgment. If you haven't worked out with weights before, stick to those on the lighter side so you can focus on nailing the form before attempting the move with more load. On the other hand, if you typically work out with heavy equipment such as barbells, you may be able to safely and confidently reach for Peloton weights on the heavier end of the suggested range. "If you're an experienced exerciser, you should increase weight when moves you are familiar with feel easy after 15 to 20 reps," Liz Barnet, head instructor at Uplift Studios in New York City previously told Shape. "Increase by no more than five to 10 percent every few weeks."

Do Peloton Weights Come with an Equipment Purchase?

If you're purchasing a Peloton Bike or Bike+, you have the option to upgrade your purchase to include weights. Upgrading from "Bike Basics" to "Bike Essentials" includes one pair of bike weights (choose from 1-pound to 3-pound dumbbells), which you can store on the back of your bike. It costs about $150 for the upgrade on the regular Peloton Bike (for a total of $1,645), which also comes with shoes and headphones. For the Bike+ it's about $200 more to upgrade (for a total of $2,495) and that comes with weights, shoes, and a reversible mat. (Related: Peloton Is Finally Making a Strength Training Product — and It's Worth the Wait)

You also have the option to buy Peloton weights (heavier dumbbells [Buy It, $45-$95, onepeloton.com] or lighter bike weights [Buy It, $25, onepeloton.com]) directly from the brand's website. The brand offers a set of bike weights for $25 and the option for 1-, 2-, or 3-pound dumbbells. You can also buy a set of regular dumbbells ranging in cost from $45 to $95 and weighing anywhere from 5 pounds to 30 pounds.

Can I Buy Peloton Weights Elsewhere?

You always have the option to buy sets of dumbbells from another retailer. This gives you more options when it comes to price, and also lets you have more control over the type of weights you buy. Tip: Look for weights that have a hexagon or square shape — or some sort of flat edge to them — so they stay put when doing moves such as renegade rows in plank position. Those covered with a neoprene or vinyl finish will also feel softer on the hands, while weights with a steel grip might make them less likely to slip, so choose your best options based on how you'll be using the Peloton weights. (Related: The Best Dumbbells to Add to Your Home Gym)

These six sets of weights offer options for different sizing, materials, and price points.

The Best Peloton Weights — That You Can Use for Any Workout

Best Light Hand Weights: Stott Pilates Mini Hand Weights

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Skip out on the Peloton weights for your bike and go for this soft set instead. Weighing under 3 pounds, they're perfect for performing upper body exercises like bicep curls and shoulder presses on the bike. They also have a strap and foam cover, so they stay secure on your hands, without you having to clench them super tight — that means more comfort as you move.

The set has an average of 4 to 5 stars from reviewers, thanks to their comfortable fit and soft feel.

Best Rubber Hex Dumbbells: Balancefrom Rubber Encased Hex Dumbbells

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For a typical set of dumbbells — or a pair you'd expect to see at your local gym — check out Balancefrom's rubber hex dumbbells. Choose from a 10-pound pair up to a 50-pound set, starting at $30 for the two. Thanks to the rubber and chrome combo on these weights, they'll last through lots of wear and tear. The textured handle also provides added grip, should you need it when you get super sweaty. (Related: The 5 Best Peloton Toe Cages So You Can Ride Without Spin Shoes)

Highly rated on Amazon, most reviewers say the durability stands out, especially for the price. "First of all, the quality is excellent," writes one shopper. "The rubber is hard and durable. The handle has a nice chrome finish with knurling that is deep but doesn't cut into your skin. The hexagon-shaped weights prevent rolling with easy-to-read raised lettering for weight indication. The only negative is the smell is that of tire rubber and it's very strong but not enough to subtract a star."

Best Neoprene: Amazon Basics Neoprene Coated Dumbbell Hand Weight Set

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Get three sets of weights and a rack to stand to keep them nice and tidy when not in use with this Amazon Basics set. The neoprene finish means they have a smooth surface that's softer than you'll find with steel or chrome sets. And the hexagon shape comes in handy for moves such as planks since they feel more secure.

Choose between three different options, ranging in total weight from 20 to 60 pounds. Or, if you want just one set and no rack, you can opt for one pair of the neoprene weights, sans the stand. These range in weight from 1-pound dumbbells to 20-pound dumbbells, and come at cheaper prices.

With more than 46,000 reviews, these weights get 4.8 stars on Amazon. Most users love the comfortable grip, easy storage, and even the look of the weights.

Best Vinyl: SPRI Dumbbells Deluxe Vinyl Coated Hand Weights

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The soft, silkier finish on these dumbbells makes them comfortable to hold through overhead presses, rows, squats, or lunges. Go for a 1-pound set or up to a 20-pound pair, which come in a range of colors and cost from $9 to $90. (Related: Here's How to Sync Your Peloton and Apple Watch)

Amazon reviewers give them 4.7 stars, with more than 10,000 ratings. Reviewers say they come at a solid price, with one also writing: "Excellent dumbbells! We've had these for years and the 12-pound dumbbells have been used for many, many workouts. They look like the day they were delivered."

Best Cast Iron Set: CAP Barbell Cast Iron Dumbbell

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Looking for a solid set of weights? These fulfill that wish. With each dumbbell ranging from 2 pounds to 25 pounds, you can pick your best match for your workout. The cast iron construction, complete with a gloss, means these feel smooth when you lift 'em up, but also offer lots of durability through your workouts. Sold in pairs, you also get the stable hexagon shape.

Reviewers love their price tag, plus how long they last and the smooth grip. "I bought these because I don't like the grip of most other types of hand weights," explains one customer. "These are sturdy and simple and I really like them. Sometimes cheaper is better."

Best Adjustable Dumbbells: Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell

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If you want to switch your weights around — say using five pounds for lateral arm raises and 50 pounds for your deadlift—a set of adjustable dumbbells is the way to go. This Bowflex set is on the pricier side, but you get a bunch of weight options in one convenient package (instead of buying them all separately).

The dumbbells can adjust from 5 pounds up to 52.5 pounds, increasing in 2.5-pound increments for the first 25 pounds and then 5-pound increments. A dial system lets you move from one weight to the next.

With more than 13,000 reviews, and 4.7 stars, reviewers love the adjustability, though some say they can take some time to switch from weight to weight. "My husband and I both have seen awesome results from these," writes on shopper. "When we change the weight on the dumbbells, it is a nice smooth transition. There is no harsh movement that you might have with other brands."

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